Murder, mayhem, and an inappropriate attraction.
Note: The Alpha Squad series is a lot more fun if heard in order. Please consider starting at the beginning, with Alpha Squad: Boot Camp.
Sean McMillan has always lived a life more human than shifter. Upon joining Alpha Squad he is thrust into a whole new world which is taking some getting used to. When two shifters turn up dead under suspicious circumstances in the otherwise quiet town of Inverness, Scotland, Alpha Squad is sent in to uncover the truth. So far, so easy; murder investigations are what Sean does best. Trouble is, one of the witnesses is able to distract him just with her presence. And he can't shake the feeling that she knows more than what she's letting on.
Lab assistant Erin Reid thought her work at the research project led by leading geneticist Professor Blake was benign enough, if excruciatingly boring. Little did she know that they were all embroiled in a deadly conspiracy. When she finds out what she's been involved in, the resulting guilt weighs heavily on her and she vows to make things right and help Sean's investigation in any way she can.
What starts off as an ordinary murder investigation quickly turns into something bigger and more dangerous than anyone on Alpha Squad could foresee. Is shifter enemy number one, Victor Domnall, back with a plan more devious than ever? Can Sean and Erin put all the pieces of the puzzle together before it's too late? And what about that inexplicably deep connection they've started to form ever since their first meeting?
Join Alpha Squad in this suspenseful paranormal romance you won't want to put down. If you like Alpha City by Bryce Evans or Bear Patrol by Scarlett Grove, then you will love the Alpha Squad series by Lorelei Moone!
This was my second book that I've listened to in the series. Once again, it's a complete standalone with guaranteed HEA.
Member of the Alpha Squad, Sean McMillan is joins looking to feel a part of something. Being half shifter and half human has always left him feeling like was stuck between two worlds. Now, with a new sense of purpose and belonging he finds himself investing a murder, but one of the key witnesses proves to be a bit of a distraction. Erin was working on a research project that wasn't what she thought it was. Now she wants nothing to do with the pretext, but can't help but feel a strange pull towards one of the new guards.
The plot was good and full of suspense and packed with action. The main characters had great chemistry and overall it was a great addition to the series.
Audrey Lusk once again delivers with a fantastic performance and dazzles with her spot-on accents! Again, my only dislike of her narration is that she sounds a bit older than the characters, but that's just me nitpicking at this point. Her performance outshines that detail and you quickly become captivated by the story and that's fast forgotten.
If you could sum up Alpha Squad: Showdown in three words, what would they be?
Quick, Enjoyable, Fantasy
What did you like best about this story?
I like how the author makes each story unique. Certain parts of the story continues the work of a group of people solving a different mystery for each book. But it's how the author goes about solving that mystery that makes it unique. I also like the fact that we have those that accept people that are different and then we have those that don't. Just like in regular society.
Have you listened to any of Audrey Lusk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listened to all but one of the Alpha Squad series. Ms. Lusk has been a pleasure to listen to as she lets me get acquainted with this group that are trying to protect their community. I have to think of her as a narrator instead of a voice actor. In thinking of her as a narrator she becomes a storyteller. A voice actor would bring the characters to life.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
You couldn't make a film of this book unless you made a film out all the other books in the series. Maybe a miniseries on TV would be better.
Any additional comments?
My disappointment was twofold. I was surprised how swiftly this story went by. I was hoping to keep my mind occupied as I worked out in the yard. Ms. Moone's books are very good at keeping my mind off how much hard work I have to do - makes the labor more enjoyable. My second disappointment was finding out that this was the last in the series. But the good thing is that I have one more book to listen to and then I can have an Alpha Squad marathon.
It's tough to think which characters I like the best because they are all important to the squad as a whole. I would like to think that if there shifters out there that they have someone to protect their interest. Otherwise, we may have those people that either want to experiment on them or are afraid of what they don't understand and have decided that the world would be a better place without them. Discrimination is not logical.
Will have to see what both Ms. Moone and Ms. Lusk have in store for their listeners in the future. And I'll be interested to see if they collaborate again on another series or book. But if this is the first book you're thinking of listening to please change your mind. You need to start with book one in order to understand the world that our author has created.
I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.
I jumped into ALPHA SQUAD: SHOWDOWN without having read the previous books. And while I didn’t miss anything and the story was totally understandable read as standalone, I felt like I have been robbed of a true shifter story. It’s been ages since I’ve last read a shifter book, so I hoped for some awesome paranormal action. Yes, I knew that Sean was only half shifter, but that there was not even one shift of him – or any other character for that matter – left me a bit disappointed. Sigh.
That being said, there’s plenty of action in this short book. Sean feels stuck between worlds – being half shifter and half human, and has always felt a bit left out. He was hoping joining Alpha Squad would change that. And it did. He makes a great detective, although a not-so subtle undercover agent, when he helps solving a mystery of two shifters dying in a small town where he meets Erin.
Erin is a smart woman working at a research project that seems rather boring. But that quickly changes when new security guards come into the picture – and she quickly realizes she might be involved in something she does not want any part of, all having to come to term with the attraction and strange connection she feels toward one of the guards…
The case is intriguing, yet a bit predictable. A story about right and wrong and justice. Of accepting of who you are.
This was the first audio book narrated by Audrey Lusk that I listened to. She protayed the characters perfectly and gave them distinct voices, which I loved. I just couldn’t really connect with the voice she gave Erin – it seemed too old for the picture of a young woman that my mind conjured for her.
I have loved all of the Alpha Squad books and this one had me guessing and trying to figure things out and kept me going till the final word.
Sean is investigating a murder and he is use to that but when his witness makes his blood rush to his crotch he knows he is in for one hell of an investigation.
Erin is wanting to help Sean after what she finds out.
These two have so much going on and no time for anything,.
I am loving this one