"Romantic horrror at its best"
The Neteru is born once a millennium to give peace to a
trouble world. She is gifted with powers that enable her
to destroy the supernatural creatures who want to bring
Armageddon to the world. Damali Richards is this era's
Neteru, a rock singer and leader of a band whose members
are Guardians, sworn to help her in the fight against
evil. The vampires were planning a grand feast starring
the human race as the main course, but Damali and her
group stopped them. However, the only man she ever loved,
Carlos Rivera, was turned into a master vampire and is
believed to be dead.
She doesn't know that he is rescued by a group of monks
who are sworn to fight the Dark and believe that Carlos is
worth redeeming. He returns to Damali and they have ten
beautiful days together before they part in anger. He
consolidates his empire while she and her group travel to
Brazil where they have to find the creature that is
killing and eating scores of humans. The creature lures
Carlos down there as well and tries to seduce him but
Damali won't let any evil being live who threatens her
world and her beloved.
Both Damali and Carlos are fascinating characters who are
polar opposites. His love for the Neteru is so pure it
can bring about his redemption while she is a powerful
mage who needs to battle evil but also wants to be with
the vampire she loves. Their love story makes THE HUNTED
a horror novel with a twist that will appeal to fans of
both genres. L.A. Banks has written a work one can sink
their teeth into enjoying every bite.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 1, 2004
A Neteru—a hunter or a heroine—is born every thousand years to lead the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms. Damali Richards is the millennium Neteru, the one who will play a pivotal role in the Final War. The Warriors of Light have been waiting for her and the Dark Realms will do anything to possess or destroy her. What they do not take into account is the man who will love her.
Damali has been to Hell and back—literally—and she is not eager to repeat the trip. A Vampire civil war has been averted, but there were casualties, and she believes that Carlos Rivera, her former lover turned master vampire, is one of them. His death has not only shaken her emotions, but has weakened her powers as well. Then Damali gets word of horrific killings in Brazil. The vampire civil war left a small door to Hell open, and new and dangerous foes have risen from the Dark Realms. The leader, a deadly female, is set on a path of destruction, but her blood lust hides a nefarious plan, and the resurrected Carlos Rivera is at the heart of it.
However, Damali is not about to lose her man a second time, so she plans to send this old girl right back to the hell she came from—no matter who stands in her way.