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Prisoner (Werewolf Marines, #2)

(Echo's Wolf #1)

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Echo was created to be a weapon.

Echo was born when a secret laboratory tried to genetically engineer the perfect assassin. Two clones survived: Echo, the success, and Charlie, the failure. Stronger and faster than any normal human, Echo knows no life but killing, and has never loved or been loved by anyone but her frail sister. But that’s about to change…

DJ Torres made him
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Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Melusine Press
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
It's an interesting concept: make a gung-ho military guy into a werewolf, toss a secretive Evil Government Agency into the mix, and finally, add a genetically engineered superwoman. It seemed to me that there were an awful lot of tropes in this mix, which can make it tough to create a story that's not standard and superficial. But the author made it work surprisingly well by including a thoughtful treatment of PTSD and other stress disorders, and by doing some fairly intricate worldbuilding for ...more
Sherwood Smith
This is the first volume in what will be a longer series, but doesn't drop you off a cliff. The ending made me smile--and anticipate the next.

It takes its time setting up the characters and situation. All characters are complicated, especially the main two. Both have serious emotional damage as a cost of becoming supremely badass. We begin in Afghanistan with DJ Torres having to turn his best Marine buddy into a werewolf to save his life, in spite of the extreme danger of so doing. Their helicop
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Hallie
Jul 02, 2014 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Lia Silver is the pen-name for a friend, so no rating, as per my "policy".

I enjoyed this even more than Laura's Wolf, for reasons which probably have little to do with any semi-objective merits of the two. Part of it, I think, was that Prisoner has fewer of the typical straight romance novel traits, while still having a very satisfying romance. There's plenty of story along with the romance, which was also true of Laura's Wolf, but it felt as if we get more time with DJ and Echo developing a wor
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Beth
Prisoner is a fun, action packed companion story to Laura's Wolf .

A government “evil” lab, all in the name of nationally security, has been and is violating our citizens as well as our military heros. Experimentation, genetic mutations and unsanctioned missions are just a few of the labs purposes. Prisoner is DJ's perspective of the imprisonment of himself and his buddy Roy Farrell when it is discovered they are werewolves during an Afghanistan Marine helicopter crash.

I loved the bi-play betwee
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Francesca Forrest
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Prisoner is a completely absorbing, completely satisfying adventure-thriller featuring the most likable protagonist--bar none--to ever be blackmailed into serving a shadowy government agency's dubious needs. DJ Torres is a werewolf . . . and a Marine. Don't conjure up a cross between Twilight's Jacob and Arnold Schwarzenegger, though--DJ is neither the brooding type nor the musclebound type: he's open with his feelings, gets the better of his foes through jokes and disarming honesty, and isn't o ...more
Angela James
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, paranormal

Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Rape: (view spoiler)
Violence: (view spoiler)
POV: 3rd person limited shifts between hero and heroine,
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Mattie
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
With certain authors, you know exactly what you’re getting when you start a book. You know that the heroine will fit a certain mold, the hero will be alpha, but a big softie when it comes to his one, true love, and together they will face conflict and little angst, but everything turns out just as you expected in the end. There is nothing wrong with this type of book. Personally, I love them; it’s comforting sometimes to just sink into something familiar and know that you’re not going to have an ...more
Anna
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I have a love/hate relationship with werewolf books. So many of them use endless sex scenes to make up for the fact that there's no plot, character development, or world-building. But I keep reading, because now and then I stumble across a gem like this.

Prisoner is a companion book to Laura's Wolf, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. With some of the same themes (PTSD and the war in Afghanistan), Prisoner also expands the world-building out to follow a born wolf who has a very severe form of dyslex
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egelantier
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
finally here, and it so didn't disappoint. even more h/c tropes than in the first book, starting with 'experiments by evil scientists in an evil government lab' and going up from here, two unlikely partners finding companionship and comfort and each other, a lot of nicely understated spine-crawling creepiness in the setting, and a strong accent on kindness and decency blooming in the most uninspiring circumstances ever. i loved dj torres, who's competent, strong without being in-your-face macho ...more
Tigmode Sandvigen
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had found myself intrigued by DJ when reading Laura's Wolf so I was so excited to read Prisoner.

Wow. Just......wow.

