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Publisher's Summary

Never promise a fey anything. 

With magic leaking back into our world, working the nightshift as a paramedic comes with danger. But I handle it. I’ve got a shotgun for the zombies, and my lycanthropic rage hasn’t escaped my apartment. Life is normal-ish. All that changes when I’m called to help a dying fey knight and I make a promise.

There’s a little girl with big eyes and a heart-rending sniffle. I can’t say no. Of course she’s not human. She’s their key to opening the long-closed gates and feasting on humanity.

Now, an entire world I know nothing about is trying to kill me. And if I don’t protect her, the teeth around my heart will finish the job. If I learn fast and bargain the right parts of my soul, the girl and I might make it out alive. Otherwise the cruelest winter will freeze even the warmest hearts in the city.

Listen to my story now and ride along for a wild emergency shift.

Includes bonus story Twilight Run.

©2021 Daniel R. Potter (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Awesome book

EMERGENCY SHIFT by Daniel R. Potter is a book that I was looking to pick up and read before I was assigned it for the SPFBO. I used to date an EMT in real life and she shared some truly fantastically weird stories of her job. Given I've had my fill of private detectives and demon hunters, I was interested in seeing how combining the story of a night shift paramedic with urban fantasy would work out.

The premise, as mentioned, is about an EMT working in Portland, Oregon. Already this series is the most realistic you could make about the subject because if there's anywhere that a bunch of fairies, werecreatures, and zombies could interact then it would be Portland. Abby was turned into a werewolf by the moon during one of her earlier encounters with the weird and has been struggling ever since. Unfortunately, zombies are already a problem ("Code Z"), the book opens with her dealing with a new vampire, and things just get stranger from there.

Part of what makes the book so entertaining is that it is gleefully, unapologetically off the wall nuts. Our heroine is trying to lead a normal life but things have utterly gone off the rails. She's a werewolf, her best friend is a necromancer, there's all sorts of insane supernatural calls in Portland, and she's found herself hunted by Santa Claus. Oh and now has guardianship of a little cat girl hunted by every force in the fairy world.

Emergency Shift is a book that benefits from paying attention to all its details because things are constantly being thrown at the reader. One of the more shocking details is that poor Abby experienced a mass shooting as a child when her boyfriend decided to go on a killing spree. This is something she's had a decade to cope with and drives her desire to help others but is just one of the many tragedies suffered by our heroine.

The humor is a nice mixture of absurd situations as well as dark moments that really strike the reader only a few seconds to process. One moment is the sweet old newly-risen vampire lady talking about her apartment then asking for change from the ferryman and casually discussing going off to murder someone who assaulted her in high school. Said person is in assisted living now but better late than never. Another moment in the book is a necromancer trying to get her zombies to serve as as chauffeurs, only to fail miserably due to the obvious problems. Oh and zombie hunters.

This is an insane fun book but some readers may find it hard to follow all of its craziness. At one point, the book enters into fairyland and it is a lot stranger than the already over-the-top version of Portland it presents. I would have possibly preferred to stick with the EMT section of the story and eased into the weirdness but it is a good read for those who want a kooky insane adventure about protecting a catgirl daughter figure.

Cindy Kay does a great job with the narration and really brings the characters to life.

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A Surprisingly Fun Page Turner

The shifter market is definitely crowded these days, but Full Moon Medic still kept me hooked. Dan Potter does excellent world building and the characters are all distinct, with their own unique flaws and abilities they bring to the table. The plot doesn't necessarily break mountains of new ground, but there are plenty of unique twists on established tropes for the genre, and it kept me glued to my headphones. The audio is definitely on the quiet side, but the overall performance is fine despite what other reviewers have said. I already picked up book 2 and I'm looking forward to listening.

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Not what I thought it would be

Just saying it's not what I thought it would be is saying the least... it was so much more!! Different is not always bad and in this case it's a very good thing. If your looking for something different think about this book...

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Awesome book

I absolutely loved this book. Easy listen!!
Can't wait for the next one. Abby and crew are amazing.

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Impresive read

I enjoyed this book and wished it was longer. I do recommend this book for lovers of fantasies!!!

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Awesome!!

was really impressed by the narrator. The book itself is awesome. Would recommend. if you like sci-fi this is the book for you

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Detailed torture and display knifework

The writing was good and I was looking forward to reading a smart and entertaining series. But a minor character was killed and the writing dipped into horror with detailed description of what had been done to torture a man and to mutilate his flesh as what the killer called art.--- So I stopped reading this book with 7 hours and 21 minutes left to finish the book. --- There should be mention of this in the book blurb so people don't find their time and money wasted when seeking entertainment by reading or listening to a story.--- I still cannot get the horrific torture description and mutilation description out of my mind.--- I resent that very much.

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Enter Alice’s rabbit hole!

I am still wrapping my head around this book! I listened to this whole book in one snow day and there were times I felt like I had fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole. This book was crazy, fun and blended so much into a gripping story. I went in with an open mind and was greatly entertained. I know some listeners complained about the narrator whispering but she was portraying a scared little girl and a creepy scary creature. The whisper voice made it all the more terrifying. I thought she did an amazing job with this story. I’m looking forward to the second book!

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I wish this was better…

The summary is such a good plot line, but the story just doesn’t deliver. It’s so complicated, and not easy to follow at all. At a several points I ended up wondering how she got there, or what happened that I missed. I’d have to rewind several times, and I was still confused, so I kept going. At the end I couldn’t finish it. The performance is alright. She whispers a lot, and the confusing plot doesn’t help her at all. If you try this book, GOOD LUCK!

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Mediocre story, TERRIBLE narration

The narrator is constantly whispering, like she’s trying not to disturb someone in the next room, and has a wire cadence where she’s constantly pausing. The story isn’t good enough to get past it. Stopped just a few chapters in.