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Product Details

  • Series: SPI Files (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425266915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425266915
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Lisa Shearin
 
“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

Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency.  She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description.  Lisa enjoys singing, reading, writing novels, and fencing (foil and epee, as well as rapier & dagger dueling).  She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.

She is the author of Magic Lost, Trouble Found, Armed & Magical, The Trouble with Demons, Bewitched & Betrayed, Con & Conjure, and All Spell Breaks Loose.

More About the Author

Contrary to popular belief, most authors do have day jobs just like everyone else. Lisa's happily freelancing for an advertising agency as an editor and proofreader. In her previous corporate life, she's been a magazine editor, advertising copywriter, and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description.

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.

Customer Reviews

It provides a wonderful combination of action, fantasy, and humor.
Joseph Romano
Definitely recommended for those who enjoy a good, fun urban fantasy.
Nikyta
The characters are interesting, and the story moves at a great pace.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. O'Neil on January 7, 2014
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I love Lisa Shearin's Raine Beneres series and I had high hopes for this new series... but... it just doesn't jell for me.

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...
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grey on January 5, 2014
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I love the Raine Benares series so I bought this one and I regret it. Characterization, world-building and action are adequate for a first novel in a new series; the real downer is in two fundamental plot holes:

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.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sabina, Sabina's Adventures In Reading on December 31, 2013
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Mac went to New York to follow her dream. She wanted to make a difference, just like the rest of her family, but in a different way. Everyone in her family is in law enforcement in one way or another. Mac wanted to go after the bad guys, but not with guns drawn and fire blazing around her ears. She wanted to deliver them on the front pages, battle with the big guys in New York Times. Just one problem…. No big newspaper will hire a newbie with a new degree in journalism. So Mac ended in the Informer, a seedy tabloid that doesn’t care if it truly prints the truth or not – as long as it sells. But Mac IS telling the truth, and soon she comes into SPI’s radar.

SPI ( Supernatural Protection & Investigations) protects humans and other supernaturals against the really bad monsters. See, Mac has a special gift, she is a seer, a person who can see through disguises, shields and spells. So whatever you are and no matter how you hide it, Mac can see straight through it. Which suddenly is a VERY handy skill when SPI suddenly stands with a murder who can become invisible, have claws that can go through steel and with a hunger for human flesh that is enormous. There is ONE itsy bitsy problem….. 48 hours to midnight, Times Square, all those people to celebrate and not only ONE monster, but TWO…. Time is ticking away, and SPI with Mac and Ian (her partner at SPI) is running against time to find ALL the monsters before the entire community of supernaturals is exposed in the worst way possible.

For those who know me all the way back from Dangerous Romance, knows I’m a huge fan of Lisa Shearin. I LOVE her Raine Benares series, and was sad when it ended, although Lisa made All Spell Breaks Loose a beautiful and wonderful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reeth on February 9, 2014
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I had trouble getting into this story. The author used too many clichés in trying for snappy prose and comedy that could have been handled better with less cutesy phrases. I also got tired of Mac's constant self-depredation. She seemed simply whiney about not being the super woman of the team, even though she said she wanted to tackle bad guys through investigative reporting rather face them with force. She did seem to somehow pull herself out of the fire at each crisis.

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.
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