The Lingering Dead Jackie Rutledge #3 Free E–pub
Its owner Now it s conniving with the FBI Cynthia Forrester a medium is the team secretary Shelby Fontaine a vampire brought over by Nick had been Laurel s loverFBI ChicagoSpecial Agent Ryan McManus is the FBI liaison with Special Investigations John Belgerman is Jackie s former boss Agent Hauser is in charge of the Geekroom Pat Taggert is a sketch artist Dr Matilda Tillie Erikson is the office shrink Agent Pernetti is a erkJessica Davies home life is nothing to write home about Petey is a now ex boyfriendThatcher s Mill isthe belligerent small town a village and family firm really in Iowa that s filled with ghosts Charlotte Charlie Thatcher is all that s left of her original family Rebecca is Charlie s twin Pa pa is Robert Thatcher aka Isaac Larson and Ma ma is Beverly Thatcher aka Mildred WilcottthenElton Carson is the cowed yet foul police chief Elinore is the police receptionist Molly is the waitress at the local diner Tucker is the cook and Tom is a customer Rachel Crenshaw is getting ideas Old Man Wilkens is a woodworker Pratt runs the local drug store Mr Peabody runs the furniture store Dr Kirby Matthews is on the takeThe Spindly Man Nixtchapooliomintchoktaleee aka Nix is a green eyed thing in Deadworld threatening Jackie and all she holds dear Nick had been tracking Cornelius Drake a serial killer ever since 1862 Detective Morgan of the Chicago PD s death in The Vengeful Dead forced Jackie out of the FBIPhilip Margolin is with the Chicago Tribune and will do anything for a scoop Deadworld is on an alternate plane and Jackie can open that door to the dead Carl Peterson a cop and aka Bradley Jenkins had been Jackie s abusive stepfather The cold cases include Ms Rose ShumwayThe Cover and TitleThe cover is a grayed out brown and oranges of a shootout with both Jackie and Nick firing two guns at once Nick is in the background and wearing his black cowboy hat looking like Yul Brynner from Westworld while Jackie is natch in eans and a cropped athletic bra like top with one knee on the ground and the other leg bent and to the side Being such a practical FBI agent she is naturally eye roll wearing high heeled bootsit does go with that cropped top It s a fast and furious gunfight with all that yellow and pale gray smoke swirling around them The title and author s name are in yellow in the bottom half of the cover with the series information in white and tucked in a cornerThe title is a major problem a side problem but still bad as The Lingering Dead point to some BIG problems Originally published at Dark Faerie Tales Dirty Dark Urban Fantasy with a uniue twist on vampires and ghosts Jackie finally undergoes some growth as a character An entertaining plot but slow pacing really drags the story downReviewThe Lingering Dead is an urban fantasy that feeds its energy off of its heroes The tragic nature of Jackie and Nick s past bleeds into the characters that they are Nick was present when his entire family was slaughtered by a vampire and was forced to watch as he was transformed into a vampire He is still the cowboy sheriff he once was but has finally moved on from his tragic past Jackie was molested and possibly beaten by her step father and that has really developed how she deals with relationships She is filled with hate towards other people and she doesn t trust people much at all Jackie begins The Lingering Dead pretty much the same way she was in the previous two novels in this series self deprecating and whiney but she ends the novel a little comfortable with herself able to trust than she thought and not near as bitchyThe novel begins not too long after the events of The Vengeful Dead Jackie is now the Operations Leader for Special Investigations a civilian company that is attached to the FBI but is entirely funded by Nick The FBI sends them cases that they believe have paranormal elements at work Special Investigations decide to investigate a tip made by an FBI agent about too many ghosts in a town Thatcher s Mill is a uniue little town that never grows or shrinks in size It is a perfect peaceful little town But it s not An evil vampire Charlotte has mind controlled all the inhabitants to "Keep The Town As "the town as once Probably *not a book series for everyone but the ending of this one in particular felt incredibly emotional to me Rating *a book series for everyone but the ending of this one in particular felt incredibly emotional to me Rating Urban FantasyReviewIn the third installment of the Jackie Rutledge series by JN Duncan the former FBI Agent is now Operations head of the new group called Special Investigations This came after the events of The Vengeful Dead Her team includes the multi millionaire vampire Nick Anderson her best friend and former partner Laurel Carpenter who is now a ghost vampire Shelby Fontaine and Cynthia Forrester the team s resident psychicThe Special Investigations team is all about investigating paranormal activities that the FBI isn t able to handle When the FBI sends over boxes and boxes of unsolved cases it s up to Jackie to determine what case they are going to investigate first The case brings them to the town of Thatcher s Mill where there is definitely something strange happening Thatcher s Mill has a large group of ghosts hanging around and it seems as though the town is under the thrall of a very powerful vampire who wants to keep things the same even if it means having everyone changing their names to something elseThe vampire Charlotte Thatcher wants nothing than to re create the family that was torn apart by the vampire Drake in the 1890 s This is the same Drake that killed Nick s family and turned him into a vampire as they watched Drake was eventually killed by Anderson in Deadworld after chasing after him for nearly 120 years Deadworld was also where we found out that Jackie is a