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The Red Heart of Jade (Dirk & Steele, Bk 3)
The Red Heart of Jade - Dirk & Steele, Bk 3
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
The grisly murders are just the beginning. Dean Campbell, ex-cop and clairvoyant, is sent to investigate. He is with the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency, that global association of more-than-human men and women. Shapeshifters, psychics and other paranormals, Dean and his peers are devoted to protecting life. But there are those who live to destro...  more Ľ
ISBN-13: 9780505526311
ISBN-10: 050552631X
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 369
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  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 208 ratings
Publisher: Love Spell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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This is the third book in Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele Romance series. All said and done, I rate it at 3 stars--my lowest rating for any of her books so far. While this was still a well written and engaging story, it was not quite as fantastic as the other two.

Dean and Miri were childhood friends seperated at age sixteen by a tragedy that lead each to believe that the other was dead. Twenty years later they are brought back together by unusual circumstances--a series of firey deaths and the discovery of a rare and mysterious artifact. Miri and Dean fall in love all over again even as they are hunted and threatened.

Like the previous two books, this book had wonderfully exotic setting. Like any good fantasy, it combines legend and adventure with real human problems and emotion. Dean is a tough, corky guy with a lot of character and humor. Miri takes awhile to warm up to, she's not quite as well written, but she makes a decent match for Dean just the same.

The romance was adequate. Not fantastic, because not much time is actually spent on just building the relationship. In fact that is the main problem of the book. Also, the plot is very convoluted and complicated. I have to admit I had a little trouble making sense of it all and in the end, I'm still not satisfied that the author got the full picture across. So while I still recommend Liu as an excellent paranormal romance author, and this book as part of a great series, this one wasn't my favorite.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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I really liked series 1 and 2. This one left me scratching my head. I don't want to give away the plot line, so let me say . . . it read like a bridge book. I couldn't get too excited about the heroine either. Still recommend Liu though.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Liu became one of my favorite authors as soon as I began reading her first book, Tiger Eye. She is a relatively new author, all of whose books so far involve characters who work for Dirk & Steele, an undercover paranormal organization / detective agency. Supporting characters in Liu's books frequently turn up or have previously been in primary roles in other books in the Dirk & Steele series. One reviewer didn't like that. I had no problem with it. It was nice to learn more about the other characters and their back stories. Maggie Shayne does the same thing with vampire characters in her Twilight series. Most of Liu's paranormals are shape changers or have psychic abilities. In this book, more than her others, she throws in more of her own brand of magic and mythology.

Fast paced. Likable characters. A story that sucks you in right away and is hard to put down. Liu doesn't write "bodice rippers," but there's plenty of romance. It's a good book, but my least favorite of the 6 in the series so far.

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A bit more complicated than others. Fast paced and full of action and danger. Still not sure I trust old dragon lady.
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Iíve only read Marjorie Liuís Crimson series entry but enjoyed her voice so much I decided to pull this book from the pile (well, thereís that and the fact that my friend has patiently been waiting for me to return it for months). Iím afraid I may have picked the wrong book from the pile this time around.

Reading the first chapter was a real chore because, for some reason, I could not fall into the story. It starts out introducing Dean who apparently is a hunky agent who does some sort of police/detective/clean-up work for some secret paranormal goings-on society. Youíll have to pardon my ignorance here because I havenít read the previous two books in the series but after a few restarts due to boredom I was mostly able to figure things out. Someone (or some creature) has been incinerating bodies over town and heís hot on the trail. As heís doing his investigative work in Taipei, and using his otherworldly powers of clairvoyance, he realizes that his first love, whom he believed was dead, may still be alive.

Later, I read another chapter or two but gave up when I consistently found myself drifting away and having to restart. The characters and storyline just didn't hook me in any way and I have very little patience. I have way too many books sitting here waiting to be read and this one will take me six months to get through at this rate.
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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I love this series!

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