by Michelle O`Leary

ISBN: 1-928973-97-3
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Let’s be blunt. This book is a winner. A keeper with not one thing that I could really pick on to balance out this review.

The characters are what drive this book, not that there’s anything wrong with the plot, or the writing style, but the characters grab you and refuse to let you go. I’d be more than happy to see these characters in a series. They are that interesting.

Mea Brin is a Hunter. Think Texas Ranger/Bounty Hunter of outer space. You know how it’s said that it only takes one Ranger to control a town, riot, mob, etc? Well, expand that to a planet and you have the Hunters. And Mea is the best of the best. So good in fact she’s known as The Huntress, hence the title. And Mea is good. Very good. We get to see her in action from the very beginning. So from that very same beginning I knew I was going to enjoy this book.

Seth Terrik is an escaped convict. But he’s not Mea’s prey - at least not in the way one might think. You see Mea is a woman that knows what she wants and after staring into the light sensitive eyes of Terrik, all thoughts of the money she could make off him fly away. But the hunt is still on. Because Mea wants Terrik for herself. And she’ll go to great lengths to have him.

For Terrik, having a Hunter after him isn’t something he’s pleased about. Regardless of the fact that this Hunter revs his engine like no one ever has before. Unfortunately, he’s unable to just slip away. He’s got Regan to think about now. Regan’s a young girl who’s latched on to Terrik as if he’s her last hope in the world. And he is. With her family dead, Terrik is the only person Regan can trust until Mea saunters into their lives. So, Terrik is bombarded on both sides by emotions he’s never known before. What’s a tough guy to do?

Well, I’m not telling. You’ll just have to read the book. It’ll be totally worth it. Fans of Pitch Black the movie will see a few similarities, as if the author saw the movie and was inspired to create something even better. And for this die hard Vin Diesel fan, that’s saying a lot.

One of the things I loved about The Huntress is Mea’s irrepressible sense of self and that you could see that she’d be teaching Regan to have the same. She’s confident in almost all things. As a result, Terrik who is a very strong character himself and stubborn as a mule, is a perfect match. Sadly, many other heroines would have had to resort to gaining his sympathy (think tears, depression, some tragedy of some kind) to get this man. But Mea was strong to the end. Even when crisis did strike and Terrik had to go in to rescue her and Regan, she was still strong. Not once did she fall into damsel in distress mode. And she did this all without coming across as a ball busting… well you know.

Reviewed in September 2002 by JaToya.

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