living soul who can open the door to the dead and there s something sinister or alien following Jackie s every movement The rollercoaster ride that is the relationship between Nick and Jackie once again wears on this reader Jackie is a highly dysfunctional character who was abused as a child by her step father Since then she s been a cold fish towards everyone For 16 years she s had drunken one night stands than actual relationships Thankfully Nick has the patience of a saint and doesn t push Jackie into making any sort of decisionThe ending twist was a surprise to say the least after a being named Nix not only helps Jackie rescue her colleagues but informs her that she is the key to something that we haven t been informed of yet Hopefully this shall not be dragged out like certain other story lines that ust drag down a series into the thralls of damnationIt s probably a good idea for potential readers of this series to start from the beginning and not The Shadow Reader justump arbitrarily into The Lingering Dead You ve already missed too much in the series and Duncan doesn t make these standalones The Lingering Dead probably is the most action packed of the three books released to this point as well Action is always a nice plus in my bookFor cliffhanger haters like me you will probably cringe after reading what happens in the end It has nothing to do with this storyline but rather Jackie s own past and should be interesting to see where Duncan takes the series from here The most favorable character by far
Is Vampire Nick Anderson Who vampire Nick Anderson who done everything right in his apparent attempt to woo Jackie only to be sent away time and time again Hell I even like Shelby a lot than I do Jackie. Er ultimate sacrifice Praise for Deadworld The perfect dark fantasy Kat Richardson Bloody delicious twisted Lilith Saintcrow New York Times bestselling author of the Jill Kismet Hunter series Duncan's deftly subtle debut creeps up on you like a ghost in the night Mark Henry author of Happy Hour of the Damned One hell of a debut novel in what could be the most promising urban fantasy series to hit the shelves this year freshfictionc. .
This is my least favorite of the three so far I m going to include spoilers so you know watch out Ok I think the fundamental thing that bugged me about this book really is a carry over from the last one The idea that the FBI for whatever reason thinks they have the authority to put Jackie in charge of Special Investigations I mean obviously Nick agreed to it so it s not like he was forced but Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies just how weird is that We have to suspend you for shooting a police officer but hey here s this totally independent paranormal investigation agency and you can go ahead and run that She didn t run her own department at the FBI and Nick and Shelby both had experience with paranormal crimes etc To me itust doesn t feel realistic It feels like she s being pandered to and all the other characters are in on it It would have been believable if she ust oined the team on eual footing with everyone else and contributed maybe worked her way up to being in charge There were a few other things that bugged me1 How many times they flew back and forth to Thatcher s Mill Seriously Some planning2 How much of the story was told from Charlotte s POV I didn t mind this as much in the other books because I didn t feel like it took away from the story as much In this book though it sort of ruined any kind of surprise and made the investigation seem boring because I already knew what was up3How much Laurel said hon she sounded like an old woman4How blah Nick seemed Maybe part of this was there was less from his POV but he seemed to have very little personality compared to previous installmentsJust to balance this out I ll say I liked that there was resolution between Nick and Jackie as well as some personal growth for Jackie We ll see if the next installment is enjoyable Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty Dark Urban Fantasy with a uniue twist on vampires and ghosts Jackie finally undergoes some growth as a character An entertaining plot but slow pacing really drags the story downOpening Sentence Jessica Davies s face was numbReviewThe Lingering Dead is an urban fantasy that feeds its energy off of its heroes The tragic nature of Jackie and Nick s past bleeds into the characters that they are Nick was present when his entire family was slaughtered by a vampire and was forced to watch as he was transformed into a vampire He is still the cowboy sheriff he once was but has finally moved on from his tragic past Jackie was molested and possibly beaten by her step father and that has really developed how she deals with relationships She is filled with hate towards other people and she doesn t trust people much at all Jackie begins The Lingering Dead pretty much the same way she was in the previous two novels in this series self deprecating and whiney but she ends the novel a little comfortable with herself able to trust than she thought and not near as bitchyThe novel begins not too long after the events of The Vengeful Dead Jackie is now the Operations Leader for Special Investigations a civilian company that is attached to the FBI but is entirely funded by Nick The FBI sends them cases that they believe have paranormal elements at work Special Investigations decide to investigate a tip made by an FBI agent about too many ghosts in a town Thatcher s Mill is a uniue little town that never grows or shrinks in size It is a perfect peaceful little town But it s not An evil vampire Charlotte has mind controlled all the inhabitants to keep the town as it once was in the 1890 s but the town has modernized over the years She wants nothing than to recreate her family as it once was and the many lingering ghosts are a victim of her madness Unfortunately Nick and Shelby both vampires cannot get close to Charlotte because she can tell when a vampire is nearbySpecial Investigations travels back and forth from Thatcher s Mill and Chicago by plane sometimes making several trips in one day Jackie is also being followed by a strange green monster in the Deadworld plane no one knows what it is or why it is following her Charlotte enlists the help of the townspeople to help stop Special Investigations Jackie and Nick must stop Charlotte before she kills again and release the ghosts she is unwittingly holding captiveThe plot is tension filled at times and then it becomes sluggish at other points The Lingering Dead has
