Title: Deadly Pursuit (Blood Hunter, #2)
Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance/Vamps/Shifters
Release Date: October 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-88-6
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-89-3
BLOOD HUNTER SERIES - Book Two by Nina Croft
Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.
Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.
After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?
Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.
Action-packed, this story is brimming with an odd assortment of characters. This is the second book Nina Croft’s Blood Hunter series; and in this episode, the crew of the El Cazador get fleshed-out a bit more. While each of them still have their own demons and mysterious pasts, the author does dole out some juicy morsels which serves to keep interest on high alert while satisfying that basic desire to discover more about the unique characters I have come to care about.
Chased by two wealthy and highly motivated factions, the ship plays hide and seek in space, barely escaping several close encounters before the final nail-biting showdown. Jon, a lone wolf assassin finally begins to question some of his strongly-held beliefs, and to hope that maybe this time he will be able to prevent the pending catastrophe. However, fate and one pint-sized, curvy priestess may be his complete undoing. Determined to make up for lost time, Alexia, knows that the brooding, over-protective werewolf is worth all the effort she has expended, and then some.
When you are crew, you belong. Jon begins to accept his new, unexpected circumstances and learns first-hand what it means to be crew. A quick death beats a slow, lingering demise in the
Meridian mines, afterall. This engaging story is another winner. If you have read the first book, Breakout, then this will be another treat for you to read. However, this book does stand alone quite nicely, so do not be afraid to pick it up right now and jump into the adrenalin-charged adventure.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
*The review copy was provided to me from Net Galley via Entangled Publishing, the author, and Bewitching Tours. The thoughts presented in the review are my own. I am under no obligation to write favorably about any book I choose to read.
How did you start your writing career?
Back in my twenties—a good long time ago—I spent a few years doing voluntary work, with my husband, in
When we left
Tell us about your current release.
My current release is Deadly Pursuit, which is the second book in my Blood Hunter series.
The series is a mixture of science fiction, paranormal and romance and is set in a future where man has fled to the stars and there discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Extremely rare and exorbitantly expensive,
The books follow adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, El Cazador de la Sangre, which is Spanish for The Blood Hunter.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
Although my husband is really supportive of my writing, and never moans when I spend all day glued to my laptop, so far, he hasn’t actually read my stuff (he tries occasionally over my shoulder—it makes me really twitchy). But now he’s threatening to. I’m off to the
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have a fabulous critique group called Passionate Critters. We’re all romance writers, and we write across the genres. It’s a great place to not only get crits and beta reads but also to share industry information, interesting articles, recipes… anything really. I strongly recommend it.
How do you describe your writing style?
Hmm… maybe dark with touches of humor
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m a plotter. I’ve tried pantsing it, but I invariably get stuck in the middle or sidetracked along the way, and I end up doing loads of rewriting. So now, I plot, and really quite detailed, down to a scene by scene breakdown. I like to think of it as doing my pantsing while I’m plotting as that’s when I allow my imagination to run free. At that point, anything can happen.
But I also think plotting gives you time to get to know the characters before you start the actual writing.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I don’t use formulas when I start out. I usually begin with a situation or a character that just pops up in my mind and I spend a while playing ‘what if’. I’ll come up with other characters and plot strands, but I’ll eventually get stuck and then I’ll turn to the formulas. My favorite is the Hero’s Journey, but I have a load of how to write books and I’ll pick one depending on my mood. And then play about with my plot, fitting it in to the formula, until eventually something clicks and I’ll be able to move on. It’s not so much using a formula to plot as using it to stimulate my brain into working again.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An assassin. I did, honest. I think it was because I was allowed to read unsuitable material at an early age (actually, I used to pinch books from my older sisters and hide behind the sofa to read them. My mother did her best to keep them from me but I was tenacious.)
What are your favorite TV show?
24 – I love 24! I’m a total Jack Bauer fan.
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