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Hold Back the Dark

A Bishop/SCU Novel

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A town in the thrall of evil. A summons that can't be ignored. The SCU returns in a nail-biting novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.

The Chosen have been warned. Powerful psychics across the globe have gotten the same eerie and insistent message: Go to Prosperity. Because in this small North Carolina mountain town, madness has taken hold...

Trapped in a nightmare they can't escape, the residents of Prosperity are killing one another, waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed--or the reasons why. Chief Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever evil is afoot is beyond her expertise, and beyond the understanding of Sheriff Jackson Archer. They need help.

The Special Crimes Unit is called in for its specific brand of investigation, to aid the Chosen as well as the once-peaceful mountain town. It will take all the agents' training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a sinister pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents must brace themselves for a flood of darkness unlike any the world has ever seen...

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 23, 2018 – Bestseller Hooper's less than suspenseful 18th Bishop/Special Crimes Unit novel (after 2017's Wait for Dark) describes at length the psychic abilities of the various members of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, headed by Noah Bishop, and its auxiliary civilian squad, the Haven team. Besides being telepathic and clairvoyant, the team members see auras, regenerate after deadly blows (be they from hurtling boulders or bullets), and have the power to put people to sleep. All across the United States, psychics are experiencing horrible visions that tell them to "go to Prosperity." This formerly peaceful little mountain town in North Carolina is in chaos, as a few of its citizens have suddenly started killing their nearest and dearest. The psychics descend on the town and soon realize that a portal to unspeakable evil has been opened and that the negative energy released is taking hold of the innocent townsfolk. Long on backstory, this entry is strictly for longstanding series fans.

Customer Reviews

irsillicacher, from Camano Island,WA

Great book. Agree it could be a short story instead of a full on book. HOWEVER I disagree with the reviews as I see the ending is left open for a build up to future adventures by the team. You are left wondering how they did some things, but that is part of the story. I believe the events will be discussed in the next book as some the new players join the SCU. All I can say is this book is a stepping stone to bigger adventures for this expanding and ever growing talented unit! Can’t wait for th next book!

Five stars form me! Nice job, Kay!

BIG Disappointment!

Sorry but totally lacking in so many ways. Will definitely real
ALL reviews before buying any more in this series. Such a let down from her earlier books in this series.

Hold Back the Dark

This should have been more of a short story rather than a full-blown novel. For one thing, it's too short to be a novel, and the ending was rather abrupt and jarring. I wasn't "pulled in" like I was with many of the other novels in this series and was very disappointed with the brevity. I also think the price was pretty exorbitant, considering, and am thinking about forgoing purchasing any future novels from this source.

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Hold Back the Dark
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 03, 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: A Bishop/SCU Novel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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