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Now this may sound run-of-the-mill, and yes, part of this has been told over many times, but the author has a few nice twists that give it the originality and surprise. I did guess early on some of it, but when Danny finds out his dreams and nightmares are actually visions, the story takes on a whole new feeling. A nice start to a paranormal series, and a great start for a debut from the author.
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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.
Just picked up the second book in the series.
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.
Long ago, I grew bored of wine goblet swilling vamps in gorgeous, dark mansions. It seemed each vampire story had been done a thousand times. This one feels much different. It's not just a vampire story.
From the cover, I expected a book about revenge, mixed with some paranormal CSI. What I got was that, but also much more. Danny can see things... He dreams things that add to the mystery and his wonder about this strange world he's been thrown into by chance. He enters, seeking revenge, but finds there is much more he has lost than just his job. There is a deep romance tangling the characters of this story, one that spans further than Danny could have imagined.
A great story, one fans of TV's "Supernatural" would greatly enjoy. One of my favorite quotes from Danny: "I went from a top CPD detective to being an overaged star on the CW network!"
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