Hunting the Five (The De la Roca Chronicles #1)

by Maria Violante

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Synopsis

It's a side of the southwest never glimpsed by mortal man–a heartless, barren outback riddled with ruthless demons.

In its ignorance, humanity is powerless to stop these escapees from Hell and the havoc they create with their dark magic.Good thing De la Roca isn't human.

A gunslinger with no memories of her previous life, she has fought for the last three hundred years on the forefront of a supernatural war, relying only on her wits, her reflexes, and her own demonic powers–all to pay for her own release from Hell.

The Angel wouldn't send her in alone and unarmed, though; Alsvior, her gifted–if contrary –steed, and Bluot, a legendary revolver with an unquenchable blood-lust, have been with her every step of the way–along with a series of terrible nightmares that might hold the keys to her past.

Then, an angel appears with a bargain that seems to good to be true–five final targets, and she is free from her penance.

Quickly, she discovers that her old methods are not up to the task, and she's forced to team up with a mysterious gatekeeper and another mercenary–both of which need her for their own plans. With time running out, she has to figure out who to trust and who to kill, and fast, before she's demon-food.

With explosive action, breathtaking visual descriptions, and a host of shadowy players that will keep the reader guessing until the very end, HUNTING THE FIVE is Maria Violante's stunning debut to the De la Chronicles.

Note: This edition includes a free preview of HONOR IN HELL, book two of the De la Roca Chronicles.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age: 18-34 (New adult/twentysomethings)
Violence: Major violence, death

Setting

Geography: Earth
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements involve fantasy or magic
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 2010 - 2019 (Present day)

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Female
Race: Supernatural
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Dark humor
Inspires Reader to Feel: Uneasy/Tense
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Breakneck
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Fantasy
 
Realism:
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements include magic
  • Fantasy world with low or no magic
  • Fantasy world where magic is prevalent
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Setting Type:
  • Fantasy
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Time Period:
  • N/A (Fantasy Setting)

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About the author

Maria Violante

After years of moving across the globe, Maria Violante finally settled down in Michigan. When it comes to romance, she writes across a wide spectrum, including gladiatorial-dystopian-science fiction and shifter-western-historicals. She enjoys a well-roasted coffee, Bell's Winter White, and her Chihuahua, Beau—a.k.a. “Piggy Wiggy”.

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