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The riveting and fast-paced third installment in AD Starrling's bestselling supernatural thriller series Seventeen. An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was The riveting and fast-paced third installment in AD Starrling's bestselling supernatural thriller series Seventeen. An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council’s greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States. Caught in the middle of the intrigue is US Secret Service agent Laura Hartwell, the one immortal on Earth most likely to put a bullet through Greene’s skull. Greene is coerced into returning to the life he had left behind by the leader of the Bastians and reluctantly agrees to assist the Americans in their investigation. As disturbing incidents start to unfold around the globe, Greene and a team of elite human and immortal agents must track down an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world. Can Greene stop the deadly countdown that threatens to alter the course of human history and regain the trust of the woman he loves?


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The riveting and fast-paced third installment in AD Starrling's bestselling supernatural thriller series Seventeen. An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was The riveting and fast-paced third installment in AD Starrling's bestselling supernatural thriller series Seventeen. An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council’s greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States. Caught in the middle of the intrigue is US Secret Service agent Laura Hartwell, the one immortal on Earth most likely to put a bullet through Greene’s skull. Greene is coerced into returning to the life he had left behind by the leader of the Bastians and reluctantly agrees to assist the Americans in their investigation. As disturbing incidents start to unfold around the globe, Greene and a team of elite human and immortal agents must track down an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world. Can Greene stop the deadly countdown that threatens to alter the course of human history and regain the trust of the woman he loves?

30 review for Empire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    3.5* Several pages in and I put my kindle down. I picked up my iPad and checked out the rest of this series. I read the blurb for all the future books. Groaned and picked up my kindle again. Why? I’m glad you asked. The writing is driving me nuts. In the previous one it was the Harvard professor (73 times). In this one it’s the immortal (224 times). It’s hard to read and puts distance between me and the story. Which is a shame because once I get into these books I don’t want to put them down. I groane 3.5* Several pages in and I put my kindle down. I picked up my iPad and checked out the rest of this series. I read the blurb for all the future books. Groaned and picked up my kindle again. Why? I’m glad you asked. The writing is driving me nuts. In the previous one it was the Harvard professor (73 times). In this one it’s the immortal (224 times). It’s hard to read and puts distance between me and the story. Which is a shame because once I get into these books I don’t want to put them down. I groaned because the series ends. If I’d found it ongoing I would have quit. But book 6 is the final book and if the blurb is anything to go by it’s going to be fabulous. So I’m back to... ...an uneasy connection with the immortal... The immortal resisted... ...the immortal pulled himself out of the water. The immortal studied the line of Bala ants... The immortal bent and retrieved the case. There’s are all from the same chapter. Does it refer to some shady character known only as the immortal? If only. No the immortal is Conrad Greene the main character. And I have another 219 to look forward to. Anyway soapbox away, kindle out. As with the previous books the story is fast paced and kept me reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    (I got an e-copy of this novel through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.) This is the third book in this series ("Seventeen") I read, and even though I haven't rated those any higher than 3/3.5 stars so far, I must say they do all fall in the "I liked it" category: there are slight changes in the genre itself (man-hunt, artifact/ancient secrets, special services...), things sometimes go too fast for serious character development, but all things considered, whenever I want an action-pac (I got an e-copy of this novel through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.) This is the third book in this series ("Seventeen") I read, and even though I haven't rated those any higher than 3/3.5 stars so far, I must say they do all fall in the "I liked it" category: there are slight changes in the genre itself (man-hunt, artifact/ancient secrets, special services...), things sometimes go too fast for serious character development, but all things considered, whenever I want an action-packed story with guns, helicopters, wild chases and people with powers (immortals), these novels deliver. Both merit and flaw here: each novel focuses on a different character. Merit, because it allows the author to put these people (immortals as well as their human allies) into situations for which they are more suited than others, and have a bigger picture slowly come together—something tells me there should be at least two more installments to this series. Flaw, because said characters can't be explored as deeply as they would if they were the heroes of two, three, four books. Somehow, we get a glimpse and back-story elements, but there are times when I'd like to see more. However, as I mentioned above, the "Seventeen" books are pretty good in terms of action, lively fights, and from what I know, believable research, if a little over-the-top now and then (I tend to like a bit of over-the-top, by the way). Picturing each scene is fairly easy, and I'm positive they'd also do great as movies. Hardened secret services agents, assasination attempts, political play on a worldwide level, antagonists that go back to older days, an investigation taking place in several European cities... Mostly those elements make for an entertaining read. Not something I'd discuss at length for a book club, sure, but then, this isn't what I expect from such novels. I expect to be entertained and awed with good action scenes—and those I get. One interesting thing: the kickass medic. I haven't seen that kind of combination too often (a healer-type character who can also hold his/her own and doesn't have to be protected by the others). All right, Conrad's power is kind of unique, in that all the others who had it are now dead, from what I understood, but it ties into the red thread intrigue going on from novel to novel. I really hope there'll be more about that in the next volume, about those immortals with a specific mark on their skin, and what their role is supposed to be (because there must be one, right?). Both Crovir and Bastian societies are somewhat tied into working with each other, and it sort of hints at a bigger threat looming in later. There's one side of the story I would've liked to see explored more, though: the consequences of so many heads of state being targeted. The characters realise what's at stake, and do their best to prevent it, but I thought we didn't get to see exactly how things played out for regular people. Did they care? What about the lockdown on airports? How did international diplomacy unfold? It was here, but somehow "in the background", and it made the threat less... tangible. This qualm put aside, it was a pleasant read. Not too deep, but definitely entertaining.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jola

    Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com I greatly enjoyed the previous two books in 'Seventeen' series and this one was no exception. The author once again does not disappoint with very well thought out mystery and another set of great characters - but no one will surpass Jackson for me ;). I want more now! :) Thanks to A.D. Starrling for sending me and ebook in exchange for an honest review. Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com I greatly enjoyed the previous two books in 'Seventeen' series and this one was no exception. The author once again does not disappoint with very well thought out mystery and another set of great characters - but no one will surpass Jackson for me ;). I want more now! :) Thanks to A.D. Starrling for sending me and ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Greene's Calling opens with brief chapters in history depicting events that occurred centuries prior to the events that unfold in this current adventure. Next we find Greene floating on a river in the Amazon fishing with his faithful pooch when suddenly a plane plummeting from the sky crashes into Green's house. What Greene discovers in the wreckage sets off all the alarms in Greene's intuition and then we're off on an action packed nonstop journey around the world in hopes of preventing events Greene's Calling opens with brief chapters in history depicting events that occurred centuries prior to the events that unfold in this current adventure. Next we find Greene floating on a river in the Amazon fishing with his faithful pooch when suddenly a plane plummeting from the sky crashes into Green's house. What Greene discovers in the wreckage sets off all the alarms in Greene's intuition and then we're off on an action packed nonstop journey around the world in hopes of preventing events that could change the world. The story is well crafted with wonderful world building, particularly given this is the third installment in the Seventeen series, and this book can easily be read as a standalone novel. The characters are fantastic and believable providing just the right amount of intrigue, betrayal, greed, and suspense, as well as a generous dose of humor that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. The ending is very satisfying and while there are other characters I would love to see featured in their own standalone stories, it is complete without any of the cliffhanger type events that so often leave the reader frustrated in an ongoing series. I would recommend Greene's Calling to fans of supernatural thrillers with a cast of memorable characters including those that have you gritting your teeth in anger, as well as splitting your sides with laughter at the snarky antics. I received this book with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    a_tiffyfit

    Review to come. Tour.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa

    BOOK DESCRIPTION: FROM THE AWARD WINNING AND NOMINATED SERIES SEVENTEEN. An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council’s greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States. Caught in the middle BOOK DESCRIPTION: FROM THE AWARD WINNING AND NOMINATED SERIES SEVENTEEN. An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council’s greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States. Caught in the middle of the intrigue is US Secret Service agent Laura Hartwell, the one immortal on Earth most likely to put a bullet through Greene’s skull. Greene is coerced into returning to the life he had left behind by the leader of the Bastians and reluctantly agrees to assist the Americans in their investigation. As disturbing incidents start to unfold around the globe, Greene and a team of elite human and immortal agents must track down an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world. Can Greene stop the deadly countdown that threatens to alter the course of human history and regain the trust of the woman he loves? The riveting and fast-paced third installment in the award-winning, supernatural thriller series Seventeen is finally here. BOOK REVIEW: as at first very interested in this advanced copy of Greene's Calling that I received free to provide an honest opinion of. I was very intrigued at the idea of immortals and in Greene's past love experience that ended in disaster. I liked that he lived the peaceful life to himself til a plane landed on him concerning his ex love and danger that found him soon on the United States joining her and protecting not only our president, but many other world leaders. I lost interest because I am not very into "terrorist" type books between humans nor immortals. I am not saying the book was poorly written, nor someone with more technical interest in the army, navy, defense - country vs country mentality opulent have liked it. I just didn't. I read for weeks and continued to find myself reading and re reading to figure who was who when I truly did not care. I believe many of other types of readers may have found the book interesting. I wonder if the plane falling on Greene's out of the way hidden cabin that originally got him involved was a coincidence? Maybe someone who could have stood to finish the book might have found out of ... Of all the places a terrorist,s plane would crash, why on Greene's remote shack that would force him to become re involved with his ex immortal girlfriend..

