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Sunday, September 28, 2014

103) Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

The Blurb :

A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?

The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.

My Thoughts :

Generation 18 is the second book in the Spook Squad series and follows Memory Zero in being re-released after ten years!  Book three will release next month and finally Keri Arthur fans can cross the trilogy of hard to get hold of books off their wishlists.  Was it worth the wait?

While the series is paranormal it is also very Sci-fi. Based in the future and there is mention of futuristic gadgets but the Science Fiction is not too enough to put me off.  The Paranormal aspects are unusual but somewhat familiar with the author managing to keep it original and interesting .  Once again I had some trouble keeping up with everything in this strange futuristic Australia but it is easy to keep the gist of the story straight and the rest of the details fall into place at some point.  The style is typical Artur and after a while you can settle into the story and get sucked in.

The plot this time around seemed slightly long-winded and predictable.  Everything obviously has something to do with Sam's unknown past and this second installment makes a big deal of showing off what she could be and what she isn't.  Sam gets closer to finding herself some answers and I am sure that the third and final book will reveal all.  However this second part felt like it could have given up all the secrets and given Sam a chance to follow something else entirely in book three and maybe give her a book four and five to deal with other cases that do not relate to her personally.

The series is worth checking out if you are a fan of the author and didn't get to read this series the first time around.  The second book is due out next month and I already have a copy to read and review on my Kindle.  I look forward to finding out exactly what Sam is, what happened to her and if she and Gabriel will finally give in to each other.   I think there are some more secrets to come and I have a feeling that there are going to be some revelations that could make this a trilogy that was well worth taking the time to read.

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