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On the Prowl (Alpha & Omega 0.5)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  18,510 ratings  ·  953 reviews
Alpha and Omega 0.5 by Patricia Briggs
The werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack- and inspires a power in Anna that she's never felt before.

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks
Kai has a secret gift of sensing thoughts and desires. What she senses in her neighbor Nathan could be dangerous. Because he ha
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Berkley
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Drsarah You should read this one (at least the 'Alpha and Omega' story) before 'Cry Wolf', as 'Cry Wolf' picks up the story from the point this one finishes…moreYou should read this one (at least the 'Alpha and Omega' story) before 'Cry Wolf', as 'Cry Wolf' picks up the story from the point this one finishes and parts of the beginning of 'Cry Wolf' are not very clearly explained and don't make much sense unless you've read 'Alpha and Omega'. By the way, you don't have to read the whole 'On the Prowl' book for this - 'Alpha and Omega' is only one story and the other three are unrelated fantasy by different authors. 'Alpha and Omega' can be purchased separately on Kindle.

However, if you haven't done so already, I would recommend reading 'Moon Called' before reading either of them. This introduces the ideas behind the world, and the characters of Bran and Charles, and explains some background. It's also a fantastic book. :)

Hope that helps.(less)
Kirsten Rodning What you need to do is read the first short story that begins the series. You can easily use Interlibrary Loan through your local library to obtain a…moreWhat you need to do is read the first short story that begins the series. You can easily use Interlibrary Loan through your local library to obtain a copy of this book if you don't have it. The question and the answer given here are major spoilers for the series.(less)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
I've actually read Alpha and Omega twice now. It's such a wonderful story. Very short, but that's okay, because we have two full-length stories with one of my supercouples now. I can't describe how much I love this story. I did write a long review which I added under Alpha and Omega separately. I'll just say that Ms. Briggs did an exemplarly job of writing this story that is full of underlying intensity, but written so simply. Charles and Anna are two characters
Jul 09, 2008 Nadir rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy readers
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs- this story introduces a new character to the world of Mercy Thompson and elaborates on a off-screen event in or between Blood Bound and Iron Kissed. The character Anna is a lot like Kitty ( Kitty and the Midnight Hour) at first, being at the bottom of the pack. The nature of the short story stops much character development, but I enjoyed the peek into their lives, the plot and interaction drawing the reader along at a quick pace. I look forwards to reading mo ...more
Patricia Briggs' story was okay. It was nice to see something of the "other son." Though once again, the woman is extra special.

Eileen Wilks' story was interesting, though definitely more paranormal romance than urban fantasy. It's a good start for a series and I'm almost tempted to go out and find that series.

Karen Chance's story was all right. I liked the male protagonist, but I'm not really sure I care for the plot twist.

Sunny's story was not urban fantasy. I'm not sure I'd even qualify
Tilly Slaton
Although I have not read all of her books as of yet, Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors.

The Mercy Thompson series really appealed to me. I love shape-shifter romance books, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the series continue the relationship between Mercy and Adam.

The Alpha and Omega series is a spin-off of the Mercy Thompson series. This series is based on the relationship between Charles and Anna.

Charles is a very dominant werewolf. He was born a werewolf, the only of his kin
Sep 30, 2008 MelissaB rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal romance/werewolf fans
Recommended to MelissaB by: Denni
This review is only for Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs.

I really enjoyed the first book in the Alpha and Omega series. The book is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series but follows Anna, an Omega wolf who has been abused by her Chicago pack for three years, and Charles, Bran's son who we met in Moon Called. I really enjoyed reading this story in third person because I knew what Charles was thinking (the Mercy Thompson series is in first-person, so it's harder to know what Adam re
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
**only reading Patricia Brigg's Alpha and Omega**

This was a really sweet and short story on how Charles and Anna met. I am definitely looking forward to the courtship in the next book. I had been told that Anna had been abused ~ and she was but thankfully not as bad as my imagination lead me to think.

I enjoyed getting to know Anna and Charles especially since it's been awhile since I read the first Mercy book. I'm really liking Anna and I hope that continues. Charles is very interesting and I j
Beanbag Love
I only bought this for the Briggs story which is a prequel to her Alpha and Omega series.

