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Hunting Fear (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #7)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,135 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
He’s no ordinary kidnapper. Not only does he strike again and again, but he collects the ransom, gets away safely, and leaves his helpless hostages dead. Now, after months of eluding the best that law enforcement can put against him, this monster has left nothing in his wake but a cold trail of unconnected victims.

He’s no ordinary cop. Lucas Jordan, a key agent and profile
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Published August 17th 2004 by Brilliance Audio
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2/5 STARS - the very best I can do!

OK ... this is one of those books where I wonder if I read the same story as everyone else. According to the Goodreads statisticians, Hunting Fear has just over 6,000 ratings for an average rating of 4.2/5.0. WOW! I felt very generous by awarding it 2/5 STARS. What up? What planet am I on? What am I missing? Are those 6,000+ folks reading a different version? I don't know. I'm dazed and confused!

I apologize to the many Kay Hooper fans out there but ... a team o
Hunting Fear
4 Stars

SCU member, Lucas Jordan, possesses the unique ability to sense a victim’s terror and uses it to find those who are missing. However, Lucas’s skill is put to the test when a seemingly routine case of kidnapping for ransom turns into something far more dangerous and personal.

Series Note: This is the first book in Hooper’s Fear trilogy but the seventh book in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. While this is the first time Lucas and his love interest, Samantha, are introduce
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mnixed feeling about this one. It was exciting, tension filled and intriguing. The paranormal abilities of the characters were cool. I liked minor characters like Wyett, Lindsey and Caitlin. I thought the villain and his crimes were suitably blood-chilling. All in all I thought it was an exciting, well executed plot.

But I found Lucas surprisingly under developed. In spite of him beind described and intense and focused, but found him lacking in personality. And... I found Samantha unbearabl
Darcia Helle
I am a big fan of Kay Hooper and this book does not disappoint. Hunting Fear is the first in what is sort of a series within a series. The broader series is about a special unit within the FBI, formed by Noah Bishop. All its members have some sort of psychic ability, including "seers" and "mediums". These agents use their abilities to hunt down the worst and most elusive criminals.

The Fear series follows agent Lucas Jordan, as he tries to find a serial killer who makes a game of murder. Lucas' p
Stephanie Stephens
I've read some of the BCU books in the past, and I don't know what I expected this one to be. It's gruesome, and bad things happen to characters that you like. It's kind of like it's a light mystery/romance trying to be a suspense novel. It doesn't quite fit either place. But I will probably read more of these in the future. Because I can't help myself, not because they are great books.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Bishop series by Kay Hooper . This one was a good thriller but I wish she had developed the characters a little better . I finished the book but knew very little about Lucas or Sam . Overall a good read but I have liked her other books in this series more
Karen Jones
Nov 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hunting Fear was really good. I did, unfortunately, figure out the villain about halfway through, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment.

It wasn't super fast-paced, but it moved along steady enough to keep me unable to set it down easily. I actually read the majority of it today, unable to set it aside until I saw how it all played out.

One thing I did like is the lack of shock-value crime details. Some books, it seems, need to conjure images of horrible murder scenes to make an impact on the reader.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend gave me this book and it sat in my bookshelf for a long time before I read it. If I'd known it was this good, I would have read it sooner!

It centres around an FBI unit made up of psychics, although they keep a pretty low profile because of public skepticism. They're hunting a serial killer who kidnaps a victim, collects the ransom and then leaves the victim somewhere to die to see if the psychic can find them. At the start of the book, only one victim has lived so the pressure on the un
Kerry  sullivan
I loved Jason and Sam and I loved this story it was very intense and a bit more scary then the book before it just because of the mode of the killers attacks. Watching the relationship grow between Jason and Sam was really interesting and I loved that she was a carnival seer and you got the whole credibility issue with psychics and I think it was portrayed very well. I will admit that the ending was extremely satisfying and opened the door for the next book.
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Jordan of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit is good at finding people. His ability to feel the emotions and especially the fears of victims works as a direct GPS system in tracking down those who are lost. But a recent string of serial kidnapping slash killings has eluded him and the SCU for a couple years now. At least there hadn’t been any leads until it seems that the culprit has finally settled into the small town of Golden, North Carolina.

Coming back in contact with Samantha Burke, a fort
Micky Cox
The 7th in the Bishop files series and an interesting twist. A diabolical serial killer has targeted a specific special agent to be his "competitor" in the game of murder and it is up to the special agent and team to figure the rules of the game out and how to alter them in order to win the game before another person is kidnapped and murdered. I typically quite enjoy the paranormal twist in this series, but for some reason this one just seemed to be a bit flat. The character development was good ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Copertina accattivante, trama attraente con tutti gli ingredienti di un buon thriller e ricorso all'espediente del "pananormale", elemento comunque non nuovo nel genere. Insomma, ottime premesse! E invece...libro bocciato! Perchè? Innanzitutto poca suspense, e la suspense è l'elemeno fondamentale del quale secondo me un buon thriller dovrebbe abbondare; ritmo stancante e finale scontato; ma soprattutto molti, troppo dialoghi e poco spazio alle descrizioni, alle azioni, all'approfondimento psicol ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Aunque el inicio no genera grandes expectativas, es una historia que te va atrapando poco a poco hasta conseguir que no puedas parar de leer. Puede que no sea la maravilla del año, pero entretiene y la trama da un par de sorpresas inesperadas"

