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- Book 1 of 2 in Paranormal Detectives Series (2 Book Series)
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The fast pace of the story, as well as the hot romance budding between Danny and Angelica, kept me turning the pages. The plotline is unusual and highly entertaining. Ms. Luchesi may very well be the next Stephen King. The only critical thing I have to say is that the narration was awkward in some places. Some tweaking can make the flow of the story go so much smoother. But that aside, a highly recommended read, but not for the squeamish.
Danny's bigotry was a little over the top, but the one part I had trouble with was the executions of new vampires. If 98 percent of them are able to function in society, why are all new vampires executed in their caskets before they have a chance to prove they can obey the law?
Other than that glaring contradiction in a wary but otherwise tolerant society the author has imagined, this was a well crafted world with believable characters, and a fun read. The setup for a recurring adversary ensures the prospects for equally enjoyable future episodes.
Let's start with the negatives. STAKE-OUT suffers from a bit of firstnovelitis. That means some showing more than telling, some characters outright stating their feelings, and some behavior that was either lampshaded, over-explained, or undercooked. And a few worldbuilding issues. I'm not going to pretend like this is a perfect novel, but these are all kinks that can be ironed out over time. If this series goes on long enough I could see it becoming another Sookie Stackhouse-, Harry Dresden-, or Anita Blake-type series, where the author grows into her voice after a few books.
That being said, what's really impressive here is the rock-solid foundation of a good book series. So let's look at some of the positives. This was a short, punchy, exciting novel. I'm probably most impressed by the romantic subplot. The scenes when Danny and Angelica were either simmering in their attraction to each other or giving in to it were the most convincing and sweetest parts of the novel. (Yeah, I never thought I'd say this either, but more romance next time, please.) The action, mystery, and romance blended in a way that felt unique to me. I really think STAKE-OUT is an auspicious start to a promising career, and I look forward to reading more from Luchesi in the future.
The story line in this book is great, featuring my favourite concept of a regular human discovering that there's more to this world than they'd ever expected.
Danny finds himself enlisted by a paranormal investigation branch of the FBI and teamed up with a mysterious and unsubtly gorgeous woman, following his early forced retirement from the police department. Their bond grows both professionally and romantically (obviously) and then BOOM! events get in the way and they have to engage in some serious violence to come out the other side.
As it's first book in the Paranormal Detectives series, I may be being a little harsh only awarding it 3 stars (there may be guilt later that I have to assuage with vanilla clotted cream fudge) but I have high hopes for the rest fthe series and don't want to peak too soon with the stars.
I'm a big fan of subtlety in books and this definitely lacked that but that is part of its charm, even if I was disappointed that it lacked the seduction that I love in paranormal romance/thrillers. The characters are very blunt and it takes a while for them to develop in depth and complexity.
One thing that I did find weird was the numerous and forced references to pop culture series like Lord of the Rings and Supernatural (specifically Season 10, the episode where Dean is possessed by a Demon) - there were too many of them and definitely date the book, in a few years time no-one will know the Crowley/Mark Sheppard link.
As the book went on, the characters started moving in the right direction towards complexity and all the feely-brainy stuff I like. The action was brilliant and the story really gripped me, now I just look forward to seeing the author's voice coming into its own and catching up with the brilliance of her ideas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Half human and half vampire, Detective Angelina Cross teams up with Danny Mancini, a human who is a retired former Chicago Police detective, to hunt down and kill Victor, an old... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Pygmy Amazon Reviews
Two years ago, Detective Danny Mancini came across a vampire, and that encounter changed his life forever. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Melanie
Lily Luchesi's "Stake-Out" and "Miranda's Rights" are the first two tales in the Paranormal Detectives series. I loved them. I couldn't put them down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mathphilosopher
Stake-Out is the first book that I've read that held vampires as one of the main types of characters. I actually don't know why I'm not into vampires. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BookHaven
Danny is a cop who was given forced retirement after witnessing a vamp attack. Two years later, Angelica shows up on his doorstep asking him to join a secret agency that fights the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Gregory
The beginning of this book has some issues but they quickly worked themselves out and I found myself flying through this book. I loved the concept and the characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ReadingGrrl
A great start to a promising series!
A killer on the loose, a doomed romance, and paranormal creatures functioning in modern society make for an exciting story. Read more
STAKE OUT is the first in the series and sets up the story really well . These are the first set of books I have read and was in love with the characters from the very first page . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia statham
Being forced to retire after seeing something that shouldn't exist, Danny went into a downward spiral. Read more
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