I'd give it five stars, but I've read reviews of the other stories and it seems the PB story is really the best and the others fall quite short. So I can't, in good conscience, give the whole book a five.

But, if you're into Patricia Briggs, this is a really great novella about what happened during Moon Called when Charles (the marrock's other son) went to Chicago to check things out.

I can't wait to get sta
Ok i only got this book for Alpha and Omega so thats the only story im reviewing :D

In Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, we meet Anna, a recently turned werewolf, whom everyone believes to be a true submissive wolf. But when Charles Cornick arrives, son of the Marrok werewolf (or king as we humans understand better), arrives to investigate some problems in the Chicago pack, he knows immediately that Anna is more than anyone thinks, and is one very special female he could easily fall for.

This w
Carolyn F.
AMENDED 02/12/11 I'm re-reading this because I'm going to listen to the Alpha & Omega series and the first story about them meeting is not in an audiobook. Note to publisher: Please make this an audiobook! This is one of my favorite anthologies.

2nd read. Loved the Patricia Briggs and Eileen Wilks stories. Karen Chance's Claire (2nd story I've read with this character) is okay. She's an okay character. Sunny's story is good, but you have to read the other stories in order to understand this
*Only for Patricia Brigg's Alpha and Omega

I had heard such good things about this Patricia Briggs series that I had to give it a try. Although very brief, it is a wonderful story and a great set up to the series.

The thing that makes this, for me, are the unique main characters. Charles is a killer. No hesitation, no apologies, he is his fathers assassin. That said, he is not evil, just very very good at his job. When his latest assignment takes him to Chicago to investigate claims against the Al
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs was the prequel for the Alpha & Omega series that focuses on the relationship of Charles and Anna. In this short, we see how Anna and Charles first met and really get a feel for what Anna's life had been like before she met Charles. Really an excellent short, definitely recommend reading it before Cry Wolf that way you won't miss anything. Action packed, emotional, and just a little darker than the Mercy Thompson series but overall just a great short-stor ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Tracey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who aren't sure about Patricia Briggs - just DON'T READ THE LAST NOVELLA
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all ...more

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs - 4 stars (read August 4, 2011)
I loved this short prequel to the "Alpha & Omega" series, which is also a spin-off of the "Mercy Thompson" series. A&O features Charles Cornick, son to Bran the Marrok and brother to Samuel, and Anna. It takes place around the time of Mercy book on, Moon Called, after Bran is made aware of the situation in Chicago.

I liked Charles a lot in the Mercy books,
One of these things is not like the others...

I really enjoyed the first three stories in this anthology, all of which were on the paranormal romance side of urban fantasy, just where I like it. I was familiar with the worlds already established in Briggs' and Wilks' stories but think it would have been fine if I hadn't been; Chance's world was new to me, but stood alone perfectly well. Good characters, good conflicts; I actually feel inspired to continue with Wilks' Lupis series, which had prev
I read the short story "Alpha & Omega" by Patricia Briggs, the precursor to the Alpha & Omega series that takes place in Mercy Thompson's world and runs concurrently with that series. So I guess I'll be switching back and forth according to the "best reading order" post that Sonia sent me. :)

This novella has a good length and is a very good beginning to this series.
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After reading the first 3 and feeling a little meh about the content--I was hopeful about Sunny's contribution. The Mona Lisa series is one of my favorites, but I was not impressed with this novella. Since I have read the Mona Lisa series, I definitely thought it was the best of the 4, but I can see how it could be confusing if you were new to the series. It would not have been a series starter for me.

Monere short story gets 2 stars (and this is one of my favorite series)--do yourself a favor an
Kelley Anne
On the Prowl
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - I have loved this short story since the first time I read it. On the Prowl is the only anthology I've ever bought because of this story! But, I do think that you really need to read Moon Called first or else you just wont understand what in the world Charles is doing in Chicago. But this is a great beginning to Brigg's spin-off series. Love it, love it, love it! And always something great to pick up for a quick re-read.

