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"After having read three of her books, I'd say she's in the top five of my best writers list. I have a list of King, Grisham, Koontz...you know, those guys. They are the authors you know will deliver." -The Lit Critic
"An excellent mystery with some very, very surprising twists." -Bookworks
"An action packed thriller. Highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review.
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"She is on a par with Andrea Norton, Marilyn Zimmerman Bradley, Lois McMaster Bujold."
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- ASIN : B00MY8JUD4
- Publisher : Griffyn Ink; 1st edition (November 4, 2014)
- Publication date : November 4, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1254 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 444 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,028 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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because this author is a talented story teller..
There were typo's, wrong names, and repeating the same info over and over, ...
pages of them eating, where they ate, what they ate, and saying over and over that
Texas has No Salads, or fruits, Nothing organic,
IMO things like that make the story longer for no reason...
SO for those reason this gets a 3 from me!
As for the characters, I loved them and felt like I knew them. I had to keep reading...
So if you get a chance to get this book for a decent low price grab it up, it is super good...
It is a 5 star story, but for the things I already mentioned brings it down to only 3 stars for the total book.
It has NO sexual content, No romance, Does have some Cussing, a few F... Bombs,
It has some Paranormal that I loved a lot....those parts were really super good!
It has Forensics, Cults, FBI agents, and mystery...
I recommend it,
Under Dark Skies is a tightly written story without any unnecessary fluff, that is fast paced and holds your interest, making it hard to put down. The dialogue is realistic, as are the characters. You are given an insight into the characters thought process. Many authors cannot get the "police talk" to sound right, whereas A.J. does it extremely well. Her description of the characters' abilities is handled well and with subtlety, letting the readers' imagination fill in the blanks. The characters are written in such a believable manner that you begin to feel for them, growing attached and hurting for them as you learn more of their inner turmoil.
I read the NightShade books out of order, and one thing that makes A.J. such a good author is her ability to write books in a series that are also able to be read out of order. Too often, an author just breaks the story at a certain word count and makes the story two parts because they were unable to edit their work down to one book. Some well-known authors (Dean Koontz in his Odd Thomas series) have the ability to make their books stand alone, while other famous authors (Stephanie Meyer's Twilight and Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games) had greater difficulty.
I don't normally talk about the actual story or give away spoilers, though in this case I will provide one that the author delivers fairly early in the book. Most authors (and film makers) portray the man wolf character as hairy, upright man (Lon Chaney's Wolfman and Michael I. Fox's Teen Wolf) or a super-sized wolf (ala Twilight). A.J. developed a realistic character that makes minor physiological changes to transition from man to wolf, which makes the story more believable, allowing the reader to readily suspend disbelief. I do not normally read paranormal books, but in this series, the story is not about their paranormal abilities, it is just a tool they use that happens to be more highly developed than most people's. I highly recommend this book (as well as others Ms Scudiere has written) for anyone that enjoys a good criminal procedural/suspense book.
Top reviews from other countries
First time read the author's work?: Yes
Will you be reading more?: Yes!
Urban fantasy mixed in with the FBI. -- As a fan of both urban fantasy and thrillers / crime books, this book did not disapoint. -- I felt that the balance of supernatural to 'normal' FBI stuff was just right.
Using preternormal abilities to help them work, was handled pretty much like using their 'normal' skills. -- While I do like books when its made more of the 'thing' I also like to read books where its 'gifted' people, just doing what they do. -- hope this makes sense, reading to distract from pain, so apologies if this makes no sense.
Interesting story premise.
Great leads and supporting characters.
Personal likes: Werewolf.
Couple of editing mistakes, but nothing really leapt out at me.
I really liked the characters, Donovan and Eleri. They have a good development trough the storyline, both with very different abilities and you can be sure it's not always friendly, there both are having problems to build relationships, so there are both actually quite lonely because of their abilities.
Donovan is a really shy person and always a loner. Eleri is quite different,she is not shy but always a big thinker because been a profiler her mind is never quiet. It's a good mix for get together as partners, they both need each other.
The story is written very well, great plot with lot's of twist, turns and secrets. It was a enjoyable experience on some parts a bit slow, because not much happened. I would have liked a bit more humour to loosen up some situations. But overall a good book.