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Season of the Witch

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Gabriel Blackstone is an unscrupulous hacker and unrepentant "remote viewer" who can't resist his ex-lover's request to look into her stepson's disappearance. His investigation leads him to a rambling Victorian home that bewitches him-as do its beautiful, enigmatic owners, the Monk sisters. The pair are solar witches, obsessed with alchemy and the Art of Memory, a practice ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by New American Library (first published 2007)
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Gabrielle
This book was just a delicious read on so many levels: it was so purely recreational and effortless, yet it wasn't simple by any means. It was a feast for the senses - I wanted to step inside and live in it, rub the pages all over my SKIN! Mostert sure knows how to seduce the imagination without needing to resort to the obvious. It was rather like being titillated by wondering what's underneath the soft blouse instead of having bare breasts thrust in one's face.

Sensual, yes, AND cerebral! And h
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J-J lover of books

This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've read it.

I came across this book at my local community centre & i think the cover drew me in. The cover i've got has a crow beak open as if in a cry & a woman mainly her eye & in her eye is a symbol which looks to me like a woman (very hard to explain).
I was drawn in by the prologue it was captivating. The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, w
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Tammy
Prepare to be seduced by a gothic novel of intrigue, murder, love, the art of memory and remote viewing...

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert (Bantam Books)
It's very easy to mistake this book for just another unoriginal gothic sci-fi novel. After all, the synopsis on the book jacket seems to mention concepts that have been explored way too many times before.

That, coupled with the pretty, but rather romanc-y book cover makes this one of those gems that people will pass by simply because this
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Pam
Wow, this book is really good amazing! Of course, I rated it a 5 star. Hmm...I would definitely recommend this book to...:

Age(s):
-13/14
-Older

...or for those who are genre-picky...!

Genres:
-Thriller
-Romance
-Magic
-Alchemy
-Mystery

There are some "sexual" things in it, but seriously guys, don't laugh about it. It takes place in modern England, where Gabriel Blackstone (the main character)is a remote viewer (RV) that can see through people's mind psychically, that needs to solve the murder case of Ro
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rachelle
Sep 23, 2007 rachelle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a filmmaker
I really liked this book when I first started reading it. The first few chapters were fast-paced and engaging. After I was hooked, it fell on its face. The character development was lazy if not altogether lacking. (spoiler coming) I found it irritating that the author made the redhead seductive and sexy and lovable and her dark-haired sister the "bad guy". I'm SO over that. There were also a couple typos which always annoys me. It pulls me right out of the story every time.

I will say that while
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Erica Ravenclaw
Hmpf. DNF at 23%.

I don't love doing this, especially when the premise itself is really interesting. The truth is the characters haven't really resonated with me, I put this down ages ago and have not once since considered picking it up. Moving on.

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Puddlyduck
Disclaimer: Netgalley supplied me with this book.

Season of the Witch is a book of many contrasts. The sisters are quite different in looks and personality are presented as opposites, united under a common interest.

Gabriel himself is presented as a quite modern man (especially at the beginning of the tale), quite honestly motivated by greed. This was effectively and jarringly juxtaposed against the diary extracts of a mysteriously flowery writer who is more concerned with a higher calling.

These
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Scarlet
This books was an easy and enjoyable read, the story flows flawlessly throughout the book and has you turning page after page. The story itself revolves around mystery, romance, remote viewing, alchemy, magic and memory and the author writes in a way that has the images and characters vividly alive in your minds eye. It has a very gothic atmosphere and delves into the world of the occult, numerology and mysticism and I found myself thinking about the story while I was busy doing other things and ...more
Sibil
Un parola sola basta a descrivere il libro, anzi due: di troppo. Ci sono troppe cose che sono di troppo:

1) il passato tormentato del personaggio. E' messo lì solo per creare l'aria da "bello e dannato", ma è di troppo ed è inutile. Gabriel è bello e dannato anche senza "l'incidente" che gli è capitato. Al posto di aiutare la caratterizzazione del protagonista appesantisce la narrazione.

2) Le descrizioni. A volte sono un po' troppe, o troppo lunghe. A volte sono inutili.

3) le vittime. C'era il ca
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Stephanie
This is an amazing book. I reread it after I finished it. It is a suspense novel, revolving around alchemy, magic, remote viewing, mystery and romance. It tells the story of Gabriel Blackstone, an information thief who steals data by hacking the computers of big companies. He is also a remote viewer and is able to enter the minds of others. He is asked by a former girlfriend, Cecily Frank, to find her missing stepson, last seen in the company of Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk. Gabriel starts inv ...more
rebellyell666
Inhalt:

Gabriel Blackstone hat die Fähigkeit, ein Fernwahrnehmer zu sein. Heute ist er Computerhacker und hat seine Gabe weites gehend von sich gedrängt. Als eine Person aus seiner Vergangenheit ihn um Hilfe bittet, ahnt er nicht, in welchen Strudel aus Geschehnissen er sich begibt…

Schreib-/Erzählstil:

Wahnsinn! Mostert schreibt ganz zu Anfang von dem siedend heißen England im Sommer und ich war direkt gefesselt von ihrer Art, den Leser an selbstverständliche als auch absonderliche Dinge heranzufü
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Kristen
This was an usual, but very engrossing book. It is cerebral, esoteric and very intelligently thoughtful. It's also full of suspense, mystery, drama and gothic atmosphere.

Gabriel Blackstone is a hacker and information thief extraordinaire. He lives for the thrill of finding a way past the obstacles standing between him and whatever data he has a buyer willing to pay for. He's also a "remote viewer" meaning he can drop into other people's minds and wander around to see what's going on inside their
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Nancynarcolepsy
Amazing to say the least. A book so mystical you get lost in it. Even if you are not intersested in wichcraft and things like that you will have absolutly no problem understading the book. Very well writhen, this book as a great plot and is hard to put down!
Leslie
Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert definitely weaved its spell, making for a very intriguing and fascinating read. Contrary to its title, this book is not your typical story of witches and witchcraft. The book is a mixture of the mystical/arcane with technology, science fiction and history. This unique blend creates its own brand of magic that’s different yet compelling.

One of the things that stood out for me about this book was the writing. I thought Mostert did a great job of mixing histo
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Sanda
Prepare to be seduced by the mixture of sensuality, mystery and supernatural that this book offers. Gabriel Blackstone, a self proclaimed "information thief", also possesses ability to mentally pay visits to other people's minds (or to "slam a ride" as it is referred to in the book). Such "gifts" often come at a price and while he believes "remote viewing" days are behind him, an unexpected visit from an ex-girlfriend may change all that. She asks him to look into the disappearance of her stepso ...more
Mailis Viiand
This book was a gift from ex-boyfriend who now is also a good friend, who gave it to me after coming back from a trip to USA, where he found it in a bookstore,and bought it for me, because he thought this was the stuff i usually read. Well, about that time i had finished Twilight series and had good words to say about those books, so he thought that i was probably entering puberty again and wishing to relive all the girly fantasies or something, reading romances about witches and vampires. So he ...more
T. Edmund
Season of The Witch stars our main squeeze Gabriel Blackstone, a computer hacking 'remote viewer' trained by the secret organisation Eyestorm. Gabriel is accompained by a collection of other ridiculously cheesey named characters as he investigates the disapearance of his ex-girlfriend's son-in-law.

Sound covoluted? It is, but don't worry. The plodding plot of this novel is almost too easy to follow, and the complications, rather than titilating, tend to be pointless drag.

The main plot point of Se
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Jayne
I found this book in my Community centre & I was drawn in by the prologue & the cover they're both captivating . The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, with the help of his friend Isidore, mainly from big companies. He is contacted by a guy called William Whittington as his son had disappeared & he'd been given Gabriel's name as he was able to visit other people's minds. Gabriel wasn't interested in taking the ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Gabriel Blackstone’s a thief, engaged in high end industrial espianage. When a former lover, now married to an ailing millionaire, asks him to trace her missing step-son, he reluctantly agrees. He has psychic powers, which allow him to tap into the mind of the youth, who’s apparently having a hallucinogenic experience, wandering in a house with millions of rooms, many of which contain disturbing images. This ends with Gabriel experiencing the boy’s death, as he’s drowned by a beautiful woman.

Gab
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Laura Morrigan
This book cleverly combines fact with fiction to create an enthralling adventure of the heart and mind.

Gabriel Blackstone once worked for Eyestorm, (a fictional British version of the real secret STARGATE project in America) where people with psychic talents were used to track down missing persons until he made a terrible mistake. All that is behind him now and he works as a hacker, a lucrative and exciting job that gives him the lifestyle he longed for as a child.

