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(The Hunted #2)
by Jordan Dane
Release Date: 12/18/12
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.
While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese--the obsessed leader of the Believers--the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.
When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past--and the man who made him--before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.
First book in the series:
by Jordan Dane
Release Date: 12/18/12
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.
Swoon-worthy Gabriel and Rayne Scene from Crystal Fire
One of Gabriel Stewart’s favorite places on the estate is overlooking the parapet wall on the stone tower of the mansion. The view of the Bristol Mountains at night is breathtaking. After one of his nightmares, he finds solace there, but Rayne finds him. Gabriel is feeling the pressure of being leader to the Indigos.
Gabriel had been so intent on his deadly thoughts that he didn’t hear Rayne walk up behind him. She had to speak to catch his attention.
“Hey,” she whispered. “I’m getting good at finding your hiding places. I hope you don’t mind company.”
When he turned, Rayne gave him a shy smile, tinged with the uncertainty that she’d intruded on his privacy. She had on plaid pajama bottoms and a SpongeBob T-shirt and stood wrapped in a blanket draped around her shoulders. Even with all the fancy clothes in the armoire in her room—the offerings for the guests at the estate—she chose SpongeBob, something of her own to wear, and Gabe loved her all the more for it. He opened his mouth to say something, but Rayne shook her head and raised a hand to stop him.
“You don’t have to explain what you’re doing here…or why you can’t sleep.” She smiled and crossed her arms to brace against the cool night air and tugged the blanket around her. “Is that your new sketchbook?”
“Yeah. At this rate, I’ll have to buy a new one soon.”
“Mind if I take a look?” Rayne held out her hand.
She’d learned to ask permission since the first time she’d seen his visions on paper, the ones he drew without fully being awake. His sketchbook was out of bounds and private. He flipped the artist’s pad open to his latest rendering, the one he wanted her to see. The drawing disturbed him so much, he couldn’t say anything.
“Oh my God. You saw this?” she gasped with her eyes on the dark vision. “No wonder you can’t sleep.”
She stared at the tortured face of a boy in a helmet, with his mouth gaped open in a silent scream. The kid’s head and eyes were covered and his body was strapped down. The sketch reminded Gabe of the horrors and mutilations of the Inquisition, a disturbing period in history that he’d learned about from his mother when she’d homeschooled him.
“The guy in the helmet is in real trouble, and things are getting worse. I feel it. These Indigo kids aren’t asking for the world, Rayne. They only want what should be theirs—a home where they can be safe with people who love them, a normal life where they aren’t judged…or hunted for what they can’t help being. I feel responsible for what happens to them now.”
“I know you do. I can see that, but you saved my brother and these kids once. I know you’ll find a way to help them again. If it makes a difference, I believe in you.”
Gabe wished that Rayne’s faith in him would be enough to cut through his doubts, but it didn’t. He felt like a poser. Before he could say anything, she pulled him into her arms and kissed him with his sketchbook held between them. When he pressed his lips to hers, his fingers ran through her hair as heat rose from his belly and spread. Loving Rayne had been easy. He only wished that one day loving her would be his whole world.
After Rayne kissed him, she looked at the sketch he’d drawn of the screaming boy and said, “Just hold me.” She burrowed into his arms and nuzzled her warmth to his chest. He kissed her forehead and breathed in the smell of lavender soap and something uniquely Rayne.The minute he held her in his arms, Gabe knew that he’d kill to protect her.
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About the Author
Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs.Social Media Links: