As the sole members of LAPD's Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles's standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange - it might be out of this world.
Ronald "Wrong" Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When Pauley's late-night drinking is interrupted by a detonation of light, he sees what he describes as a "being of light" in the alley below. Pauley tries to help, but ends up as a witness to what he believes is the murder of the fallen angel.
Gideon and Sirius are already in the midst of trying to determine the identity of the so-called "Reluctant Hero" who seemed to magically appear just moments after shots began ringing out at an elementary school. Braving gunfire, the hero tackled the shooter, and then disappeared.
Both cases defy easy answers, but when Pauley turns up dead, the detectives are left with two murders to solve and lots of questions. Gideon and Sirius - along with help from a newfound friend - investigate that thin line between the real and surreal to make sense of these possible crimes.
In this exciting and captivating sequel to Burning Man, a smart-mouthed skeptic and his loyal partner must unravel a dark otherworldly mystery to deliver real-world justice.
©2014 Alan Russell (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Excellent police thriller"
By all means listen to Burning Man, Book 1 in the Gideon and Sirius series, before Guardians of the Night. Both books, Kindle version plus Audible version, are available to borrow at no cost to Kindle Unlimited members. The protagonists in this series are LA cop Michael Gideon and his police dog Sirius. Gideon and to a much lesser degree Sirius are still suffering from the physical and emotional effects of being badly burned in a fire while capturing a killer. This book is in my opinion not quite as good as Burning Man, but it is still an excellent police procedural. The narration is consistent with what I have tome to expect from Jeff Cummings. His voice is very clear but his accents are hideous.
"Good story, not that great performance"
Loved the book, but pretty average narration. One very emotional moment in the book wasn't performed with any feeling at all. Solid detective though. And I loved Sirius.
"An Unworldy Case for Wonderful Detective/K9 Team"
Allan Russell's second novel in the Gideon/Sirus series didn't disappoint. I would have to say that book 2 in the series was better than the first one. Character development of this unique detective team continues, and I have grown to like these two.
The mystery develops when a homeless alcoholic claims to have had a celestial encounter. Our protagonist does not want to let go of his version of the world as he believes it to be, but is challenged when he has no explanation for the event.
This detective mystery and police procedural is well written, and kept my attention.
"I wish there were 10 stars!"
I am loving this series. The characters are ones you wish you could meet. The sympathy and concern I feel for them (other than the serial killer!) draw me into their world. Being a life-long animal fanatic, I am amazed that I had never heard of the poem, "Guardians of the Night." After wiping my eyes, it inspired me to contribute to an organization that provides protective vests to police dogs. Just like their human partners, they should always have a Kevlar vest on when on the street. The fact that some police agencies don't provide their K-9s with one is horrifying.
This series of books is intriguing. The reluctance of the main character to believe in his own heroism while solving cases in monumental ways with the help of his canine companion is delicious! He is neither self loathing or self pitying, but his woeful past makes him a fabulous presence that has kept me reading diligently. The love and admiration she feels for his dog is heartwarming and is also reciprocal. Sirius loves him right back with all his heart. Well, I hope that everyone else who reads these books is as happy with the read as I have been.
"Annoying Main character--too many bad jokes"
Although the story was pretty good, after awhile I just got tired of the continuous bad jokes and puns made by the main character and his friends. The conversations got really tedious to listen to.
I stopped listening about halfway in--a real waste of a credit!
Maybe the author will figure out that, really, no one likes a smart ass trying to show everyone how clever he (and his friends) are.
good intellectual references. nice way of linking things. music and movie quotes. love the dog
"Enjoying this series"
Originally I was interested in this series due to the K9 factor. I now realize this series is one of the better police procedurals. I have already downloaded the next in the series and I hope there will be many more to come. Both the writing and narration are top notch. I highly recommend this series.
Story slow & uninteresting. Narrator good or I would have given up. Total time waster.
"Don't Leave Your Partner in The Car!!"
I love this story overall. The narration and acting was SUPERB. I I look forward to more books in this series. Having been raised Catholic my self immediately felt comfortable with the character. WE both survived Catholic School! The only thing that made me unhappy was how often he left his dog in the car for an extended period of time. I This is LA right? IT'S STILL DANGEROUSLY HOT IN A PARKED CAR, even with all the windows cracked. Please have him show more care for his k9 partner.
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