Enough Of A Uniueof a uniue that keeps me entertained but at the same time is The Power Of A Choice just okay There are definitely better dark urban fantasy books out there Stacia Kane s Downside Ghosts is one of themJackie is one of those characters that Iust have a hard time rooting for Jackie is off putting most of the time Nick has grown into a likeable character but unfortunately not much of this book is from his point of view Jackie dominates the POV but the evil Charlotte gets her fair share as well Charlotte is one of those tragic characters who don t truly believe they are evil Her actions are ustified in her mind She
"is a powerful "a powerful but she has been uneducated in her powers so she is truly not unstoppable Charlotte is a sadistic evil villain but I wasn t too sure that she could top the bad guy from the first book DeadworldThe Lingering Dead is best read with the series Deadworld doesn t see too much action in this book and it really isn t explained Jackie and Nick s backstory doesn t really get explained either and some of the minor characters aren t really explained as to how they fit in with the story There may be plenty of uestions to a new reader of the seriesOverall The Lingering Dead is an enjoyable read if you like your heroines damaged or tortured from their pasts Jackie finally undergoes a much needed change in character The Lingering Dead is an enjoyable enough read but not enough so that I would recommend itNotable Scene She s charming you Jackie Stun her Get the hell out Laurel leaped out as Jackie staggered back flying right at Charlotte with a scream that would impress any banshee She did little to Charlotte other than pass directly through her but the moment was enough to startle and that broke the icy vice that had clamped down on Jackie s brainShe dropped the grenade releasing the handle and bolted Fist fights gun battles even the previous craziness holding baby ghosts in her uterus were all preferable to having the dead wonky eyes boring into her soul That was a line that no longer got crossedOne point eight seconds later the ground shook and a wall of air slammed into Jackie throwing her forward She tucked her shoulder turned into a roll hit the gravel with a thud and was back on her feet ears ringing so loudly she could not hear Nick s voice yelling in her ear At the bottom of the hill she could see a pair of headlights coming up the drive Without looking to see what had happened to Charlotte Jackie ran like hellA high pitched childish scream pierced the night air There was no pain in the sound only rage Jackie knew there was no chance in hell of outrunning Charlotte She only hoped that she could reach the Explorer before Charlotte reached her A hundred feet down the drive Shelby slid to a stop swinging the car around 270 degrees Nick leaped out as she approached eyes ablaze Get in shouted NickJackie practically dove in bouncing off the back of the front seat Behind her Jackie heard a chilling word from a voice turned down an octave from the cute fourteen year old she had ust talked to The petulance and haug. She cracks the FBI's toughest supernatural crimes from Chicago's windy streets and beyond into the next world But a malevolent force now has her reputation and her team in its sights Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber vengeful revenants But heading up the Bureau's special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this lo. Htiness from before had turned into something Jackie did not recognize You The Deadworld Series1 Deadworld2 The Vengeful Dead3 The Lingering DeadFTC Advisory Kensington Books provided me with a copy of The Lingering Dead No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged for my review 45Former Chicago FBI agent Jackie Rutledge is now working for Special Investigations and trying to come to terms with her new freaky abilities acuired when she crossed over into Deadworld with a vampire and a ghost to stop a psycho vampire Unfortunately she died there before being revived back in the normal world So while she s waiting for her former boss to get funding for a special FBI paranormal unit she s heading up a private paranormal group figuring out her abilities and attending therapy for the loss of her FBI partner and for things she d like to leave in the past Then an old note in a cold case file gets them interested in a small town called Thatcher s Mill They decide the unusual ghost activity noted in this town is worth investigating so they have their first case Oh boy does it turn out to be a doozyFast paced and well written this story keeps you turning the pages trying to figure out what the heck is going on in this small very weird town Favorite characters from previous books are back and Jackie seems to be making some headway in being less prickly damaged and unlikeable Progress The plot is interesting and completely crazy Loved it The ending was totally unexpected and I hope to see Book 4 soon because I m really liking Jackie s worldMany thanks to Kensington for providing me with a review copy Please see disclaimer page on my blog First of all this is my first from this series it can be read as a stand