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Received via NetGalley and AD Starrling for an completely unbiased review Note: this book can be read as part of the series, or completely stand alone. Conrad Green lives in the Amazon. He lives a simple life, filled with simple pleasures and the love of a dog. It has been decades since he had any long term connection to the world, and he plans to keep it this way. He has lost everything that once meant anything to him, and now is content to wait out his immortality alone. When a plane crashes Received via NetGalley and AD Starrling for an completely unbiased review Note: this book can be read as part of the series, or completely stand alone. Conrad Green lives in the Amazon. He lives a simple life, filled with simple pleasures and the love of a dog. It has been decades since he had any long term connection to the world, and he plans to keep it this way. He has lost everything that once meant anything to him, and now is content to wait out his immortality alone. When a plane crashes into his Amazonian home Conrad finds details surrounding an assassination attempt against the President of the United States. Conrad rushes to Washington to reveal the plot, and becomes the head of the search for the elusive worldwide network plotting to take down all of the world's superpower nations. Time is running out, can Conrad save the world and get the girl that got away centuries ago? If you're a big fan of over the top military adventures and paranormal fiction, you might just enjoy Greene's Calling. Melding together high octane action, and a group of Immortals who have special powers Starrling creates what can only be described as Clive Cussler's paranormal cousin. Greene's character is interesting in that he is one of the members of the Immortal race who has inherited strange healing powers from his lineage. He is no stranger to violence and the life style of a warrior. The long-time obsession with Laura seemed a bit far fetched. A few hundred years and he hasn't found another woman to love? Not only this, but Laura hasn't found another lover either? Im not a believer in long term fidelity after a relationship breaks down. Although, I'm not an Immortal either. Starrling uses well researched real world data to create a world much like our own, and delves into the question of what would happen if a terrorist organization were to attack all major heads of state. How would tense relationships between countries sustain? How would the security details react? I did not read the previous two Seventeen series installations, but may read the fourth based on a heavy cliff hanger ending that can only promise more fun and over the top experiences. My only recommendation is to throw realistic expectations out the window and try not to take the book too seriously. This is certainly a fluffy, fun read for when you're on the beach!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Greene's Calling is the third book in the Seventeen series. You can also read my reviews of the first books: Soul Meaning and King's Crusade. Once again, this book is completely different from the first two! The immortals are still the same, and there are some characters from the other books that make an appeara READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Greene's Calling is the third book in the Seventeen series. You can also read my reviews of the first books: Soul Meaning and King's Crusade. Once again, this book is completely different from the first two! The immortals are still the same, and there are some characters from the other books that make an appearance halfway the book, but mostly this is like starting over again. The genre has shifted from man on the run and in search of answers to Dan Brown novel to political thriller is this last instalment (although it's the kind of political thriller that contains a lot of fighting and shooting rather than something more diplomatic). Greene has been living on his own for some time, trying to get as few human contact as possible. His way of life is brutally destroyed when a small crashes down on his house in the Brazilian jungle. He discovers a plot to assassinate the American president in the papers on board. But that's only the beginning of a much larger scheme... I enjoyed reading Greene's Calling, just as I enjoyed the other books. I was hoping for more answers concerning the two immortal races, but not really any were given during this book. Greene is (just as both Soul and Alexa) a special snowflake as he - and only he- has an extreme ability to heal mortal people (when I say extreme, I mean extreme). The pace is always fast and there is a lot of action, so if that's something you like, you'll enjoy this book. One thing I found a bit odd though was that (view spoiler)[ although all these world leaders were shot by 'the best' assassins, in the end only the Russian dies. Some old cold war feelings? And what a lousy assassins! Or, more people with healing powers, because what are your chances of surviving being shot in the head (as happened to quite some of the world leaders)? (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karin Baker

