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The Brimstone Deception

Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: SPI Files, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum in the new urban fantasy novel starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug - with mind-blowing side effects - hits the streets. It's called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you'll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that you'll start seeing the really scary stuff.

I'm Makenna Fraser, seer for the SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I'd like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts - and souls. Because your local pusher doesn't stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. And since the drug can be produced only with magic and molten brimstone fresh from hell, that means a rift to the underworld is open somewhere in the city. And when - not if - the cartel loses control of it, well...it's going to be hell on Earth.

©2016 Lisa Shearin (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Another fun adventure for Mac and Ian.

SPI Agents never catch a break. Action and adventure to keep you occupied, romance to make you swoon.

Another fun adventure for Mac and Ian. New York’s drug dealers are being killed off while a new drug, created with Hell’s Brimstone, is flooding the city. Ian and Mac have to track down the killer and the maker of Brimstone before anyone else dies.

Rake is, of course, a suspect. But is he part of the plot, or is he just being set up? I love how Rake gets “real” in this story. We get to see beyond the playboy facade to the person underneath.

Again, Johanna Parker does a great job of narrating the story. She is such a good pick for these stories. I can’t wait until the next one.

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Loved it

This has become one of my favorite series of books. I love the stories and characters. I'm looking forward to where Lisa Shearin takes us from here.

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A fun series

This is a series that I’ve enjoyed from when I first read the prequel novella in Night Shift two years ago. I find it to be a fun paranormal investigation story. Mac is a seer. So while she is human, she can see through glamour of other species, which makes her invaluable to an investigation team. She has a partner who is also human and a former NYPD detective, Ian Byrne.

Mac is out on a lunch date with goblin billionaire Rake Danescu. Ian just so happens to be out to lunch at the same overpriced restaurant and Mac and Rake on his own date with Kylie O’Hara. Kylie is a dryad and also works at SPI as director of media and public relations. The fact that they were all at the restaurant when a human just happens to take a new designer drug that allows him to see through glamor, is a convenience and a curse. They are able to help tamp down the situation with the media and the local police.

This was a fun story where we get to watch Mac and Ian investigate the new drug and track down dealers, murderers and manufacturers of the drug. It is probably the closest thing to a “normal” police case that we’ve seen Mac and Ian work. Except where the drug is made from a substance from Hell and the people involved are not human. Oh, and everything seems to point towards Rake, who Ian is really not a fan of anyway.

I liked that we got to see how SPI has to run interference with the local NYPD to try to keep the supernatural creatures out of the public eye. Anything from completely covering up the crime for the local police, only so that they can investigate and charge the supernatural criminals themselves. Also, getting supernaturals entrenched into the local police, morgue and other aspects to help cover up the supernatural aspects, if the locals find the crime first.

When I first read the prequel novella, I was all for Ian and Mac romance. As I read more of this book and learn more about Rake, I’m starting to root more for him. I know that many people will disagree with me, but I saw a different side to Rake in this book. I’m not all in, but I’m willing to give him a shot.

I should also add that I love the humor in these books. There are several pop culture references including Mr. Burns of The Simpsons and Yoda’s “Do or do not, there is no try”. There are also several Southern references, which I love, being from Georgia. Things like the hot light at Krispy Kreme and tea so sweet you can stand a spoon up in it.

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Johanna Parker is a narrator that I’ve enjoyed for some time. I like the way she narrates books with a lot of humor. I think she is able to bring out that extra bit of humor I’m expecting from a book like this one. I also like her Southern accent. I think it is perfect for Mac’s North Carolina heritage.

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Fun, funny, with intrigue & suspense

This is a series that keeps getting better. Serious when the story requires it, and fun southern banter around every corner. Thoroughly enjoyable. If you enjoy Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series this is another series you'll enjoy--and vice versa!

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  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 02-18-16

Great!

A good story for the third in the series. It is like a welcome visit from an old friend who always brings trouble with them. If you listened to the others you are familiar with the characters. Makenna does her country girl routine and out smarts everyone with her down home wit and sense of loyalty. She has a little love interest here with Rake. I hope Shearin develops that for them. I like that it is going slow. If it went fast it would not be in character with Makenna. It gives another dimension to Makenna. She is not always interacting just about the job. Plus Rake has great goblin skills that I would enjoy being part of the story.

Dragon lady is not featured as much but that is fine. Rake is a really good replacement. My personal problem is with Johanna Parker. She does a good southern voice with snap, crackly and pop of a Southerner. Since she did the True Blood series visually, Makenna looks like Sookie Stackhouse to me. It does not help that they are very similar characters. When Makenna mentions home I expects her to say Bon Temps.

That is the only reason I did not give the overall and performance all the stars. That is my issue not the author's or narrators.

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  • S Wood
  • 10-22-16

Fast paced

A fast paced suspend reality story. Highly entertaining but with this novel the similarities in plot and characters to her other novels especially the conjure and magic series come out. Feisty girl works with nice guy. in law enforcement attracted to a goblin who is a spy and on the wrong side of the law. Turns out that goblin not the bogey man. A bit like readin Agatha Christie, highly entertaining and enjoyable, you buy into the characters but you can recognise the plot after a time. Would still recommend the author.