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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014774
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Del Franco lives with his partner, Jack, in Boston, Massachusetts, where the orchids tremble in fear since he killed Jack’s palm plants.

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WHIRLWIND (2014)is Mark Del Franco's first young adult novel, an urban fantasy featuring teens with elemental powers.

Mark is the author of the adult urban fantasy Connor Grey books. The best order to read the series is:

UNSHAPELY THINGS
UNQUIET DREAMS
UNFALLEN DEAD
UNPERFECT SOULS
UNCERTAIN ALLIES
UNDONE DEEDS

The Laura Blackstone urban fantasy books, also set in the Convergent World, are
SKIN DEEP and FACE OFF.

Mark Del Franco lives with his partner, Jack, in Boston, Massachusetts, where the orchids Just Won't Die.

Customer Reviews

Great series for any urban fantasy fans.
N. Gargano
Even though these couple of things are annoying, they are minor and don't detract from the story.
Luna Eclipse
Overall I enjoyed the book and will definitely read the second one.
K. Eckert

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Shanshad VINE VOICE on April 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Got to admit, this title has great timing. With the Dresden Files just kicking off on television there's some public interest in paranormal style sleuths who are tracking the kinds of critters that go bump in the night. A lion's share urban paranormals tend to feature female Buffy slayer types, and their male counterparts are a bit harder to find. I wasn't sure what to expect from this debut novel about a druid in a fairy-ridden Boston, but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.

Connor Grey is a druid, one of the magical creatures that make up the fey that have lived side by side with humanity since an even called the Convergence. Magically disabled by a recent run-in, Connor's life has spiraled downhill and forced him to eat more than a little humble pie. To supplement his disability checks, he takes part time work with the police force. But now a case has really got him rattled. Fairies are turning up dead in the Weird with their hearts cut out and Connor is sure more is going on than just a few random killings. Soon Connor is up to his eyeballs in trouble, and if he can't find his way out it just might mean the end of the world, as he knows it! The washed out, cynical detective doggedly pursuing a case against his better judgment is nothing new in fiction, fantasy or otherwise. Debut author Mark Del Franco manages to take on the storyline with some fresh twists, and some well-crafted characterization. Despite Connor fitting the mold of the private investigator, he's also got the glimmers of the hero he could become that creep through the cynicism and depression. And while Connor's spiral downward obviously is a tragedy for him, he wasn't a very nice guy in his former position--something he has to own up to.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2007
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Someone's killing fae prostitutes in the Weird, a fringe neighborhood of Boston where the poor and the fae intersect.

Connor Grey, who used to live in much nicer environs, is seeing the effects in his new neighborhood--and he's been called in by his friend Murdock on the Boston Police Department to help with the investigation. Once upon a time, he'd have headed his own investigation on the part of the Guild, which serves as the Fae equivalent of a peace-keeping authority in this newly converged world. But after his injury at the hands of an eco-terrorist elf, his own druidic essence is blocked and the posh Guild office and status are gone. He's just a pensioner drawing disability and trying to get himself back together.

Now, Grey's getting his dose of excitement by helping the humans. He quickly discovers that the deaths are magically based and if someone doesn't stop them--the world could have another event similar to the Cataclysm, which brought Human and Fae worlds together back in 1900.

"Unshapely Things" is one of the best new novels I've read in a long time. Del Franco's world is well-realized, he's got both strong male and female characters, and he really knows how to keep the reader engaged and interested.

If you like Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files," Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan, and Anita Blake before the books turned to erotica, you're going to love "Unshapely Things."

Very good start, Mr. Del Franco, I hope to see many more books from you in the future!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rhianna Walker VINE VOICE on July 27, 2007
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Admit it ladies... while we love our tough chicks who run around showing up the guys, once in a while we need to enjoy a man who can do the same thing. Enter Connor Grey. The ex-Druid introduces us to The Weird, the Boston neighborhood where the odd and unexplainable are the norm. Throw in a handful of slain faery hookers and you've got yourself an interesting premise for this novel.

So why the 3 star rating? Well, while this has an interesting plot and setting, likable characters and a good mystery, I found myself constantly bored. There was just something not there that I look for in a good can't-put-it-down book. Del Franco's writing style is alright though at times I felt as if he was forcing the ideas into the reader.

If you enjoyed Nightlife by Rob Thurman or enjoyed this book and haven't tried Nightlife yet these two are quite comparable. Though I myself didn't love this book as much as hoped I am happy to add it to my growing shelf of guys who can hold their own in the female dominated paranormals genre.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Reese on November 2, 2007
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I have to admit, after reading the other reviews here, I was prepared to really like this book. Especially since the main character is "broken", since I usually like books where the hero is flawed in some way. And on the positive side, the world was interesting, and the main character moderately so.

However, the characters never really developed or caught my interest, and the dialog was downright awful... painful and stilted, with jarring jumps that kept breaking the suspension of disbelief. If you enjoy the style of dialog in Jim Butcher, CE Murphy, or earlier Lois McMaster Bujold, I would suggest you avoid this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cees Jan Mol on August 12, 2007
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How deep can you fall when you once were a hero-druid, solving the most interesting crimes and being rewarded for it with money, star-dom and all kinds of pleasures? What if your powers get taken away from you and no one, no one, knows how to give them back to you? Connor knows. Connor lives in the Weird. If you can call waking up, being depressed and going to sleep 'living'...

Fey are being killed and their hearts are removed. Connor gets involved and suspects a ritual is being prepared. Finding out just what ritual is not easy and the search pits him against some of the Druid guild, who are the Fey's police' he no longer calls his friends. Actually... Even before he lost his powers he wouldn't have called them his friends either. With strong enemies, it's a difficult race. With suddenly the finish in sight, Connor seems to have gotten a lot wrong but a few things dangerously right...

Initially I was reluctant to buy this book. Since my addiction at a very young age to Agatha Christie I have developed an allergy against using deaths for plot reasons only and the description of this book provoked an allergic response. But I was wrong: the deaths in this book are not plot-drivers only; some of the people dying first appeared as well-developed characters who were very much alive.

For a first book, this is an excellent beginning. The characters are well-developed, the friendships rich and dynamic and the world vibrant and interesting. You're probably going to want to buy book 2, just like me...
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