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Red (Dead World #1)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  444 ratings  ·  68 reviews

Gina Santiago is a member of an elite tactical team in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most heinous criminals that prey on society—and now she’s after the worst one yet.

On her own, with no backup, the trail takes her to a dusty, tight-knit town on the fringes of society, where everyone’s a suspect. Even the sexy sheriff, Morgan

Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Tor Paranormal Romance
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Julie (jjmachshev)
"Red" is the beginning of a mainstream, paranormal/urban fantasy series by Jordan Summers who has also written for Ellora's Cave and Harlequin Blaze so I knew to expect a pretty spicy read...and I got it! But paranormal fans should be warned that this series is a bit dark and broody and takes place in a future version of the United States.

Gina is a cop on the International Police Tactical Team (IPTT). She lives in a Northern America ravaged by wars and now divided into strictly controlled territ
The beginning of this story was gripping (if disturbing for some one): we are in the mind of a killer during his hunt.

The sample on Amazon interested me enough that I read it as soon as possible. There's a good premise/world: we're in the future, after a war has destroyed the world as we know it. The heroine is a cop in a "international" unit (more correctly Pan American) controlling borders and crime.

In this future's past, there are whispers that the government has made unacceptable experiment
Jan 08, 2009 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: John Scalzi's blog
I am beginning to wonder if anything shelved with the romance novels instead of SFF will be the death of me when it comes to 'paranormal/SF with romance'. There were elements of the story I liked -- most of them having to do with the plot, rather than the romance. But, overall I wasn't terribly happy with this book. Any spoilers I write will be at the end -- just warning you why I don't have the flag up.

So, the basic plot is that Earth's governments have been divided into city-states after wars
The lack of stars here is no mistake.

I really should have known better than to even pick this up: Urban fantasy of the paranormal romance variety is not really my thing. But I hadn't found anything else at the library, and I do have a thing for repurposed fairy tales. (And post-apocalyptic settings, but that's not even mentioned in the cover copy.) And yeah, it looked a bit leather-buttish, but so what?

It wasn't until I got home that I noticed the man-titty, and I realized what I had. But, what
Barbara ★
If the first chapter doesn't get your heart pumping, you better stop and check to make sure you have a pulse!

Every time he kills, you get an in depth look into the mind of an insane werewolf. I really liked Gina "Red" Santiago and liked the world that Ms. Summers created in the once USA. After a terrible war between The Others (genetically enhanced humans who escaped the testing facility) and pure-bloods (humans), electric walls were erected around territories that kept out the undesirables. Gi
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The world is a different place after the last world war, leaving a line where unknowns cross to come into the different Republics. Gina, or Red, as she is called, is on the elite tactical team that helps keep order. While on her job she comes across a case that just won't let go. Taking part of her vacation Red goes to the Republic of Arizona to a tiny town. While there it seems like people are hiding something from her. As the investigation deepens Red is forced to spend more time with the Sher ...more
Over one-hundred years in the future, the world as we know it is no longer. Wars have ravaged the Earth and the United States has been broke apart. There is now an electromagnetic barbed fence that stretches across the southern half of North America bisecting what used to be such states as California, Arizona and New Mexico. This fence is to stop illegals from crossings into the formers states now know as republics. The illegals are called unknowns, unregistered individuals that must be eliminat ...more
Annmarie Ager
I got this great book second hand from a friend this book is not what i would normal read as i manly read young adult books and this is NOT a young adult book!

The book had a really exciting story-line Jam packed with paranormal beings that try to hide from the human pure-bloods. While i really loved the main plot the thing that really stood out was the steaminess of the book..there was a lot of adult action that i was not accustomed to in a book but i have to say while blushing that i really lo
I started off really not liking this book. It grew on me towards the middle. I thought the plot was interesting and the characters were somewhat likable. I even liked the futuristic world it was set in. I did not enjoy the writing, however. I felt like it was very overwritten, with far too many metaphors and descriptions. The characters reactions also didn't make sense to me. They were too extreme and unrealistic. (Really, why would someone shout there? Did that revelation really burn the charac ...more
A horrifically bad excuse for a published book, even accounting for the genre.

