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The NightShade Forensic Files: Book 1:

In NightShade, nothing is as it seems.... 

Eleri Eames didn't think she'd ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her. 

When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth?  

Thrown together on their first case, Eleri and Donovan must deal with a charismatic cult leader and his true-believers. The cult is mixed up with several decade-old kidnapping cases and the missing daughter of a prominent FBI Agent. As Eleri and Donovan dig deeper, they discover NightShade's mysteries aren't coincidence.  

Their secrets will save them...or destroy them.

©2015, 2016, 2017 A.J. Scudiere (P)2018 A.J. Scudiere

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Solid, capable characters for the win.

I grabbed this on impulse as I serious needed something new to listen to: I'm very glad I did.

Solid procedural tale underpinned by competent law enforcement personnel at multiple levels, local, State, and Federally. This part by itself being one of the reasons I do enjoyed the story; too often the trope of incompetence in law enforcement gets trotted out with only the heroes showing any real skill

The possibly paranormal aspects are introduced slowly, and with a deft touch. The female lead agent isn't the "standard" ball-busting, manlier than Chuck Norris trope, either.

The investigation believable, complete with believable time lines. I give this 5 across the board because it is such a solid storytelling with all the elements nicely balanced.

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 01-06-19

TOO MUCH TELLING THE STORY

Sorry too much telling the story. It would be better if there's action. I would have preferred more participation from the individual characters. I'm sorry I would have to return this book.

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  • Julie
  • NEW BERLIN, WI, United States
  • 01-05-19

Boring narrator

The story is well done. The character development was good and I felt that I could see the characters, even like them. I liked the paranormal angle with more of a scientific eye. I'd read more by this author but the narrator was as flat as could be. There was no emotion or character in the telling of the story. It sounded like the reading of the minutes at a board meeting. He's not a bad reader but the lack of any emotion detracted from the storyline.

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Fun Listen

This held my interest throughout and was interesting. I hope Book 2 comes out soon.

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WOW

Want a good book. This one is a great listen and a good book. Looks like I really enjoyed this one. I did.

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