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The Detective & The Unicorn [Kindle Edition]

Michael Angel
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Book Description

LAPD Detective Derek Ridder has a new partner...one that has cloven hooves, a palomino coat, and a spiral horn on her head!

Three years ago, the President welcomed a pegasus, a dryad, and a pair of griffins to the White House. Their arrival became a cultural touchstone like the Kennedy assassination, the moon landing, or 9-11. Between the somber blue-black suits of the President's cabinet and the Renaissance Faire medievalism of the creatures from the 'Morning Land', it was Norman Rockwell meets the cast of Narnia.

All creatures from the Morning Land seem peaceful enough... Until an evil wizard from that magical realm murders Ridder's friend in cold blood right before the police detective's eyes. Devastated, Ridder thinks he'll be taken off the LAPD's Homicide detail until he's given unexpected news. He's put on the wizard's trail and given a new partner: a brash, driven unicorn filly named Tavia, the Daughter of the Warder of Cavilad.

The unicorn's on a desperate mission of her own. Tavia identifies Ridder's murderer as the wizard who nearly destroyed the realms of the unicorns, dryads, and pegasi in a horrific act of war: Sir William Teach. And she's pledged her very life to capture or kill this magic-using war criminal at all cost!

Together, Derek and Tavia race to stop the wizard's demonic plans. Their path takes them through the gritty underside of Los Angeles and deep into the fantasy realm of Tavia's magical homeworld. Along the way, they encounter the wizard's world-destroying allies, learn how a police detective can learn magic, and discover whether one really needs to be virgin-pure in order to touch a unicorn mare.

Warlord and wizard, ally to demon and hellhound... William Teach isn't about to be taken down without a fight. But even with the help of a diplomat pegasus, an Amazonian tribe of dryads, and a SWAT-team's worth of cops and agents from the Secret Service, the odds are long at best.

And both detective and unicorn know that if they fail, both of their worlds will be destroyed!


Included with this story are preview chapters of Book One in Michael Angel's 'Fantasy & Forensics' series: Centaur of the Crime.

"This clever, humorous fantasy springs to life from page one..."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"Fast-paced action and sly wit make Angel's writing irresistible fun." -- Rebecca Moesta, NYT Bestselling co-author of Young Jedi Knights


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About the Author

Michael Angel's worlds of fiction range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty 'Fringe Space' of the western Galactic Frontier. Author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime - where C.S. Lewis meets CSI - his books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese. 

He currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or pegasi, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard. 

Michael Angel's welcome mat is out at his website, so feel free to visit: michaelangelwriter.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Banty Hen Publishing (May 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055IIBWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Down This Path Lies Another World September 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Michael Angel is an author who knows exactly what he is doing when he takes you down the path that leads out of this world.

Detective and The Unicorn is part detective story, part fantasy, but at its heart it's a love story about kindred spirits. It balances a fine line between fantasy and reality without throwing out the doctrine of Suspension of Disbelief. You've just got to love explosive-rune throwing unicorns and previously stationary tree elementals who've figured out that a Diesel engine truck can move their trees and potted soil.

The magic system is slight and could have used more explanation, but stands on its own.

The blending of worlds makes for interesting cross overs between technology and magic.

But its the love story on this one, its the idea that through great loss can come great strength. The author touches on something here, something universal to beings everywhere because spirits can fall in love too.

I found myself looking forward to the next reading period. And the next book!
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By Peter
Format:Kindle Edition
I love detective novels, and fantasy novels, and urban fantasy as well. This book dishes up a great genre-busting combo of the three. Imagine a mash-up of Jim Butcher and Anne McCaffrey, with a light dusting of S.J. Rozan for seasoning. You get the protagonist with a past, the unexpected appearance of the supernatural, and a satisfying villain, all tucked into the structure of a procedural.

The novel is a quick and entertaining read, with believable and heartening character development. The plot moves the story along at a steady clip (well really, a steady clip-clop).

This is not a book for those who love gritty and realistic hyperbolic violence. But for those of us who like to sleep at night without horrible pictures in our heads, the novel provides enough tension and conflict to satisfy. And if you happen to enjoy a dusting of romance, all the better.

It's a great beach read -- just remember the sunscreen, because you will be on the towel, turning pages, for the whole afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Fun! October 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Maya Angelou
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unicornThe photo of a snow-white Pegasus in the company of the President of the United States had made the front page of the Los Angeles Times twice now. Both times this happened, someone close to me has been killed.

Derek Ridder knows about death. About loss, and pain, true. But most of all, he knows about Death. A Los Angeles cop, he sees humanity at it’s very worst; it’s darkest, cruelest moments. Three years ago, he saw that front page photo only moments before his beloved wife, Beth, died – the victim of a suicide who decided to take many with him when he parked in the path of an oncoming train. And the second time.

The second time nearly drove him mad.

Now, Derek Ridder’s life has been turned upside down, his niece and sister-in-law threatened, and the very fate of our world, The Other World as it is called by those who populate the dimension which has paralleled and overlapped our own, may come down to whether or not Derek, and those who help him, can find the key to destroying a man – a man who is also a Monster.

It is called The Morning Land. A land of pegasi and unicorn, of dryads and wizards and all manner of things that go bump in the night. And in this land, a wizard has gone mad, threatening our world, and his, with total annihilation at the teeth and claws of a demon horde.

He had dead, doll’s eyes, like a sharks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A suprisingly good and innovative read. July 14, 2013
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This book managed to grab my attention and hold it from start to finish (I ready it in one LONG sitting...) Due to the story being well-paced, with well written characters (good depth, excellent voice ((Google character voice)) and better than fair development). The Unicorn & The Detective also handled world building with flare; intricate and well conveyed.
Michael Angel managed to use familiar themes, archetypes, and tropes to great effect throughout; managing to leverage them without becoming cliche (or at least too cliche). The combinations are unique, and by using them well he has managed to make the story more accessible to a variety of readers. Not just those steeped in any given genre; and with the benefit of keeping unneeded exposition from disrupting story flow.
I heartily recommend this novel. It is a fun read, with excellent storytelling. Give it a shot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked in the very beginning January 2, 2013
By Bonnie
Format:Paperback
This was such an unusual urban fantasy, that takes you so many places. I enjoyed the characters and how they interacted. The story line just keeps moving, which is one of the reasons this book is so enjoyable. I have read several of Michael Angel's books and so far this is my favorite.
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The Detective & The Unicorn by Michael Angel

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I confess to beginning this novel with a small, prejudicial disappointment. Having read another of the author's books (also a cross-realm book that moved between Los Angeles and a fantasy realm) and thoroughly enjoyed it, I had hoped that this was a sequel, or at least set in the same continuity, as the other. However, it swiftly became apparent that there was no relation between the two books, and hence my disappointment.

It didn't last long. One of the strengths of a Michael Angel story seems to be a depth of his characters and dialogue, which tie the reader into the storyline with bindings of silken steel. His stories are not something you want to start half an hour before bedtime; in both cases I was unable (or perhaps merely unwilling) to put the books down. Start just before bedtime, and you will have a sleepless night.

If anything, I enjoyed this story more than the previous, to which I gave high marks. There is less overt humor in this story, although there still is some malingering in the background (and perhaps more effective for it), but the story rockets along at a nice pace. The characters do not develop slowly, as there is no time for it, but they are well-rounded people. I envy the author's ability juggle a diverse cast effectively and sympathetically, even the antagonists.

Elements of both worlds leak through, in reasonably clever ways, and the explanations of the (forgive the word) algorithms of the schools of magic is well-thought out and explained without reaching Tolkien-esque levels of tedious exposition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unicorns come in all colors
Sometimes when you save others you find that you have saved yourself as well.
I loved this story. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Churra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all ages
A thoroughly enjoyable mix of reality and fantasy. I look forward to a spinoff featuring Rachel and Thunderbolt and really hope to read more of Derek and Tavia. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel That I Actually Read From Beginning To End
Best story I've read in ages! Michael Angel managed to combined two unlikely flavors of genre together and was able to bake out something really tasty! Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by CL
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly different!
Totally not what I expected but that's not a bad thing. Well-written although the Antonio Banderas look-alike detective died WAY to early in the book. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Coral Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked by page 2. Try the Kindle preview. Great story. Houyhnhnmic.
I very much liked the author's other book Centaur of the Crime, so I picked up this one.

At the start, there is a newspaper picture with a pegasus as two LA cops get... Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by Ed Pegg Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical detective novel.
I read this book and really liked it. I wanted to know how all the loose ends would get tied up and sure enough all was resolved by the end. It kept me interested throughout.
Published on July 4, 2011 by C. Spivack
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy with a non-urban twist
As the title implies, this novel is a different kind of urban fantasy, or perhaps just a fantasy, as the `urban' soon disappears, but who cares? The novel is kick ass fun! Read more
Published on July 2, 2011 by Karen L. Abrahamson
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More About the Author

Michael Angel's worlds of fiction range from the unicorn-ruled realm of the Morning Land to the gritty 'Fringe Space' of the western Galactic Frontier. He's the author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime - where C.S. Lewis meets CSI. His books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese.

Michael currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or galactic marshals, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard.

Book Series:
Fantasy & Forensics: Centaur of the Crime, The Deer Prince's Murder
Apocalypse with a Side of Grilled Spam: Episodes 1-4, Season One Compilation
Fringe Space Tales: A Shovelful of Stars, Pay To Pray, Dogfight, A Planet Torn

Standalone Novels:
The Detective & The Unicorn
I Married the Third Horseman
The Wizard, The Warlord, and The Hidden Woman
The Adventures of Amanda Love
Treasure of the Silver Star

Collections and Novellas
So a Dragon, a Muse, and an Alien Walk Into a Bar...
Gatekeeper and Goddess
Sylph
Predators and Prey
Deepest Fears
Three Acts of Courage
Strange Powers, Stranger Places
Crisis Points
Love's Origins
Blood, Sweat, and Fears (an 18-story compendium)
Fringe Space Tales - All of the books in the Amanda Love Universe

Short Stories
23 and counting! Check them out in Amazon's listings below...

Michael Angel's welcome mat is out at www.michaelangelwriter.com. Or, feel free to stop by and say 'hello' to the kind folks who publish his material at www.bantyhenpublishing.com.

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