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The Furies

2.99  ·  Rating Details ·  427 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. They're human just like us, except for a rare genetic quirk so terrifying that they've hidden it from the rest of the world for the past four hundred years.

Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Dan Schwent
Jan 15, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Alex (Lexie)
Jan 16, 2014 Alex (Lexie) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2014 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2014 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 24, 2014 Michelle Hauck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
******Spoilers ahead******

I have never read a book where I loved the prologue, got all excited for what was to come, and ended up with a major fucktastrophy. But, I digress.

The Furies opens up with a massacre occurring in the past. A mother desperate to hide her child while at the same time hearing the agony of her husband being killed. It was a great beginning. Then the story started.

John is a 30-something unemployed ex-gangbanger who winds up in a bar in NY. Into the bar walks a 20-something
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
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
Liz Barnsley
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
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
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
[See the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts.]

Rating: 3/5

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less version:

- A "chase-thriller" with a variety of fast-paced action sequences involving guns and explosives, a ferryboat, and many bullet ants.
- Despite romance driving the protagonists actions and the synopsis sounding as if it's a paranormal romance... it's not.
- Speculative-fiction that considers a variant genome which has caused disparity and civil unrest between the genders of
Dark Faerie Tales
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
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
Jan 12, 2014 Crystal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blood Rose Books
Mark Alpert takes the readers to a secret culture that has hidden within the USA since the Europeans traveled to North America and it has been their seclusion that has ensured their survival.

For centuries and in different regions throughout the world the Furies have lived amoung us, they worked with the people, were their wives and created lives. But during the age of century where everything suspicious was a verdict for death, especially for women, they settled into the New World America where
Punk Farie
Feb 22, 2014 Punk Farie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2017 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Furies by Mark Alpert
3 stars

From The book:
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. Ariel needs John's help in the battle between a rebellious faction of the cl
The Bookend Family
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
I received an electronic advanced reading copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.

Another novel that I expected to primarily be a fantasy with some science fiction aspects, it instead is a straight up thriller adventure, a spy story built around a unique premise. The premise of "The Furies" is clever and interesting. The title does not refer to figures of Greek myth, but rather to a family. The idea is that in the distant human past, a group of individuals evolved incredible abilities that
Sarah Jamison
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
Jan 04, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: The Furies: A Thriller by Mark Alpert I consider myself lucky having found The Furies on NetGalley.  All I promised to do is read it and give my fair and honest opinion.  So here is it:What I liked:  I enjoyed Mr. Alpert's change from witches to Furies.  It was and is an interesting concept.  He made it more so by adding some conflicts within and some very good characters.  The Furies is categorized as a thriller and yet it would be a Sci-Fi/Fantasy thriller in my opinion.  He takes an U ...more
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
Gabriella Gricius
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
Mar 17, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up this book and looked at the cover and read the description I, for some reason, thought it was going to be a book about fairies or witches even though it was being called a thriller. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was wrong on both counts and it truly was a thriller (and a great one at that!).

John Rogers lives a very lonely life. He is divorced and doesn���t have any family. On a job hunting trip to New York he meets a beautiful woman in a bar and they spend
Apr 09, 2014 Johanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*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
Shannon Flowers
Sep 18, 2014 Shannon Flowers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 08, 2015 Pontiki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Crystal (Kris)
There are things to like and dislike about The Furies. It maintains a pretty fine balance that makes it a readable book though there wasn't any wow factor for me. In the end, the negatives accumulated enough that I ended up dnfing the novel at 68%.

I like how the story focuses on a protagonist that is dragged into a war he is poorly equipped to participate in, and the action scenes are fun to read. Also, the gene mutations make this novel similar to an urban fantasy read with more scientific elem
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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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