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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,735 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Carey Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781400182527
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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, Santa Olivia is Jacqueline Carey’s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a demilitarized buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive “Wolf-Man” who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup’s father was one of a group of men genetically manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The “Wolf-Men” were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father’s wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.

After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: they form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron, who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.

Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/16/2014

    " This book started out pretty slowly and I wasn't interested at all until about ten chapters in when it really picked up. The pacing issue there would have gotten this book just three stars, except for a couple of things. Those things being that some urban fantasy standards were missing. That was such a breath of fresh air that it gets four stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Morgan | 2/9/2014

    " Wonderful story line from Jacqueline Carey. I adore her writing style! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 laur | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this as a bit of an unexpected departure form most of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy B | 1/6/2014

    " This was the longest backstory ever. Hopefully, with all this out of the way, the next book will actually do something. Can't say I like the character though, or her lover. Fortunate that she had vaguely interesting people surrounding her, but beyond that... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tegan | 12/8/2013

    " A highly enjoyable book by the author of the Kushiel series. Carey tells the story of bystanders caught (literally) in the cross fire of government conspiracy and misdirection, and of the struggle for justice and escape, whether from oppression or from false reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz deMello | 11/29/2013

    " I didn't care for the writing and didn't find the characters particularly compelling or the premise original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn | 11/13/2013

    " I knew there was a reason I listed Carey as one of my absolute favorite writers. I wasn't even really interested in this story, but she ultimately drew me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Wilson-niskanen | 4/19/2013

    " Much more interesting than I thought it would be. The plot was more entertaining than the description led me to believe. I wouldn't have bothered with it honestly except I love the author. This isn't her best work but worth reading just for fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassandra Chin | 3/26/2013

    " While I thoroughly enjoyed Carey's other series, for whatever reason I could not get involved with this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/11/2012

    " I enjoyed it for what it was...and hope she does a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 9/11/2012

    " Really wonderfully written book. I liked the characters and I liked the story and really, I just thought it was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/22/2011

    " Not as detailed and full-bodied as the Kushiel and Namaah series, but a fun, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 10/26/2009

    " If I were a werewolf, I'd want to be the kind of werewolf in this book. All of the superpowers, none of that pesky furriness at the full moon. Although being the property of the government would be a downer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/27/2009

    " Love the voice, love the boxing details. "

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About the Author
Author Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels; the Sundering series, an epic fantasy duology; and the postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, among others.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.