    I am still new at reviewing and feel like I need to explain why I am rating a book I thought was well written three stars. I would never proceed to try to tell a writer how to write their book, like I have seen other reviewers do. Especially when it may just be me at the moment and the writing is good. I feel a review should tell you what I thought of the story and If I was swept away by the telling of the story. On that note, Greene’s Calling is a book which although wonderfully written and obv I am still new at reviewing and feel like I need to explain why I am rating a book I thought was well written three stars. I would never proceed to try to tell a writer how to write their book, like I have seen other reviewers do. Especially when it may just be me at the moment and the writing is good. I feel a review should tell you what I thought of the story and If I was swept away by the telling of the story. On that note, Greene’s Calling is a book which although wonderfully written and obviously well researched is one that just didn’t sweep me away. I do not want to give you a bunch of back story or tell you what the book was about. In my reviews I want you to see how I feel about a book and not give you a book report version of the read, which is what what many other book bloggers seem to be doing. With that being said, I couldn’t get into this story. I felt like I was missing something. I like reading series and I felt I was not getting enough back-story in the beginning even though it is a stand alone. I wasn’t swept up into the story. It was not a bad story at all, in fact it was good, it just didn’t hook me in. Again very well written and well researched. From the history to the plane crashing into Conrad Greene’s house while he is fishing, I was hoping for just something to let me feel more and get into it more. The “hundreds of years ago love story” wasn’t what I was searching for when picking up the read. I have books one and two in the series thanks to Lady Reader and the author for providing them. I plan on reading these now and reading Greene’s Calling again. I was planning on reading the series in it’s entirety but unfortunately with summer and my busy family activities I ran out of time to read those first. I’m going to start at the beginning now, hoping that I like this book better when I am done. Please read it and decide for yourself. I haven’t given up on it yet. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Couldn’t put the book down Read it in couple of day couldn’t put the book down it was brill just like the other books can’t wait to read next in line

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bames

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Greene's Calling is about a man named Conrad Greene. He is one of the many immortals that live among humans for centuries. For a very long time, Conrad has been living on his own in the Amazon. He has a nice, quiet life and a dog who keeps him company. Everything was fine until a plane crashes down on the house he lives in. As he tries to make sense of the accident and search among the wreckage for any I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Greene's Calling is about a man named Conrad Greene. He is one of the many immortals that live among humans for centuries. For a very long time, Conrad has been living on his own in the Amazon. He has a nice, quiet life and a dog who keeps him company. Everything was fine until a plane crashes down on the house he lives in. As he tries to make sense of the accident and search among the wreckage for any survivors, he finds a suitcase that contains a gun and some pictures. Among the pictures is that of a woman he used to work with -- a woman he truly loved along time ago. There was also a cryptic haiku which Conrad believes is a clue about what the plane passenger was about to do. Conrad decides that it is time to leave the Amazon and to inform that woman he once loved that her life may be in danger. In the process, he learns that she is with the Secret Service and is helping to guard the President of the United States. Greene thinks the president will be assassinated. He rushes to help prevent the tragedy from happening but is unable to stop the bullet that takes the president's life. Conrad Greene then does his best to make use of all the power his immortality gives him and, along with other immortals, search for the people responsible for a massive plan to rule the world. Greene's Calling is a book with a book with a lot of action and adventure. The pace is pretty fast at times. All in all an exciting read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Penny BroJacquie

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. It’s hard to be an immortal. You can’t find peace not even you live in a remote Amazon swamp. Immortal hottie Greene lives quietly with his dog, for who he gave his life (literally), until an aeroplane fall on his head – almost. Soon he finds himself in the Oval Office and then across the pond pursuing an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world. Greene’s Calling is A.D I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. It’s hard to be an immortal. You can’t find peace not even you live in a remote Amazon swamp. Immortal hottie Greene lives quietly with his dog, for who he gave his life (literally), until an aeroplane fall on his head – almost. Soon he finds himself in the Oval Office and then across the pond pursuing an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world. Greene’s Calling is A.D. Starrling’s third book and the most mature one. It is the third instalment in the award winning, supernatural thriller series Seventeen – seventeen as how many lives an immortal can live. I like a book when I feel that the author had enjoyed every moment spent writing it. And I’m sure A.D. Starrling had a great time. It’s obvious she did a lot of research in order to describe accurately historical events, scientific facts and different places around the world. The story is well crafted, the descriptions are written with the right touch without being boring, the action is fast paced. All main characters are well described, however I had the feeling I wasn’t attached enough to the main lead. This book is a page turner, the one you should have in your suitcase if you’re going on holidays. And if you’re interested in the history of Ottoman Empire, you’ll love it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Bridges

