Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.
Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.
Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.
The Shades are out of the dark and shadowy closet and now humans are realizing they aren’t quite the top of the food chain. In fact, they are the prey… I took one look at the blurb and who was narrating and I was all-fired ready to give Melissa Olson and her paranormal thriller a go.
Nightshades is the introductory story in a new series. It does the job of introducing the background, setting, and the players. As I learned more about the Nightshades world and this version of vampires I was intrigued. The case of the disappearing teens and the death of one due to a shade attack, the formation of a new Preternatural Crimes Unit team, and the thrill of story moved along swiftly and steadily to a breathtaking climax.
The story took a while to get going, but that didn’t matter. It actually was a quick listen and had some great action suspense scenes with a great group of characters. Alex McKenna is one of the leads with the enigmatic Lindy as the other. He’s human and an FBI agent and he tracks her, a shade, down to help him solve the kidnapping and murders. It’s earlier days for them, but they had great rapport, light banter, and a slow-burn attraction that has me excited to keep going with the series.
The big climax happened to finish off the main conflict of this book, but it also introduced what will be the series conflict. Ha! I knew Lindy was more than she seemed. The enemy is a worthy opponent for Alex and Lindy and the rest of the team. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Luke Daniels was his usual amazing self doing the narration. Whether it was light-hearted banter or an intense dangerous moment, female or male, sinister or innocent, he nailed it all. I really do need to listen to more off his backlist.
So, in summary, this venture into a new to me series was a resounding success. I definitely want more Nightshades action. Urban Fantasy lovers who like a good stirring vampire tale and an engaging FBI team should give this one a go.
My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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