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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Dec 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345480236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345480231
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Former FBI agent Rowan Smith last case haunted her so much, she quit the FBI. Parts of the case hit too close to home. At the age of 10, she witnessed her brother Bobby's evilness when he murdered most of the members of her family. The only ones alive besides herself are her brother and her father, but her father may as well be dead. She saw her mother's bloodied, lifeless corpse and believe he killed her. Now he sits in a mental ward, no life in his eyes. Now she's an author whose books are being made into movies. Staying in Hollywood in a rented beach house, she's currently working on the next movie. One morning she wakes up to the slamming of a car door. Answering the door was the worst thing she could have done; reporters were camped on her doorstep, wanting to know her reaction to a murder that was taken straight from one of her books.

When another murder happens, her producer, Annette hires a security firm. Michael Flynn, ex-cop, is on the case, determined to protect her. But he's also falling for her, and his brother, John, ex-DEA, wonders if it's a repeat of a past case that went horribly wrong. Their sister, Tess, makes up the entire security firm, she's their computer expert. When more events occur, John believes Rowan's hiding something, and believes Michael's too smitten to properly protect her. He wonders if what she's hiding could get them killed.

As more and more murders occur, and her books left behind at the scene, FBI and the Flynn brothers agree that someone is after Rowan. But who could it be? Someone she put away, a family member of someone she put away or a victim? And then she begins to wonder if it's someone from her past. But who? Everyone but herself, her brother Peter and her father are alive. Who could it be?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine J Howse on Jan. 23 2006
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I would absolutly reccomend that you do not buy this book. In the beginning it looked like it had potential, but not even a third of the way through it feels like you're reading a "Mary Sue". If you're clever in any way you'd lean who the killer is right away. The characters are two dimensional, and the story is flat. I had to force myself to get as far into the story as I did before I just gave up. Save yourself a few dollars and avoid this book.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! Dec 27 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Three women have known violence in their childhood. They come together as roommates at the FBI training academy. Ten year later, their nightmares really begin.

Rowan Smith left the FBI after she was assigned to a case very similar to her own childhood violence. No one really knew she left to preserve her sanity. She began a writing career and had astounding success. In fact, one of her books is being made into a movie in Hollywood. Rowan thought she had left her past behind her at last. Then a dismembered body is found in Colorado. The victim had the same name, occupation, and looks as a character Rowan wrote in one of her novels. This is followed by a second victim, again eerily similar to a character in one of Rowan novels.

Michael Flynn is an ex-cop. John Flynn is a former DEA agent. The two brothers own and operate a security firm. They are hired to protect Rowan. John believes there is more to it all than they currently know. He also has some secrets of his own that he wants no one to learn of. Yet even he will be astounded as the truth comes out. And the only way to reach the truth is for Rowan to revisit the violence in her past, a past that just may kill them both.

***** It is hard to believe that this is Allison Brennan's debut novel. It is fantastic! This title is the first of a trilogy. Each woman from the academy will get her own story told. You will not have to wait a long time between the stories either. The three books come out with only a month between each. (The other two titles will be "The Hunt" and "The Kill".) I could not read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. Highly recommended reading! *****

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Puts You on the Edge of your Recliner Jan. 3 2006
By Susan Hatler - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rowan Smith's hiding from a violent past in order to survive. An ex-FBI agent turned bestselling crime novelist, she finally has a new life when a killer makes her his prey. He commits murders in the exact form of her books, sending Rowan souvenirs of the crimes to taunt her, making it known this is personal and will only end with her death. Bodyguards, Michael and John Flynn are assigned to protect Rowan at all costs. A vow they take literally when each falls for the tormented blonde who, with each murder, teeters further toward the edge of insanity.

As the death toll accumulates, everyone searches frantically for a clue to help them stop the killer. But it's Rowan who must stifle the terrors of her past and avenge the victims of these brutal going after the killer herself.

If you're looking for a book you can't put down, this is it. Brennan's debut is a "killer" and this reader can't wait to read THE HUNT.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Awesome debut Thriller...and two more coming! Dec 29 2005
By Dianna Love - Published on
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Allison Brennan's first book is a tightly written thriller with a romance that sizzles. Rowan left the FBI four years ago with hopes of finding peace in seclusion at a Malibu beach house where she's penning best selling mystery novels. She's a tortured heroine who still sleeps with her weapon and contends she needs no one. But she wakes one morning to a front yard filled with media, because a killer is using real people to recreate deaths of fictional characters in her story with grisly accuracy.

The fast paced story is woven with gripping emotion, high action and tense scenes as Rowan, her hot Delta Force bodyguard and the FBI try to find the murderer before an end game is played out with Rowan as the final prey. The ending of THE PREY is terrific and the ride to get there intense. I've already ordered THE HUNT and THE KILL.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Great Thriller! Dec 28 2005
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
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There are numerous thrillers on the bookshelves and I must have missed something. As much as I read, I was not aware of the number of women producing exciting and gritty page turners where evil serial killers litter the landscape and bright, strong and determined women fight the battle to rid that landscape of its tormentors. Author Brennan is one of those women.

Rowan Smith is a former FBI agent turned best-selling author. She's temporarily left her Colorado home for Malibu and the world of Hollywood screenwriting.

After leaving the FBI some four years earlier, Rowan believes she's outrun and outwitted the demons that have chased her since childhood. But when someone begins murdering people in eerily similar manners as the murders in Rowan's books, and possesses information about her that few people in her life know, she is frightened enough to accept the protection of a bodyguard.

The only way Rowan can stop the killer is to face her own tormented past. But even then, can she save others from a horrendous death? Can she save herself?

Allison Brennan has written a scintillating and frightening novel where she invites us into the mind of the prey and the predator. And while we might want to look away, we're compelled to watch because we have to know how it ends.

The plot of The Prey is ingenious. I however like my suspense/thrillers free from romance. It's distracting to me to have a serial killer on the loose and people "falling" for each other. I also understand that others enjoy the mix and that it's a personal choice. I also figured out "what was going on" fairly early in the book but that didn't dissuade me from continuing because the plot was so interesting that I wanted the explanation. I wasn't disappointed.

Armchair Interviews says: A good thriller with some romance. If you like that combination you'll want to read her previous books and be on the lookout for her February 2006 release, The Hunt. I know I'm going to read it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A must buy book! Jan. 7 2006
By E. Ramer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Former FBI agent turned author Rowan Smith survived a horrifying childhood. But will she survive emotionally when someone starts killing victims exactly as she's written in her bestselling suspense books?

Breaking Rowan's spirit is the murderer's goal. After that, he wants to take her life and finish the horror that began when she as a child.

John Flynn is climbing out of his own darkness. Guarding Rowan is just a job until he can end a greater evil from his days as a DEA agent. But his objectives change when he falls in love with her. Nothing is as important as preventing her death from one of the smartest villains he's come across.

Once I started reading THE PREY, I couldn't stop. The characters spring to life, even the minor ones, and something unexpected happens in each scene. I kept turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

It's hard to believe this is Allison Brennan's first book. I want more! I'm eagerly awaiting THE HUNT and THE KILL.

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