After Dark (Harmony #1)
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After Dark (Harmony #1)

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Life if tough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist. Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work in Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, a very low budget museum. She has a plan to get her career back on track, but it isn't going well. Stuff keeps happening.Take the dead body that she discovered in the sarcophagu...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Jove Books
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Christine
I may be giving this book less credit than it deserves because it didn't fulfill my usual expectations from this author. There was something just a bit off about it. Plus, as the first book in a scienc fiction series, I have to say that I'm not sure I would have understood the world very well had I not read some of the later books first.

The biggest complaint I have is that the story isn't quite over and I'm not sure why. This author has never (as far as I've read) spent two books coming to the...more
Jacob Proffitt
This is a really hard book to classify. It's sci-fi, but with some mystery and romance thrown in. In the end, I think it’s about equally romance and sci-fi with the mystery getting the shortest shrift.

I liked the premise, though it felt a little... sparsely populated. The story takes place on a world a handful of centuries after initial colonization is shut off by a closing of "the curtain". So the colonists know that they originate from Earth and that the artifacts found on the world are not fr...more
Charles
First Reads Review - After Dark by Jayne Castle

Part of me bristles a little at the marketing of this book, because at first blush it's really not meant for me. From the colors of the cover to the description on the back, this is a book that is marketed more as a romance novel than a science fiction novel. Which is one of the reasons that I dislike the way books are traditionally marketed toward only specific demographics. Because I liked this book a good deal not because I'm a huge romance fan b...more
Carrie
SFR Reading Challenge 2012: 3/15
SOA Listening Challenge 2012: Paranormal/SFR 3/4

Grade B-/C+
Narration by Joyce Bean 3.5* Grade B

A Krentz/Castle/Quick is generally an enjoyable read for me. After Dark is no exception, although it isn't nearly her best sci-fi/futuristic romance. There was decent world-building and the suspense plot was entertaining, but the character development was weak. Every time I thought I could like Lydia, she acted like a self-righteous prig again. Her pettiness toward Emmet...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
I have enjoyed this author's books written as Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick and decided I needed to try out her Jayne Castle books. This one didn't work for me. It was alright but nothing special and I struggled through it. The characters were likable enough and the storyline had the potential but nothing really caught my attention.
Eloisa James
I ADORE all of Jayne Castle's books. The heroes are alpha cowboys on on a pioneer planet. Do not miss these.
Hannah
Re-read in February 2012.

I didn't like this book quite as much the second time. The setting of Harmony, which interested me so much the first time around, feels a bit silly and gimmicky now. I started to get irritated by the frequency with which the word "resonate" or, more often, its abreviated form, "rez," popped up. Castle/Krentz has an unfortunate tendency to introduce a moderately interesting concept, then harp on it continuously until her reader is sick of it.

Lydia is one of Krentz's feist...more
Jennifer
It was good, it was fast, it was fun....it wasn't life changing and I may not remember much about it 2 years from now. But that's not what I was looking for. I was looking for another notch on my Library Bingo Summer Reading Card, and it delivered.

The dust bunny was pretty cute and memorable. I would compare this to Stephanie Plum if she did Paranormal PI work.
Kristine
When I initially read the blurb about what the book was about I thought it was something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, the blurb did not match what the book was about at all. When I started reading I felt as though I were missing something and was feeling lost, I never quite recovered from that feeling through the book. I even checked at one point to see if I was reading the first or a second installment to see if that might explain my confusion. The writing is well done and the story is pretty...more
Sheila Melo
Funny, Engaging Futuristic Romantic Suspense

AFTER DARK is the first book in the Harmony series of futuristic stories that take place on the earth colony of Harmony. The nice thing about this book is that A reader is never overwhelmed with the details of the world. A reader of the series will learn how detailed this imagined world is but a reader is never taken away from the story in order to provide endless details about this world. Harmony was founded when a Curtain opened between Earth and Har...more
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Book 1 in the Harmony series

Lydia Smith is a para-archeologist who's currently working in a third-rate museum after she was lost in the catacombs under the city for 2 days. She's trying to get her private consulting business going, but has run into a big snag. She finds the man who stole her first client from her dead in a sarcophagus in the museum where she works. And her new potential client is with her when she finds the dead man.

Emmett London wants to hire Lydia to find something/someone for...more
Lenny
Really good book.A very well written paranormal series..Funny and dangerous at the same time. Well worth your reading time if you are in to Paranormal mysteries.
Mary
Apr 16, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Mary by: it's a Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I can't say enough about Jayne Castle's Harmony books. Whenever I am in the mood for something but don't know exactly what, her dust bunnies fill the bill! As the first one on the series, it got things off with a bang. I loved Lydia and her reluctant affection for the ruin rat who managed to complicate her life. When said ruin rat (you'd have to have read the book to know what that means) manages to die at Lydia's jobsite on the very first page of the book, you know you are in for a fun ride.

And...more
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Book 1 in the Harmony series

Lydia Smith is a para-archeologist who's currently working in a third-rate museum after she was lost in the catacombs under the city for 2 days. She's trying to get her private consulting business going, but has run into a big snag. She finds the man who stole her first client from her dead in a sarcophagus in the museum where she works. And her new potential client is with her when she finds the dead man.

