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The Furies

2.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  396 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But they're human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they've hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years.

Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furie
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Dan Schwent
Jan 28, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
When John Rogers meets a pretty girl in a bar, he has no idea what he's getting into, a clan war between two factions of mutant humans called Furies. Can John and Ariel escape the clan on their trail?

I got this from Netgalley.

First off, I see a lot of reviews that complain about the rest of the book not going very well with the prologue. Well, read the summary. The main story takes place in the present and the prologue takes place in 1645. Yeah, they're probably not going to have the same tone.

May 29, 2016 Lex rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, netgalley, arcs, 2014
Thank you for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was marked as Did-Not-Finish. I am sorry to say cause I really thought I would like it but sadly it didn't do for me. The writing is slow and didn't keep my attention much. And it is a MUST for me. Keeping my attention to keep on reading it. Maybe for other readers, they would like it. But not for me. Thanks for the book though. Until next time!
Feb 23, 2014 Janet rated it did not like it
Last night I was reading this book and halfway through a paragraph, at 47% of the way through the book, I quit. I am a champion of muscling through books I'm not into, I will typically say, well I like this one character, the world is interesting, I like the technology...whatever.

First off, I feel grossly misled by the netgalley page. This book is compared to Michael Crichton, as was praised for its scientific merit. As a biologist, using words like "squamous cells" and "genetic mutations in th
Apr 20, 2014 Marvin rated it it was ok
The Furies first starts out like it may be supernatural but quickly corrects the reader's assumption and reveals itself to be science fiction. It reminds me of Arthur C. Clarke's famous adage that says "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Yet to call it science fiction may be a stretch too. After all the author Mark Alpert makes it clear on the cover that this is primarily a thriller and that is how it should be read.

That's a good thing because it isn't a very
Michelle Hauck
Jan 29, 2014 Michelle Hauck rated it liked it
Shelves: other
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

John Parker meets a beautiful women and their one-night stand turns into a middle of a gunfight when strangers appear to kill her. After saving Ariel’s life, he soon finds there is much more to this woman than striking green eyes and long red hair.

Despite being in the science fiction/fantasy section, I found the Furies to be much more a thriller. All the hype of witches dissolved into scientific explanation which in
Cara Coleen
Jul 28, 2014 Cara Coleen rated it did not like it
The description was intriguing, the first chapter was interesting (even if the author's use of "thy" and "thou" bugged me - it felt forced), but... the next chapter? I immediately and forever shut the book after their horribly awkward and creepy sexual encounter was interrupted by a gun shot.

This book felt like it was written by a 15 year old boy. The dialog was stilted. Being inside the mind of the main character, John, was tedious... and the fact that he tried to justify his interest in the s
Liz Barnsley
Feb 26, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it liked it
Publication Date: 22nd April by St Martin’s Press.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy via netgalley.

For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But they’re human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they’ve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years.
Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. Arie
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
This is an original book review from I received this book via NetGalley and all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

The Furies: A Thriller by Mark Alpert is a stand alone thriller/sci-fi type of paranormal. I flipped pages. I consumed the words. This book made me think and discuss the contents, history, and story. What more can one ask for?

I am going to have a little confessional first. I kind of broke my own rule about reading reviews on this book befor
Jul 14, 2014 Brittany rated it liked it
John an unemployed, ex-gang member, meets a beautiful woman in a bar. They spend the night talking, and connecting, leading up to what was suppose to be a night of lust. It ends much differently than expected. This novel is full of action, secret societies, genetic mutations, biker gangs, and betrayal. The Furies has such potential to be a great novel, but there were things that just didn't work for me in this book. The first and most important thing that would have helped me to connect with the ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Having been granted an arc through netgalley, I finished the novel even though I was scratching my head often. I had high hopes from the blurb of magical happenings and I expected the mystery of the Furies to be mind-blowing or at least interesting. But the reveal inspired more of an 'eh' for me. I did not like John Rogers and that is a bad thing unless the reason you dislike a particular character is because they stir conflict in you (think of villainous characters that you don't like but are f ...more
The Bookend Family
Jun 20, 2014 The Bookend Family rated it really liked it
John Rodgers is an ex-gangbanger from North Philly in New York City for a Social Worker Job Fair. After a tough day there he heads to a local bar, where he meets Ariel, a beautiful red-head that seems far out of his league. Instead the two hit it off so well that they go back to her hotel for a one-night-stand. Unfortunately they are interrupted by a squad of men with assault rifles seemingly bent on killing Ariel. She pulls a glock out of her purse and a running gunfight ensues, and ends with A ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 10, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Based on its synopsis, The Furies sounded like the kind of sci-fi/paranormal match-up stories I typically enjoy. Unfortunately, getting to the last page was more a matter of grueling determination than enjoyment thanks to detestable characters and a poorly executed plot.

