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Psi Hunter

(Guardians of the Pattern #1.0)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In a future where humanity has spread out among the stars, those few possessing psychic abilities are looked upon with suspicion at best and murderous intent at worst.

On Aurora, one of the more tolerant worlds of the Federation, Pat Cottrell works for Federation Security as a psi hunter, tracking down and neutralizing dangerous psi criminals.

Kyn Valdari works for the Insti
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ebook, 306 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Jaye McKenna
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Julio Genao
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
why have just one rapeytrauma storyline when you can have two?

...or even the same one twice?

*thin-lipped sigh*

but honestly what did this book in for me was the occasion of this trope:

He knew he’d been rough and cold last night, maybe even cruel, but anything else would only have encouraged Pat to ask for more.

Kyn couldn’t give him more.

Wouldn’t.

Pat deserved far more than the damaged, ugly creature that shivered behind Kyn’s quiet, confident façade.

fuckin' hate that trope.
Kaje Harper
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a paranormal SciFi, set in a future (or AU) where some humans have strong psychic abilities. They may be able to read minds, or heal, or even kill with a thought. Psions are sometimes treated as useful citizens, but more often are looked on with suspicion or held captive and used for their talents by the unscrupulous.

Pat is involved in the law enforcement end, tracking down those using their psionic talent for illegal motives. Kyn works for the Institute for Psionic Research, responsibl
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Arielle Pierce
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I have to start this by stating that I was one of the beta readers for this novel, which is why I can review it a month before its release date. ;-)

I've read loads and loads of m/m (and written a few) but I can say hand over heart that this is--honestly--one of the best m/m books I've ever read. It is beautiful, both the writing style and the plot. Through the entire story I was chewing my nails as I frantically scrolled the pages, wondering at every turn what was about to happen next.

Luka is th
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Kathleen
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, series
3.5 stars

Pretty good first book in the series.
Tully Vincent
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star
The world-building in this series is outstanding and intricate in its detail and scope. In this world, there doesn’t seem to be any angst over being gay (yay!) but there is suspicion and lack of acceptance when it comes to psions. I pictured Downtown Riga as a sort of galactic ghetto slum version of Vegas, and the safe island was so idyllic that I want to visit.

The characters are complex, nuanced, and very believable. They don’t always do the right thing, and they pay the price for thei
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Jaye McKenna
Feb 02, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
~101,000 words

Now available on Smashwords and All Romance and Amazon. Coming soon to other retailers.
Rachel
7/1/18 Currently FREE at the Smashwords summer sale: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
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Jul 10, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
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Jill
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm proud to say that I was one of the privileged Spelling Wench/Grammar Nazi reviewers of this novel before it "went to print". The author and I go wayyyyyy back and I was honored to read some of her first writings, back in the day. To see that her writing has only gotten better, although it wasn't bad back then, makes the chance to beta read for her that much more rewarding.

Psi Hunter is well written with an easy flow and great character development. The combination of the individual story li
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Allie Ritch
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had a dark setting, lots of suspense, and plenty of drama to drive the plot forward. Overall, it was an entertaining read.
Sunny
3.5

Some quick thoughts:
I liked this story and the world it was set in. I also thought the world building was well done, although sometimes names were introduced with little or no background and it was a little confusing until I figured out who they were.

The characters were interesting, but it did take me awhile to connect with them. Except for Luka. I loved him right away. Sometimes it felt like the story was more about Luka, and Pat and Kyn were more like secondary characters. I was okay with
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
A new favorite series. I like the world (and the building of it), the fact that there are hidden elements, and the way the Psion's stay together. The law enforcement parts are well written - other than the fact they become good at it pretty quickly. I think I most enjoy the underneath part of it all - it's a little spiritual and odd but it gives a lot of leeway to explore beyond human perception which makes the concept of the psion seem much more real. Hot sex is always welcomed. My rec is to st ...more
Diane Dannenfeldt
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 300-400_pgs, si-fi, pnr, m-m
I loved this book & can't wait to read the next one. Great world building. There are a lot of secondary characters that I can't wait to see how their stories play out. I'm glad these two worked out their issues and came together as a strong couple. I hope that in the future books, we learn what really happened to Kyn & if it is really permanent or if something can be done to change his situation.
Chancey Knowles
Read as part of Guardians Compilation: Volume #1, Stories #1-3.
Mercedes Hightower
I really feel like there should be a rape warning on this book within the first 6 pages there is mentions of a gange rape and threat of rape to coerce someone
Aelfwina
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, fantasy-scifi
Just wish there was more meat to it (as in more world-building, back-stories, etc. - not the meat that was there in quantities).
Mike
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first experience with Jaye McKenna was a very well-done short story called Facing the Mirror. I sometimes think writing a short story is almost as much science as art - you've got to wield your words with real precision to get a tale that feels full and complete in such a short space - and I was impressed. I wouldn't have called it perfect, but even reading it with my (sometimes overly-)critical eye, I thought it was very good.

So when this novel-sized book written in the same universe was rel
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SueM
3.5 stars

Having discovered this author through the M/M Romance Group's Don't Read in the Closet writing event, I had high hopes for this story. While I can't say I'm disappointed by the story, it wasn't quite what I expected. Perhaps this is due to the different genre - science fiction rather than fantasy, or perhaps it is due to the fact that this novel is the start of a series, but whatever the reason, I finished reading this feeling vaguely dissatisfied.

Pat is a psi hunter, an investigator fo
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Kirsten
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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Lucy
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ages ago I read Gremlin’s Last Run, which turned out to be book two in the Guardians of the Pattern series by Jaye McKenna. As I enjoyed the second book I thought it was about time I read the first one in this science-fiction m/m romance series. So without further ado lets talk about Psi Hunter by Jaye McKenna.

This is definitely a series that on reflection I should have read in order. The world created by Jaye McKenna, the amount of characters introduced and the amount of storylines developing i
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Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
MM September 2015 AOM challenge.

4.5 stars

I've said about another book I read this year, "I don't go looking for Sci-Fi titles, I let them find me." Am I ever glad this one fell into my lap.

This was easy for a reluctant reader of this genre to follow.

Their weren't any far (out there) concepts, rules, of conventions to try to memorize and grasp as I read. There was just enough "Sci" for me to handle, but the world/universe of the story was still familiar enough for me to be comfortable and not h
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Calila
I really liked this. It could've been shorter, there were times when it was a slog to get to some plot movement. But over all I really liked the world building. The characters were great. I really felt for Luka and Kyn. They endured some horrific stuff. I loved how Pat and Kyn slowly accepted each other's love and support. I liked the dynamic between the three, Luka ends up like a little brother. It made me happy that they'll have each other. The big bad isn't really resolved, but I'm interested ...more
Misty

** 4.5 Stars **

Captivating story!!

I'm looking forward to reading book 2
Juli Monroe
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scribd, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Good m/m and enjoyable sci fi story. Looking forward to the next installment.
K
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Andrea
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2nd read Jan 2016 - my favorite 2015 series

Love this!
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Jaye McKenna was born a Brit and was dragged, kicking and screaming, across the Pond at an age when such vehement protest was doomed to be misinterpreted as a “paddy”. She grew up near a sumac forest in Minnesota and spent most of her teen years torturing her parents with her electric guitar and her dark poetry. She was punk before it was cool and a grown-up long before she was ready. Jaye writes ...more

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Guardians of the Pattern (6 books)
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  • Eye of the Storm (Guardians of the Pattern, #5)
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