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Shrouds of Darkness Audiobook

Shrouds of Darkness: Brooklyn Shadows, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

New York has a problem few are aware of. Creatures of myth and darkness prowl the night-shrouded streets, preying on those who won’t be missed. At least, those are the rules. Bodies are turning up, and their deaths are far from natural. Our kind’s existence depends on remaining nothing more than folklore and fairy tales, but someone has decided to break the rules. Now, it’s my job to stop a conspiracy before it threatens to expose the truth about vampires and werewolves. My name is Leo Malone, and when things go bump in the night, I bump back. If the price is right.

©2011 Brock E. Deskins (P)2017 Brock E. Deskins

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    J Smith UK 09/01/2018
    J Smith UK 09/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Have to share the news!!"

    Well, I’ve not even finished this book, but can’t wait to tell the world about this find!!
    I’m completely hooked!!
    I was on the fence about listening to this book as it’s not my go-to genre, but boy is it my genre now!!
    It’s like a noire, detective, vamp, witty story and I love it!
    This is the first time I’ve come across the narrator, so I don’t yet know if it’s his usual voice, but he reads this book with a perfect detective noire voice which hooked me perfectly into the story!
    I’m enthralled by this book and I’m devastated that there’s a wait for the next...!
    This is an unbiased review of a free review copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Rowlands 09/01/2018
    C. Rowlands 09/01/2018
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    "Supernatural Private Eye"

    A snarky supernatural detective is not a particularly new premise, but the author does a very good job of making both him and the story an interesting one.

    The story starts out as a relatively simple one with the PI in question, the vampire Leo Malone, being hired to investigate the disappearance of a werewolf, but matters escalate quite quickly as this turns out to only be one part of a larger plot that causes a lot of problems for our protagonist even if he is being paid by more than one interested party to investigate it.

    The author did a very good job of quickly fleshing out the world and the rules for the supernatural inhabitants in it while also keeping the action moving along at a frantic pace without it seeming too rushed at any point either.

    I have not listened to anything else that this narrator has done before, but I found his performance to be a nice enhancement of the story with him nicely bringing the sarcastic and somewhat disconnected from humanity hero to life, while also giving distinct voices to the supporting cast.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will be looking out for subsequent ones in the series and others from the same author.

    [I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
    Ireland
    26/12/17
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    "Entertaining. "

    Leo Malone is hired to find a missing werewolf by his daughter. This same werewolf is an accountant to a mob boss, who contacts Leo to also find the missing werewolf. Being paid twice for the same job suits Leo fine and he accepts. But he didn't realise what an undertaking this would be. In his quest to find answers, Leo encounters rogue vampires, more mobsters and even a love interest. But add in the fact that dead bodies are turning up that seem to be ravaged by werewolves and all evidence points to the missing were! Is this a case of a were gone rogue too, or something else?

    This was all sorts of awesome!! I listened to this while I was sick and it cheered me up and made me laugh out loud. I absolutely loved Leo. He is an antihero and a jerk at times, but his devil may care attitude was what made him so lovable. He may also be a hardass but he is a man of his word and has a sense of righteousness that appealed to me. It also helped that he was so funny and witty, especially with "Mo Money", the hilarious hacker Marvin.

    The plot was fast paced and action packed. There was mystery, intrigue and plenty of fight scenes, and I few through the book. I also loved finding out about the Vampire dynamics and how they work.

    In all, this was a fun, entertaining read. It was well written and developed and I so can't wait to read the second book in the series!!!

    This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Steven Jay Cohen and I really enjoyed his narration. He was easy to listen to and read this well. He gave each of the characters their own personality and really brought Leo to life!! I will have to check out more by him.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid Reader
    12/12/17
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    "Great story"

    This audiobook kept me entertained from start to finish. Vampire PI, Leo Malone, is hired to find a missing werewolf, who also happens to be the accountant of a mob boss Leo occasionally body guards for. Things become even more complicated as he uncovers treachery within the vampire ranks. This story has lots of action, intrigue, a bit of romance, great characters and hilarious repartee that will have you laughing out loud. I really enjoyed the main character, Leo. He is sarcastic, cunning, can be a bit of a jerk and has a propensity for violence, but he also keeps his word and has a sense of riotousness hidden underneath a hard exterior. The narrator, Steven Jay Cohen, managed to fit his voice to Leo’s personality perfectly, he really brought the character to life making you feel his strength, determination and uncertainties. I also loved his interpretation of the computer wiz, Marvin. The interactions between the two of them was hysterical. All in all, this an enjoyable, well written, action filled story that will keep you entertained and leave you wanting more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Liechti
    California
    24/01/18
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    "Can't go wrong with this vampire PI novel!"

