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The First Prophet (Bishop Files #1)

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Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared—by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon: to blind the psychics to the evils all around them.

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is play
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Jove
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Sheila It seems to be the start of a new trilogy which goes off in another new direction. I really enjoyed it and expected a new (2nd book) before now.
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A Deadly Web was just released which appears to be the the 2nd entry.(less)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
The First Prophet is the 1st book in Kay Hooper’s Bishop’s Files Series, which is linked to her FBI SCU Series.

This was an interesting story and I found the main protagonists likeable. The scenario of a sinister conspiracy that is targeting people with psychic powers is daunting and creepy and scary too.

I couldn’t make out what the book title referred to….who was the First Prophet?

I am looking forward to continue reading this series. Psychics and their powers and how they use them to solve cri
Dec 08, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
I hope this book makes more sense in the context of the yet-to-be-written rest of the series, because as a standalone, it made virtually no sense at all. I've read most of Kay Hooper's work and this is definitely not her best showing.

The suspense was good, as always. Ms. Hooper uses an interesting plot device for much of the book where three perspectives are shown - the main character, a "good guy" and a "bad guy". If you're familiar with her Bishop/SCU books, it becomes apparent pretty quickly
Feb 21, 2013 Issa rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I was very excited that a new Bishop series was starting. The last trilogy didn't thrill me but I hoped Kay Hooper would be building something better. First off, Bishop and his team do not appear in the book except for a letter in the beginning and a short part in the end. A huge disappointment but I soldiered on.

Sarah woke up from a coma with psychic abilities. She can sense people, feel things, and see the future. She has no control over either. Tucker is an author who has little fa
Jan 19, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it

The First Prophet is book 1 of the Bishop Files.

I liked the story but it was confusing on who are the good guys and bad guys. Even with the first book read I am not totally sure of the answer.
I was expecting to see more of Bishop and gang in this book than we did see.
I liked the characters and thier journey they went through it should be interesting to see where the next two books reveal. Hopefully they will come out sooner than later.
This was my book of the month selection. Lots of drama
Jan 02, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Paranormal Mystery readers
I usually love Kay Hooper's novels. Once I start one it is hard to put it down and the story just sucks you in. Unfortunately, this is the 1st novel I have read by Kay Hooper that I thought was blah. I was expecting a fast paced suspense story that focused on Bishop, Miranda, the SCU, and Haven. "The First Prophet" completely focused on new characters and some of the people in Bishop's network (probably not in the SCU or Haven). I found the story was slow and there were too many characters intro ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Karen rated it liked it

Ok I adore Kay Hooper books. I'm addicted to the bishop series. This book was advertised as a bishop file. I truly liked both of the main characters- but I soon became annoyed with the shrouded mystery of who and why. I had a hard time keeping up with who was the bad guy, who was talking and a big basic wth is going on. I'm all about clues and leading the reader, but few of my questions were ever answered. This book may have been more enjoyable if I understood the who and the why.
As a devoted
May 01, 2013 Andreasoldier rated it it was ok
I like Kay Hooper and her Haven and Bishop FBI novels. This is a related book in a new series, but Bishop and his unit, and Haven characters just pop in.
This book is suspenseful, and maybe scary, but a little to hard to follow. Too many storylines that don't actually tie together til the last pages.
Sarah Gallagher has an accident, and begins having psychic events. Five months later she is becoming more prescient, more telepathic and someone wants her dead.
Tucker Mackenzie is a bestselling author
Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 18 and Up
Recommended to Candace by: Kay Hooper Email
The First Prophet is the first book in a new Bishop Files Novel trilogy. Kay Hooper's new offering is stunning in her ability to continually come up with fresh new stories in this fascinating series about a psychic department within the FBI. That being said, that psychic department rarely comes up in the book, although a couple of characters do show up off and on.

The First Prophet introduces us to Sarah Gallagher, a woman newly awakened to her psychic abilities.

