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The Grendel Affair: A SPI Files Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2013
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“Lisa Shearin is on my auto-buy list!”—Ilona Andrews, New York Times Bestselling Author of Magic Rises
“Shearin is a definite star on the rise.”—Linnea Sinclair, RITA Award-winning author of Rebels and Lovers
“Lisa Shearin turns expectation on its ear and gives us a different kind of urban fantasy.”—C. E. Murphy, author of Raven Calls
“Shearin weaves a web of magic with a dash of romance that thoroughly snares the reader. She’s definitely an author to watch!”—Anya Bast, national bestselling author of Wicked Enchantment
“Lisa Shearin represents that much needed voice in fantasy that combines practiced craft and a wicked sense of humor.”—Bitten by Books
About the Author
She is the author of Magic Lost, Trouble Found, Armed & Magical, The Trouble with Demons, Bewitched & Betrayed, Con & Conjure, and All Spell Breaks Loose.
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Lisa is the national bestselling author of The Raine Benares novels, a series of six comedic fantasy adventures. Her next series--The SPI Files--is an urban fantasy that's been described as Stephanie Plum meets Men in Black. It will debut on December 31, 2013.
Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens both vintage and modern. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell Terrier who rules them all.
Top Customer Reviews
The setting is New York, the time is today (or close enough to make no difference). There are things that go bump in the night about which most humans are clueless. And there are the good guys, the SPI, who tries to keep the lid on.
Like all of Lisa's books the writing itself is very good, the dialog is snappy, the action scenes are exciting. But the story just doesn't hold together. I got tired of hearing how ineffectual Mac (the heroine) was with a gun and how much Ian (the hero???) didn't think she could hack it... And I got tired of how much Mac comes off as the ineffectual little girl trying to prove she's a grownup.
And don't get me started on the SPI (Supernatural Protection & Investigations), it simply doesn't make much sense. It's too big, too well funded and there are too many people involved to have kept it secret for so long.
But... well, Lisa does write a good book. Even with all it's faults I enjoyed reading it and I will certainly buy the next one. I just hope that Lisa manages to plug the holes and make the next one as good as her Raine books...
I didn't stop reading and the story gradually got better, less cutesy. I liked the characters of the various supernatural beings and felt most were well developed in a logical fashion. For me, the story would have been better with a better female protagonist, one who developed into someone we could admire. Her powers were greatly needed, and she came from a successful family. Why was she so wimpy intellectually? Lots of action, not much growth.
The best scene, for me, was when her boss caught her as she fell from the catwalk and she managed to shoot the Grendel with the paintball gun so the boss could see him. I liked the supporting characters, the other agents, better than either of the two "stars." I especially liked Mac's boss.
After reading other reviews, I'll try Shearin's other series, but doubt I'll read more of this one.
The Grendel Affair makes its romantic lead pretty clear, especially based on the ending. I loved how much of a badass Ian was, but I especially appreciated how he realized that Mac was more than capable of learning to take care of herself physically and that he trusted her to have his back. I think Ian is just unequivocally a good guy and I think he would be good for Mac.
The SPI Files definitely had some interesting secondary characters; I especially loved Mac's boss, an actual dragon lady! I hope we learn more about Mac's coworkers in future books because, as of now, only Yasha the werewolf felt like a developed character. Also, I loved that the villian of this book was Grendel! What other books have used Grendel as the villain and incorporated it believably into modern society? No seriously, let me know if there are others so I can read them too!
I felt like The Grendel Affair was lacking in the world building department just a little bit. I never got a real feel for Mac's background or why the SPI was created but the FBI/CIA doesn't know about them. Overall, it just didn't feel believable enough.Read more ›
1) The villain's plot is contradictory. Supposedly an ancient powerful smart creature doesn't like humanity's technological power and wants to reduce us to 'food and slaves'; yet instead of plotting to destroy that technological superiority she tries to publicly expose supernaturals - which will change humanity from potentially dangerous unwitting victims into forewarned angry (technologically empowered) hunters.
2) SPI itself is nonsensical. They are an international organization of altruistic supernatural paramilitary cops with no source of funding yet they have military-grade hardware & tech, top experts of all kinds and unofficial government access at many levels all over the world? And don't say 'hoard' because no hoard is sufficient to fund an organization that would have expenses in the billions per year on an ongoing basis. Not even a multibillion corporate empire could sustain it without income resulting from SPI expenses - and there isn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really do love Lisa Shearin's sense of humor as well as her knowledge of mythology and monsters. She's made a fun, funny suspense novel with interesting characters.Published 12 days ago by Scaramouche239
I like Mac and Ian and the world building is excellent. A host of characters with hints of back stories suggests lots of interesting adventure to come.Published 4 months ago by Joanne Watkins USA
Who could ask for anything more? Well written and fun to read. The plot isnt deep, but who needs it when all you want is a good read? I enoyed this book a lot. Read morePublished 6 months ago by fractured art
A fresh take on the urban procedural fantasy novel! Loving the author's sense of humor, writing style and characters. She's building a fun world to visit. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Hughes
I really enjoyed Lucky Charms, the prequel novella to the SPI Files, when I read it in the Night Shift anthology last year. Read more
The SPI files wasn’t on my reading radar at all until I read Lucky Charms a few months ago in an anthology with a few other writers I was familiar with. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robin Snyder
Enjoyable and quick like much of Lisa Shearin's previous works. I like the concept of an agency which works in secret policing the mystical and villainous of a magic-filled world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kirtastic-one
People complain about how the main character is able to instantly know how to fight with a sword after 5 minutes of practice or is the most powerful person in the world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sasha