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The Immortals (Taylor Jackson #5)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,300 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
It is Samhain—the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It's a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself.

When children are victimized, emotions always run high, and this case has the public both outraged and terrified: a dangerous combination
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Mira
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Jun 17, 2015 TJ rated it really liked it
Although some might hesitate at the supernatural twist to this installment in the Taylor Jackson series, I found it just riveting! That twist made it uniquely different. It added a whole new concept to the murders and pushed Taylor's character to show some insecurities that made her more human to the reader. This is one story where the killer is a complete surprise, also - at least until the very end and that's makes for some awesome late night reading!
Jan 22, 2013 Bigd_041555 rated it liked it
Not my favourite book of the series. I found J.T. Ellison a bit verbose at times - repetitive and I am not a big fan of the succubus genre or paranormal and yes I know it was all based around Hallowe'en and teenagers.

The writing got better after the halfway mark and I did like finding out more about John Baldwin's earlier days with the FBI.

So now that J.T. Ellison has had both main characters before IA (internal affairs), we can move along.

Still not a bad read, but like I said, not my favourite
Dec 02, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
For Detective Taylor Jackson’s part in helping to stop “The Conductor”, a horrible serial killer, Taylor has recently been reinstated. Detective Jackson is putting her team back together again. Taylor does not have much rest time before she is needed. While heading home after celebrating, Taylor receives a phone call from dispatch of a possible homicide. Detective Jackson and her team head over to the scene. While investigating, they receive another report of a homicide. Before Taylor knows it, ...more
Although this fifth volume in the Taylor Jackson series is a little hokey with its witchcraft angle, it remains a fast-paced and exciting read. The supernatural elements just feel particularly false because the previous four novels really do not provide any sort of foundation for the series to take a turn to include the real power of witches. Ellison even provides a shout-out to John Connolly, who has done an excellent job of weaving in a supernatural element to his mystery series starring his p ...more
Suspense Magazine
Oct 07, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
With a keen understanding of what her fans crave, JT Ellison swiftly paints a pulse-pounding tale with the introduction of her newest thriller “The Immortals”. Delving into an unexpected sub-culture—the occult—Ellison ratchets up the fear with each spine-tingling page, as much loved Jackson confronts a strange and mysterious veil of evil.

As night falls, Lieutenant Taylor Jackson should be kicking back with a beer and her team, basking in the success of her reinstatement to the homicide division
Jul 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
I am annoyed.

Halloween, lots of bodies found. Murdered, with pentacles carved into their bodies. "satanists" clearly at work.

If you do not know that pentacle = Wiccan/pagan and not Satanist, please don't freaking write a book involving either.

I did not throw the book across the room. I am continuing to read for the sole purpose of meeting the character who will enlighten this idiot Lieutenant and her equally uninformed FBI boyfriend.

Boyfriend gets a pass. H
Kathi Kelley
Feb 19, 2016 Kathi Kelley rated it really liked it
The story is exciting and yet chilling, taking place over just a few days. The case involves the murders of eight teens (7 almost simultaneously) in an upscale Nashville neighborhood. Taylor, exonerated and reinstated as a Lt., and her murder squad are working the case with Fitz still missing.

Evidence at the scene indicates the involvement of witchcraft, and/or satanism, and drugs. For this novel, as is characteristic of Ellison's work, the details are the glue holding the story together. Those
Oct 17, 2015 Nadine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Nadine by: Bibliothèque de Longueuil
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Oct 23, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok
I would really give this one a 2.8. Just couldn't bring out a 3 from me. Love the author, but this one was not quite up to her usual page-turning intensity. The whole Goth/Wicca scene was a drag. Found my mind drifting while reading it. Not a good sign. Thought Cold Room captured and kept my attention much more. Hope she holds true to form with her next one since I have found her books alternate between fabulous and ho hum.
Mar 04, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Holy mother this one was something else, love it. J. T. Ellison is one of my favourites now, highly recommend this one, actually highly recommend the whole series
Oct 29, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
The Immortals is the fifth book in the Taylor Jackson series by J T Ellison and a novel of Suspense from Mira Books.

Book Blurb:

Vengeance Born In The Dark Of The Moon

It is Samhain - the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It's a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself.

When children are victimized, emotions always run high, and this case has the public both outra
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Halloween turns into a nightmare when eight teenagers are murdered. It will take all of Lieutenant Taylor Jackson’s resources to uncover the killer.

