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Hunter's Moon [Mass Market Paperback]

C. T. Adams , Cathy Clamp
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Sept. 30 2008 Tales of the Sazi (Book 1)
HER ONLY OPTION IS DEATH

Sue Quentin has reached the end of her rope-she's desperate, and there's only one way out. Her plan doesn't include falling for Tony, the mysterious hit man she hires. He listens when she speaks and somehow convinces her that maybe her problems aren't entirely insurmountable. He even thinks her little potbelly is sexy. So he's a werewolf--everyone has flaws!

Sue enjoys being coddled by Tony, and, for his part, Tony likes the way Sue moans when he touches her. She begins to think she and Tony might have a shot at a future together, despite his unorthodox profession . . . and even though she doesn't know his real name.

But when Tony's enemies-not all of whom are fully human-decide Sue makes a perfect target, will Tony risk letting his darker side out during the day to save her?

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Hit man Tony Giodone has seen some wacky whack jobs but this takes the cake. Sue Quentin, winner of a huge lottery jackpot, wants him to off her. She is so desperate to get away from her obnoxiously calculating and avaricious family, she feels that death is the only escape. Tony, meanwhile, has made a miscalculation. Ever since he was bitten by one of his targets, he has experienced three days of amnesia at the full moon, during which he turns into a wolf, so he usually locks himself away in a soundproof suite in the Plaza. Fortunately, he wakes up this time to find that Sue is still alive and well. A powerful bout of lovemaking leaves Tony certain that he has found his mate, and he will do anything for Sue, even kill her if that's what she wants. This unusual, artfully constructed, and enticing blend of horror and romance will have wide appeal with its male point of view, intensely sexy love story, and caperlike action. Diana Tixier Herald
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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"I read the book in one sitting. I look forward to the next book in the series, because it has to be the beginning of a series. A world this enjoyable deserves more than one visit. This book has some new twists in the werewolf's tail that were very cool."--Laurell K. Hamilton on Hunter's Moon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf hitman... Dec 13 2004
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
People know him as Tony Giodone. No one knows his real name. He is a hitman, hired assassin, and a werewolf. Tony is still getting used to what he has become. One year ago he had been stalking his mark, but his mark ended up ripping Tony's throat out. With no one to teach him how to deal with his new abilities, Tony taught himself. He has learned which scents mean he is being lied to and which mean someone fears him. But most scents he has yet to figure out. He is slowly learning how to use his changes to his business advantage, except during the full moon when he locks himself away.
Sue Quentin won the lottery last year. She should be happy, thrilled. Instead, she wants to hire Tony to kill her. The moment she meets Tony she is disturbingly attracted to him. He returns that attraction. Even when she accidently learns he is a werewolf, she feels the pull of him.
Their relationship is still on shaky ground when Tony's enemies decide to harm Tony by going after Sue. Tony and Sue find themselves in a world of high stakes card games, kidnapping, larceny ... and shapeshifters of all kinds.
**** This super natural romance is told from Tony's point-of-view. The back ground of the shapeshifters does not go into deep detail. Readers learn only what Tony does as the story progresses. Yet is gave me enough information to actually thirst for another glimpse into the darker world. Do not think that you will easily put this book down whenever the telephone rings. Very well done! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Paranormal Adventure! July 3 2004
By TMal
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Take an ex-Mafia hitman, turn him into a werewolf, send in a fragile female willing to pay big bucks for her own murder, and you've got an amazing, cutting edge paranormal adventure - Hunter's Moon. Written by the collaborative team of Cathy Clamp and C. T. Adams, this entertaining, well-written novel is a gritty, fast-paced adventure with just the right touch of sexy romance. I couldn't help but compare the first person, male narrative style to Mickey Spillane.
When Tony Giodone was accidentally turned into a werewolf by a mystery woman, he never got the lowdown on how his kind are supposed to operate in the human world. So he does the best he can. Ruthless and unemotional, Tony meets a new client, Suzi Quentin. Normally, he doesn't blink an eye about killing someone, but the client's request is an unusual one - she wants to hire him to kill her! Her family uses her and abuses her, and she doesn't want to live anymore. But before he can do the deed, Tony finds himself swept up in an intricate game of cat and wolf, with all roads leading back to Sue. Werewolves mate for life in this new reality and although Tony struggles against it, any thoughts of killing his client begin to disappear in the face of an all-consuming, supernatural need for her. As the two battle the forces of evil, along with the evils only men can do, Sue finds a new reason to live. Tony learns more about the creature he has become - and about the dark inner circle which steadily draws him inside its secret realm.
Men will especially enjoy this fast-paced, action/ adventure paranormal, and women will be enthralled by the incredible, deftly written love-making scenes. I will anxiously await the next installment on Tony's life as a shapeshifting wolf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunter's Moon / Great July 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hunter's Moon is an amazing cutting edge paranormal adventure. This fast moving, entertaining and well-written novel is a cutting edge paranormal adventure which includes an ex-Mafia hitman, turned werewolf, add in a sexy fragile female who is tired of her family abusing her and is ready to hire someone to end her life. With the plot of how Tony Giodone became a hitman, werewolf, and the lowdown on how his kind operate in the human world, to the love story that develops between Tony Giodone and Sue, and with werewolves mating for life this book sweeps you up into the intricate game of Sue and wolf and the new reality and struggles against killing his client with his all-consuming, supernatural need for her. As the love story develops and the two battle forces of evil, along with the evils only men can do, Sue finds a new reason to live. Tony learns more about the creature he has become - and about the dark inner circle which steadily draws him inside its secret realm.
Both Men and Women will enjoy this fast-paced, action/adventure paranormal, and women will be overjoyed in the deftly written love-making scenes.
After reading this book I can only anxiously await the next installment of Tony's life as a shapeshifting wolf and lover. This book is great reading on its on, but, just has to be the beginning of a new paranormal series from TOR. Tony's character is just too unique, and too darn SEXY to stop with only one book. This is definately a book to read over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunter's Moon Oct. 8 2007
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The day started out like any other for Tony Giodone. Tony is an assassin for hire and an adopted member of the Family, though he prefers to describe himself as a businessman who works the wrong side of the street. Today, Tony is meeting a client at Nick's Tavern.

