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The First Prophet (A Bishop Files Novel)

by Kay Hooper

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Kay Hooper has so far written nineteen thrillers involving Agent Bishop, the leader of the Special Crimes Unit of the FBI. This book is the first in a series that is an off-shoot of that one, which is called the Bishop Files. It does not involve any of the SCU agents or anything that they do, but Bishop is involved, albeit, in the background, because what is going on concerns him as both the leader of the SCU and as a psychic who is concerned about other psychics. The prologue begins with a brief battle between a man named Duran and his men preparing to attack a cabin where Brodie is protecting a psychic when things go horribly wrong. This cracks the door open to a fight very few know about.

The story begins with Sarah Gallagher, who watches the Victorian house, in Richmond, she had pain-strikingly restored with her own hands, burn to the ground. The fire marshal says that it is arson. A man that should be a stranger to her, but is not, Tucker Mackenzie, a successful writer, comes up to her to talk. She knows what he wants before he opens his mouth. He wants what they all want. Ever since her mugging six months ago that left her in a coma and nearly killed her, she awoke with the ability to see the future. However, no one really wants to hear what she has to say, the truth, or that she cannot turn her ability on or off at will. In Tucker, however, she sees something different: someone who wants to believe and someone who wants the truth, no matter how painful that truth may be.

When Sheriff Lewis talks to her she tells him that Tucker is a friend from out of town. It's obvious that Lewis is not likely to discover who did this. In fact, Duran is responsible, who is in town to capture or kill her, we are not sure. Brodie is also in town with his partner, Cait, and they seem to be, once again, one step behind. What is it exactly that they want from her too?

Sarah and her business partner, Margo, have an apartment that either can use if need be, over their antique shop. Tucker talks his way inside and into staying the night, especially when she tells him that she thinks someone's been watching her over the past few days. They are greeted by a black cat named Galahad, who comes and goes as he pleases, and is quite more than he seems. Every vision Sarah has had has come true. She recognizes Tucker because she has seen him in her visions. He is part of her fate, her destiny, her journey toward her death. She sees these shadows that are coming to kill her and a grave that she falls into with a tombstone with her name and the month of October and that year on it. It's not that long before October now. Tucker tries to convince her that surely it does not work that way, that every decision we make, changes the future, that her fate is not set in stone. A gravestone does not necessarily mean death. It could symbolize something else. It is hard to convince the stubborn Sarah.

Its hard for Sarah to conceal her worry when her friend and partner, Margo returns home from the business trip early after hearing about the fire. Sarah has had a vision that Margo will die from a bizarre accident in the shop, which is why she sent her away in the first place. Now she can't get her to leave. The next day when the three are in the shop, Margo, who looks similar to Sarah, goes to get something out of a dresser for Sarah that someone called saying they left in there, while Sarah is dealing with another phone call. Suddenly, the large dresser begins to fall. Luckily, Tucker is there and tackles Margo and gets them both mostly out of the way and uninjured. They call Sheriff Lewis, but he is once again, no help. This time, Margo agrees to leave, and Tucker and Sarah decide to leave too, but they get a look at the men coming to get Sarah first and get a surprise that makes them realize that they can trust no one.

They head to a cabin that a friend of Tucker has out in the middle of nowhere. It has secure computer access and they can rest for a while and figure out their next move. This is when Tucker begins doing searches and discovers that for the past decade psychics have gone missing or been found dead. Someone, it seems, is out to get psychics, for some reason, and it seems they are after Sarah now. The computer, which is not even hooked up to the internet, receives a message to them to leave now. This alarms them, but they quickly pack up and leave, with both Duran and Brodie on their tail.

Sarah's powers are quickly changing. Now she can hear thoughts and project them. There are two voices in her head, one saying something that she's not sure she should believe and the other, a gentle voice, guiding her north. She is also able to see so much more than the future and has the answer to the questions Tucker has about the woman from his past that he let down. So, following Sarah's directions, while making a few detours, they travel north hoping to meet a psychic who can help Sarah control her powers and figure out what to do. Then things go horribly wrong. And Sarah must decide if she will accept that her vision is written in stone or if it can be changed and if she can be the one to change it.

Bishop became aware of the missing psychics years ago and eventfully came across Duran and Brodie. He has a vested interest in what is going on here, as the members of his unit are psychics, and while they have yet been targeted, that may change. Also, some of these missing psychics were ones he had approached but had declined to join, but he had never the less kept an eye on, just in case they needed help, and now they are gone. This book is really good. The characters are real. They make mistakes, they are flawed, they are scared (which they should be), frustrated, sad, overconfident, too trusting, and just plain human, even if some of them do have psychic abilities. And you really have no idea who to trust and even if you can see into the future, it does not mean that you figure it out correctly, which could be costly. I am excited about the future of this sizzling new series. ( )
  nicolewbrown | Oct 16, 2017 |
Too quick a love but an interesting story of danger and finding a home. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 12, 2017 |
This book was okay. I felt it wasn't what the "quotes" on the back said it was. I didn't think it was that suspenseful, scary or terrifying. It was an okay story. Left me with a lot of questions. I've read one of the many Bishop mystery books and it was better than this one. But still, this one didn't interest me enough to read the next two in the trilogy. Not sure if I will read them. It's not a bad book, and I don't feel like I wasted my time, just will never be in my top books. ( )
1 vote MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Six months ago, following a brain injury received in a mugging, Sarah Gallagher awakened from her coma a psychic. She is frightened by a vision of her own death. She is frightened by someone watching her from the shadows. She is frightened because someone burned down her house. Tucker MacKensie is trying to help Sarah escape the watchers and while they are pursued around the country he has done research that concludes that psychics are being hunted and killed or kidnapped. WHY!!! A spine-tingling suspense story of good versus evil. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 10, 2016 |
Sarah Gallagher hadn't always been psychic. She just woke up from a head injury and heard the voices and saw the visions. Now someone or something wants her stopped. Tucker Mackenzie has ghosts of his own but he wants Sarah to tell him about those ghosts and he will try and protect her. This is a little different that the other Bishop File books but the story is first rate and the characters believable. I really enjoyed this book and was very surprised at the ending. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared—by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon: to blind the psychics to the evils all around them.

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah’s mind.

It begins with Sarah’s home being destroyed by fire—an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah’s confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can’t. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it’s only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.
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Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared—by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon: to blind the psychics to the evils all around them.

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah’s mind.

It begins with Sarah’s home being destroyed by fire—an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah’s confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can’t. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it’s only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.

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Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon to blind the psychics to the evils all around them. Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn't control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah's mind. It begins with Sarah's home being destroyed by fire, an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah's confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others cannot. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it is only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.… (more)

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