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Shrouds of Darkness Audiobook

Shrouds of Darkness: Brooklyn Shadows, Book 1

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Leo Malone is a vampire, part-time PI, part-time hired muscle, and full-time jerk, but he is very good at what he does. Leo deals with problems with sharp, sarcastic remarks, unparalleled violence, and "bullet diplomacy". Leo signs on to a simple missing persons case - as simple as a missing werewolf can be - but when ravaged bodies begin to show up in streets of New York, Leo finds himself wrapped within the dark, shrouded folds of an ever-expanding conspiracy that threatens to expose the shadowy existence of both vampires and werewolves. 

Shrouds of Darkness is a pause-resisting action thriller that will have you tightly gripped in suspense, laughing hysterically at Leo's unfiltered behavior, and begging for more.

©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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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
    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
  • 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
  • D. Sturgeon
    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
  • Kevin McDonald
    Amarillo, Texas, United States
    08/01/18
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    "Good story, great performance"

    This was a fun story - I'm glad to have discovered this author. Steven Jay Cohen was easy to listen to, even as he slips between characters and accents. He never gets in the way of the story. I haven't listened to Steven Jay Cohen before, nor have I read anything by Brock Deskins, but I will surely do so again the in future. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the story and the audiobook to a friend who might be into this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    25/12/17
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    "Interesting urban fantasy"

    Leo Malone, vampire and Private Detective, is hired to investigate the disappearance of a very well known werewolf, who works as an accountant for the mob. Leo is a badass investigator, and only plays by his rules. Looking for a werewolf is not is usual job, since vampires and werewolves are at oposite sides, but this investigation will be different than others in more than this aspect.

    This urban fantasy was a great listen. Vampires and werewolves books are not among my favorites, but I really enjoyed this one. Leo’s personality and attitude reminded me a lot of Jonathan Shade, so I would recommend this book to Shade’s fans. Despite being a book in which the characters are vampires and werewolves, I don’t think I would categorize it as a vampires and werewolves book. There are vampires biting nor werewolves harassing. These two races are just used to reflect a balance that could be easily broken in the city, and give particular clues to Leo about this case.

    It was an action packed novel with some violence and great dialogs. I especially enjoyed some of the conversations between Leo and Marvin, his nerd assistant, with some references to Doctor Who.

    Steven Jay Cohen’s narration was one of the best things of this audiobook. He transmitted really well the character’s emotions and did a wonderful job interpreting all the characters. His voice is easy to the ear, and helps the listener to get immersed in the story.

    I will definitely continue with this series. This first book was very entertaining and a charismatic main character is something that always gets me hooked.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neesie315
    New Mexico
    16/12/17
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    "Vampire PI"

    Years ago, I read a series of books about a Vampire PI written by P.N. Elrod. I have looked for more books in this genre and have never been able to find them....until now! I loved this book!

    Leo Malone is a snarky, unfeeling bastard of a vampire who happens to be a PI. When he is hired by two separate clients to find one missing werewolf, he figures he might as well cash in on the windfall.

    In his search for the werewolf, he encounters a group of rogue vampires, mafia bosses, and an unexpected love interest. My favorite character was Marvin, a streetwise (in his own mind) computer hacker hired by Leo to find information. The exchanges between Marvin (known only by himself as Mo Money) and Leo are priceless!

    I loved the writing, the story and the narration was amazing! Mr. Cohen does an excellent job and I will definitely look for more books that he has narrated. And, I hope that Mr. Deskins continues to write more adventures for Leo.

    I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook by the narrator and chose to review it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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