At first, the meeting with the client, Suzi (Sue) Quentin, is pretty standard. That is, until Sue mentions that the hit is on herself. The reason for her suicide by hit man, is that she is being terrorized by her sisters Bekki and Mitzi and her mother Myra. Far from kind and loving, these three women treat Sue like a servant and make every effort to ruin her career and love life. Sue feels the only way out of this situation is death. Tony is both perplexed and intrigued by this woman.

Hunter's Moon has a little bit of something for everyone. There's romance. There's comedy. There's action, and there's intrigue. These aspects intermeshed to create a very entertaining action filled storyline. By far, however, the best part of this book is the characters themselves. How often does one read about a teenage assassin who still plays video games and is shy with girls but was incarcerated for his first murder conviction at age six; a mother who throws herself down the stairs so that her daughter has to take care of her; or a hit man who just happens to be a werewolf? These characters are highly original, hilarious, entertaining, and add a little extra flare to the story.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf hitman... Dec 13 2004
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
People know him as Tony Giodone. No one knows his real name. He is a hitman, hired assassin, and a werewolf. Tony is still getting used to what he has become. One year ago he had been stalking his mark, but his mark ended up ripping Tony's throat out. With no one to teach him how to deal with his new abilities, Tony taught himself. He has learned which scents mean he is being lied to and which mean someone fears him. But most scents he has yet to figure out. He is slowly learning how to use his changes to his business advantage, except during the full moon when he locks himself away.
Sue Quentin won the lottery last year. She should be happy, thrilled. Instead, she wants to hire Tony to kill her. The moment she meets Tony she is disturbingly attracted to him. He returns that attraction. Even when she accidently learns he is a werewolf, she feels the pull of him.
Their relationship is still on shaky ground when Tony's enemies decide to harm Tony by going after Sue. Tony and Sue find themselves in a world of high stakes card games, kidnapping, larceny ... and shapeshifters of all kinds.
**** This super natural romance is told from Tony's point-of-view. The back ground of the shapeshifters does not go into deep detail. Readers learn only what Tony does as the story progresses. Yet is gave me enough information to actually thirst for another glimpse into the darker world. Do not think that you will easily put this book down whenever the telephone rings. Very well done! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blech Jan. 12 2005
By Sekuiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The more I think about this book, the more irritating it becomes. I especially disliked the patronizing, moralistic tone that crept in as the story progressed. I wouldn't have said there was such a thing as "politically correct nihilism" before reading this. We are not only expected to sympathize with a character who kills innocent people for money and feels no regret, but the novel implies that we should be ashamed for judging him. Personally, I didn't see why he was supposed to be more sympathetic because it was "just business." If anything, it made him seem more cold-blooded. At least a psychopath like Scotty can be excused on the grounds of being born that way, but Tony clearly had a choice.

More nauseating yet, we're offered a list of flimsy justifications for this "career choice" (from the mouth of a licensed psychiatrist, no less), which basically amount to "It's been around since the beginning of time" (so have child prostitution and slavery--are those okay, too?) and "If he doesn't do it, someone else will" (Which makes him totally blameless, apparently), and, my personal favorite, "Everybody dies." Sue is supposed to be intelligent, but if that were the case, I think she would do a better job of knocking over these ridiculous arguments. She never says anything more articulate than, "But it's wrong to kill!!" creating the illusion that the pro-hitman viewpoint has the intellectual advantage (it doesn't.) This same psychiatrist seems to feel that there is an inherent conflict between "being yourself" and "being human" (ie, having values). So he advises Sue to give up her moral values in order to be true to herself. WHAT?

