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Summary

Death is not an alibi.

There are laws that even the dead must obey: no hijacking the bodies of the living, no possessing corpses...and never speak of the Dark.

It’s the job of police exorcist Arphallo Sirus and his murdered partner, Sam Trent, to enforce these laws. No one ever said working the Dead Beat was easy, but now it’s become nearly impossible as the ghosts and the living alike commit theft and murder in search of answers to the mysteries of life, death, and what lies beyond.

The Dead Beat is a short story serial. This is the first of three volumes.

©2011 Erica Lindquist (P)2012 Erica Lindquist

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"The dead should stay dead."

A short book of short stories, each featuring Arphallo Sirus, exorcist, and his dead partner, Sam, set in a world where the dead can return to inhabit puppets, the living, but should have a properly executed contract. It gets complicated when the dead are killed again, or the contract hasn't been properly arranged. An interesting take on life and death but, although the individual stories are delicious little bites of life, especially number 5, Blood it is hard for this reader to set them in a wider context. Good dialogue, interesting characters, and narration by Daniel Dorse is well done, his deep smoky voice very pleasant to hear seems very much in character with the stories.
"Better than being dead, isn't it?"

My thanks to the rights holder who made the book available for free download.

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  • Sarah S.
  • 01-06-21

Short, fun detective serial

I don't usually go for ghost stories, but I decided to give this one a chance. It seemed to be the right length to introduce you into this world and it kept my attention. Dorse's husky voice gave the right atmosphere to immerse yourself in the world.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Michelle Bever Books
  • 20-05-21

The Undead, Mystery, Mayhem, and More!

This is not the type of book I normally read or listen to but I must say that I really enjoyed this. The narration was great and brought the characters to life. Each character had its own uniqueness and this first book was all about letting you know what a ghost does legally and unlawfully host a body. The steps to apprehend a ghost that has unlawfully taken over a body and being sent back into the dark are interesting as well. It kept me interested from the beginning to the end!

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  • Blackeagle
  • 01-03-21

Enjoyable Tales of Body Jumping Spirits

I enjoyed these tales of body stilling ghost and the police officers/exorcist who are sent to find them. This book may be short but it definitely packs a pu6when it comes to the storylines. The narration of the book by Daniel Dorse is superb he reminds me of old film noir detectives.I highly recommend this book. I received this book from Audiobooks Unleashed and this is my honest unbiased review. I can't wait to delve into Volume 2.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 06-01-21

Great paranormal story, very unique!

The Dead Beat, Volume 1
By: Aron Christensen, Erica Lindquist
Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
I really loved this unique idea and world! Ghost and people could make contracts so ghosts can possess bodies. Why? A number of reasons for both parties I never would have thought of. This is about a guy that is dead, hosted in a human but works with the cops special unit for those ghost that possess humans without permission. These are some of the cases and more about the two main guys. (The exorcist is done by a young man, a Father, and the dead guy is the detective. ) Love this story!
The narrator had a husky voice, on purpose, to give the story more feeling but I think it was over the top. The narration was okay.
This book was free to me and the review is voluntary. Thanks!

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  • Dennis
  • 08-12-20

Heaven Closes the Gates to Souls

I found this very interesting and i have to say I have in enjoyed listening to this audible. First, I never thought what would happen if souls could not to their rewards but be stuck on earth to roam.
At first I was not to impressed with narrator due to the boring and flat speech but as the story started really going the narrator loosen up and in doing so was able to start to bring the story and the characters alive. The first part of the story did not make sense but halfway the started bringing in other storylines that made the story understandable and you could see how an agreement was made between the living world and the world of the dead. Like today there is rules and laws and judges for both the living and dead. In addition a living person could agree to be the carrier of a ghost for a price or free with different time length. In the police departments you now have cops, deputies that are living human and also you have detectives who are living but with ghost in charge of the bodies.
This book gives the education and the basics of what the second and third book will be both good and bad and explain why this happened. Like I said the first part is boring but hold on the ride gets better and better. Most of the characters in the book are the living with ghost in charge and you will meet a few skin walkers living who has been hijacked by a ghost and you meet living women who are inhabited by a male ghost who is hiding.
I am sure you will think what a boring audible but give it time it will grow on you.









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  • Linda L.
  • 21-08-20

Different view on life and death

This is a book of 7 short chapters/stories, about Arphallo Sirus, exorcist, and his dead partner, Sam. It is a world where the dead can return to inhabit puppets, the living, but should have a properly executed contract. It seems like a simple prospect, but that's not always true. Contracts aren't properly created or the dead person is killed in its new puppet body. Very interesting ending. The narrator's voice reminded me of some old 40's detective show.

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  • Jason
  • 07-08-12

An Exciting Prelude to a Larger Story

Would you listen to The Dead Beat, Volume 1 again? Why?

I'd listen to The Dead Beat again, as the world in which it's set is really fascinating. The gritty noir Detective story in a world where "skin-riding" ghosts are a fact of life is really cool. There were all sorts of hints to a bigger mystery scattered throughout these stories and I want to make sure that I caught them all.

What other book might you compare The Dead Beat, Volume 1 to and why?

I haven't ever read a book like it. In form, I'd compare it to an Anime or a modern TV Show like the new Battlestar Galactica. This is a serial of short stories. Each one is a short story, like an episode of BSG, but there's a direct continuity and a larger arc between the stories (like a season or a complete series). This collection almost felt like a pilot mini-series; it's a whole story, but it's really setting the stage for something grand. I can't wait to hear the next volume, when it's released!

What about Daniel Dorse’s performance did you like?

Daniel Dorse's performance was spectacular. He created the archetypal chain smoking noir detective, his deep gravely voice rumbling along and really contributing to a great ambiance. I wish the "performance" rating were more granular. I'd give his reading a 5 star rating, but the post-production could use some work. There were some volume discrepancies, especially once between stories where I had to jump and turn down the volume dramatically, as the gain on the recording seemed to be suddenly much higher.

If you could rename The Dead Beat, Volume 1, what would you call it?

"The Dead Beat" is a perfect title.

Any additional comments?

This collection is a little short, but at less than a matinee movie ticket it's well worth the price. I found myself smiling, laughing and cringing along with the characters, all the while being sucked into the life of a police exorcist. I can't wait for more.

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