Emmett London wants to hire Lydia to find something/someone for...more
melissa
I liked it. I did spend the first few chapters struggling to reconcile this book with the other 2 from the series I have read (one before, one after). They are set in the same world, but not necessarily the same characters. Once I realized that, it was easier to let it go, and enjoy the story. I enjoy (and admire) the author’s ability to create the world so similar, and so different, but has the ability to suck you in completely. Within that she weaves together and intricate mystery, with the ap...more
Dawn
Oct 04, 2011 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like JD Robb's In Death Series
Shelves: 2011-books, pnr, fantasy
Lydia Smith is a paranormal archeologist on the colony of Harmony. She has recently had an episode where she has been labeled as "psychically crippled" and has been shunned from her life at University. Lydia is trying to figure out how to redeem herself by working at a third rate museum. One day things look up as a wealthy businessman hires her as a consultant to find a stolen family artifact. However the same day they meet a man is murdered and that man is Lydia’s friend. Emmet London is more t...more
Maria
First in a two book series about Emmett London and Lydia Smith, this one gets off to a fast-paced start when they find a body in an ancient alien sarcophagus. Ms. Krentz has created another world in which some of the rules of this one apply (the settlers originally came from Earth after all) but many do not (it is a different planet). This formula has been considerably successful, since paranormal doesn't seem so abnormal on Harmony, but there is a comfortable familiarity to much of the book sin...more
Mojca
What a great start (real one) of the Harmony series. Wonderful introduction into the world, the history, and paranormal elements. And despite the fact it’s set in a foreign planet, in the (distant?) future, and the inhabitants all have paranormal abilities, it still reads like a pretty straightforward romance (almost contemporary, if you ignore certain para/sci-fi terms). It has murder, it has romance, it has danger, it has an explosive attraction, it has mystery and intrigue, it has sex, it has...more
Maggie Cats
Eh, this was an ok start of a new sci-fi series, but I don't think it engaged me enough to read further.

The action takes place on a planet not our own, 200 years after Earth colonized the planet and the "curtain" shut down, cutting off the colonists from Earth. The colonists have made their own way though, discovering psychic abilities that allow them to "resonate" with amber and other materials. Turns out Harmony (the new planet...at least I think) was home to an alien race before humans arrive...more
Susan Schnelbach
Although I do like the story, an antiquities theft-murder mystery, the paranormal part of the story is tossed in a little too casually. Terms like para-archaeology, rez-shrinks, para-rez, and a few others are sprinkled within the narrative before they were explained, and the explanations, when they did come, were not detailed enough to eliminate any confusion. Readers are a few dozen pages or a chapter or two into the novel before learning the series takes place on an off-world colony that has b...more
ZaBeth
Imagine there is a great Connection open that people on Earth can go through to another planet. Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, has done exactly that in After Dark, the first full-length book in Castle’s Harmony series. Harmony was colonized by people who are later cut off from Earth and have created a very Earth like society on a strange planet once thought to be inhabited by aliens. After generations had lived on Harmony, people learn to use amber to focus their psychic abilities to contro...more
Whitney
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Kathy
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Michelle
Not a horrible book by any means, but definitely not something I'd normally read. Which is the point of getting free books from BookBub.

A new planet where people para-archaeologists and can use equipment by resonating with it. Some intrigue and murder and a dust bunny with four eyes and 6 legs, named Fuzz. I think its kind of telling that I can't remember the names of the main characters without looking them up in the book though. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of this series.
Meltem Y.K
Jayne Castle’s futuristic novels set in Harmony have just the right amount of paranormal, mystery and love to keep you going from one book to the next. There are nine books in the series so far and I am pretty certain there will be more. These books are stand alones, but all relate to each other. As you read more books you come across references to the hero and heroine of another one in the series, somehow they all know each other and soon you start to feel like you know them all, too. Jayne Cas...more
Petunia Wigflip
I love pretty much anything by Castle (and her alter egos, Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick), but I was a bit hesitant at first to start this series. Really? Aliens, far-distant planets, crystals that resonate? That's where we're going? But I decided to try it, and the formulas and types of people she generally works with transfer quite well to this sort of technologized frontier world with its own rules. Castle/Krentz/Quick's heroines are always resourceful, which is lovely - they're not arrog...more
April
Very good book, that takes place on an ancient world, called Harmony, and the Earth people have been there for centuries, people use amber to amplify their psychic talents, and use those talents to untangle illusions and de-rez ghosts that the ancients left to protect the catacombs. Lydia is a para-archeologist,and a strong tangler, 6 months ago she was caught in an illusion and left her with no memories of the event, she has been trying to get back underground to prove to herself that she can s...more
Wan
This is the first book of the Harmony Series. I gave it a solid 3. I like the concept of the book. Though, I call it “Sci-fi Mystery”. The plot was quite good but I found that the writing style was a bit hard to follow.

The book had a slow start and didn’t grab me right away. So I have a very hard time with the first few chapters. However, it did pick up a little faster in the middle. I found that all of the raz-this-and-that was kinda annoying. But once I get use to them, I will probably be les...more
Donna
Having read the first two books out of order, I was familiar with the two main characters and the world of Harmony. As with 'After Glow', I enjoyed this story and the futuristic world, but again I just never really warmed to Lydia. I did however like Emmett more in this book. The addition of Fuzz was a brilliant touch.

A number of subplots were introduced in this book that get more fully explained in the next - the mystery surrounding Lydia's 'lost weekend', the secret world of the Hunters' Guil...more
Dr susan
After Dark is a mostly light, fast, fun read that is part science fiction, part fantasy. Having read the last two Harmony books first, I will say the bones of the plots are somewhat repetitive. After Dark should be read before After Glow, but all the books in this series seem able to stand alone.
I have to admit I am reading this series mostly for the dust bunnies.
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

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