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Retribution: A Dark-Hunter Novel

Retribution: A Dark-Hunter Novel

Written by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Narrated by Holter Graham


Retribution: A Dark-Hunter Novel

Written by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Narrated by Holter Graham

ratings:
3/5 (222 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 2, 2011
ISBN:
9781427212429
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Harm no human...

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he'd spend eternity protecting the humans he'd once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster...

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who's assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he's not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they've sworn to protect.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Aug 2, 2011
ISBN:
9781427212429
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Sherrilyn Kenyon es una de las voces más frescas, divertidas, imaginativas y originales del género romántico. Nació en Columbus (Georgia) y vive en las afueras de Nashville (Tennessee). Conoce bien a los hombres: se crió entre ocho hermanos, está casada y tiene tres hijos varones. Su arma para sobrevivir en minoría en un mundo dominado por los cromosomas Y siempre ha sido el sentido del humor. Escribió su primera novela con tan solo siete años y todavía mantiene algo de esa niña escritora en su interior: es incapaz de dedicarse a una sola novela en exclusiva. Siempre trabaja en diferentes proyectos al mismo tiempo, que publica con su nombre o bajo el seudónimo Kinley MacGregor.


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  • (3/5)
    So this was definitely not my favorite in the series. The main characters were ok, but didn't really interest me. The book was more about Native American mythology, rather than Roman. I find it hard enough keeping all the old Gods straight, now we have to learn a whole new mythology? This might have been better as a new series, not trying to fit it into the Dark Hunter universe. Towards the end, I was just wishing the book would be over. And seriously, all those plagues unleashed on Las Vegas, and the humans are supposed to not know about the existence of the Dark Hunter world? It is getting hard to believe that the humans don't know what is going on.
  • (3/5)
    I mostly liked this because I love the Dark-Hunter world. I contemplated giving it 2 or 2.5 stars as I couldn't really get into it too much.
  • (2/5)
    As a whole its great as a stand alone book. But, as part of a series,I was slightly disapointed. It's just too over the top with it attempting to blend the various mythologys together.
  • (2/5)
    Wow... uhmm... boring mostly.
    All new bad boys and mythology. Yes, she puts a little of the other characters in Sasha is back as is Zarek but only for a little bit. We meet Jessup Sundown in Zareks story ages ago. What we get here is a bunch of new mythology from American Indian's to add to the already expanding, Olympic, Atlantian, Sumerian, Primal power, demon, damion, were-hunter, dark-hunter, demon hunter (sorry cannot remember the name here but Fang is one of them and Thorn is the head), etc... and let's not go into the types of demons, charonte, gallu, slug, dimi, etc... Sorry but it seems as every other book is introducing us to new bad guys and mythologies. I get that it is leading to the time-untime or 12-12-12 the end of the Mayan calender but... I'd just like to get back to the basics.

    This story was semi OK in romance and boring in the continuing Dark Hunter saga. New North, South, East and West guardians of American Indian legend are introduced and one has a grudge against Jesse (or Jess, Jessup, Jessie or Sundown). You get plagues released by a couple of the guardians and Jess and his friends running for life and to stop the end of the world. This did give a little action but it seemed contrived just to make this a novel instead of novella.

    The bonus chapter in the end of the book with Ash and Tori and Tori having her baby had nothing to do with the rest of the story and should have been offered either as a novella or on her website. I was happy to get this little tidbit but was disappointed as many others were in parts of it.

    1. Tori wishes Ash could have the pain of childbirth. Does she know he has been through worse and easily would take something so little for her. I've done it twice, naturally, with long drawn out labors and never have wished my husband castrated or even cursed him. For her to even suggest that to Ash, who has been castrated was sad.

    2. For Ash to promise anything to Artemis was just too much for me. He should promise to release his mother on her if she didn't help, not vise versa. Sorry that just pissed me off and we all know Ash would lose it if Tori were to die. As for Artemis's turn around, and it points to Nick as the reason, I don't know how Kenyon is going to pull that off but I doubt I'll think it makes sense. Artemis has been selfish for thousands of years, it is not going to change by loosing Ash and gaining Nick. Nick getting the souls now, that was totally predictable from the scene in Acheron, at the end, where Artemis and Nick are commiserating outside the wedding, looking longingly in.

