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Graveyard Shift: A Novel Hardcover – July 18, 2017
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“Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome!” ―Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
“Those who enjoy police action mixed with urban fantasy may want to try this series launch.”―Library Journal, starred review
“The buddy-cop formula gets an undead twist with Alex―also known as the pharaoh Menkaure, reanimated to carry out an eternal duty―and Marcus, his vampiric colleague, who serve as cops in a special paranormal unit. Between the two of them, they have several thousand years' worth of superpowers and martial aptitude. The action is gritty, cinematic, and unrelenting...the worldbuilding is intriguing (as a figure drawn from Egyptian mythos, Alex injects fresh blood into undead tropes), and the reader runs no chance of growing bored during the tense race to the finish, in which a confrontation with an old enemy lays the groundwork for a potential sequel. Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Inventive and cleverly crafted with a unique premise, Haspil's urban fantasy is absolutely gripping. With strong, intelligent storytelling, distinctive, vivid characters, and gritty, edgy dialogue, Haspil will capture readers. Alex is a compelling, powerful hero and Marcus, his partner, is a strong and enthralling counterpart. With an intricate plot filled with action and intrigue, Haspil lends a fresh voice to urban fantasy with his exciting and riveting debut.”―RT Book Reviews, four stars
About the Author
MICHAEL F. HASPIL is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he distinguished himself as an ICBM crew commander. After retiring from the military, he served as a launch director at Cape Canaveral. He has been writing original stories for as long as he can remember and has dabbled in many genres. Graveyard Shift is his first novel.
Top customer reviews
But this book is more than a story about a mummy that hunts vampires. It's also a police procedural of the type you can tell that the author has done the research into tactics, techniques and procedures, it helps to add realism to a story about vampires in modern society.
Bottom line, if you are looking for an urban fantasy book with compelling characters, and an interesting plot, this is the book for you. I could not put this book down and upon finishing it, has me wanting to learn more about these characters and what will happen next!
The plot of the story, although slow to pick up, was action-packed and increasingly fast-paced toward the end--which I liked. However, I thought the conclusion was a bit too open-ended, even for a series starter, and everything wrapped up a bit prematurely for my taste.
The main characters, Alex and Marcus, were interesting and fun to follow, but I felt that too much of Alex's backstory was withheld, considering how many times it was referenced. I assume the author held it back to explore in a sequel, but I think we could have be given a few more key details without it completely unraveling a subsequent plotline.
One of my biggest issues with the story was undoubtedly the writing style combined with the structure. Frankly, I think there were too many POV characters in the book. (The story jumps around to a lot of different people, most noticeably in the first half.)
When you take into account that the overall writing style was heavy with exposition, and then add a higher-than-average number of POVs, you inevitably wind up with a story that feels much slower than it should. If the POV usage and style had been more streamlined, the pacing would have felt much less bogged down.
Overall, this was a fine read, but I do think it could have better.
[ I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley. ]
The story kicks off a tad slow, as a previous reviewer mentioned, but it soon gains speed and takes you on a roller coaster of action, suspense, and a little hint of mystery. And, my favorite, some horror/gore. It's awesome.
The ending wrapped up loose ends and left things open a crack for sequels. I can't wait to read more of Haspil's work, and more from Alex and Marcus and, hopefully, Rhuna. Keep the stories coming, sir!
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