Opening Sentence: She was smart and sexy and beautiful, but all that didn’t matter.

The Review:

Books about witches usually fall into one of two categories. The “double, double
Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 24, 2014 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was ok
The Furies are a family who live on the very edges of society. After centuries of being hunted and massacred as witches, they have pulled away and try to live peaceably. When John first meets Ariel, he is over come by her beauty. What he doesn't know is this meeting will put him right into the middle of the Fury civil war. He finds himself almost in a world outside of time, where people use an older version of English and even dress in fashions made popular during the 1600's. Will his love of Ar ...more
I received an ARC from the publisher and author through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Though the story was slow moving the writing style of the author kept me engaged and interested enough to finish the read.

The story was a mix of paranormal, fantasy and thriller. Ultimately, the story is a thriller and tells the story of a secret society of women and men that live in secrecy. John meets Ariel at a bar and they find themselves attracted enough to each other and decide to hook up. B
Mar 26, 2014 Jayme rated it did not like it
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Oct 03, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
The Fury family has lived in hiding for thousands of years, marked as witches, the women in the family in the family have a genetic abnormality that give them extended lifespans. The men of the family are not so lucky they have a normal lifespan and are infertile. In the present day, the Furies hide on an extensive compound, posing as an Amish community. They are ruled by a council of their Elder women and have to get permission to leave if they would like to find a mate. When Ariel meets John, ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Pontiki rated it really liked it
This was not the story I expected, but it was intriguing and exciting, so I wasn't disappointed.

John is a straightforward kind of character, and although it was pretty far fetched how he quickly gave up his regular life, it makes sense as the book goes along. His suffering, and Ariel's, allow them to connect on a deeper level, and to face the war with Sullivan with bravery and strength.

I really like the way women are the ones in power in this society, and the way the "magical" differences betw
Apr 15, 2014 Johanna rated it it was ok
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book very much. Sometimes I need to rant over the books that I didn’t like. I collect a motherload of quotes just to prove how stupid or aggravating things were. But other times, I just want to get it over with. I don’t want to deal with this book any longer. I don’t mark any quotes and I don’t have a lot to say about it other than that it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Because sometim
Amberle Husbands
Apr 14, 2014 Amberle Husbands rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of Mark Alpert’s thriller novel, The Furies, as a Goodreads First Read through a giveaway, and I was a lot more drawn in by the characters presented in it than I expected to be. Also, the story moved at a very agreeable pace, to the point that – even when I was still doubtful of enjoying it, near the beginning – the novel kept me turning pages until I was hooked. Alpert’s writing style is accessible and easy to get sucked in by, though I wouldn’t go as far as the back cover of ...more
Punk Farie
Mar 15, 2014 Punk Farie rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My Rating – 3 Stars
I received this book for free from Netgalley on behalf of Thomas Dunne Book in exchange for a fair review.

John Rogers is down on his luck. He’s out of a job, his wife left him years ago, and he is still reeling from the loss of his young daughter.

His luck seems to change though, when a pretty red head, Ariel, starts talking to him in a bar.

They hit it off instantly and soon they are headed to Ariel’s hotel room. Unfortunately, their hookup is interrupted by gunfire. Bikers s
Feb 04, 2014 Tracey rated it really liked it
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C Clarke

Thirty-three year old divorcee John Rogers is in New York for a job fair for social workers when he meets Ariel Fury in a bar. Rogers is a reformed gang member who worked with priest and mentor, Father John Murphy, as part of the Anti-Gang Project in his Philadelphia neighbourhood to discourage local youths following a path similar to his. Since the deaths of his daughter and Father Murphy, Rogers has been stru
Jul 23, 2014 Catherine rated it did not like it

This is the second worst book I have read all year. Maybe in my life.

