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Imagine a world about 100 years in the future, where cars drive themselves, technology is more advanced, but all in all, its recognizable. Oh, did I forget to mention that supernatural cratures, like Werewolves and Vampires, among a host of others, are now out in the open and are accepted members of society? Thats where the story begins in Dallas, as vampire detective Lacey Anderson is put in charge of the newly formed Undead Squad, formed to deal with strictly supernatural crimes. She is partnered with Colton Scarber, an irracible Werewolf. This is an uneasy parnership, since Vamps and Wolves dont really care for each other generally. Also, Colton's pack was involved with an earlier incident in Lacey's life that has left her traumatized still. They immediately pick up a case where a woman has been assaulted by a supernatural. So begins a wild ride of a book that reads like a hard boiled police procedural, only with Supernatural creatures! The search for the culprit takes all their skills and knowledge, including something Lacey saw 500 years ago, and leads to a thrilling conclusion! Along the way, Lacey and Colton have to face their shared past and find a way to deal with it while working as an effective team. All in all, extremely well done!
The plotting and pacing were excellent, and you can tell the author has either researched extensively or has a Law enforcement background. Having such long lived characters also allows for interesting flashbacks, and the settings, from renaissance era Greece to future era Dallas are well drawn out. I really enjoyed the byplay between the two main characters as they each learned each others strangths and how they complimented their own.
As far as narration, Sallie Downing did a fine job bringing the various characters to life. She gave them each their won voice, even minor characters, and her pacing was excellent.
I give this book my highest recommendation, and it should please both urban fantasy fans and even fans of stuff like the Harry Bosch books.
I was voluntarily given a copy of this book by the Author, narrator or publisher free of charge through Audiobookboom.
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I really liked this first book. It has sci-fi elements to go a long with the paranormal aspects of a world 100 years away. Here all the monsters we know about as fantasy, like vampires and werewolves, are real. They get around in intelligent cars, and work together to solve paranormal crimes. In a way, this is the anti-monster hunters international, by Larry Correia fame. Here, the monsters legally hunt humans and monsters alike when a crime has been committed. So, I guess it might even have a feel sot of like the TV show Grimm, but I never watched that, so it is just speculation.
A case gets dropped into the laps of two feshly partnered Paras. One, a vampire, and the other a werewolf. he vamp doesn't trust the wolf because her family was slaughtered by werewolves, and guess the partner's connection to the crime. Yep, he's connected to those who did the killing, only she doesn't know that. She doesn't trust him at all, and this new case really puts a strain on the pair.
Downing is good as the narrator, but there were a few spots where her narration seemed spotty, alomost like she started a sentence, flubbed it, and over dubbed. Maybe that is just how she speaks, but Iheard it enough to be jolting. So, I cut one star from her performance. Sorry, Sallie. Otherwise, she does a fine job, and embodies the characters well.