by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read September 10, 2014
Original Release: June 15, 2004
Re-Release: August 26, 2014
Length: 352 pages
Official Description: (This is book #1 in the Spook Squad series)
For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.
While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.
Continuing with the trend of re-releasing her older novels, Ms Arthur is re-releasing her Spook Squad series. So far this book shows no ties to the Circle unlike the other series’ (below). I have to say right off the bat that I like this book a lot. There is no romance. None, there is potential for one, and that is implied, but this book is just a straight up urban fantasy, paranormal, crime book. It’s fantastic. You can really tell the growth of the Arthur, her writing is tighter, the story is crisp, it’s all together really well done.
Characters, oh fun characters. We have 3 main ones the 2 good guys and the one baddie. There are of course other characters but well…they are important too. Anyway, We have Sam who is a cop who has had a difficult life. No family, no memories of family, grew up in state care, or whatever their system is called and somehow managed to turn out ok, a little claustrophobic, but ok. She of course has secrets she doesn’t know, but she mostly acts on instinct and training. Then we’ve got Gabriel who is Assistant director for the SCI (I think that’s what it’s called I forget) anyway he works for the spook squad, he’s high up there too. These characters meet, they work together, discover the betrayal that Sam does not want to admit to, despite all evidence, and have lots of explosions. There’s a bomber, bombs everywhere. I will say the last big scene, not the end of the book but close, there is a scene that was just confusing. Maybe I read it wrong, but it just did not make sense, it didn’t really fall in place. So with the big mystery of what’s going on with Sam’s partner, there is another mystery involving Gabriel’s brother and who’s trying to kill him.
If you like Keri Arthur, you should pick up this book. If you didn’t like the other re-releases, pick up this book. It’s really well done. Loved it!
*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.
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