Oh yeah, and apparently we need the Mafia and should support them because they keep the gangs in check. Uh, isn't that supposed to be the cops' job?

I really wanted to see Sue grow a spine and verbally castrate these stupid, condescending jackasses, but alas, it was not to be.

Which brings me to another problem. Sue. We're told again and again that she's not weak, that she's actually quite intelligent and strong-willed and just has self-esteem issues. I see no evidence of this. She never puts up much of a fight at any point in the novel; the one time she confronts Tony about his career as a hitman, he instantly shouts her down and she curls up into a meek little ball. Yeah, they're going to have a healthy relationship.

Redeemed villains can be wonderful protagonists, but Tony clearly doesn't want to be redeemed; he thinks he's A-OK the way he is. It's really kind of a shame the authors chose to populate their novel with such vile characters, because their writing--while amateurish in places--does show glimmers of promise and talent. I liked the way they brought us into Tony's world of enhanced smells...and in fact, the writing itself is the only reason I'm not giving this one star. But as for creating sympathetic protagonists, as far as this reader is concerned, they failed dismally.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me Cold Dec 30 2005
By DFE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book is an exercise in remaining detached, unless of course you fancy living in the mind of the first person male narrator - a hit man for hire who charges extra for rape and torture. Tony, the hit man's love interest is Sue, a needy, whiney, depressed recent lottery winner who can't come up with any better way to make use of her millions to escape her controlling family from hell then to hire Tony to kill her.

This lovely plan is complicated by the fact that Tony is also a werewolf. Sue inadvertently gets locked in the hotel room with Tony on the night of a full moon and learns his secret. They begin to bond due to Tony's werewolf telepathic powers and love follows. But will Sue's love for Tony be enough to change her mind about wanting to die? Does Tony love Sue enough to let her go by killing her for pay if she doesn't change her mind?

The book held my attention but I found it deeply disturbing. As another reviewer mentioned, I was most upset by the authors' attempts to suggest that being a part of the mob and earning your living by killing is just another lifestyle choice. The respected therapist that Sue sees (who is also a childhood friend of Tony) doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with Sue spending her life with a man who may end up on death row and tells her that if thought Tony could be helped by being put in jail, he would turn him in. I wanted to shout, "What about helping the people that Tony is planning on murdering you amoral moron!" If Tony had been involved in illegal gambling or even drug running, the simplistic arguments offered in favor of moral relativism might have worked better, but I draw the line at attempting to justify cold-blood murder. It would have been far more palatable if Tony simply didn't care that it was wrong and left it that.

The were-world is secondary to the mafia world and doesn't make a real appearance to the final chapter where a huge and distracting information dump is done despite the fact that it is irrelevant to the book.

I found this an odd choice for a romance book. There was a love story of sorts, but few of genre markers were in evidence, with emotional resonance being the most obviously absent. Like many reader the recommendation by LKH drew me in, but I found it a very different sort of book. LKH's heroine, Anita Blake is a deeply moral character who only kill's the bad guys, even though what defines a bad guy has evolved over the series and was not the model for Nick. A closer match is LKS's Edward, the sociopath assassin, but even Anita was smart enough not to get involved with him.

Not recommended for readers looking for conventional morality or sympathetic characters. But if you want to read something completely different, this isn't half bad.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like whining females this is for you April 17 2005
By V. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book on all the rave reviews, based on that I think my expectations were very high.

This whining pathetic female was such a turn off. We all live in a real world of people like her, so of course I don't want to have to read about her, I like my females to be smart or at least courageous, but I hated this one from the start. I couldn't give this book away fast enough, I was scared it might contaminate my other books. I don't know why so many people gave it good reviews?????
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and intriquing tale Jan. 5 2005
By Traci King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I gave this four stars for the writing and for the talent it took to come up with this unusual plot. I, however, could not get beyond the fact that the hero was an assassin, a member of the Mafia (Family), liked his job and did not hesitate to kill for money. I'm not saying that he got a thrill out of killing, not at all, but nevertheless this was the job he chose to do. I do not buy the fact that the victims deserved to be killed, or that he took jobs of that type deliberately. I also don't think this deserves a sequel if the characters are to remain the hero and heroine. Then it would no longer be a romance, but a mystery or horror story. The ending was complete in itself and did not hint at a followup. By the way I did not like the smell thing or the mind reading, it just overtook the story or became the story. The book was almost totally one character, the hero and the teller of the story. I barely know what the heroine's true personality, feelings, etc. or how she justified her relationship with her family and with the hero. Weakness is the only thing that comes to mind and I don't think that was the authors' intention. Since most of the other readers enjoyed the book, I feel that it must be a matter of taste and this story left a bad taste in my mouth.
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