alone but it will be helpful to read the previous ones To really understand the why where and how this special group ended together and became who they areJackie an ex FBI agent that finds herself as head of a special paranormal investigation unit The unit is formed by two vampires Nick Shelby a ghost who is Jackie s ex partner Laurel Cynthia a psychic and Jackie who has the ability to connect the world of the living and the deadAfter receiving a series of boxes from the agency full of cold cases that are considered paranormal the unit must decide which of the case will be their first They decide on a file from a town called Thatcher Mills where ghost seamed to be the dominate residents and where apparently nothing bad has happened in the last 100 years During the investigation a connection to Nick s past is discovered and the conseuences of his vengeance left some loose ends that are causing the people of this town to be mind controlled by a residentThe interaction between the unit members is interesting to say the least Jackie is an abused and dysfunctional person incapable of holding a relationship Nick is a multimillionaire that is head over heals in love with Jackie and has the patience of a saint Laurel her ex partner is a ghost with the ability to use Jackie s body as a vessel to communicate with the rest of the group and her lover ShelbyThere is action confrontation with the town s people and the resident ghosts as well as romance and mystery that only adds to the the cliff hanger ending with new material for the next installment Good and entertaining but probably would have been enjoyable if I had read the first two books Interesting plot development 2550I strongly suggest that the previous Jackie Rutledge books be studied extensively before attempting even a perusal of this installmentFor a complete review visit Affaire de Coeur magazine hard copy or online April 2012 issue Third in the Jackie Rutledge paranormal fantasy series that has access to an alternate plane of non existence and revolves around an ex FBI agent and her new team of paranormal experts in Chicago It s been six weeks since The Vengeful Dead 2My TakeThe Lingering Dead is all about acceptance a lesson Jackie must learn for she has always drowned herself in alcohol and one night stands and
"she has no "has no how to have a relationship With either sex Duncan has included a number of thoughts and actions that repeat this motif and it does leave one with hope for the futureThe story uses third person limited with Jackie s perspective as the point of view character The rest of the characters are on one side of the good vs evil divide with Jackie and her teams uite supportive with one snarky exception while most of the townspeople of Thatcher s Mill are zombie like than active Duncan focuses on a few characters with Charlie leading the packI suspect McManus may want to oin Special Investigations they have it too good lolMost of this story is about Jackie s conflict within herself and Jackie is a pain in the posterior protagonist with her intense insecurity I wanted to smack her around On the plus side she is trying Yeah yeah to overcome her issues too Most of Jackie s issues are from her past and is a good example of why it s a good idea to create a past history for your charactersUnfortunately The Lingering Dead is a lot of tell with little show which particularly shows in Duncan s treatment of Charlie It s so detached when he could have created a much sympathetic link to her character and caused emotional anguish for the reader And he could have increased the tension of Nick and Jackie s relationship so much Some of my niggles include my confusion over what happened to Becca back in 1892 It sounds like she was killed by one person and then there s the possibility of another doing the deed Another IMO is Philip s actions in the house Duncan simply lets that go No confrontation No threat to use it to manipulate Margolin As much as Jackie hates him it d be a great minor conflict to make use of And how is it that Charlie is so much stronger than Nick or Shelby That scene did not make sense And what s with the comment Charlie makes It was fun when you were alive Was Charlie psychotic back then too And why does Nick want Jackie so muchHmm Nix sounds like he s going to be an interesting addition to the cast with all sorts of possibilities for conflict and drama Even though the battle at the end was too forced for my taste Duncan was getting lazyAnd as whiny as I m being I am hoping that Duncan will get around to book 4I wanna know what Nix gets up to now that he s looseThe StoryWhile Special Investigations has been at work for some time this is the first time it s allied with the FBI With Jackie in charge the team uickly falls into its first cold case a haunted town in Iowa holding helpless ghosts in thrallThe controlling psychotic entity of Thatcher s Mill will use any means necessary to destroy Jackie and her team and their only chance reuires a deal with the Spindly Man a Deadworld being stalking her dreams hunting her every step and growing ever demanding for her ultimate sacrificeThe CharactersThe insecure Jackie Rutledge had been an FBI agent Bickerstaff is her cat Laurel Carpenter had been her living partner a psychic who sensed ghosts until she died in Deadworld 1The very talented Nick Anderson a millionaire vampire has been in law enforcement for over a century he was a
US Marshall in 1892 He s also the of Bloodwork Industries a philanthropist aMarshall in 1892 He s also the CEO of Bloodwork a philanthropist a pianist and a gourmet cook who s in love with JackieSpecial Investigations is a private eye firm specializing in ghostly issues with Nick as. Ner agent And opening up to her sexy vampire lover Nick is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams hunting her every step and growing ever hungry for