    Conrad Greene has been living alone with his dog, Rocky, in the South American jungle. He doesn't want to be part of the immortal society since his soulmate, Laura, told him she wanted nothing more to do with him. Then a plane crashes into his house and he suddenly has no choice - without him there will be war on a grand scale. This is the third of A.D. Starrling's "Seventeen" books and once again it is a breakneck read, full of action and adventure and perfect to lose oneself in after a long day Conrad Greene has been living alone with his dog, Rocky, in the South American jungle. He doesn't want to be part of the immortal society since his soulmate, Laura, told him she wanted nothing more to do with him. Then a plane crashes into his house and he suddenly has no choice - without him there will be war on a grand scale. This is the third of A.D. Starrling's "Seventeen" books and once again it is a breakneck read, full of action and adventure and perfect to lose oneself in after a long day. When Starrling switched characters for the second "Seventeen" novel, I was not sure if that would work for me, but now that I am used to it, I like meeting new immortals and finding out their powers and this book explains much more about how that will continue (hopefully). You can read these novels as stand-alones, but I think it would be more enjoyable to read them in order. Conrad is an endearing and very "human" character with very recognisable traits. The way that he reacts to what is happening around him is very believeable and, once again from Starrling, makes me want him and his friends to achieve their goal without being over sentimental. I think this has been a great series which I have really enjoyed reading, and I am very much looking forward to reading more in the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    This is the third book in the series "Seventeen" but the first one I read and I think it is ok to read it as a stand-alone. although, es ever with series maybe it is better to read it in order ... this book is definitely a good one and I liked it: there is a lot of action, an interesting main character and some romance. I was a bit surprised that it is written in Greens POV and this is something, which I needed time to get used to. on the other hand, it gave me a great insight on his character an This is the third book in the series "Seventeen" but the first one I read and I think it is ok to read it as a stand-alone. although, es ever with series maybe it is better to read it in order ... this book is definitely a good one and I liked it: there is a lot of action, an interesting main character and some romance. I was a bit surprised that it is written in Greens POV and this is something, which I needed time to get used to. on the other hand, it gave me a great insight on his character and i really liked what I saw. He is also an interesting combination as he is a healer as well as a warrior Nevertheless it had some flaws or maybe just false expactions on my side: I expected it to be a PNR with a real romance development - which is not what I got. yes, there is definitely a romance in it but all the troubles and development took second place to the plot. the plot is good - but here comes in the factor that it would have been better to read the first two books as well, because the focus is on a bigger picture - which I think will come along slowly with the next books. all in all this was a good read and I think I will give this series another try. Disclaimer: an ARC was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This sophisticated and intricate novel of deception and intrigue is guaranteed to be a readers' favorite. It has the supernatural elements that appeal to the current generation of readers, but even without that aspect, the suspense and detail of this fast paced, intelligent novel kept me glued to the pages. I have not yet finished the previous books in this series (I wanted to review this for the tour date) but I know I will read it from the beginning. Then I will continue on, as at the end there This sophisticated and intricate novel of deception and intrigue is guaranteed to be a readers' favorite. It has the supernatural elements that appeal to the current generation of readers, but even without that aspect, the suspense and detail of this fast paced, intelligent novel kept me glued to the pages. I have not yet finished the previous books in this series (I wanted to review this for the tour date) but I know I will read it from the beginning. Then I will continue on, as at the end there are situations yet to be resolved. That is not to say this book alone left me unsatisfied. I will mention that I loved all the attention given to telling about the dog. I was gifted this copy so I could give an honest opinion but I really appreciate this chance. People will be talking about this series. You want to read it and be able to add your thoughts.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah G

    This has been my favorite out of the Seventeen Series! I loved it! Conrad is an amazing man and that I wish was real! When a plane crashes into his house in the Amazon he gets pulled into an assassination plot that ends his self imposed exile. It brings back Anatole from Soul's Meaning as well as other familiar faces. It also leads Conrad towards the woman he once loved. Can they reunite and forgive 300 year old wounds? It is amazing and out of all of them had a love story that I didn't want to This has been my favorite out of the Seventeen Series! I loved it! Conrad is an amazing man and that I wish was real! When a plane crashes into his house in the Amazon he gets pulled into an assassination plot that ends his self imposed exile. It brings back Anatole from Soul's Meaning as well as other familiar faces. It also leads Conrad towards the woman he once loved. Can they reunite and forgive 300 year old wounds? It is amazing and out of all of them had a love story that I didn't want to put down. I think Laura Hartwell might be my favorite female character in this series. (Even though I loved Anna and Alexa from books 1 and 2.) Plus there is a huge surprise at the end! You get to meet two very special people that I was hoping we would get introduced to in this book, although; they can't do much yet I can't wait!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim Kratzok