    Really enjoyed this read. I'm a big fan of fantasy/detective style novels and this did not disappoint. Vampires, werewolves, mob what more can you ask for? Grab this if you're a fan of Dresden Files style books :)

    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • RJ
    Cottage Grove, MN, United States
    24/12/17
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    "Not your usual vampires vs. werewolves."

    This is not your usual tale of vampires verses werewolves. I found it to be a cleverly designed mystery/thriller where a vampire P.I. stumbles into a territorial power struggle between vampires and the Mafia. The vampires use the werewolves as a distraction and patsy. Leo Malone the P.I. is hired by both sides of the conflict to find the same patsy and determine exactly what the heck is going on. Leo’s character is witty and the dialog comical. I found myself laughing out loud several times. The story moves along quickly, the characters well done and the narration is excellent. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Mr. Deskins. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Book Junkie
    IN
    18/12/17
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    "Good listen!"

    Audiobook review: Shrouds of Darkness is an interesting story of a vampire named Leo who works as a P.I. Leo can be a total jerk and definitely has some very strong opinions about other paranormal species but even he can surprise himself when faced with a beautiful D.A. werewolf. Leo is taken on a mystery ride of full of twists, turns, death threats, and an interesting storyline. The narrator did a fantastic job providing individual voices and appropriate tone inflections! I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    09/12/17
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    "unique vampire mystery"

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    I read a lot of vampire books over the years but this one is truly unique. the backstory in the character development really drew me in. I look forward to hearing more from the series and author. I highly recommend it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • PJF
    07/12/17
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    "Vampire PI: It's a Good Listen"

    Narration:

    The Narration of this book is pretty good. I haven't listened to this narrator before, but his voice is easy to listen to, and does a good job differentiating the protagonist from the supporting cast. I wouldn't mind listening to other books narrated by him.

    Story:

    This book didn't take long for me to get into. The opening sequence is filled with action and the author does a good job of teaching us about the world he's created via the actions of his characters and what is happening around them.

    This is also the first Vampire book I can think of where the protagonist is a private investigator. It seems like there should be others, but I can't recall them so kudos to the author for taking the genre in a new direction. I also like that the main character is seemingly aware of the modern genre, as well as set in his ways. This seems like a far more realistic take on immortality than books that seem to have either completely modern vampires, or those that have been so out of touch for the last 30 years that they don't know what a cell phone is.

    All in all there's not much to complain about. If you like vampire stories, you should like this book. There's lots of action, and a mystery that unfolds little by little from start to finish. There also aren't any wasted scenes as each one has a logical connection to those that follow. Overall it's a good listen. I'd listen to the second book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Missouri, USA
    24/01/18
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    "PI Vamp, Weres, Mysteries, and Humor!"

    Shrouds of Darkness
    Brooklyn Shadows, Book 1
    By: Brock Deskins
    Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
    This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Loved it! If you like vampires, werewolves, mysteries, humor, and fast paced fun reads this is your book. A vampire PI and occasionally hired gun/body guard takes a case that ends up taking 3 cases... all from different parties and all lead to the same conclusion. Action packed, with lots of humor scattered throughout that kept me giggling like a school girl, and great fight scenes for the evil side of me ;p
    The narrator was perfect!!! I felt like I was in a movie, the voices and emotional effects were awesome! Terrific performance. Not easy to do comedy and it was done with perfection. Great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rachel pohler
    17/01/18
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    "exciting! I want more"

    this book was really exciting! I loved all the action and mystery. it's along at a good pace. this was well written and the voice was great. I'll be wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. Sturgeon
    Rushville, IN
    11/01/18
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    "Excellent Story"

    I received this audio book in exchange for my honest review. I have to say that this is a well written and gripping story with top notch narration. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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