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Summary

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.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.

©2016 Melissa F. Olson (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • S. Yates
  • 27-01-18

Fun, with enough novelty to be interesting

3.5 stars. Neat concept (vampires, or Nightshades, are real and have been around for millennia, but now modern humans have realized this fact), likable characters, and plenty of action. Some of the story is predictable, and the dialog at times feels straight out of a number of buddy FBI story lines (glib, clever). But it doesn't stop it from being entertaining and the added twist of vampires gives the plot enough freshness and novelty to be thoroughly enjoyable. Biggest con of the book is that it is more like novella length and I would have liked more length and depth. But at least the sequel is already out and a third book in the series is slated for later in 2018.

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  • michele
  • 08-02-18

Disliked it

First let me say that I have all of Melissa Olsen’s books on audible and I love them and listened to each at least twice. This one stunk and is a total waste. First you have a captive vampire which just appeared from thin air. Considering he is used as one of the foundation blocks this is confusing especially as as he is referred back to several times. The rest of the story isn’t to horrendous cons

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  • J. Stanley
  • 15-12-17

Great story just too short

The only bad thing I have to say is I wish the story had been longer - very enjoyable.