    The series keeps getting better! I can't put these stories down! In this one we meet Conrad, another pureblood, who has a unique birthmark - similar to the medical symbol of a staff with snakes twining around it. He has the ability to heal with his touch. Quite a useful trait! Conrad finds himself working with both Bastian and Crovir groups and the US government to prevent an attack by the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. It doesn't get much better! The series keeps getting better! I can't put these stories down! In this one we meet Conrad, another pureblood, who has a unique birthmark - similar to the medical symbol of a staff with snakes twining around it. He has the ability to heal with his touch. Quite a useful trait! Conrad finds himself working with both Bastian and Crovir groups and the US government to prevent an attack by the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. It doesn't get much better!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Terri West

    This is the third book in the Seventeen series and like the others it is fast paced and full of action. This books carry a lot of description and facts so if your someone who likes to blow through a book you may not enjoy these books. Having said that they are not stuffy or heavy going, just there is often a lot to take in on a short time frame. Well written and enjoyable, just not amazing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharene

    I really enjoyed the third book of the Seventeen Series. Conrad lives a secluded life with the company and love of his dog. It has been years since Conrad has come into any contact with people until a plane crashes and finds there is a threat to assassinate the President. He goes to Washington to inform what he has found. He also runs into his long-life soul mate that he hasn’t seen in decades. Neither of them has found new loves to occupy them. But you can’t help who you love and you will be de I really enjoyed the third book of the Seventeen Series. Conrad lives a secluded life with the company and love of his dog. It has been years since Conrad has come into any contact with people until a plane crashes and finds there is a threat to assassinate the President. He goes to Washington to inform what he has found. He also runs into his long-life soul mate that he hasn’t seen in decades. Neither of them has found new loves to occupy them. But you can’t help who you love and you will be dedicated to the end. But it was a happy ending because the two immortals are back together.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    What other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Again the narrator does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Moving onto book #4 that's just how much I enjoyed this series. Action was awesome and bad-ass. Really loved the storyline. Moving onto book #4 that's just how much I enjoyed this series. Action was awesome and bad-ass. Really loved the storyline.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Wow This series is fantastic. I really like recap of things that are taken from fact and woven into the story

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pat Quinn

    Loved it

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Awesome series! I can not say enough about this series, it truly is the best one I have read in years. I have got to find the next book ASAP!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    Greene's Calling is another well-written, well-researched, action-packed, brainy book from A.D. Starrling. What else is there to say? I have never been a huge fan of the action thriller genre, but I cannot get enough of Ms. Starrling's books. I have to take a minute to talk up this author for those of you who may not have heard of her before. I, myself, ran across this series quite by accident, and that was a very lucky day indeed. I was just discussing these books with my friend Deanna, who lov Greene's Calling is another well-written, well-researched, action-packed, brainy book from A.D. Starrling. What else is there to say? I have never been a huge fan of the action thriller genre, but I cannot get enough of Ms. Starrling's books. I have to take a minute to talk up this author for those of you who may not have heard of her before. I, myself, ran across this series quite by accident, and that was a very lucky day indeed. I was just discussing these books with my friend Deanna, who loves action movies, because these books would make fantabulous movies. I do hope they get optioned one day. But I was saying that these are books that you can just tell that the author is super intelligent (hence the aforementioned "brainy" description). I mean, its not everyday I enjoy a book discussing chemistry and macromolecular materials and engineering. I'm a lawyer, we typically don't do math and science very well. ;) I am foisting these books on my little bro now as he has an interest in biomedical engineering, so I think he will appreciate how smart these books are. That being said, if you are not a brainy person, and are worried you may not be able to follow along with these books, never fear. I know not one iota about science and chemistry, and I do just fine. The books are fast-paced and action-driven so you will speed along with the plot without getting hung up on the dynamics of the explosives that feature heavily in this book. And for you romance readers, this book has some of that too. We start Greene's Calling: Seventeen Book Three following the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire. This was a nice little history lesson, and sets up our back story for the villains in this installment. This was a nice touch and made me reminisce reading some of the more heavily-detailed historical romances I have read by authors such as Bertrice Small. I always say I would have learned history a lot better if they let a fiction writer help with the writing. We later meet our main character, Conrad Greene, where he has exiled himself to the jungle after things went sour with his soul mate. I really liked Conrad and his four-legged friend, Rocky. The special bond between the two was wonderful, and I can understand the lengths Greene went to when he saved his best friend. Greene's soul mate is Laura, and they have been separated for 300 years. But when Greene learns she may be in trouble, he rushes to her side. I was set not to like Laura based on her treatment of the man, however she eventually won me over. The plot did not waste a lot of time on the drama between the soul mates, instead focusing on the supernatural terroristic threat from Ariana and her progeny. I would have liked to see the relationship issue flushed out a little more I think, but I didn't notice it as I was reading. It only came to me now that I'm done. So I doubt you will miss it either. This book was just as action-packed as the previous two, and the plot came together nicely as the immortals worked with US govt officials to uncover and neutralize the threat to major cities around the globe. I still think that King's Crusade is my favorite book of the series. I really miss Yonten - he was such a great character. But this was a great addition and ties together nicely with the previous books. I think we are building towards a big culmination where all of the "special" immortals will be called on to work together for some common goal, and I look forward to that progression. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars / 2 flames.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karin Corneau