While the setting and world shows promise, it takes a back seat to the tragically overwritten and belabored romantic plot. Another less libido-driven author might have taken the outline of Red and turned out a 5 star read, but clearly, the existing take on it had been a waste of resources.

The romance is not romance in any traditional definition of the term- but instead overblown, often graphic, lust. The attraction (an
I generally do some research before writing about a book. When the blurb began:

"What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf turned out to be the same person?"

Red has three Riding Hoods that are eaten by the big bad wolf while their grandmothers are left alone. Our Were-theme is discovered in the first chapter when the murderer describes being wracked with the pain of being ripped apart and put back together again. Then he mauls and eats his murder victim. Summers' description of the mau
As I read the summary for "Red," I realized that this might be a really good read for me. Then I saw the 3 star reviews and became concerned. However, after I saw a 5 Star rating from one of my Goodreads friends, my mind was made up.

"Red" is a dystopian paranormal fantasy involving a female officer, Gina Santiago, aka Red who is with the IPTT (International Paranormal Tactical Team). One thing hasn't changed in this dystopian world of the future, strong, capable women are still looked down upon
I was super excited to read this book, and I wasn't disappointed. It's definitely not your typical romance, and I love that about it. Jordan does a great job at world building, and setting up the series, while never letting anything slide or fall apart in this story. Gina is a cool character, and Morgan is sexy enough to make me drool. I'll be ordering the rest of the series the minute they are made available.

I was not warned, so I got quite a shock to my system.
Honestly, I knew from the moment I saw this book, that I would love it. BUT the attraction between Gina and Morgan was so unnecessary and ridiculous, that it ruined the whole story for me. Instead of keeping the entire series focused on the plot line of catching a deranged serial killer, Gina and Morgan became so obsess
A fun new series start, and a very clever turn on the story of Red Riding Hood. Jordan Summers does a great job of blending paranormal elements with science fiction. Her future world is well-developed and described--not one I'd want to live in, but safe and exciting to explore within the realm of fiction.

A definite recommend.
Any book that opens with a rape/murder scene is not a book I need or want to read.
This was a very creative take on the "Little Red Riding Hood"/big bad wolf fairy tale. I loved the references and crime scene findings that linked back to it by drawing attention with the phrases "what big ears, teeth, and eyes etc., you have". I'm also loving how authors are expanding romances. In other words I'm enjoying how the romance between the H/h is going beyond the prior pre-requisite 300 or 400 pages. Now readers can experience the the push and pull of a new relationship over the cours ...more
Jordan Summers blends Little Red Riding Hood with Future with fair success.

War is brewing in a near-future world where murder is all but unheard of and the existence of creatures known as the Others has yet to be proven.

Gina Santiago has earned the nickname of Red because death and mayhem tend to follow her around in her job as a member of an elite tactical force charged with protecting the world.

Her current case isn’t sanctioned – she is on her own, but can’t let the death of the woman found in
Dec 31, 2009 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr, 2009
First, this book was definitely VERY different. It took a few chapters for me to really get into the world that Jordan Summers was creating, but the wait was well worth it. The whole story is gritty, raw and very sexually charged. While I like the discord between Red and Morgan, I think their relationship was almost too easy. The next two books in the series, Scarlet andCrimson have just moved up on my "to-read" list!

The only two issues that I had with the book are: 1)I figured out the villain f
I really wanted to like this book. I thought that somehow the techno-western backdrop of the story would stand out more, and that the heroine and her mate might be a little less cliche. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read but uneven and rushed, especially the ending. I swear the last ten pages are a blur. Initially the underling mystery that drove the first 2/3 of the book was done well, and then it just collapsed. The sex scenes were rushed and squashed into one incident, the revelation of t ...more
¿Qué puedo decir de un libro que me tuvo en tensión sólo en las últimas páginas, incluso cuando ya sabía antes que los protas, quién era el asesino en potencia?
Es un libro interesante, pero tiene algunos fallos, que personalmente le restan muchos puntos a la valoración general.
El mundo y los personajes que ha creado Jordan Summers traen consigo algo que me atrajo: crudeza . Y es que hasta ahora no había leído sobre hombres lobo, fuera del género de terror, que se presentaran más como animales qu
Martina the Book Fairy
This is another book that has been sitting on my shelf for awhile. It's a gritty, futuristic, post-apocalyptic, murder mystery style PNR that reads more like a UF.

Gina Santiago, aka "Red", is a member of an elite tactical team responsible for tracking down the worst of criminals in this post-apocalyptic world. When a gruesome murder case wraps up a little too easily for Gina's tastes, she decides to further investigate. Her investigation leads her to sexy sheriff, Morgan Hunter as well as some
Red starts out a little bit gruesomely--the first chapter is told from the killer's POV as he stalks and ultimately rips a woman apart in a deluded belief that she is his 'One', his 'mate'. The fact that she tears apart so easily and dies fazes him only slightly, he just figures there is someone better out there after all.

The book alternates like that--we have a mostly third person POV (either from Morgan or Gina's perspective), but occasional chapters are from the killer's first person POV, esp
After being utterly disappointed by the Servant Series written by L.L. Foster, I was so hesitant to this series that I completely forgot about it until I was recently cleaning out my shelves. It was a spur of the moment decision to read it instead of just giving it away: I couldn’t put the book down.

At first, I cringed when it came off as another paranormal romance where the lead female, Red, is strong and independent to the point of annoyance. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the ca
Jan 16, 2012 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
The premise of Red is meant to be a genre-bending romantic/sci-fi/urban fantasy version of Little Red Riding Hood. The tagline at the back of the book asks "What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf turned out to be the same person?" It's not so much a retelling as it is a new story using the fairy tale as an inspiration, although references do abound, at first subtle, then moving to more blatant shout-outs.

At its best, the prose is passable and doesn't detract from the story. At its w
Summers writes a gritty, brutal romantic thriller in which Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf are one and the same. In this future, scientists weaponize human DNA to create super-soldiers -- werewolves and vampires -- only to turn on their creations after the war ends. Over a hundred years later, Red, an elite investigator, stumbles onto a murder scene that suggests these "Others" might still exist.

This is the first book in a series, and it shows tremendous promise as well as some bothe
Bernard DeLeo
Gina Santiago, known as ‘Red’ not for her hair but for the blood spilled in many of her cases, holds tenuously to a position on an elite tactical team inside the Republic of Arizona. She patrols a world ravaged by war, with 'Purebloods' and ‘Others’ sharing a bleak existence. When bloody nightmares awaken Red to the reality she may be something quite different than her fellow tactical team members, she enters the domain of an ‘Alpha’ other named Morgan Hunter, trying to find answers to bizarre m ...more
Completely sex saturated and, worse, sex saturated in a bad 70s porn sort of way. I lost interest in reading this after slogging through the 8-page† rape scene cumulating in crazy-stalker cannibalism that opens the book. I'm an avid reader of horror and dark fantasy, and even I went ick. I dipped into various midway scenes to try to reengage, but not even that did anything at all to bring my interest back.

Poorly written with clunky, juvenile dialogue and florid descriptors, this was honestly th
From Lay RA, where I blog my attempt, as a nonlibrarian, to teach myself readers' advisory.

Red by Jordan Summers is my fast-paced example in this consideration of the RA element pacing (and it's more urban fantasy/paranormal romance than Sacred Book of the Werewolf). When the opening scene (prefaced by no background info) is a werewolf lustily devouring a human, you likely have a fast-paced book on your hands. There are multiple mysteries in the book that
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Jordan Summers is an ex-flight attendant with a penchant for huge bookstores and big, dumb action movies. She prefers quite dinners with friends over maddening crowds. Happily married to her very own Highlander, she splits her time with her husband between two continents.
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