The backliner reads:

Months ago Sar
Nov 14, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
First Prophet: Kay Hooper

The Special Crimes Unit or Haven is unique to that of others. Psychics have different powers that they utilize to either predict or forecast events, some have precognitive or telepathic abilities while others can feel emotions or even heal. As you read this transcript submitted by Noah Bishop, Unit Chief of the Special Crimes Unit, FBI you will learn about a young woman whose life was taken and whose identity no longer exists but although she is gone her physical body is
Ashley Nemer
Dec 30, 2012 Ashley Nemer rated it really liked it
Overall I liked it...I typically love her psychic thriller's. This one didn't make me sit down and drop everything to read like her regular Bishop novel ones do. That is why I gave it 4 stars. I liked the characters and I liked where it went. I liked where she took it with Miranda and Bishop in the end but I would liked to have seen more of them since I only wanted to read it for the Bishop factor.

The main characters in this book were okay. I didn't fall in love with them right took m
Nov 30, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
This was a good mystery: just the right amount of suspense and action to keep me on the edge of my seat.


It was a mystery. Mystery. Do you remember when Hooper was starting out and her stories were paranormal romantic suspense to make it seem plausible?

I miss those early stories. Lately, it seems like she is going away from the romance spectrum and heading towards the conspiracy fiction. Not a bad genre but not one I enjoy and want to read. Throwing in a lone "romantic" scene 50 pages n
Mar 12, 2016 Eve marked it as dnf
DNF at 50%

Maybe it's just me, but this book wasn't holding my attention...

Riana Elizabeth
Feb 28, 2015 Riana Elizabeth rated it it was ok
First book in Hooper's "Bishop Files" series. There could have been some really interesting characters, but too many were introduced (especially for a first book) too quickly without much to distinguish between them.
The relationship between the two main characters was not believable and the female protagonist, especially, was bland. The story would've been much more interesting if there would have been some emotional and physical development between the two, rather than have them just hang in t
Diane T.
Dec 05, 2012 Diane T. rated it liked it
This is the first in a new series for Kay Hooper. Ms Hooper is one of my favorite writers and I really enjoy her books. You'll can hear the "BUT", right? Her last few books have been "save the world" type deals. FOR ME (please note the previous two words) that gets old real quick. I much prefer smaller scale trouble. That said, this was still a good read. I have in no way given up on Ms Hooper. I am hoping that she is working toward something here and not changing her style completely.
I'm generally a fan of Hooper for some light reading, and I may or may not (read: I do) fangirl over Noah Bishop appearances in the novels. That was my primary reason for reading this one, apparently. It was good, but my real interest lies in the FBI characters, who aren't in this one. I'm sure there's an interesting tie in upcoming but until then, I really got the feeling this was just a warm up. A nice warm up, but not as much fun as the other Hooper novels I've read.
Jan 04, 2013 Penny rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed Kay Hooper's books, but this book has me sitting on the fence so to speak. While I enjoyed some of it, I don't think there was a clear enough explanation of the shadows (bad guys) It will be interesting to see where the next book in this series leads, hopefully things become a bit clearer.
Danielle Choffrey
Feb 20, 2014 Danielle Choffrey rated it did not like it
I have literally read every single Kay Hooper book and have thought they were all pretty good. This one I would not classify in that category. It was horrible! There were many problems I had with this book.

Let's start with the storyline. I am all for a relationship being built and the story revolving around them, but for some reason I don't think the two main characters in this book meshed well.. at all! First off they met on like page 5 then were attached at the hip through the entire book. I
Beverley Albright
Jan 27, 2013 Beverley Albright rated it did not like it
Never having read any of Ms. Hooper's books before I had no idea what to expect. If I had read any of her previous books and understood the dynamics of what is obviously a very involved plot line of various groups, then I may have enjoyed this book. But as it was, I did not enjoy it at all. The book was boring and melodramatic and extremely confusing. I had no idea who belonged to which group or even who the groups were. I understand that previous books not being read can make a difference. But ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
This author was recommended by a friend, and I got her first book, I don't know what I was expecting, but was pleasantly surprised. Mystery, murder, and Psychics, what more could you want. Was frustrating, however when I realized this problem was not going to be solved in one book. But look forward to book number two.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: andra

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

An auspicious beginning to the new Bishop Files series. While my experience with Kay Hooper as an author is limited …the only other titles I have read were Enemy Mine and the most excellent Haunted. Haunted is why I am reading more titles by Ms. Hooper.

