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The Immortals

The Immortals

Scritto da J.T. Ellison

Narrato da Joyce Bean


The Immortals

Scritto da J.T. Ellison

Narrato da Joyce Bean

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4.5/5 (66 valutazioni)
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11 ore
Pubblicato:
Oct 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781441838674
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It is Samhain - the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It's a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself.

When children are victimized, emotions always run high, and this case has the public both outraged and terrified: a dangerous combination. Recently reinstated homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows she has to act quickly, but tread carefully.

Exploring the baffling culture of mysticism and witchcraft, Taylor is immersed in a darkness that threatens to unbalance the order of her world, and learns how unchecked wrath can push a killer to his limits.
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Oct 1, 2010
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Informazioni sull'autore

J.T. Ellison is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series, including All the Pretty Girls, 14, Judas Kiss and The Cold Room. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received her master's degree from George Washington University. She was a presidential appointee and worked in the White House and the Department of Commerce before moving into the private sector. As a financial analyst and marketing director, she worked for several defense and aerospace contractors. After moving to Nashville, Ellison began research on a passion: forensics and crime. She has worked with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the FBI and various other law enforcement organizations to research her books. Ellison is a member of several writing organizations, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Nashville with her husband and a poorly trained cat.

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  • (3/5)
    a little too incestuous for my tastes. Murder mystery parts were good though.
  • (4/5)
    It's Halloween-- or Samhain-- in Nashville, and there's a lot more going on than trick-or-treating. Lt. Taylor Jackson has just been reinstated into her position, and before she can even head off for a celebratory drink, she gets a call that there's been a terrifically horrific crime: a dead teenager, a pentacle carved in his chest, has been found in one of Nashville's plushier neighborhoods. Things take a quick turn for the worse, as corpse upon corpse begins to turn up in rapid succession. Suddenly Taylor and her team have a mass murder on their hands. And right when they could use his psychological insights, Jackson's FBI fiance, Baldwin, has been recalled to Quantico, having to answer to charges about an old case of his that took some very bad turns in 2004. Wicca, vampirism, goth, out-of-control teenagers, drugs: the teeming underbelly of Nashville society is all here, present and accounted for, in this edge-of-your-seat, no-letup-on-action thriller. You'll be turning pages into the wee hours of the morning with this one.Jackson is immensely real, immensely likeable. She's a very human character: she feels deeply attached to her team, bears psychological wounds from past cases, and isn't above taking an instant dislike to some people. She's brave without being reckless, passionate without being a sob sister. And the members of her team are all quite likeable, as well; they each have distinct personal traits that make them stand out one from another, so you're not constantly flipping back, saying, "which one was that again?" Baldwin, telling his story partially in flashbacks, shows himself to be deeply flawed and capable of bad judgment, and his case from the past is equally as captivating as Jackson's story from the present.The only major problem I encountered reading this novel was that it was my first entry in the series, and it does make a lot of references to previous novels. They're generally pretty well contextualized, but, for any other reader considering jumping into this series, I'd recommend beginning at the beginning. I felt like I was missing out on a lot and may have come across a few spoilers in reading this book out of order. But, that being said, reading this book made me want to go back and read all the novels that preceded it; Jackson's world really drew me in. The people, the setting, the warped psychology, the little twist thrown in at the end-- it all added up to a great, suspenseful ride.
  • (4/5)
    It's Halloween-- or Samhain-- in Nashville, and there's a lot more going on than trick-or-treating. Lt. Taylor Jackson has just been reinstated into her position, and before she can even head off for a celebratory drink, she gets a call that there's been a terrifically horrific crime: a dead teenager, a pentacle carved in his chest, has been found in one of Nashville's plushier neighborhoods. Things take a quick turn for the worse, as corpse upon corpse begins to turn up in rapid succession. Suddenly Taylor and her team have a mass murder on their hands. And right when they could use his psychological insights, Jackson's FBI fiance, Baldwin, has been recalled to Quantico, having to answer to charges about an old case of his that took some very bad turns in 2004. Wicca, vampirism, goth, out-of-control teenagers, drugs: the teeming underbelly of Nashville society is all here, present and accounted for, in this edge-of-your-seat, no-letup-on-action thriller. You'll be turning pages into the wee hours of the morning with this one.Jackson is immensely real, immensely likeable. She's a very human character: she feels deeply attached to her team, bears psychological wounds from past cases, and isn't above taking an instant dislike to some people. She's brave without being reckless, passionate without being a sob sister. And the members of her team are all quite likeable, as well; they each have distinct personal traits that make them stand out one from another, so you're not constantly flipping back, saying, "which one was that again?" Baldwin, telling his story partially in flashbacks, shows himself to be deeply flawed and capable of bad judgment, and his case from the past is equally as captivating as Jackson's story from the present.The only major problem I encountered reading this novel was that it was my first entry in the series, and it does make a lot of references to previous novels. They're generally pretty well contextualized, but, for any other reader considering jumping into this series, I'd recommend beginning at the beginning. I felt like I was missing out on a lot and may have come across a few spoilers in reading this book out of order. But, that being said, reading this book made me want to go back and read all the novels that preceded it; Jackson's world really drew me in. The people, the setting, the warped psychology, the little twist thrown in at the end-- it all added up to a great, suspenseful ride.
  • (2/5)

