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Saturday, August 30, 2014

96) Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

The Blurb :

For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire... and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

My Thoughts :

Keri Artur is one of the first authors I started reading in the Paranormal genre.  Her Riley Jenson series was the werewolf story that made me pick up others instead of sticking to vampires and witches.  So I knew from research that Keri's writing career didn't start with that series but a few others that had mostly gone out of print.  Luckily, now that she has become a big name, her older books are being re-released and fans can now get there hands on the early works of a great Paranormal and Urban Fantasy writer.

Memory Zero is the first book in the Spook Squad series (trilogy as far as I know) and has been on my Kindle for a while.  I wanted to read it before the release date this week but I kept putting it off and before I knew it Memory Zero was back on the shelves again and I was running late!  So I curled up with it over the last couple of days and dived into another interesting and unique Australian based tale filled with paranormal wonders.

What surprised me at first was that this series is Sci-fi.  Well it is based in the future and there is mention of futuristic gadgets but the Science Fiction is not over bearing.  The Supernaturals elements are somewhat unusual but there are familiar types with some twists to make them Arthur's own.  It isn't easy getting to grips with the lay of the land but the author helps you find your way as the story progresses. The style is exactly what I have come to expect from Artur and it is easy to sink into the story and feel at home.

The fact that this was first released over ten years makes the depth and originality of this concept really special.  I may not be a huge Sci-fi lover as far as reading is concerned but this one was interesting enough to keep me reading till the end and wondering about how things will continue.  I don't want to give the plot away but it was a nice change to have two characters end up together in a non romantic and sexual way.  It may come to that in the next book or further down the line but anyone who has read any books by this author will know what I mean because she really does like her hot and heavy scenes and writes them really well.

Definitely worth checking out if you like this author and didn't get to read this series the first time around.  The second book Generation 18 is due out next month and the third book in October.  So there is hardly any waiting around and you have the chance to read them all in one go if you want to.  If you haven't already had the please of reading anything by this author then you can't go wrong with starting here with Memory Zero.  A well thought out adventure with lots of promise and enough unanswered questions to have you eager to read the sequel.

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