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Leo Malone is hired to find a missing werewolf by his daughter. This same werewolf is an accountant to a mob boss, who contacts Leo to also find the missing werewolf. Being paid twice for the same job suits Leo fine and he accepts. But he didn't realise what an undertaking this would be. In his quest to find answers, Leo encounters rogue vampires, more mobsters and even a love interest. But add in the fact that dead bodies are turning up that seem to be ravaged by werewolves and all evidence points to the missing were! Is this a case of a were gone rogue too, or something else?
This was all sorts of awesome!! I listened to this while I was sick and it cheered me up and made me laugh out loud. I absolutely loved Leo. He is an antihero and a jerk at times, but his devil may care attitude was what made him so lovable. He may also be a hardass but he is a man of his word and has a sense of righteousness that appealed to me. It also helped that he was so funny and witty, especially with "Mo Money", the hilarious hacker Marvin.
The plot was fast paced and action packed. There was mystery, intrigue and plenty of fight scenes, and I few through the book. I also loved finding out about the Vampire dynamics and how they work.
In all, this was a fun, entertaining read. It was well written and developed and I so can't wait to read the second book in the series!!!
This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Steven Jay Cohen and I really enjoyed his narration. He was easy to listen to and read this well. He gave each of the characters their own personality and really brought Leo to life!! I will have to check out more by him.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This audiobook kept me entertained from start to finish. Vampire PI, Leo Malone, is hired to find a missing werewolf, who also happens to be the accountant of a mob boss Leo occasionally body guards for. Things become even more complicated as he uncovers treachery within the vampire ranks. This story has lots of action, intrigue, a bit of romance, great characters and hilarious repartee that will have you laughing out loud. I really enjoyed the main character, Leo. He is sarcastic, cunning, can be a bit of a jerk and has a propensity for violence, but he also keeps his word and has a sense of riotousness hidden underneath a hard exterior. The narrator, Steven Jay Cohen, managed to fit his voice to Leo’s personality perfectly, he really brought the character to life making you feel his strength, determination and uncertainties. I also loved his interpretation of the computer wiz, Marvin. The interactions between the two of them was hysterical. All in all, this an enjoyable, well written, action filled story that will keep you entertained and leave you wanting more.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A snarky supernatural detective is not a particularly new premise, but the author does a very good job of making both him and the story an interesting one.
The story starts out as a relatively simple one with the PI in question, the vampire Leo Malone, being hired to investigate the disappearance of a werewolf, but matters escalate quite quickly as this turns out to only be one part of a larger plot that causes a lot of problems for our protagonist even if he is being paid by more than one interested party to investigate it.
The author did a very good job of quickly fleshing out the world and the rules for the supernatural inhabitants in it while also keeping the action moving along at a frantic pace without it seeming too rushed at any point either.
I have not listened to anything else that this narrator has done before, but I found his performance to be a nice enhancement of the story with him nicely bringing the sarcastic and somewhat disconnected from humanity hero to life, while also giving distinct voices to the supporting cast.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will be looking out for subsequent ones in the series and others from the same author.
[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Shrouds of Darkness in three words, what would they be?
Supernatural mystery adventure
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Steven Jay Cohen’s performance did you like?
He was outstanding in his ability to narrate and bring about full understanding of each of the characters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Leo was led to feel again
Any additional comments?
This book was provided in expectation of a review.
It was a total surprise and I enjoyed it much more than I expected.
It had most everything one would expect from a book: Vampires, Werewolves, murder, weapons, romance and silliness. The author and narrator did an outstanding job making the book entertaining and fun to listen to.
The vampire is a PI who shuns the world due to his past and the story involves him being asked to find a missing person and eventually becoming involved in a much larger conspiracy and having to clean up a large mess without exposing the existence of the supernatural people to the humans.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to more books to follow.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful