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The Detective & The Unicorn [Kindle Edition]

Michael Angel
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a warlock from the magical world of the Morning Land murders Derek Ridder's friend, the LAPD detective gets a new partner. Her name's Tavia, and she's a brash, driven unicorn filly. She identifies the killer as Sir William Teach, the one man she's sworn to capture or kill at all cost.

Together, Derek and Tavia race to uncover Teach's dark plans to unleash an ancient evil in order to conquer both of their worlds. Their path takes them through Los Angeles and deep into the fantasy realm of the Morning Land.

Along the way, they discover what can break a mythical creature's heart, what can heal death itself, and whether or not one needs to be virgin-pure in order to touch a unicorn.

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Included with this story are preview chapters of Michael Angel's novel of 'Fantasy and Forensics', Centaur of the Crime.


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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: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Banty Hen Publishing (June 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055IIBWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 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 A Novel That I Actually Read From Beginning To End September 7, 2012
By CL
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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! Clever, intelligent characters that anyone could relate to, to a well thought out plot that makes you wanna keep reading! If you're a Fantasy and/or Crime fan, believe me you don't wanna pass on this book. 5 out of 5!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly different! March 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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. Plus, I have a pet peeve about first person narrative (I don't like it that much) in thrillers but the story easily overcame my shortcomings. I mean, there's a unicorn in it! It is different and entertaining and action-packed. And, there's a unicorn in it!
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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 some food. The last time Derek Ridder saw that particular picture, his wife had died. Then he mentions the details of the death of his partner at the hands of the novel's main antagonist, William Teach. Teach makes a great villain due to his motivation, which I'll subtly hint at below.

Soon after, Derek meets the title unicorn, Tavia, a delightful character. She is a magical creature from the Morning Land, which has recently aligned with Earth for the first time in 900 years. Earth is now adapting to magic, and the Morning Land is adapting to technology.

I was reminded of (free book) Gulliver's Travels, Part IV: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms, with a race of horses (Houyhnhnms) that live with Yahoos (humans). In the Morning Land, Pegasi and Unicorns are a lot like Houyhnhnms.

All the characters act intelligently in the novel, the characters and motivations are good, and I liked the action and dialog. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical detective novel. July 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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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.

Novels:
The Detective & The Unicorn
Centaur of the Crime
The Wizard, The Warlord, and The Hidden Woman
I Married the Third Horseman
The Adventures of Amanda Love
Strangelets with a Side of Grilled Spam: Season One
Treasure of the Silver Star

Book Series:
The Strangelets Series: Episodes 1-4
The Fringe Space Tales Series: A Shovelful of Stars, Pay To Pray, Dogfight, A Planet Torn

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
A Shovelful of Stars
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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