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Shadow Unit 1 [Kindle Edition]

Will Shetterly , Emma Bull , Elizabeth Bear , Sarah Monette , Kyle Cassidy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit hunts humanity's worst nightmares. But there are nightmares humanity doesn't dream are real.

The BAU sends those cases down the hall. There, Stephen Reyes and his team pursue criminals transformed by a mysterious force: the anomaly.

Welcome to Shadow Unit.

The Shadow Unit series was created by award-winning authors Emma Bull and Elizabeth Bear.

Contains four novellas:

“Breathe” by Emma Bull
“Knock On Coffins” by Elizabeth Bear
“Dexterity” by Sarah Monette
“A Handful of Dust” by Will Shetterly

plus bonus material.


Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CatYelling; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052LFTOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,653 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FBI vs the anomaly 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series; wish it was a tv show! 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting SFnal Procedural 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. intriguing, engrossing, smart...I want MORE!!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark stories with too many characters 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Boring, Dumb July 15, 2013
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I absolutely did not like this book. I struggled with it from the very beginning thinking that it would get better with time and once the story started. It didn't.

I managed to read 25% of the book which is a whole lot more than my 50 page rule I usually give books.

First of all, I was having trouble keeping the people straight and remembering who was who. I thought that the writing was disjointed and did not flow. Almost like it was broken in some way as it seemed like we were being fed "bits and pieces". I also didn't get why they were teasing the newbie to their team the way they were. Did I manage to miss something that would have made sense to all of their talk and teasing?

I finally couldn't take it any longer so I gave up. Shame, as I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds. This book doesn't even come close to Criminal Minds, even though it seems to strive for that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ok, i enjoyed it
ok, a little played and hackneyed but i like the characters and muscled past some of the more obvious plot lines.
Published 27 days ago by will crow
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting characters, plot and concept
Love these authors. They have a way of inventing unusual twists and universes that keep you reading--and caring about the characters.
Published 29 days ago by Annie V
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
cool read
Published 1 month ago by must64
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy reading this book
Maybe it was just me but I found it hard to follow. Did not enjoy reading this book. I didn't get a chance to read very often and when I did have time to read it was just a few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise Wlazlo
5.0 out of 5 stars second read better than the first
I first read these works piecemeal, on the Shadow Unit web site. I loved them then and now. This is by far the better reading experience, although the site IS lovely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia L. Armistead
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Loved it
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Helton
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a great read!
I liked the premise, I liked the characters,I liked the stories. Although a little confusing at times, This cadre of writers has pulled out a good one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nina1952
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but also jarring
Some of the stories were great. Some were a little clunky. It was strange to have voices/tones change every couple pages as someone else took over the story, but also a neat way... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allison N Hurd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Elizabeth Bear is one of my favorite writers of all time, and this series is WONDERFUL.
Published 3 months ago by Krista McCrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous world and fun, episode style stories
Big name authors do their own version of Criminal Minds/X-Files/etc. fanfic. What could go wrong? Fabulous world and fun, episode style stories.
Published 3 months ago by M.
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