Lieutenant Taylor Jackson, in charge of the homicide division, has her hands full. The night of Halloween, Samhain—the Blood Harvest, she is called to the location of a murdered teenager. While investigating the scene, she is called to another teenage homicide, and then another, a total of eight. All are teenagers with carvings of pentagrams on their
Feb 28, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 5 of the Taylor Jackson series by J.T. Ellison

The Immortals are ready for Samhain, or Halloween. They have cast their spells, protected themselves and on this night the God and Goddess will watch over them as they extract revenge against those who have shunned and persecuted them.

Before morning, seven teenagers are found dead, all apparently victims of an overdose with a strange symbol carved on their abdomens, postmortem. Newly reinstated to lieutenant, Taylor Jackson has seen this symbol
Apr 01, 2013 Tessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman à suspense un peu lent au premier abord mais finalement très bien construit pour qu’on suive l’enquête de bout en bout.

Les deux histoires (celle de Baldwin et l’enquête) permettent de donner du rythme au livre. Les deux sont en plus traitées de la même façon dans le sens où plus on avance, plus on découvre que l’histoire va au-delà de ce qu’on pouvait penser, jusqu’à en devenir glauque.

Les thèmes abordés sont de tous les genres. J’ai d’abord bien aimé entrer dans l’univers de la Wicca, en
Jan 10, 2011 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dotti Elrick
Jan 10, 2015 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it
Detective Taylor Jackson has just been reinstated as lieutenant of her "murder squad ". Her team is back in place, she has her job back, all she wants to do is celebrate. Unfortunately, a murdered teenager calls them back to work. Within a few hours of discovering the first body, seven more are found. All teenagers, who appear to have been drugged and all have the same symbol carved into their abdomen. If that's not bad enough, it's Halloween, a holy night for some, a night to just be crazy for ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Dianne rated it it was ok
The Immortals (Taylor Jackson) by J. T. Ellison (Mass Market Paperback - Oct 1, 2010)
In this sometimes confusing and sometimes unsuspensful, suspense novel we catch up to Taylor Jackson just as she has been reinstated to the Nashville PD and as the ceremony finishes, congratulations are passed around and they are off to celebrate Taylor gets called to the scene of a crime. A horrific ritualistic murder involving a teenager. Then she is called to another murder, then another and another and so on
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
When I'd first read this in July, I have to admit that the month had been one of discovery for me. Not only did I discovered the wonderful murder mystery styles of Kyra Davis (another Mira author), but now I've discovered the wonderful J.T. Ellison. My book buying budget will never be the same. I'll warn people- this book is #5 in the Taylor Jackson series so there will be some things that you might not catch or entirely understand if you are a newbie to the series like myself. No worries though ...more
Mollie Katie
Mar 15, 2011 Mollie Katie rated it really liked it
Behold the power of Twitter! I found J.T. Ellison because TV’s Andy Levy included her in a #FollowFriday Tweet way back when I first joined Twitter, in March of 2009. She was funny, engaging, and personable. (Like her live-Tweeting of some Nashville Predators hockey games! And her Tweets back and forth with her husband Randy? Adorable!) So when her books came up on one of those Amazon.Com 4-for-3 promotions, I just had to check them out. All The Pretty Girls is without question the single best d ...more
Kellie Ann
Aug 08, 2013 Kellie Ann rated it liked it
"The Immortals" is a great mystery with a creepy twist to it. It revolves around the terrifying concept of ritual killings and the cultures of mysticism and witchcraft giving dark sinister feel throughout the book. The bond between the characters is mind blowing at points especially when it comes to the arrest of the sinister culprits that bring shock to a Nashville town. In this installment of the Taylor Jackson series , the emotions are a more raw then in the previous books, as the reader lear ...more
Nashvilles kriminal kommisarien Taylor Jackson har äntligen blivit befodrad igen.
Det är Halloween och efter ett väldigt plågsamt år är lyckan på topp.

Men så är det Halloween och mörkret hinner inte slå till innan samtal om döda kroppar ringer in.
7 döda och en överlevare.
Vissa våldtagna, vissa mishandlade, men det finns ingen tvekan om att det är samme mördare.
Alla har ett pentagram inskurrit på bröstet.
Och det är så Taylor vet att det rör sig om mer än massmord.
Det är Samhain.

Samhain, so
Jul 29, 2013 Martina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch beginnt mit der Wiederernennung von Tyler Jackson zur Leiterin der Mordkommission.