  • (3/5)
    3.5 stars. It was totally different compared to most Dark Hunter books but still good. Absolutely LOVED the bonus scene at the end!
  • (2/5)
    I was disappointed in this entry in the Dark Hunter series. Each book in the series does stand alone in that it is the story of one Dark Hunter and his/her love interest. There are overlying story arcs and the novels reference back to characters and events that took place previously. This one felt very disconnected to the others. The main focus in Retribution was the Native American mythology and apocalypse legends. The author has combined other mythologies besides the base Greek and Roman ones but this felt as though it came out of nowhere. There was very little interaction with other longstanding DH series regulars.
    The main characters, Jess "Sundown" Brady and Abigail were okay but I found myself just not that interested in them. Abigail was a tot when her parents were gunned down in cold blood by Sundown and she has lived her whole life (with her adopted family) waiting for the day she could hunt him down and kill him. Jess for his part sold his soul to Artemis for revenge on his best friend who killed him on his wedding day. The two are tied together in a prophecy most ancient and their love will eventually triumph, stop the apocalypse and save the day.
    The romance was eh at best. There was one love scene and it was just not up to SK's others. Besides, it was in car which is fine if the chemistry and romance is there which for me wasn't.
    I will continue to plod on with the series but I am hoping that it improves. I want to see more of Acheron, Tory, Simi, The Heifer Goddess and even Nick.
  • (4/5)
    William Jessup Brady was a hired gunslinger who changed his ways when he met a woman who loved him. This all ended in betrayal and Artemis gave him a second chance at vengeance and he took it. Now he protects people and tries to come to terms with his new life.Avigail Yager was orphaned as a toddler and she doesn't remember much of the night her parents died except that the Daimons or Vampires who adopted her have told her it was a darkhunter and specificially Brady. She is determined to kill him, however things change when they meet. It's pretty typical Kenyon fare, I enjoyed the read, the series is getting more and more complicated as time goes on and the twists are getting a little more strained. Still it's an entertaining read.
  • (4/5)
     I love Kenyon and her Dark-hunter series but I preferred when there was more Greek mythology to them. The new ones, such as this use Native American history and while it's intersting, it's also not explained as well unless you know some of the history. Otherwise the story was overall fantastic! I love Abby and Jess together but I was disappointed in parts.
  • (4/5)
    I read this book in 5 hours. It wasn't that I particularly loved the book, but I did really enjoy it. I loved that it was set in Las Vegas. After having lived there for a while, it amused me to absolutely no end to see the plagues hit the city. I laughed. I wasn't too fond of the actual storyline so much as I was the actual setting of the book. I was glad it was over and am glad to be moving on to the next book.
  • (4/5)
    Dark-Hunter William Jess Brady, aka Sundown, was a ruthless killer while he lived. As a Dark-Hunter, he's fairly mellow. But something's taking out his friends, and rumor has it it's a human. Which is SO not right.Abigail Yager is hunting down and slaughtering every Dark-Hunter she can get her hands on. Raised by Daimons, she's convinced the Dark-Hunters are bent on exterminating her family's people. Unfortunately, any being with pointy teeth is fair game, and when she kills one of the four Native American Guardians by mistake, she sets the forces of apocalypse in motion. Will Las Vegas be wiped off the map entirely?Not sure how well introducing the Native American pantheon really works here, but it's a readable enough story even if Sundown and Abby aren't my favorite characters.
  • (4/5)
    full review on talksupe.blogspot.comNow I usually love Kenyon romance because she knows how to write them and she really, really does it well. What cheapened Brady and Abigail's love story is when they made love for the first time in a car, inside a car wash place, while a swarm of wasps awaits them outside, thinking that they won't survive the onslaught. Like really?!?! It's like a scene taken from a bad adult movie. But to compensate for this, Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote a bonus scene! Tory and Acheron are having a baby and we get an inside scoop on this event, afterall it won't be a Dark-Hunter book without Acheron stealing the scene.
  • (3/5)
    This was just what I'd been hoping for! I certainly enjoyed it more than I did the last Dark-Hunter novel, No Mercy, and it completely met my hopes. Can't wait to see what SK does next with the series and I love the new characters and mythology introduced! Sasha killed it in this one, he's awesome.
  • (5/5)
    Jess Brady must find the human who is taking out Dark-Hunters. He never expected it to be Abigail, thinking she was long since dead. He especially didn't expect her to be connected to the Apollites. With the impending apocalypse they must set aside their hatred and find a way to work together if they want to stay alive.Loved this story! Ever since Jess 'Sundown' Brady made his first appearance in Dance with the Devil, I've been hoping he'd get his own book. Retribution is a rip-roaring adventure of monsters, plagues and romance. Both Jess & Abby have endured such heartache, it's quite a miracle they found each other. I loved that there is definitely a different feel to this story compared to the other books. Once again Kenyon has expanded her Dark-Hunterverse and made it much more than it was. Which makes it even more exciting to spend time in.This was my first time listening to an audio of a Dark-Hunter book and I really liked it. Retribution is narrated by Holter Graham. While not my favorite narrator Mr. Graham did a lovely job bringing the story to life, and an excellent interpretation of Sundown Brady.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoy this series. In this one Sherrilyn Kenyon took a side step from the normal Greek Pantheon and went to Native American Mythology. I had a hard time believing the heroine would have a change of heart so quickly, but still enjoyed the overall theme of the book.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed the last D-H book, No Mercy, and it left me anticipating this one. And while I did enjoy it a lot, I was also disappointed. The good part is that Retribution, like the last book, returns to redeeming Dark Hunters. Jess "Sundown" Brady is assigned to Las Vegas. And someone is killing off the dark hunters there. When he finally confronts the killer, he is shocked by her familiar face. I really liked Sundown; he's very different from all the never-ending Greek hunters we've encountered before. He has a shady past, even before his betrayal; he was an outlaw in the old west. He has a different mindset which makes him an interesting character. Abigail is also quite different from the previous heroines. She has complex motives and is more than she seems. Since they knew each other in the past, there was a lot for the romance to build on. While the romance was good, the plot left something to be desired. Like other reviewers, I was annoyed by yet ANOTHER pantheon of gods invading the series. This time it's Native Americans, and it was so convoluted that it was almost like reading another series, not the dark hunters. There was a lot of action, don't get me wrong, but yet more mythology to learn (which the ending suggests will continue) frustrated me. Abigail was confused through most of the book, and I completely identified with her on that score! If Kenyon is bored with the Greek gods, I can't blame her. But how about giving us more of the Sumerians (like Sin), which we already know about but have few details on? I would have given the book 3 stars if not for the bonus scene at the end. Like so many fans, I love Ash and that bit left me smiling for hours after I finished. Overall, this was enjoyable but also vexing. I don't mind brand new characters we've never met before since most of the familiar ones have gotten their HEAs, I'd just prefer it didn't take me completely out of my familiar comfort zone at the same time.