    I stumbled across this series through Book Bub and decided to give it a go. I got the first book for free and then after finishing it, I immediately bought the remaining 3. As mentioned in my previous reviews, this is unlike any other paranormal story I've read before and so at first I was a little bit leery. I am used to the traditional vampires, witches and werewolves, but now I am hooked on the world of the Bastians and Corvirs. Empire tells the story of retired Bastian hunter, Conrad Greene. I stumbled across this series through Book Bub and decided to give it a go. I got the first book for free and then after finishing it, I immediately bought the remaining 3. As mentioned in my previous reviews, this is unlike any other paranormal story I've read before and so at first I was a little bit leery. I am used to the traditional vampires, witches and werewolves, but now I am hooked on the world of the Bastians and Corvirs. Empire tells the story of retired Bastian hunter, Conrad Greene. Conrad is forced out of his self imposed exile after discovering a potential threat to the President of the United States. He is thrust back into a world he left behind and soon finds himself leading a team of immortals and humans as they uncover the secrets behind a centuries old conspiracy, one that threatens to shake the world to its core. One of the his team members, just happens to be his estranged soul mate. Can they work together to unravel the conspiracy in enough time to save the world from complete destruction? This series captured my attention from book one & page one. There is so much action, my mind was whirling. But, I found myself easily picturing what was going on. Ms Starrling is a fantastic story teller and I am just devouring these books. What more can I say? This is by far my favorite of the series, Conrad is just a kick ass character and I could read about him all day, every day. I would have liked to see more about Laura, but that's my only criticism. I could easily see this as a movie, there is a enough action to keep everyone on their toes. The romance isn't overwhelming, but there is just enough to make your heart skip a beat. I have already started on book 4 and I really hope that there will be more to the series. I highly recommend this to any fans of the paranormal genre.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Tomlinson

