Review: Outbreak by Melissa F. Olson

Posted June 6, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 15 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Outbreak by Melissa F. Olson

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Series: Nightshades #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tor
Released on June 5, 2018
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

Things were in a bit of a jam at the end of book two so I was ready to pounce when this final book in the series came available.  Vampires, FBI, betrayals, and an enemy who seems to be holding all the cards was definitely just my thing.


Outbreak is book three in an Urban Fantasy trilogy so it does not work standalone or out of order.

Alex and Lindy are trying to catch their breath after the bloody and deadly shocking ending to their last case, but then their peace is shattered when Chase bursts in with news he was mesmerized by Hector and made to be a departmental leak.  He had no idea what intel he gave the enemy, but part of it was used to stay a two part prison break that now has everyone scrambling.  Alex’s FBI team is put on suspension and Lindy is under arrest.  Now, they are all right where Hector wants them as he makes his big moves.

Things were so dire and exciting right from the start with this one.  I enjoyed seeing what Alex and Lindy would do with their backs against the wall.  It was going to take a team effort and some ingenuity which is something I’ve liked all through this series.  The middle of the book is the team at work on their plans and the ending was another great climax scene with a bit of a denouement to give the series closure.

My only niggles are that during the middle, I did feel some lag while necessary preparations were being made and the epilogue gave closure, but didn’t really have any shine to it.  What it did do, thankfully, was leave a little window open in case the author wants to jump back in and do some more stories in the Nightshades world.

In summary, I loved the author’s take on vampires and enjoyed how she paired the paranormal with an FBI procedural.  It had some grit and some great suspense and action moments.  I enjoyed all the characters and how they came together as a team.  Alex and Lindy were a good romantic pairing though romance was only one of the elements.  Definitely a nice quick-read trilogy for Urban Fantasy and vampire fans.

I rec’d the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melanie Simmons
4 years ago

I didn’t know this would be the final book of the series. At least no cliffhangers then. LOL. I will grab the audio.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I didn’t either until I was in the middle of it. I was thinking there would be a whole lot more to go the way things were setting up. This one came to a head and it worked great as a final showdown. The good news is that if she wanted to keep writing in this world, there is enough to do it.

Ha! I got impatient and didn’t wait for the audio, but Luke Daniels is worth the wait. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 years ago

Oh I missed the others in this trilogy I think I’m going to check it out Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, its a great mash-up of vampires and police procedural crime fighting.

4 years ago

I always enjoyed my UF to have investigations as well. I heard about the series but I haven’t tried it

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, that is a great combination. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I’m gonna put this series in my wish list. Sounds like I would like it.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I agree, Mary! Vampires and murder mystery. You’d love it. 🙂

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

This trilogy really sounds like something I would enjoy. I am glad that the trilogy ended well for you.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I think you would, too, Carole. The way it combines paranormal with murder mystery is great.

4 years ago


4 years ago

Good to know you should read these in order. Sounds like a great, action-packed series. Sorry it lagged a bit in the middle though.


Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes, it’s basically reading a three part story, really. Good stuff even with the lagging moments. 🙂

4 years ago

That does sound great how this one has such a dire and exciting start! Too bad it lagged a little bit in the middle, but sounds like it was a great read overall. This does sound like a good series the way you describe these books.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, it was a good one for the early suspense and the overall plot. What she did was detailed out the plan against the enemy and all the set up to catch them. I felt maybe a chapter or so would have been sufficient to explain that. But, I guess the author wanted to make sure it was all believable rather than stuff conveniently done off scene. It was a good trilogy. I hope she writes more in this world maybe with a few of the side characters.