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  • 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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052LFTOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,182 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rowan Fairgrove on August 31, 2011
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Dunlop on October 18, 2012
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Casandra Perry on October 16, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. E. H. on October 23, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 16, 2013
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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 read the first five books of this series, and that's enough for me to say a few things about it here.

The Shadow Unit books are collections of short stories about--you guessed it--the shadow unit, which is a fictional unit of the FBI that deals with paranormal humans called gammas who commit horrible crimes. The stories are sometimes cases and sometimes more about the characters in the unit. Along those lines the books include the fictional characters' fictional live journal posts and their online conversations with one another, which makes this series very different from any other book I have seen. In some volumes there is a lot of that. This will either work for a reader, or it won't. I'll get back to that later.

For me the most interesting thing of all is the anomaly, a force or entity that creates the gammas. We're teased with bits and snippets about what it might be. It's a fabulous, fascinating idea.

In some of the books there is a lot of focus on the characters. Well, on one character, Chaz, the Gary Stu of this universe (that is, a character who is just too perfect and too universally adored), but the other unit members get some face time as well. Not only do we hop into and out of their heads, but they spend a lot of time thinking about each other and observing each other. If that wasn't enough, they also interact on live journal (told you I'd get back to that). I did not enjoy reading page after page of the characters talking online about minutiae. Yet in spite of all that time and attention, these characters all seem two dimensional to me. It's almost as if they were all given roles or one thing about themselves, and that was the end of their development.
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