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Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is about Kay Hooper's writing, but I seriously love her characters. They always have a lot going on (psychic FBI unit...need I say more), but I really like being in her world. I re-read her books quite often.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good!
Melissa Norton
Fun little story, highly predictable and basic characters but entertaining nonetheless
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting thriller with a cool concept; detective can sense victim's fear
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG loved it...!!!!
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good book with several surprises. On to the next in the series.
Bestselling author Kay Hooper ratchets up the tension in this fast-paced thriller about a psychic profiler and his hunt for a seemingly invincible murderer. Profiler Lucas Jordan has been able to locate missing people by sensing their fear, the very fear that excites the killer he's trying to find. But there's a twist in the latest kidnapping -- a carnival psychic predicted the crime a week before it happened. Psychic "Zarina" turns out to be Samantha Burke, a woman from Lucas's past; warily, th ...more
Sheila Melo
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Entry in Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series

Having been disappointed in the last several Bishop books because of the incomplete nature of the romance part of the story, I was more pleased with this book where there is more attention paid to the relationship between the main characters. Unfortunately, however, this book continues the trend of the major plotline being that the two main characters are keeping secrets from one another and that is the tension between them. The suspense plot, howev
Ana T.
I am always looking forward to start a new Hooper book. Even if they they don't make my top reads list they are usually fast paced and intriguing and they make for enjoyable reads. Hunting Fear is no exception and almost made it to the above mentioned list.

Lucas Jordan is another of Bishop's agents. The book starts with Bishop enlisting Jordan which was a really nice bit as I don't think we've been getting enough Bishop in the last books I've read. As the other agents on the team Lucas has a par
Amy Corwin
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense and paranormal suspense fans
I always like Kay Hooper's suspense novels featuring Bishop's special FBI unit of psychics. They are entertaining and don't contain a lot of gratuitous sex which is the major fault of so many suspense novels today that use the plot as a vehicle to force characters together. The plot and suspense are the major focus and I very much appreciate it, which is why I'm attempting to collect all of those books in this series.

The only reason I did not give this 5 stars out of 5 is a problem that all of t
Let's be clear, this isn't a 3 star rating, it's actually a 2 1/2 star rating. Actually, the 1/2 star is closer to a 1/4 star. Hell, this should have been a 2 star rating.

Again, I was enticed into reading a book from a successful series, with very good reviews of its own, only to be disappointed. If I didn't suffer from an anal character trait that almost compels me to finish a book once started, I would have dumped this bit of silly nonsense as soon as I discovered that one of the two main pro
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is written for those who like the supernatural without the input of werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy creatures, but it does contain many psychics. In Hunting Fear, we meet Samantha, who makes her living telling fortunes at a carnival. Pair her with a known psychic who hunts fear, and then toss them together with a super-cynical lawman who cannot believe anything good about someone claiming psychic abilities, and you have a tense, mistrustful situation.

The main strength of this
Jay Jessmer
This was my first foray into Ms. Hooper's work, and I liked it enough to go forward with more. The story was compelling, the premise original and fairly well thought out and there was just enough suspense to carry things along. The biggest drawback for me was the characters. It's not that I didn't like them, I just couldn't get any real connection or attraction to them. Very little development and they just seemed to "be there". The best parts for me were the descriptiveness during the "captivi ...more
Up until this book I had enjoyed reading Kay Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. Each book was a new adventure and I totally had a little crush on Bishop. I took a break before this book because I had a ton of new books to read, but that break didn’t matter. I jumped right back into the SCU world like I’d never left. This time around we focused on Lucas Jordan and his abilities and of course there was a girl that made his life more interesting. The relationship between Lucas and Sam was ...more
Hooper has hit another home run in her special crimes unit series. This outing has one of the most inventive, and creepily clever psychos I've come across.

The series of abductions that turn into murders are stacking up fast and none of the law enforcement members seem to have a clue how to catch and stop him.

The fact that the two key character protagonists Lucas and Jordan are exes lends an extra helping of sexual tension, complexity and interest to their romance - they both want to catch the ki
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never yet been disappointed in a Kay Hooper mystery/suspense novel. Hunting Fear was released in hardcover in August 2004 and just released in paperback this month (July, 05). Hunting Fear is the next novel in Kay's "Bishop Special Crimes Unit" series.

From back cover:

"He's no ordinary kidnapper. Not only does he strike again and again, but he collects the ransom, gets away safely, and leaves his hostages dead. Now, after months of eluding the best law enforcement can put against him, this m
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“You know, for someone who holds a position of legal authority as high as yours, you sure do like to throw away the rule book sometimes."

"Knowing the rules is one thing. Following them blindly all the time is something else again.”
“Metcalf came into the room and sat down with a sigh. "Did everybody go nuts all of a sudden? It's Thursday, for Christ's sake, and you'd think it was Saturday night. Fender benders, B amp;Es, domestic disputes-and some asshole just tried to rob one of our three banks."

"Unsuccessfully, I gather," Lucas said.

"Yeah, but not much credit to my people. Guy had a flare gun. A flare gun. I was ready to shoot him just on general principle. And because he fucked up my morning.”
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