The story begins with a fire (actually…not 100% true…but you need to read it for yourself)….and now the newly minted psychic (it has not been quite six months since Sarah
Sheila Melo
Apr 08, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spin Off of Bishop/SCU Series That Is Difficult To Follow Without That Background

"Destiny is merely the sum of one's choices."

THE STORY: Sarah Gallagher awoke from a coma with psychic abilities. She knows that her predictions of death come true and thus knows that she will die soon. Someone is after her. Sarah meets Tucker Mackenzie, and author, who has been looking for genuine psychics to answer a question that has been haunting him for years. Tucker ends up trying to help Sarah defeat her pred
Jul 08, 2014 Lynda rated it liked it
Antique shop owner Sarah Gallagher was standing in the midst of a disaster, her home destroyed by a fire when novelist Tucker Mackenzie found her. Sarah knew Tucker searched for her to find the answers that haunted him for years. It wasn’t long before they realized Sarah’s life was in jeopardy, they were on the run in a desperate race to discover who the shadows were and why Sarah. Her psychic abilities had changed and strengthened, she was frightened by the visions and voices. Tucker’s discover ...more
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
Dec 12, 2012 Debbie "DJ" Wilson rated it really liked it

I found myself being drawn into this book right from the start. I love the paranormal, but usually don't read about it. Someone is after psychics and we don't know why. This book is a real page turner as I wondered who where the good guys, and who weren't. The ending was a little far-fetched, but I just couldn't help liking the first 3/4 of the book, so oh well. Just a fun and exciting read.
Beth Gibson
Jun 06, 2014 Beth Gibson rated it liked it
Someone's targeting psychics. Sarah woke up from a coma and found herself to by psychic. Now she is being hunted too. Her house burns down one day and it just happened that Tucker MacKenzie, a writer, was coming to see her that day. He is searching for some answers from his past, but has not been able to find out through official means. But he is also skeptical about side show physics. Is she the genuine article?

At first this seemed to be an interesting story line. But then it got bogged down, f
Jan 16, 2013 Claudia rated it it was ok
I got this book at the airport based on the storyline... "The FBI is involved in a program to use psychics". I found this book to be repetitive and painfully slow. Although the end has a twist it falls flat. Evil vs Good, love interests, psychics of all ages being taken or killed... But WHY? First of a series. Maybe the secret comes out later.
Jul 25, 2015 Chana rated it liked it
I felt like this story was full of loose ends and things that didn't quite make sense and were never explained, especially through the ending chapters.
What you have here is a woman who suffered a head injury and consequently became psychic. Evidently she is a threat to someone or her skills are valued and wanted by a secret group of psychic kidnappers and murderers. After this woman's house is burned down she meets a writer who decides she is in danger (there is someone watching her and his inte
Book Reading Gals
Jan 10, 2014 Book Reading Gals rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Title: The First Prophet

Series: Bishop Files

Author: Kay Hooper

Genre: Paranormal

Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared—by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon: to blind the psychics to the evils all around them.

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah’s mind.

It begins with Sar
May 27, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
The author seems to be heading in a new direction with her psychics. There is very little involvement by Bishop except in an observatory capacity. There is also a new group of villains who are either kidnapping or killing psychics and we don't find out why. I assume that will be revealed in a future edition. We are also told that psychics seem to be being born or created due to trauma and a much higher frequency than in the past. There is a loosely organized group trying to protect these new psy ...more
Diana Brown
Jun 17, 2013 Diana Brown rated it liked it
A good read, but not great. I found the plot too unfocused; too many characters were unknown, maybe because its a first book of a new series. For me it wasnt a "have to finish" book.
Jul 27, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
This could ONLY be the first in a series. The main protagonists have some resolution but every other plot door is left ajar.
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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction compan
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