• Nightshades

  • A Paranormal Thriller
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (311 ratings)

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Nightshades

By: Melissa F. Olson
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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Publisher's Summary

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigations - the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they're more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It's up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it's too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.

©2016 Melissa F. Olson (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fun, with enough novelty to be interesting

3.5 stars. Neat concept (vampires, or Nightshades, are real and have been around for millennia, but now modern humans have realized this fact), likable characters, and plenty of action. Some of the story is predictable, and the dialog at times feels straight out of a number of buddy FBI story lines (glib, clever). But it doesn't stop it from being entertaining and the added twist of vampires gives the plot enough freshness and novelty to be thoroughly enjoyable. Biggest con of the book is that it is more like novella length and I would have liked more length and depth. But at least the sequel is already out and a third book in the series is slated for later in 2018.

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Shortest book ever!

I didn’t notice the book length when I bought it, something I usually pay attention to. Four hours is ridiculously short.

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A short story at a novel's price.

I loved the storyline but was disappointed that there could have been so much more of it and there isn't. Also, it took me a while to get use to this series being completely different than the Scarlet Barnard, Disrupted Magic and Boundary Magic trilogies. I found myself arguing with some of the vampire "facts" because they are so opposite of the above mentioned series and the whole shade saliva thing is just wrong. other than that, I truly did love the story as I have all books by Melissa F. Olson.

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Cringe

I couldn't get past the cringe. It felt like these were caricatures of dude bros and not real characters. The performance sucked and was over the top. Most descriptors were replaced by expletives and profanity. The premise was cool, but the execution was awful. Read the Dresden Files instead.

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A great start to a new series

I've been reading Melissa Olson's other series, finishing them and wanting more. I had thought this was another spin-off of more vampires, witches, and werewolves but this is not the case. I am, however, not disappointed. It is about vampires and is slowly growing on me. The romance growing between the lead agent and vampire intrigues me and the whole idea of people and vampires coexisting is new, but by the way things ended, I doubt will continue. I'm off to jet more credits to get the next book. BYW, the narrator was okay but pretty bland.

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Meh

FBI hunt with vampires. Not good enough to finish, despite it being quite short. Interesting vampire back story, but not executed in an interesting way.

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Good, but too short

Couldn’t they have combined two of these novels? I like This author’s work, though. Ah, I suppose split the difference between Olson & Gabaldon.

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actually a very good book.

I thought this was a very good book. The characters were really interesting and actually pretty funny. It wasn't your typical vampire book. The narration was really very well done.

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Good storyline but bad narration

Overall the storyline is interesting but the book is too short and I felt really bored listening to rhe narrator, I wish he would have placed more enthusiasm. I just do not recommend this ine sorry.

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My current favorite

These Shades are pretty cool! The story is fast -paced, the vampire mythos is different and Luke Daniels in the King of narration. Buy this one!

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  • Farnham_red
  • 02-21-19

Good as far as it goes

This is the first novella in a trilogy, the 3 books making one story arc and the 3 together a decent 12 hour book.

My problem with this series and its a big problem is basically one book has been split into 3. This means it costs 3 times as much as it really should - either 3 credits or almost forty pounds! Its good but Its not that good.
Had the trilogy been just one book for 1 credit I would have given it 5 starts but this seems to be a bit of a money making exercise chopping whats basically 1 book into 3 instalments but charging full price for each slice.

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This is basically a standard vampire story with a new FBI team with maverick agent drafted in to investigate a spate of teenage killings and disappearances - in this first part he gets his team together complete with help from a "consultant" - its all fairly standard fare but well written and well performed. This is the first phase and the initial battle.

The second book follows on and is in my opinion the best of the 3 and then continues to a fairly predictable climax in book 3 - at the risk of repeating myself - its really all one book. There is scope for a sequel but I don't know if this is planned

Luke Daniels does a pretty good job with the narration

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  • Jazztyke
  • 06-25-18

A great read, likeable characters and a well constructed ‘verse

Thoroughly enjoyed this and subsequent books in this series. Its a slightly new take on the vampire genre, and i do love a good vampire story.

Basic premise is, the FBI have set up a Department Paranormal Incidents to cope with the recent vampire problem in the Chicago area, and after the first team are wiped out, an FBI golden boy is assigned to put a new team together.

He decides to go about things differently and coerces the aid of an ancient vamp he discovers who has been living a normal life in plain sight.

....and then, the unexpected happens

Love these books, they drew me in and kept my interest to the final humongous battle at the end of the third book.

Highly recommend for a fun weekend read. ...or a great way to spend a wet weekend.