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks -
Dec 20, 2010 Ally rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ebook
On the Prowl is a paranormal romance anthology from today's 'hottest authors'. On the Prowl features: a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.

I only bought On The Prowl because of Susi! She told me I'd really need to read it if I wanted to read Patricia Briggs other Urban Fantasy series Alpha and Omega book Cry Wolf as the anth
Shannon C.
I would have given this book 5 stars except for the story by Sunny pulled it down to 4.

Patricia Biggs story was an excellent intro to the Alpha and Omega series. I read the first two books in the series before knowing about this short story. The story definitely does a great job of filling in some holes and background that you don't get from the books. I loved the entire series.

The Eileen Wilks story was a good read but a bit off the norm for what I've read in her World of Lupi series (which I
Laura the Highland Hussy
The "Alpha and Omega" story by Patricia Briggs was 5 stars!! Definitely a prequel, and definitely made me want to read more.

The "Inhuman" story was really good as well, so far, it's the first anthology I've ever read where I loved all 4 stories, not just 1 or 2.

The Karen Chance story "BuyingTrouble" was excellent. 5 stars.

The Monere story by Sunny says it is Monere #3, and in Over the Moon, I read Monere #2, but there is a huge gap of action. There is very little action at all in the novellas, s
Kyla Hanson
I couldn't really get into this. So.. it wasn't that entertaining at all.
Tasha Turner
ALPHA AND OMEGA by PATRICIA BRIGGS - really enjoyed this short & the start to the omega side. Was a page turner. Good characters, story, even the abuse was done in an ok manner

INHUMAN by EILEEN WILKS - interesting take on hellhounds, spellbinding story, loved it, I really need to find more work of hers to read

BUYING TROUBLE by KAREN CHANCE - kept my interest, world-building was hard to follow. I laughed a few times

MONA LISA BETWINIG by SUNNY - not my cuppa tea
Lisa (Fic Talk)

I had to read this little ditty in order to get the back story on how Anna and Charles met before starting Cry Wolf and I have to say that I loved it.

Patricia Briggs really knows how to write some really amazing Urban Fantasy.

These four novellas are all entertaining. My favorite is the one Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. I can't wait for the first book of the series to come out. The other tree stories were all by authors I haven't read yet, but I think will add to my list.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I can already tell I am going to love Charles and Anna! Can't wait to get more of their story. This was a great introduction to the series as a whole.
I only pick this book up because I wanted to start reading the Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. Briggs did her thing, that short story was a great intro to the Alpha and Omega series. I love Briggs writing style and I really enjoyed read the Mercy Thompson series and it was awesome to learn more about the werewolves that Mercy grows up with. Anna and Charles are two great characters and I am so looking forward to learning more about them. I didn’t reading any of the other stories in the book ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This anthology delivers tantalizing views into well-loved worlds. Fun reads that can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the series.

The Review:

I don’t normally read all of an anthology. I will go to the sections with my favorite authors and then call it good. On the Prowl is not your usual anthology. The novellas are long enough to satisfy my need for details yet short enough to wet my appetite for more. I had not previously read anything
Laura Lulu
I only read the Karen Chance & Patricia Briggs stories, and they were both great. Definitely high caliber short stories.

The Karen Chance one is a prequel to her Dorina Basarab series and it is about Dory's friend Claire & her sexy fae Heidar. It was a really cute story and I really liked the characters--actually, when I finally met Claire in the Dory books I was a little disappointed, I liked her much better in the short story.

The Patricia Briggs is the prequel to her Alpha & Omega s
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
this book only got 2 stars because im sorry to say the last short story kind of ruin the whole book for me.

the first short story - Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - was awesome but thats no surprise, Patricia is like a god when it comes to writing :P i love how she continued the story into a series. the characters are great :D i'v read the mercy thompson series so its interesting to here about the wolves and the pack from a werewolf's side of the story!.

Inhuman - the second short story by Eil
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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Other Books in the Series

Alpha & Omega (5 books)
  • Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)
  • Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)
  • Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3)
  • Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)
  • Untitled (Alpha & Omega, #5)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3) Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5) Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)

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