As the sole members of LAPD's Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles's standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange - it might be out of this world.
Ronald "Wrong" Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When Pauley's late-night drinking is interrupted by a detonation of light, he sees what he describes as a "being of light" in the alley below. Pauley tries to help, but ends up as a witness to what he believes is the murder of the fallen angel.
Gideon and Sirius are already in the midst of trying to determine the identity of the so-called "Reluctant Hero" who seemed to magically appear just moments after shots began ringing out at an elementary school. Braving gunfire, the hero tackled the shooter, and then disappeared.
Both cases defy easy answers, but when Pauley turns up dead, the detectives are left with two murders to solve and lots of questions. Gideon and Sirius - along with help from a newfound friend - investigate that thin line between the real and surreal to make sense of these possible crimes.
In this exciting and captivating sequel to Burning Man, a smart-mouthed skeptic and his loyal partner must unravel a dark otherworldly mystery to deliver real-world justice.
©2014 Alan Russell (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
By all means listen to Burning Man, Book 1 in the Gideon and Sirius series, before Guardians of the Night. Both books, Kindle version plus Audible version, are available to borrow at no cost to Kindle Unlimited members. The protagonists in this series are LA cop Michael Gideon and his police dog Sirius. Gideon and to a much lesser degree Sirius are still suffering from the physical and emotional effects of being badly burned in a fire while capturing a killer. This book is in my opinion not quite as good as Burning Man, but it is still an excellent police procedural. The narration is consistent with what I have tome to expect from Jeff Cummings. His voice is very clear but his accents are hideous.
Loved the book, but pretty average narration. One very emotional moment in the book wasn't performed with any feeling at all. Solid detective though. And I loved Sirius.
Allan Russell's second novel in the Gideon/Sirus series didn't disappoint. I would have to say that book 2 in the series was better than the first one. Character development of this unique detective team continues, and I have grown to like these two.
The mystery develops when a homeless alcoholic claims to have had a celestial encounter. Our protagonist does not want to let go of his version of the world as he believes it to be, but is challenged when he has no explanation for the event.
This detective mystery and police procedural is well written, and kept my attention.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
Although the story was pretty good, after awhile I just got tired of the continuous bad jokes and puns made by the main character and his friends. The conversations got really tedious to listen to.
I stopped listening about halfway in--a real waste of a credit!
Maybe the author will figure out that, really, no one likes a smart ass trying to show everyone how clever he (and his friends) are.
Originally I was interested in this series due to the K9 factor. I now realize this series is one of the better police procedurals. I have already downloaded the next in the series and I hope there will be many more to come. Both the writing and narration are top notch. I highly recommend this series.
I own 494 Audible Audio books. (See my Stunned Look) That can be a good or bad thing. Either way I'm always entertained and enlightened!
I love this story overall. The narration and acting was SUPERB. I I look forward to more books in this series. Having been raised Catholic my self immediately felt comfortable with the character. WE both survived Catholic School! The only thing that made me unhappy was how often he left his dog in the car for an extended period of time. I This is LA right? IT'S STILL DANGEROUSLY HOT IN A PARKED CAR, even with all the windows cracked. Please have him show more care for his k9 partner.
The relationship between Michael and Srrius is special. They are so close that they are real partners not owner and pet. They have saved each others lives. I did enjoy the relationship with the "Unknown Hero". No spoilers.
The plot moved well and kept my interest all through the book.
Yes, I am not as enamoured of his female voices but he does all of the characters so they are indiviuals and uses good drama.
I would recommend this book and the first one in the series to anyone who likes cop, especially K9 action books. I was so pleased to see a third book will be out this summer.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Guardians of the Night by Alan Russell is the riveting sequel to the bestselling novel Burning Man, and marks the return of Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius enmeshed in a strange and bizarre case, unlike anything they have ever encountered before. In a tale stranger than fiction, a homeless man reportedly witnessed what he believed to be the murder of an angel.
Gideon and his partner Sirius care called upon to investigate the baffling case. Reluctantly the duo set off to investigate the case. Their halfhearted investigation soon turns more bizarre with the death of the homeless man. Now it is up to Gideon and Sirius to make sense of the strange murders and establish the identity of the man referred to as “the Reluctant Hero.”
Author Alan Russell has written an engrossing novel that is both awesome and delightful. While the story in itself is both amazing and incredulous, mixing mystery with suspense and thriller brilliantly. Guardians of the Night borders on science fiction while it is a crime thriller with a lot of suspense and mystery thrown in. Alan Russell’s passion is contagious and many readers will find this book difficult to put down.
Jeff Cummings was great with the delivery of the story
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