The dialogue is so poor it seems like a middle-schooler wrote it. No, that's harsh. There are quite a few talented middle-schoolers out there.

It's like a romance novel that's trying so (cutely) to be a thriller and in the end reads like a (shitty) Harlequin novel.

This book was was abysmal that halfway through, I skipped to the last 50 pages or so and read the (shitty) ending. I totally count this as a book read towa
Jan 26, 2014 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Note: The Furies was an Advanced Reader Copy I received from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

I found the premise of this book to be very interesting which is the very reason why I requested it from NetGalley. The blurb explained that there are a set of people called Furies who, once upon a time, were called witches and were burned at the stake, etc. but instead of really having magical powers or anything there is actually just a genetic mutation that sets them apart from “regular” humans. Sou
Neil Szigethy
Oct 04, 2014 Neil Szigethy rated it did not like it
I should have put down this book after the first 100 pages, but I was sucked in enough to figure, even though it was light fiction (almost YA fiction except for the sex), it would be a fun ride. It wasn't. The first chapter was compelling enough, and I liked the mysterious main female character, but it just went downhill into cliches and very unrealistic scenarios with gangs and the FBI and a "cult" posing as Amish farmers. This should have been good sci-fi, but it wasn't. I actually stopped rea ...more
Gabriella Gricius
Jan 11, 2014 Gabriella Gricius rated it it was amazing
Why Read: NetGalley gave me this one. But I personally really wanted to read it the moment I saw the blurb. Not only was it about a race of people as old as Rome, it was present day action which, if you know me, are two of my favorite ideas. Was it a potent mixture? Yes.

Review: Good god. Every time I think I’ve found a book I might enjoy – it ends up becoming a book I absolutely love. The Furies is one such book. Full with characters that have mysterious backstories and plots that move with a cr
I think the marketing put a little too much emphasis on something that wasn't really there. Between the plot summary and the cover (yeah, yeah, "don't judge...") I was hoping for more of a cross-genre feel. I didn't get that. In fact, there's hardly anything paranormal about these Furies at all. Despite the interesting premise, this was a lackluster thriller with a bland main character, some pacing issues, and aborted fetuses as a major plot point. Even after realizing it wasn't going to be what ...more
Maurynne  Maxwell
Apr 22, 2014 Maurynne Maxwell rated it liked it
Great plot. Think Robin Cook, not Michael Crichton, and you'll be close. Sometimes the thrill of action, or sympathy with the characters, or all-around great-writing, help you happily suspend your disbelief and have a rollicking good time with a book. The action got me halfway through this one--but the characters themselves are merely plot devices, the science is pseudo-, and the story is simply words on a page, not a movie in the mind. For me. There are millions out there who like a Robin Cook ...more
Scott Stewart
Feb 25, 2014 Scott Stewart rated it it was ok
Thanks to the publisher for letting me review this book.

The premise of the storyline gave me high hopes. But in the end it was avery difficult book to get hooked on. The main character John Rodgers was a hard character to like. The story wound around in circles and if something magical would have actually existed, then maybe it would have been a better story. It started off well, but drug on into boredom.

On the positive side, I am a sucker or a great book cover, which works out for me at times
Sarah Jamison
Feb 21, 2016 Sarah Jamison rated it liked it
The Furies, not so far from being mythological demigods, are a near-immortal family of women. They live in Haven, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, posing as Amish, in order to maintain their privacy. John Rogers, on the other hand, is a former gang banger from North Philly who has lost, literally, everything. So when he's down to no dollars, no life and half a tank of gas, who but Ariel Fury should walk into his life.

The novel is a standard chase and shoot-em-up, with Alpert doling out information
Shannon Flowers
Dec 22, 2014 Shannon Flowers rated it really liked it
Author Mark Alpert tells a story about a secret society that has existed in the United States for centuries. Their women can live upwards of 1000 years, and still look young. Their men only live a typical human lifetime. John stumbles across Ariel, a redhead with green eyes, in New York and is thrown into an occult society that was once massacred by the dozens. John, with the help of The Furies, must allude both a rival faction as well as the government to stay alive.

Touted as a “science filled
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Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, Extinction, The Furies, and The Six, is a contributing editor at Scientific American. In his long journalism career he has specialized in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions and parallel universes. And now, in his novels, Alpert weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers th ...more
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