    Another great book for an amazing series. This is just as fast paced and action packed as the rest of them. The first one is still my favorite but that just because I adored Lucas Soul and I was glad he was at the end of this. All of these books are written to in away that they can all be read as a stand-alone. Though I recommend they all be read because they are fantastic! I really wasn't sure about this when I started it. It took a little longer than the others did for me to really get wrapped Another great book for an amazing series. This is just as fast paced and action packed as the rest of them. The first one is still my favorite but that just because I adored Lucas Soul and I was glad he was at the end of this. All of these books are written to in away that they can all be read as a stand-alone. Though I recommend they all be read because they are fantastic! I really wasn't sure about this when I started it. It took a little longer than the others did for me to really get wrapped up in the story and I wasn't sure about the whole secret service thing. There was an assassination attempt on the president and it would have been successful if Conrad's ability had not been healing. I like how each immortal that was born with an odd birthmark has a unique ability.It's kind of cool because I'm hoping that in books later down the line they will all come together and have an epic battle. Conrad was a good lead. He was smart, calculated and knew how to throw down. I wasn't sure how far they were going to take this whole assassination attempt but they made it work throughout the entire book. I've seen to many movies about secret service and assassination attempts that I really thought it would be boring to read, I'm glad I was wrong. The only thing I don't like about these books are they don't go deep enough with the characters. I don't really feel a strong connection with them and after three books, I should. Of course, I still love the characters and I still get totally engrossed in the books. I just wish it was taken further. I can't wait to read every book in this series. I highly recommend to anyone that loves a lot of action.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Conrad Greene had tried to save a man- William who was like a brother but then he saw in William’s eyes he wanted to die. His heart had shattered when he saw hate in the eyes of the woman he loved. Conrad was living in the flood plains of Brazil where he was trying to live out the rest of eternity.he had a dog named Rocky as his companion. Then a charter plane had crashed right into Conrad's home leaving the pilot and a man dead. But there was also a locked briefcase. In the briefcase had been a Conrad Greene had tried to save a man- William who was like a brother but then he saw in William’s eyes he wanted to die. His heart had shattered when he saw hate in the eyes of the woman he loved. Conrad was living in the flood plains of Brazil where he was trying to live out the rest of eternity.he had a dog named Rocky as his companion. Then a charter plane had crashed right into Conrad's home leaving the pilot and a man dead. But there was also a locked briefcase. In the briefcase had been a gun and several photos one of Laura Hartwell the woman who had Conrad’s heart. Conrad realizes he has come across a plan to kill the President Of The U.S.A. Conrad goes to Washington DC to reveal what he now knows. Conrad let's Laura know her life may be in danger. Laura is now with the Secret Service, she helps guard the President. Although Conrad tries he cannot stop a bullet from killing the President. Greene now leads a team of elite human and immortal agents to take down the elusive organization bent on taking over the world. I enjoyed this story a lot considering I am not into take over the world stories but I did finish this one and more important enjoyed it. The action is almost non-stop and I liked that. Then the part on Conrad’s love for Laura. It seems a little far fetched but i got through it. I liked the characters a lot. The twists and turns of this story kept you interested and reading. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion from the publisher. Greene's Calling is the 3rd installment of the Seventeen series. About 2 groups of immortals the Bastion and the Crovirs. Each immortal has seventeen lives. The only way they wont live through a death is if they are decapitated or blown up. In this book Conrad is an immortal living in the Amazon after losing the love of his soulmate when a plane crashes into his house. While inspecting the remains of the plane and its deceas I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion from the publisher. Greene's Calling is the 3rd installment of the Seventeen series. About 2 groups of immortals the Bastion and the Crovirs. Each immortal has seventeen lives. The only way they wont live through a death is if they are decapitated or blown up. In this book Conrad is an immortal living in the Amazon after losing the love of his soulmate when a plane crashes into his house. While inspecting the remains of the plane and its deceased passengers he discovers pictures of his soulmate and believing she's in danger sets out to find out whats going on. Laura is an immortal thats a member of the Secret Service protecting the president of the United States. When a plot to assassinate the President and the leaders of other countries is brought to her attention by Conrad they along with other government agencies and immortals attempt to find and stop whoever is behind the takeover and destruction of the world as we know it. There is plenty of action, adventure with romance thrown in. From beginning to end you're wondering whats going to happen next, where and to whom! I loved it!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    3.5* This series is a well-written, well-researched, well -presented thrill ride that , despite it’s numerous merits, continues to occupy my ‘like it a lot’ category. This book was no exception. Even though ‘Creene’s Calling’ was a highly enjoyable addition, it did not managed to move the rating higher. With previous books, for me, it was the lack of in-depth character development, mainly due to the breath-taking pace of the actions and while in this book we are allowed a slightly better glimpse 3.5* This series is a well-written, well-researched, well -presented thrill ride that , despite it’s numerous merits, continues to occupy my ‘like it a lot’ category. This book was no exception. Even though ‘Creene’s Calling’ was a highly enjoyable addition, it did not managed to move the rating higher. With previous books, for me, it was the lack of in-depth character development, mainly due to the breath-taking pace of the actions and while in this book we are allowed a slightly better glimpse in to personalities of the primary characters, it was the villains and rationale behind main plot that I found over the top and too James Bond-ish. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge James Bond fan but after a while you get a bit blasé about the world domination scenario. In saying that, I am enjoying these books, have particular liking for all the scientific, historical and geographical backgrounds (I found melding of fiction and faction smooth and believable) and definitely will continue with the series.

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