When a former lover from his Ey
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Kalina Bahchevanova
Това... е една от най-ужасните книги, които някога съм чела.

Всъщност в началото не беше толкова зле. Историята изглеждаше като сравнително интересна паранормална мистерия, въпреки доста неприятния главен герой. Проблемът се появи със самата тъй наречена "мистерия".

Нашият главен герой трябва да разбере кой е убил сина на богатия съпруг на бившата му приятелка. (Да. Сериозно.) За тази цел той използва способностите си за "отдалечено виждане". Заподозрените са сестрите Монк, които са, ъм, "слънче
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Claire Hill
Intriguing characters, in particular the enigmatic Monk sisters who entice lead character Gabriel into their lives whilst he tries to discover what has happened to a missing man.



Mystery and magic combine to make this a really interesting book that proved engrossing after a slightly slow start. Part based in fact, this book definitely gives food for thought and arose my interested in reading the author's three previous books.



Thanks to Transworld Publishing for the copy I received via netgalley.
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Tellulah Darling
I really liked this book. It reminded me of a lighter version of John Fowles' The Magus which I now want to go back and reread, but liked very much all those years ago. I really enjoyed the concepts that it played with in terms of data running, memory, transcendence and obsession.

The ending may very well upset people. I was annoyed by it but I also recognize that this is how it had to play out and any yearning otherwise was a romanticism on my part.

Really glad I read this.

Thanks to Portable Mag
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Gail
The hero is asked to look into the disappearance of a friend's stepson. He'd been hanging out with these two exotic sisters, so the hero starts hanging out with them, and weird stuff happens. I didn't care so much for this book though. It was handed to me as a romance, and it wasn't. The ending was awful, IMHO. NOT happy. And I didn't believe the falling in love, because the author wanted to be all mysterious and make the reader wonder which sister he loved, and which sister--if any--did away wi ...more
Jennifer
It's not overly cleverly written, but this novel still manages to capture attention. This novel follows a corporate information thief, Gabriel, from your run of the mill corporate spy type scenarios and into a separate missing person investigation.

Using his psychic abilities to sense out the missing Robbie's final thoughts, Gabriel is led into the home of the Monk sisters, who practice witchcraft and of course seduction. Sucked into their simultaneously laid charms, Gabriel must keep his pants
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Natalie
I brought this at the airport as a last minute buy before going on holiday.
It turned out, it was a pretty good choice!
By the 3rd day, I had finished, and it was definitely interesting. I was drawn into the world of hacing, memory and the two strange sisters. I read it so qiuckly because I really did just want to know what happened at the end.
While Gabriel was with the sisters, I just wanted to yell at him to be careful, to get out, but at the same time I desperately wanted to know the outcome.
Th
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Erica
Oct 02, 2008 Erica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is curious about memory, witchcraft, and enlightenment
Wow. This book is amazing. It’s brilliant. It’s fascinating. It rattles you to the bones. The central themes are ones I’ve read about before but never have seen explored in such a fashion. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it. This author has just seen herself to my favorites list.

On a side note, I knew who it was all along. Not because the author gives it away (she is actually very, very good at keeping you guessing) but because I am partial. Weird how that works out. (And sorry to anyone who
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Victoria
I really liked this book! It was a unique sort of thriller/fantasy/mystery novel. A fast and entertaining read, it certainly was not predictable and kept me guessing over which sister was good and which was evil until the very end! I think, however, the book would have benefited from a different title and cover, one that would be more widely appealing for the mystery that it was. The story had a very cinematic feel, and I think that the paranormal romance cover and title would put off a section ...more
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
I'm not going to give this any stars because I just didn't get far enough in to judge it accurately. I couldn't do it with this book. Every time I picked it up, my thoughts would wander and I'd find myself looking for something else to read, so I think it's finally time to call it quits.

From the very outset, I couldn't get into it, mainly because of the prose. I found it so incredibly purple and distracting, and, frankly, it was annoying the hell out of me. It probably gets better, and I don't w
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Annalee
I never in my life want to hear or read the phrase "slamming the ride" EVER again. Half way through the book every time I read this overused phrase I would literally feel angry. The author actually takes pride in "coining the term", as it is even used in the acknowledgements. Geeeez...
With that mild rant out of the way- I loved the story. I loved the Monk sisters, the details of their house, their lives, and the mention of potions and alchemy. I like that the author wrote about Historical facts
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