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Grave Beginnings: An Urban Fantasy Detective Novel (The Grave Report Book 1) Kindle Edition
As featured on Jim Butcher's web-store under stuff Jim Likes
"This book was an edge of your seat, hold on tight, Oh my goodness I can't wait to turn the page! After the first three sentences, I was hooked and couldn't put the book down.R. R. Virdi is an amazing author." -- Nerd Girl ★★★★★ Five Stars
"I believe R.R. Virdi belongs with other Urban Fantasy greats like Jim Butcher. The Grave Report is sure to go far and only pick up more fans with each successful novel. I can't wait to see where R.R. Virdi will take us next." -- A Drop Of Ink Reviews ★★★★★ Five Stars
From the Author
The Grave ReportThis series is in progress and the below list is incomplete.Book 1: Grave BeginningsBook 2: Grave MeasuresBook 3: Grave Dealings
The Books of WinterThis series is in progress and the below list is incomplete.Book 1: Dangerous Ways
- ASIN : B00HIN97WO
- Publisher : R.R. Virdi; 3rd edition (December 19, 2013)
- Publication date : December 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1057 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #611,642 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Grave Beginnings has all the ingredients of a great un-puttdownable UF. It is written in a deep POV, has a unique MC with a unique ability, and is filled with action.
Unfortunately the execution is lacking. The problem is that the action scenes are boring. I stopped the book in the middle of a scene where the MC fights a Wraith. Sounds awesome right? I fell asleep two nights in a row trying to get through it.
Here are the issues:
- The MC has a ton of cheeky thoughts, in small doses these work well. But in this book they are overdone. To make matters worse his thoughts continually conflict and contradict with each other ruining the flow. During action scenes this is even more apparent as he jumps between knowing how to get the monster and total fear.
- Action scenes are interrupted by long bouts of narration. A two page history on 'salt' bores the hell out of me when the MC is running away from a wraith.
- Action scenes include a ton of in-relevant information in an effort to be funny.
- Holy exclamation point usage batman!!!!
Ive copied the passage i stopped after below. If the use of exclamation points, over use of adjectives/adverbs, over-dramatic verbs and weird comments are your thing during action scenes, then you should love this book.
"...I tore through the cupboards and shelves in front of me, searching for salt. "Yes!" I shouted in triumphant joy...(cue over a page of narration on history and usage of salt)...
And now I had me some!
I whirled around in my naked glory and ripped the bag wide open, sending one of my hands crashing inside. I held a good fist-sized amount just as the Wraith came slithering in.
It released another angry hiss, sending another wave of shivers up my spine. As it entered, the temperature plummeted to degrees that could have adverse effects on certain parts of Norman's anatomy.
"Come get me , you Jiffy Lube reject!" I snarled defiantly.
Loved it! Monsters based on mythological lore, believable details about how supernatural entities live along-side humans and a kick-ass, smart-ass character who can't remember much about his life before his died, but helps solves the mystery of other people's deaths? Hell yes! Bring it on! I've placed the next book in my cart already to purchase (come on, payday!) and can't wait to find out what murder Graves will have to solve next. Great start to what I see being an awesome series.
I really enjoyed it when Graves woke back up with Church and he had died (basically failed round one with the monster). It was so different than most urban fantasy where the characters are overpowered and manage to beat the odds because of the amount of power they have. It was a nice change to see a more mundane(ish?) urban fantasy character who didn't have a bunch of fancy powers to save him. He had knowledge and sources for more knowledge, and while he had extensive healing abilities, and his borrowed body could withstand more than the average human, these were more survival traits than offensive traits.
I bought this book months ago and started to read it, and got irritated at a errors and some issues with the story-telling. So when I saw there was an update I tried again. I have never been so impressed at the transformation of a book. R.R. Virdi is clearly an author dedicated to improving his craft, and since "Grave Beginnings" hints at a HUGE amount of story both behind and ahead of them, I can't wait for the next installment!
Top reviews from other countries
I really enjoyed the book. I found it witty, well written and engaging. Sure, its a little rough around the edges, but I believe this is the author's first published book. It's a damn good start.
I've already purchased the second book in the series and look forward to sitting down with that one soon.