DLSIJ Press, 2002
Reviewed by Joy Calderwood
Science Fiction Action Romance
Panther-like Mea Brin is the best of the Hunters, part of a special
interplanetary enforcement agency. When she happens to meet Seth Terrik,
escaped convict, itís her responsibility to bring him in or kill him. But
Terrik is accompanied by a little girl who tugs at Meaís heart, and Terrik
himself makes Mea breathless with desire and the recognition of a soul
mate. Unfortunately, Terrik knows it would be really, really stupid to get
involved with a Hunter. This means that for Mea it is now a different kind
Never before has any man successfully resisted the sizzling Huntress.
Events drive Terrik toward her, his instinct for self preservation drives
him away. In the middle is little Regan, the appealing orphan who has
decided Mea and Terrik are her parents. When a job assignment turns into a
crisis, Terrik has to decide between his old instincts and his new ones.
THE HUNTRESS is a crackling good time. The first chapter is a grabber, a
bar fight with a cheerful ruthlessness and sexy overtones. Once you have
read this far, you wonít stop. You will be laughing, cheering, sweating,
and exclaiming out loud as the characters mow down the opposition, hold
off their allies, and push each other to the breaking point. OíLearyís
vivid writing style guarantees that you will feel each situation along
with Mea and Terrik.
The authorís characterizations are compelling and in-depth. Mea is an
irresistible Superwoman, but this is based on a troubled past which she
still must work to overcome. Terrik has survived so many hells that he
doesnít know heaven when he sees it. (If you like the casting game, think
Vin Diesel.) Regan has shockingly lost her family and is trying valiantly
to build another. Meaís crew, Warren and Ema, provide one entertaining
surprise after another.
OíLeary is a talented writer, with only a few edges left to work off. She
doesnít always know when to quit, when she has already said everything she
needed to. Occasionally her words jar against each other, when different
word choices would have made them sound smoother in the mind. But I
mention this only because she has so much potential to fulfill. This is a
very enjoyable, fast-paced, and exciting read, in a style that promises
even better for the future.
THE HUNTRESS will be enjoyed by both sexes: the boys will find Mea as
attractive as women will find Terrik, and there is action enough for all.
This book deserves a wider audience than most e-books find. Some
starting-up print publisher needs this book to help it jump into the eye
You may find author Michelle O'Leary at her website at
Dec 2002 Review Originally Published on WOR
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