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The Hollow Ones

The Hollow Ones

Large Print - 2020
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Rookie FBI agent Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who becomes suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn't the tragedy itself--it's the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent's body after his death. Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, Hardwicke accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named Hugo Blackwood, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781538752166
1538752166
Call Number: LT FIC TOR
Characteristics: 406 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
large print
Additional Contributors: Hogan, Chuck - Author
Bib Control Number: 1144197

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wcbind421
Feb 09, 2021

I had my doubts about this book because I hated del Toro's movie "Pan's Labyrinth", which I walked out of. I got about half-way through, enjoying the smart, cinematic style as well as the authors' depictions of female FBI agent Odessa Hardwicke and retired FBI agent Earl Solomon who meet as he is dying. Then I decided I didn't want to finish it; too many people were being killed in too many gruesome ways by demons inhabiting their bodies and then gleefully jumping to new hosts, pursued by the mysterious time-traveler Algernon Blackwood. Yuck. Still, I stuck with it for another 100 pages and skimmed the last 50 or so. It's a quick read, formatted with a lot of blank pages. Can't say I much enjoyed the second half, though.

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Dreamstime
Dec 06, 2020

Exciting from start to finish. I was not a big fan of Odessa who seems to resist what is before her eyes (though given the circumstances I should be more forgiving). I think her attitude will definitely change in the next book in the series. I like nasty villains so I loved the challenge of a horrible antagonist. Very spooky indeed.

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Katie_Dublin
Sep 07, 2020

Amazing! Would highly recommend. Can't wait for more in this series!

jclTeriS Aug 28, 2020

In this supernatural horror, young FBI agent Odessa investigates crimes that arise from a spirit jumping from person to person, making them violently attack and kill. Expect some gore here! I like the 3 different timelines, including historical ties to civil-rights-era FBI & lynchings, and mystery man John Blackwood's 16th C seances--adding add depth to the whole possession story.

alburke47 Jul 30, 2020

This was an enjoyable romp, the characters were good and the setting was interesting. The story revolved around three characters, set in three different time periods over 500 years or so. To be honest though, there was absolutely nothing about the story that I hadn't heard before, and while I liked it, I'm not sure I'll continue with the next book. The narrator, on the other hand, was terrific, and definitely a saving grace.

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