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Shadow Unit 1 Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CatYelling; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052LFTOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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The Shadow Unit series is a FBI procedural told in episodes like a TV show... with a metaphysical twist. It is a shared world where the Scribblies and friends write together. And if the books/ebooks aren't enough there is a web site [...] and some of the individual characters have livejournals. I absolutely devoured the first book and then the others and the website. Really engaging characters, well told.
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Fell across this series as a free kindle book, and did wonder what I'd got myself into when I read the forward that explained the background of the "TV series that isn't".. But I'm now quite obsessed and find it's hard to put it down. Easy to read, characters that are alive on the page, and great action story lines. What else do we want??
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This is like a cross between Criminal Minds and the X-files. It's funny, smart, and compelling. I'm hooked, and trying not to race through the series since I want to make it last, but it's a struggle!
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I've known about Shadow Unit as an online serial for a while, but it wasn't until I downloaded the first one that I really dove into the series. The mixture of novella "episodes" and flash fiction character pieces is compelling and that structure is a real value add vs the online experience.

The main narration makes use of a head hopping 3rd person that could have proven annoying in less deft hands. Here it gives us a heaping dose of character building as each of the Shadow Unit team analyze each other as much if not more so than the subjects of their cases. The episodes are broken up into acts and the various intros and framing stories all evoke the experience of watching a television show. The effect is unique and addicting.

Not all of the plots have stuck with me, but the characters have (that's my general feeling about most procedurals) and I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.
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This is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating group of stories I've read in a very long time. The characters are intelligent, witty, engaging, and entertaining while also being deeply flawed (as all humans are, in one way or another. The situations are paranormal yet believable. No situation is too bizarre for belief; on the contrary, the supranormal actions might provide explanations for otherwise unfathomable phenomena.

There is a website for this universe; you'd better believe I'll be hanging out there for a while!

wholeheartedly recommended
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A shared-world, self-published venture by established sci fi/fantasy authors. The mix between police procedural (FBI) and fantastic crime is compelling and the characters are wonderful, warts and all. As someone else said, it's hard not to race through all of the material available but I, too, want it to last. Highly recommended.
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I expected sci-fi murder mysteries when I bought this book and that is exactly what was delivered. The stories were missing "endings" though. There was no satisfaction at the end of each mystery. They just ended. On top of that there were way too many characters introduced all at once to keep track. The defining personality points of each character that would make them unique and identifiable were only introduced for about half of the characters in the last two stories. Those traits were never introduced for the other half of the characters. There was nothing in this book that grabbed me and made me want to keep reading, except to find out the end of the mystery.
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I've enjoyed twelve of these short novels. The storyline is decent, although there is always a bit too much angst being dwelt upon by the main character du jour.

One minor criticism I have is that the authors have a very prejudiced view of homeschooling. I'm tired of educating the media about what homeschooling is and is not, and I certainly do not need to read tired, out-dated stereotypes in a novel I picked up for pleasure reading. At the rate that home education is growing in the U.S. (seven times faster than public school enrollment) and the national mess of our inarguably failing public school system, it should not surprise anyone who is capable of rational thought that the folks who have pulled their kids out of the system to educate at home are not just the religious fanatics as the NEA spin doctors would have one believe. "Regular" people are home educating their kids in rapidly growing numbers, because public education is broken.

Further, not only are "regular" people home educating, because they have lost faith in public education and feel they have no choice, they have totally discredited the 'socialization myth' promulgated by the NEA. The 'socialization myth' came about once home educators proved, by the same standardized test scores that the NEA relied on, that home educated kids performed better academically than their publicly educated counterparts.

Contrary to what the NEA has brainwashed the authors into believing, kids who are home educated actually do interact with others on a regular basis, in home education groups and co-ops, in community clubs and organizations like scouts and the YMCA, and on local sports teams like little league and more.
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