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Hostage (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #14)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,954 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews
Haven operative Luther Brinkman has been sent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee to locate escaped felon Cole Jacoby, a mentally unstable bank robber. Supposedly, Jacoby hid more than ten million dollars from his last heist before he was captured—and rather mysteriously escaped federal custody. And once Brinkman finds Jacoby, the agent is left se ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Berkley
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Brent Soderstrum
Dec 15, 2013 Brent Soderstrum rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with the book #14 of the Bishop series. Hooper goes on for 200 pages with two sets of characters conversing about nearly nothing important to the story marking time till she trys to wrap it all together at the end. I think Hooper has been infected with bad energy in her last few attempts. Someone open the door so she can pass through this vortex and move on.
You would think by now everyone would be getting tired of Bishop and his manipulations. What makes it worse is that everyone knows what he is doing, they even call him out on it, but he just keeps playing all mysterious. At some point this will come back to bite him and I can't wait.

There was so much blah in this book. The most interesting part was how one of the physics, Callie, had the ability to speak with her dog, Caesar. I loved the relationship that these 2 had, wished that it would have p
Oct 30, 2014 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt as if this book was a flickering was driving me insane, there is so much going on its like she jumbled all these characters together flipped back and forth between all of them to the point where you either couldn't keep up or the dialogue was so uninteresting that you could less whether or not you finished the book.... I picked up the book and read the prologue thinking this is exactly what I am going to like... only to realize 200 pages in this book isn't even really related ...more
Although the summary paints Hostage as a book about Callie and Luther, it isn't. Not exactly. Hostage is actually split into two seemingly completely separate stories: one set in the mountains, surrounding the mystery of Cole Jacoby, and one set in a haunted mansion. What ties these two stories together is Evil.

And that Evil is probably my biggest problem (although 'problem' may not be the correct term) with this book. One of Kay Hooper's strongest points, in my opinion, are her serial killers.
Kay Hooper's books have always had a slew of multiple POVs between characters within the book, which I never minded--although if not done properly, it could become a big, distracting, channel surfing mess. In this book, we see more than just multiple POVs, we actually see two sets of main characters and what's going on between them... Luther Brinkman and Callie Davis on one side with their own goings-on; Hollis Templeton (!!!) and Reese DeMarco on another hand with their happenings.

And if you ca
Jake Johner
Feb 04, 2014 Jake Johner rated it liked it
I had never read a Kay Hooper book before, receiving this one as a Christmas present, I didn't know that the book was one of a series. That being said, I think the book held up as it's own story, not having to read the rest of the series to enjoy the story. However, I felt like the first 200 pages go on and on slowly building tension for the very anticlimactic conclusion. At times it was hard to get through a chapter because it couldn't hold my attention, and others I breezed through only to be ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Jeanette rated it liked it
This one has too much information about various paranormal abilities of the differing introduced or static characters who are associated with Haven, and far too little plot. The storyline has absolutely become a secondary aspect and by #14 it seems to be more about displaying the abilities and Bishop manipulating the entire than the actual present on-going crime. Some parts were enjoyable but most were barely so so and long winded at that. 2.5 star, but I'm being generous in the round up for a c ...more
Diane Perry
Feb 09, 2016 Diane Perry rated it really liked it
I'm re-introducing myself to Kay Hooper thanks to a friend of mine. I forgot just how good her books could be. Wonderful characters and a great mix of suspense and paranormal. The writing is solid and I find myself quite invested in wanting to learn more about this series. It's a great escape.
grace woodford
Dec 05, 2014 grace woodford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good

I really liked this one. I've read them all. This one's worth it for sure. Brings together allot of different characters
Aug 22, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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Feb 04, 2017 Hannah rated it really liked it
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I love the series. I Love Hollis! The book as a whole was good but it seemed like it was more talk than action. There was a lot of explaining how they got to the point and a bunch of speculation on how it all could have happened and what will likely happen. But in between all that talking and planning and explaining was sections from the third person POV of the antagonist, which helped build the suspense and creep factor of the story. Aside from it being sort of anti-climatic the ending was a ni ...more
Feb 23, 2017 Christine rated it liked it
Some of the others were better
Oct 10, 2016 Babs rated it really liked it
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Dec 28, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
Binge reading Kay Hooper series....
Marika Charalambous
First reviewed on my blog:

The Special Crimes Unit is a group of FBI operatives lead by Bishop, with everyone in the team, including the boss, having various special abilities – either clairvoyance, or mediumship, or telepathy, or telekinesis, you name it. And some people have more than one ‘gift’, which makes them extremely valuable and perfect for solving the weirdest and most complex of crimes.

Hostage involves two seemingly different cases that eventual
Eric Shaffer
This novel surprised me in a number of ways. First, I thought I was just picking up another murder mystery, but I was soon disabused of that notion. Psychic detectives of all kinds were hovering about the pages, and oddly, many of them had powers and limitations concerning those powers that were new to me. That was a surprise. Hats off to Kay Hooper for elaborating on and embellishing in a new way the rather dreary and terminally predictable conventions of the supernatural and paranormal world. ...more
Rebekah Scott
Dec 23, 2013 Rebekah Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
You’d think that being a psychic would keep you from getting shot. But for Luther Brinkman, Haven operative and clairvoyant, having some psychic ability didn’t prevent a bullet from entering his leg when the bank robber he was tracking shot him. Wounded, losing blood, and stumbling around a mountain wilderness, Luther is rescued by FBI Special Crimes Unit agent Callie Davis, another psychic who’s been keeping an eye on Cole Jacoby, the mentally unstable escaped felon that Luther was tracing.

Sheila Melo
Sep 29, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally Enjoyable SCU Book

Kay Hooper has done a masterful job of creating a complex and satisfying paranormal/suspense/romance series and HOSTAGE is a great combination of the genres that the series inhabits. Once again readers follow the exploits of the FBI agents of the Special Crimes Unit which has agents with paranormal talents and its civilian equivalent, Haven. Hooper has been able to continue the story of existing characters while adding new characters to the mix. Not every book has been
Nov 27, 2013 Caitlin rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Long before books with touches of romance and the paranormal became over-the-top popular, Kay Hooper was writing her Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novels. The series features FBI agents (from the Special Crimes Unit) and private investigators (from the loosely associated Haven agency) who are called in on investigations of the worst, most grisly, most mysterious crimes. These agents all have something in common - psychic talents ranging from telepathy to clairvoyance to almost anything else you can ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Number 14 in the series which also has 3 spin off series. Ms Hooper can write some of the best suspense/thrillers I've ever read. Even with the 14th book, the series stays new and intriguing.

What I liked: The characters! and there are a lot of them. Some characters make repeated appearances in her novels but she is always adding more which adds to the possible storylines. Hostage has kept me entertained for the last couple of days and kept me awake. I don't like to read Ms Hooper's boo
Dec 21, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing
Story Description:

Berkley Trade|November 26, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-425-25937-5

New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper returns with a new novel of blood-chilling suspense as hunters become the hunted in a desperate game of survival against all odds.

Haven operative Luther Brinkman has been sent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee to locate escaped felon Cole Jacoby, a mentally unstable bank robber. Supposedly, Jacoby hid more than ten million dollars from his l
Isabella Rutherford

I recently just finished the book Hostage. The author to this book is named Kay Hooper. She was born in 1958 in California. Kay is still single and lives in North Carolina where she grew up with her dad being in the air force.

Hostage is the fourth book of a sequel from “The Blood Trilogy.” FBI’s special crimes unit with Haven who are private specialized investigators whose agents work well as a team. All of them are on a hunt to find criminals and bring them in. Haven operative Luther Brinkman
Cardyn Brooks
As someone who has read just about every Kay Hooper title (including those she wrote in concert with Iris Johansen and Fayrene Preston), my enjoyment of her stories has decreased with each title since Miranda and Bishop's initial love story. K.H. kept me engaged when she used Miranda and Bishop's original story to make the transition from romance to paranormal romantic thriller. Then the increase in gruesomeness and switch of focus away from Miranda and Bishop challenged my reading loyalty.

Barbara ★
This series just gets better and better. I loved the addition of "Haven" and the new psychic operatives that work with an SCU agent. One civilian and one FBI agent working together - both psychic. Such a cool way to have all your bases covered.

This one is no different, bank robber Cole Jacoby has pulled an amazing heist netting himself $10 million. His next trick was to psychically disable the prison guards transferring him from prison to prison and escape into the Appalachian Mountains of Tenne
Mar 23, 2013 Erika rated it liked it
I like the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. I've read all the books and will continue to read them. That being said, there were a few things that bothered me as I was reading.

The biggest one was the constant shifting of scenes between Callie & Luther, Hollis & DeMarco, Bishop, and Cole Jacoby. I'm guessing it was an attempt to show things happening at the same time, but for me, it simply disrupted the flow.

Secondly, -and this is something that has been bothering me for the last few boo
Mar 16, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
When a bank robber escapes an FBI escort car, leaving the driver and other guard with no memories of the event, Bishops teams is called in to help locate the escapee. Bishop has Callie, who can communicate with animals, along with other talents, and her dog Ceaser keeping an eye on the cabin in Tennessee where the robber is now hiding. Unknown to Callie, Bishop sends Luther Brinkman, private investigator with special abilities to the same location as Callie. When he gets shot, they are thrown to ...more
Jenny Schwartz
Jan 29, 2014 Jenny Schwartz rated it really liked it
It's been years since I read a Kay Hooper novel, so when I saw Hostage on the new books shelf, I picked it up. As always the pace was good. I enjoy the paranormal edge she gives her books and the concept of evil sends a shiver down my spine. Just the right touch of eerie for me without being too scary.

There were two romances happening in the book (this isn't a spoiler) and I would have liked a bit more time with both couples to buy into their developing relationships. Lots of interesting concept
Vera Maslow
Oct 03, 2013 Vera Maslow rated it liked it
It took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to rate this one. I have read all the other Bishop books previously and for me this one fell a bit short of some previous ones. I thought of rating it higher because I did love the characters in this one. Hollis is one of my favorites. Callie's interaction with her dog, Cesar, was interesting and added some fun.
The Hollis/DeMarco parts of the book were great, loved them and seeing what was going on there.
The Bishop parts well got a bit tiresome being
Dec 17, 2013 Jenelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was seriously disappointed in Hooper's last novel, Haven, but Hostage definitely was better. I picked it up and read it in about 2 hours. I absolutely couldn't put it down. There are a couple of different stories going on here. First, Luther Brinkmann is sent by Haven to the Appalachia Mountains to track a bank robber. He finds him alright, and gets shot in the process. He is found by Callie Davis, an SCU agent that Bishop sent to see if the robber, Jacoby, was a psychic and to what extent. Hi ...more
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