Teil 5 einer Reihe

An dieser Stelle wurde mir schnell klar, dass Symbole des Bösen ein Teil einer Reihe ist. Ich kann mit den ganzen Andeutungen über alte Fälle, dem “Pretender” und ähnlichem rein gar nichts anfangen. Für die eigentliche Handlung ist das auch nicht weiter wichtig, aber es nervt mich zwischendurch schon immer wieder, dass ich nicht weiß worum es geht. Es ist ein bisschen wie auf einer Party,
Jun 08, 2011 Mona rated it really liked it
If you like suspense, you’ll love The Immortals by J.T. Ellison that hit the bookstores on October 1st. It’s the fifth book in the Taylor Jackson series and it’ll leave you craving more.

Set in Nashville, the story centers on the murders of eight high school students found with pentacles carved into their stomachs. With no apparent clues, solving the case will take intelligence, hunches, and a fair amount of luck. Taylor Jackson, newly reinstated on the police force, is in charge of the invest
Aug 14, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hauptperson in diesem Buch ist Taylor Jackson, die die Leitung der Mordkommission hat. Am Anfang des Buches bekommt sie diese Stelle, als Leiterin wieder zurück. Gerade als sie alle zusammen, also sie und ihr Team, darauf anstossen wollen, kommt ein Anruf und sie werden zu einem neuen Fall gerufen. Doch dieser Fall ist alles andere als ein normaler Fall. In kürzester Zeit werden 7 tote Jugendliche gefunden, alle haben ein und das selbe Symbol auf den Bauch geritzt bekommen. Dazu kommt, da
Dec 14, 2011 Gwen rated it really liked it
Never judge a book by its cover. The cover art makes it look like a book for teens, it's not! J. T. Ellison writes along the lines of early James Paterson or Jonathan Kellerman.

7 grisly murders occur on Halloween night, rocking a suburban Nashville neighborhood. The victims were all high school students, home from early dismissal. Newly reinstated homicide detective Taylor Jackson is on the case trying to find out how the victims were killed and who did it. Could a "warlock" really be behind the
Oct 29, 2010 Corky rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Halloween, to non-believers, also known as Samhain, the Blood Harvest, is the night 8 teens were found dead in an exclusive Nashville home addition.

Emotions are running high as Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her team are immersed in a culture they find mystifying - witchcraft and dark magic. Being newly reinstated in homicide Taylor feels quite a bit of pressure to resolve this case before any more teens are found dead.

Complicating the picture, Baldwin has been called back to Quantico f
Sep 10, 2014 Milky rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
While I feel the book lacked slightly in certain areas I feel it ultimately delivered. Haven't read anything previously from J.T. Ellison I quite enjoyed her work. It left me wanting more and really drew me in to the point of feeling ultimately involved with most every angle through out the story. Not saying this book is absolutely amazing, but its a good read! with lots to offer anyone who enjoys crime & mystery books.
Nov 20, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Ellison’s outstanding fifth Taylor Jackson
thriller (after February 2010’s The
Cold Room) pits the homicide cop against
a killer in league with the dark side. On
Halloween, the day Jackson gets her lieutenant’s
badge back after being unjustly
demoted, somebody ritualistically murders
eight teens in one of Nashville’s tonier
neighborhoods. Jackson could use the
help of her fiancé, FBI profiler John Baldwin,
but he’s been called back to Quantico
to face a disciplinary investi
Sally Pearce
Oct 28, 2010 Sally Pearce added it
Recommends it for: Any mystery lover or lover of books on witches and vampires.
Recommended to Sally by: J.T. is a friend.
Shelves: read-in-2010
I have studiously avoided all the books out right now about vampires,witches, warlocks etc. They just don't interest me. So, what did my friend J.T. Ellison use as her main characters in her fifth novel--witches, of course! She is a remarkably good writer and this book is no exception. I simply could not put it down!

Ellison writes thriller/murder mysteries--serial murders. I dare you to start any of her books and try to put them down. The tension in each one builds from the start and never stops
Dec 30, 2013 Carpediemgal rated it really liked it
This was the first of J.T.'s books that I read. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but there's something about her writing that feels different than the other writers in her genre. I love her Taylor Jackson character. She's got spunk, she doesn't mess around, and she's still not perfect. What I liked about The Immortals was that it wasn't predictable, didn't feel formulaic, and it was just a good darn read. Plain and simple. I instantly became a J.T. Ellison fan. As a side note, I've had the c ...more
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