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The NightShade Forensic Files: The Atlas Defect Paperback – May 4, 2017
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AJ is a believer that magic is just science we haven’t yet figured out. She holds an MS in Human Forensic Identification as well as another in Neuroscience/Human Physiology -- or as she calls it “nerdgirl.” A firm believer that the best suspense relies on clues that were there all along and characters who stay smart all the way through the story, AJ works hard to get readers to “turn just one more page.” With over ten books out, AJ’s works have garnered Audie nominations, options for tv and film, as well as over twenty Best Suspense/Best Fiction of the Year awards.
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And they're not alone.
When they set out to determine the origin of odd skeletal remains, they find themselves at the center of a decades' old mystery that spans two continents, several states, and puts them in the crosshairs of one old acquaintance and one new. They're being followed, but by friend or foe?
And what are they to do when live people bearing the strange skeletal abnormalities turn up?
I absolutely adore this paranormal suspense series and have fallen even more in love with the two primary characters, especially Donovan. No spoilers, but you'll get a lot more up close and personal with the former ME and modern day werewolf in this installment. Highly recommend!
When I first put Atlas Defect on my Kindles, I had thoughts of Eleri and her unique qualities from the previous two books. We have seen that Donovan understands his exceptional attributes, but Eleri is still having trouble coming to terms with hers. While reading this book I found that AJ expertly guided me down one path and I would smugly think I had it all figured out, only to find out I was traveling the wrong direction on a one-way street. Time and again I would think I had a clear view of where the story was leading only to find out my goggles had fogged over. This was an especially fun read, fast paced, with epic twists and turns throughout. Eleri, Donovan and the rest capture your interest and don’t let it go. The story was exciting from the first chapter to the last and in the end, it had me realizing I was glad that Book IV in “The NightShade Forensic Files” was already on the drawing board.
Something very few authors can do well is to write a book that is part of a series that can also act as a stand-alone novel. As Dean Koontz did with “Odd Thomas,” A.J. has done with “The NightShade Forensic Files,” as well as with her “The Vendetta Trifecta.” It is just another example of her expert wordsmithing and mastery of her craft. All in all, Atlas Defect is another exceptional story from an award-winning, multi-genre, author that will leave you wanting more.
The Atlas Defect is the third book in the Nightshade Forensic Files series by A.J. Schudiere. The story centers on Eleri and Donovan, two F.B.I. agents from the Nightshade Division that is tasked with investigating some of the cases that fall outside of the regular realm of investigation. As such, these agents possess deep insight and strong investigative techniques.
The book is strong in description and research. The characters are believable and the events surrounding the ongoing investigations make the reader feel enveloped in the story. Although this is the third book in this specific series, a new reader should not feel that they would be lost just jumping in. While there may be some lingering questions; the author does a great job at filling in the missing back story that appeared in the other two books.
Action scenes and dialogue have a great flow throughout the book. This is mixed with strong medical and procedural research which gives an amazing combination and flow, making the reader feel at home even if the forensic field is somewhat new to the reader. Secondary characters each possess a strong backstory as well as their own character development. Transitions between events are not forced and move smoothly, leading the reader to want to continue reading and not put the book down.
The suspense factor is constant throughout the book. From the constant suspicion that someone is always watching to the mysterious events that plague the characters; there is the knowledge that something is not quite right. As the reader progresses through the book, more and more questions produce answers, which create even more questions in the end.
If you are a fan of forensic investigations I assure you that you will not be disappointed in The Atlas Defect!
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