I do not recall the last time I was so emotionally invested in 2 characters as I was DJ and Echo. The fact that they were so different, that he was so strong in a non alpha in your face way, that they both had to deal with not being willing to sacrifice people they love to be together.

Snappy dialog, real emotion, compelling story, total page turner.

My one complain was that when
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Patty
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS SO GREAT. DJ is a marine and a werewolf; when the second part is discovered, he ends up in a secret government lab where the researchers want to study him and make use of him in black ops. He's partnered with Echo, a clone who's been genetically engineered to be the perfect assassin. They both have people they care about being held as hostages to enforce their cooperation – for DJ, it's Roy, his best friend and fellow Marine. For Echo, it's Charlie, her sister and also a clone, the only ...more
Chachic
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chachic by: Estara
I liked that DJ is Filipino-American - I found it hilarious that his nickname is Lechon and he listens to Pinoy hiphop. I did find it a bit weird that he calls his mom "Nanay" but he doesn't call his grandma "Lola". It was interesting how different DJ's personality is from his best friend Roy. He's much more outgoing and playful than Roy. It was also interesting to see a different perspective to the same war experiences that Roy had in the first book. DJ is the perfect match for Echo, who has tr ...more
Rebecca
Reread July 2017: Well, I guess this just goes to show how much I've changed because I enjoyed this a lot. Way more than what I remember of this book. I love DJ and Echo's relationship, and I loved the sensitive portrayal of PTSD/trauma/combat stress. I LOVE DJ. Loved how werewolves are portrayed. What a great book.

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well-written, enjoyable romance
Diane
Would be as good as "Laura's Wolf" if it didn't lose half a star for the barely-HFN ending

DJ and Echo are very different characters from Roy and Laura (of Werewolf Marines, Book 1, Laura's Wolf), dealing with very different circumstances, but they're just as well-developed and appealing.

DJ is very open, talkative, and optimistic, even in the worst circumstances. As Echo muses, he's the sort who, in fiction, is usually relegated to being the sidekick, never the lead, because he's not tall, arrog
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Thistle
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an odd book. I had no idea it was book two of a trilogy, but that didn't cause any issues in reading. This story was about a marine who was also a werewolf. He got caught by Evil US Government Group and blackmailed into becoming an assassin for them. He also fell in love with Other Assassin.

Good points: I enjoyed all the werewolf-y stuff and the worldbuilding around that. All except the fact that every werewolf gets some superpower for some reason. It could be good, like super strength,
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Emma
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
good
Jo Pilsworth
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good to see a dyslexic hero

These books are a little more involved that those written under an alternative pen name. I do like the imperfect heroes.
Aggie
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am becoming such a fan of Lia Silver. Prisoner is the second book I have read by her and I am very, very impressed. Ms. Silver’s strength in writing a great story are the characters that she creates. They are unbelievably real with real flaws, hang ups, and problems.. They would be just like regular folk if they weren’t werewolves and assassins!
Speaking of werewolves, Dale “DJ” Torres is a Marine and a born wolf. When his plane over Afghanistan is shot down and his best friend, Roy is critic
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Cristina
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Molto, molto buono.

Di solito evito i romanzi con protagonisti che sono o sono stati soldati e le agenzie supersegrete non solo non mi interessano ma il più delle volte le trovo buffe (non so, mi sembra sempre di stare leggendo un libro con James Bond, con il cattivone pelato che accarezza il gatto con mano ingioiellata e risata satanica) ma in questo caso ho fatto una eccezione e non me ne sono pentita.

Ero già rimasta colpita da Laura's Wolf. Il romanzo così come la debole trama paranormale eran
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P. Kirby
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolves, romance
Yeah, I'm as shocked as anyone that I read a book where "werewolves," "marines," and "romance" are key words in the description. I mean, "Hullo, Wisconsin called; it wants its cheese back." It's the kind of premise that demands a grunting, simian hero and stupid schmaltz.