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    The Immortals (Taylor Jackson) by J. T. Ellison (Mass Market Paperback - Oct 1, 2010) In this sometimes confusing and sometimes unsuspensful, suspense novel we catch up to Taylor Jackson just as she has been reinstated to the Nashville PD and as the ceremony finishes, congratulations are passed around and they are off to celebrate Taylor gets called to the scene of a crime. A horrific ritualistic murder involving a teen ager. Then she is called to another murder, then another and another and so on. At the same time, her fiancé Baldwin has been called back to Quantico to deal with something that had happened a number of years ago.This is the 5th book in the Taylor Jackson series and some readers may find it a bit difficult to understand fully what is going on and who is who and how they relate to Taylor since the book is sprinkled liberally with references from earlier books.What could have been an exciting fast paced novel of suspense and thrills just based on the types of murders they are, quickly can become frustrating to the reader when the reader realizes that this is not going to be able to be read as a stand aloneOne of my problems with a few novels is some authors ability to pull a reader so far out of the main story by telling a second story that has absolutely no bearing on the main theme. And that is what I felt happened with “The Immortals”. Every time the suspense started to build and it finally was becoming a page-turner, Ellison would break from the main story to tell a secondary story that mostly took place many years ago. While I understood that the protagonist was a teenager and that sometimes teens have ego issues, I found “Raven” to be especially pompous, a blow-hard, overly erudite and annoying beyond the normal feelings that one has for a possible murder.Unfortunately, though I really wanted to enjoy this novel just based on the ideas laid out in the description, I just could not get into it and find anything to recommend to anyone.

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  • (4/5)
    I picked up 'The Immortals' because I was intrigued by the blurb (Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies.) I hadn't read (or heard of) Taylor Jackson and didn’t realize that this was the fifth installment of a series. Had I known I probably still would have chosen is as the extent to which a series' back-story intrudes on the main plot is worth mentioning in a review.'The Immortals' begins dramatically with the discovery of the bodies of seven murdered and teenagers and one more clinging to life. These eight teens were found at six different crime scenes and each was found with pentagrams carved into their bodies. Ellison does an excellent job of portraying the chaotic atmosphere and sense of panic that such discoveries, one right after another, would have to create, especially in a bucolic suburban neighborhood as Green Hills. With such a beginning it would have been very tempting for an author to continue apace and end up with a B-grade psycho-killer hack-n-slash farce. Surprisingly, J. T. Ellison didn’t do that. She presented the reader with a well-considered police procedural approach to solving the murders that I thought was very realistic and plausible. Even when she introduced a Wiccan priestess into the witness pool it was obvious that she had researched the subject thoroughly and wasn’t just feeding the flames of witchcraft hysteria. The only problem I have with the book is the way in which Ellison includes elements of previous books into the story. I have no problem with back stories but I really don’t want to be told things about a book I haven’t read that may spoil my enjoyment of it should I choose to read it. In this case I learned that certain bad guys from previous books are still on the loose and targeting members of Jackson's team. J. T. Ellison is definitely an author whose books should be read in order starting from the beginning. If, like me, you wish to start with this book, you may wish to skip the first two pages to the paragraph beginning with 'The chief was pinning something to her uniform…' Review copy provided by Amazon Vine program.
  • (5/5)
    The ImmortalsJ T EllisonMira400 pagesThe Immortals is the 5th in the Taylor Jackson series. A must read for the autumn and one you will not soon forget. A chilling tale of murder and mayhem and things that go bump in the night.The Halloween decorations have been finished and the house is ready for the influx of ghosts, goblins and ghouls due on the 31st, now your only decision is your next read, something in tune with the season. Let me help you with that, pick a comfortable spot on the sofa, put your feet up and get ready to be scared out of your mind by The Immortals.Taylor Jackson has been reinstated just in time for the bloodiest Halloween Nashville has ever seen and to make it all worse, the blood spilled is high school students, boys and girls who will never be able to reach their potential, never marry and never have children of their own. There is definite signs of the occult in the murders and it’s up to Taylor and her crew to ferret out the truth and find the killer. While Taylor is up to her armpits in blood and gore John Baldwin is reliving his worst nightmare, the result of that nightmare is what brought him back to Nashville and to Taylor, his salvation. Now he’s alone at Quantico under orders to bring back to life a time that almost ended his career and his life.J T Ellison is one of the most masterful storytellers I have ever had the privilege of reading and that fact is brought to life by this, her latest episode in her Taylor Jackson series. The story line is straight out of the worst nightmare ever imagined, added to that the practice of black arts that leads to the crimes. She brings about this with direct, descriptive, matter of fact dialogue that her readers have come to recognize as she takes us through the streets and neighborhoods of Taylor’s crime beat. Add to that the pleasure her readers will encounter as her scenes jump off the pages and embed themselves right in your minds eye so that you can experience along with the characters just what’s happening and relive with them every terrifying act. Her characters remain the heartbeat of her tales and as her audience has gotten to know Taylor and her team better they continue to become more and more real to us. Her main protagonist Taylor matures with every novel and every crime spree that she puts her heart and soul into solving until she becomes a friend to the readers who can’t help but empathize with her every emotion. And emotion is what sets apart this novel, the fact that readers will run through every emotion known to them as they turn page after pulse pounding, nail biting page. You can’t discount her co-starring characters either as they will wow us with the roles they play from the staunchest cop to the vilest of evil doers.Do not walk but run to your nearest bookseller for this most extraordinary thriller that will appeal to all lovers of the genre and appeal to male readers as well as female. This is the 5th in a series and it does stand very well on it’s own, but my suggestion is that if this is your first foray into J T Ellison, go back and learn all about the life and times of Taylor Jackson, her friends and her enemies by reading the whole series. This novel will not take long to top the best sellers chart.