Uh...but I liked it. Hero is alpha without the asshole; a happy-go-lucky macho-man who sometimes turns into a wolf. Heroine is a bad-ass assassin. No insta-lust. Friends to lovers storyline with a genuine connection between hero
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R.A. White
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
First, let me say that I have NEVER read a book with a half-naked man on the cover until this one, and this was only because the book was recommended to me. When I checked it out, it sounded light on the romance, and so I decided to read it in the hope of finding some good characters with cultural variety. The cultural variety is the reason I'm posting the review on my blog as well as on Amazon and Goodreads.
D.J. Torres is a werewolf in the Marines, and as a result of being shot down, he's taken
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Jacey
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sherwood Smith's review pointed me at this one (two, actually because 'Partner' is a direct continuation of the story and takes up where Prisoner leaves off. (I'm only just starting on that one). This combines adventure thriller with supernatural romance. DJ Torres is a 'born' werewolf and a marine who, when his helicopter is shot down in Afghanistan goes against everything he's ever been taught and bites his badly wounded best buddy, Roy, to try and save his life. Having given away his secret, ...more
Esther
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
DJ Torres is a werewolf who joined the Marines. Echo is a clone genetically engineered to be "super" human. Both are being held by a secret government agency that they can't risk escaping for the sake of those they love.

I found this book very read-able and very human. To be honest, reflecting on it, there isn't a huge amount that actually happens in the book and yet everything that does feels very gripping. I read this book quickly - and then went and bought the second one.

I enjoyed the characte
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Evalangui
Wow. I just finished reading this, I started a few hours ago on a whim and was literally unable to put it down since. The need to keep going even pushed me through the notes at the end and half of the free chapter of Laura’s wolf that’s included before my need to review overwhelmed me.
This has intricate world building, not just werewolves but not white werewolves who have werewolf customs but also keep the culture they emigrated from. Not just super senses but an overdeveloped need for social to
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Kelly
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am STILL loving the worldbuilding going on with this series. Bitten vs born wolves and pack bonds. *swoon* It rocks my socks off. In a BIG way.

This book lets us see what happened to DJ after he and Roy were separated in book 1. We get a feel for the anguish and guilt DJ felt at having to leave Roy behind. While DJ has his wolf side well under control (being a born wolf definitely helps with that, I think), he has some other issues that make him a less than ideal prisoner. And he is a prisoner.
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Lauryn King
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Prisoner was an interesting shifter romance based on DJ "Lechon" Torres and him finding his mate, Echo, an assassin that killed to keep her sister, Charlie alive. Lia has a great way of taking mental health issues, such as combat stress and PTSD and shedding light on its affects on military personnel. I like how the author incorporates these issues into a romance story, giving the characters more depth. The story is very descriptive and allows the reader to be immersed into Lechon and Echo's sto ...more
Charty
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect initially. I knew it was a romance, but silly me, I thought it was going to be between DJ and Roy! (Obviously I missed the first book). Anyway, I thought this was a mostly fun romance with SF-ish details (secret government labs, evil scientists, clones) and fantasy (werewolves) which added some nice dimension to the relationship and gave the pair plenty of obstacles both personal and situational to overcome. DJ was adorable while it took me a little longer to warm to ...more
Alison
This would have been a four star review if I had known in advance that this was part 1 of an on-going story which ends without resolution.

Having said that, it's really my only criticism. DJ is an awesome guy. Echo is a superwoman and they like each other before anything else - I know freaky right? I mean werewolves don't do that do they? They are all about mate bonds and instalove.

So, having turned his fellow marine Roy in order to save his life after they are shot down in Afghanistan, DJ finds
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Deva
Full review at http://urbanparanormal.blogspot.com

Marines DJ Torres and Roy Farrell are shot down from their helicopter. Roy is so badly injured that DJ decides to try and do something drastic to save his life, turn him into a wolf. After help arrives and they're taken for treatment, things go sideways. DJ soon learns that the doctor whose watching him isn't interested in helping him at all. DJ tries to escape and runs into Echo, a woman who works at the facility who is scary strong. After a fai
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Tui
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-read-2015
Yeah, this was interesting. I feel like structurally it's about 1/3rd of a romance novel (I was pretty surprised when I got to the end, and I don't think it's very long). Not a super gooey cliché romance (not that there's anything wrong with that!) but a book where the romance is clearly the most important thing that's going on. Pretty well-written but not specially written, the plot isn't doing anything unusual, etc. But what *was* really unusual was the obviously thoughtful way PTSD and psycho ...more
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