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Clean and Floss [Kindle Edition]

Scott Rhine
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Fans of Ghost Busters, Odd Thomas, and X-Files will enjoy this comedic paranormal novel.

Nick Solace is a part-time Washington lobbyist who trades favors in gray areas of the law. As his other job, he cleans and flosses supernatural crime scenes for the Secret Branch of the Smithsonian. Their motto is: there’s no such thing as monsters. Nick’s corrupt and complacent world is turned upside down when a body dump goes horribly awry. Having the evidence reanimate forces him to call in a debt from Vincent—a musician, janitor, and disgraced missionary.

Robert Cambridge actually vandalized the incredible DaVinci sketch depicted in this story, but my description of the events and people involved is completely fictionalized. This tale unfolded as an answer to the question: what would possess someone to commit an act like that? As I emphasized the word possess, this became a paranormal adventure.

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About the Author

As a retired computer programmer for major corporations and universities, Scott Rhine reads voraciously and enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and solving puzzles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVEHKUM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,521,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publication, "Doors to Eternity," hit #16 on the Amazon epic fantasy list, he decided to become a full-time author. Since then, each book of his "Jezebel's Ladder" series has hit the high-tech science fiction top 100. His highest rated book is the contemporary fantasy "Foundation for the Lost."

Humor is a part of every story he writes because people are funny, even when they don't think so. In the real world, something always goes wrong and people have flaws. If you can't laugh at yourself, someone is probably doing it for you. Strong female characters also play a major role in his stories because he's married to a beautiful PhD who can edit, break boards, and use a chainsaw.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Paced & Frantic Paranormal Adventure 10 July 2013
By Killie
Format:Paperback
"Clean and Floss" by Scott Rhine is a rather frantic, non-stop paranormal/urban fantasy adventure set in the same Universe as another of Rhine's novels called "Foundation for the Lost". For those of you who aren't aware, "Foundation for the Lost" is one of my all-time favourite indie books so I really was looking forward to reading this.

The plot is based around Nick Solace, a main who deals in favours and utilises his skills to help clean up various paranormal messes that the government does not want revealed. However, when one of his cleaning tasks goes wrong and all hell breaks loose he realises that this time he is going to need some help. And so he finds himself pairing up with a young man called Vince who he previously helped out in the past and the two of them attempt to unravel the reasons for the chaos that has been unleashed.

As I implied in my initial paragraph, this is a fast paced, busy and at times rather frantic story that covers multiple events, characters and issues. This type of action-packed fast pacing seems to be typical of Rhine as the previous novels I have read by him tended to be similar. Therefore if you have read his previous novels you will know what to expect. However, I will say that with this novel I found that there was so much involved to the point that it could be a little bit overwhelming and distracting with so much being thrown at the reader.

In addition, there was an element of the plot in which Nick travels to England which felt like a different story to what I read before or after. It was as if Rhine had created a short story regarding Nick and just wanted to cram it into this overall novel via a minor link to the rest of the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and a little bit different 20 Mar. 2013
By Matthew Erler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read other books by Scott Rhine and like those this one doesn't disappoint. The story is a unique blend of magic, zombies, ghosts, secret organizations, and aliens. Intelligent and funny characters abound. The story had good pacing from beginning to end and kept me so interested that I read it in four days. It was an enjoyable out of the ordinary story and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something entertaining and a little bit different.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean and Floss 3 April 2013
By Michelle S. Willms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Clean and Floss by Scott Rhine

Nick Solace has an official job, but realistically, he is a dealer in favors. He always knows what people want, so this works out ideally when someone in government needs help or something needs to be cleaned. Need a parking ticket to go away? Nick will find the officer in charge and swap that ticket for concert tickets, or perhaps for a rendezvous with a popular pole dancer...whatever the officer seems to want...Nick is good at finding out what works.

In this case, the book grabs you with the first line, "It all started when the body dump when south." Nick is called in to clean up a particularly gruesome mess; his forensic pathologist friend is performing autopsies on a new breed of zombie and Nick needs to dispose of the first zombie corpse. And that's when things start to go wrong.

Clean and Floss is definitely a change from the norm in paranormal reads. It's a refreshing twist in the genre that is sorely needed. Rhine keeps the action going throughout with well-paced drama, humor, elves, dwarves, murder, mayhem, spirit-snatching, an evil twin, and more. With all that's going on, you'd think the novel would be overwhelmed, but it most assuredly is not. Rhine writes with a steady hand and clever mind, keeping the reader transfixed from beginning until well past the end.

Unlike other, carbon-copied zombies, his zombies give one pause...are they out there somewhere?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High octane comedy/horror/urban fantasy 20 Mar. 2013
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"It all started when the body dump went south..."

Set in the same universe as Foundation for the Lost and The Redemption of Mata Hari (Ryoku, the Game of Power) but featuring different characters, this high-octane comedy-horror/urban fantasy is nonstop fun and action. I really loved meeting Vince and Nick and their assorted friends and enemies. Michael is a bone-chilling villain! The Secret Branch is an interesting idea, and one I hope we'll see a number of different stories about from Rhine. Recommended!

Disclosure: I edited this book, but receive no remuneration based upon sales. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Nick Solace is a part-time Washington lobbyist who trades favors in gray areas of the law. As his other job, he cleans and flosses supernatural crime scenes for the Secret Branch of the Smithsonian. Their motto is: there's no such thing as monsters. Nick's corrupt and complacent world is turned upside down when a body dump goes horribly awry. Having the evidence reanimate forces him to call in a debt from Vincent--a musician, janitor, and disgraced missionary.

Robert Cambridge actually vandalized the incredible DaVinci sketch depicted in this story, but my description of the events and people involved is completely fictionalized. This tale unfolded as an answer to the question: what would possess someone to commit an act like that? As I emphasized the word possess, this became a paranormal adventure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read! 25 April 2013
By Angels R Kids/Furkids - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nick cleans up messes, but not "normal" messes. He is part of a Secret Branch of the Smithsonian that cleans up paranormal messes. You know, monsters of all kinds including zombies. He works hard to keep his cover as a "regular joe schmoe", but people seem to just know there is something about him that makes him different. When Nick is called to go out on a "clean up", things go crazy and all hell breaks loose you may say. Soon Nick finds himself pairing up with Vince, a guy with a rough past and then some, to try and get things under control. Can Nick really clean up this time with so much going wrong? What is there in Nick's own life that may lead to disaster or problems? Will he survive this clean up attempt at all?

I must say, this book was nonstop action of some kind from page one to the last page in the book. There was a lot going on in this book all at the same time, but it never seemed overwhelming or like it was too much to handle and confusing. I enjoyed the fast pace and all of the action and adventure in this book. It truly was a zombie book that had me convinced at the end of it that maybe they are real and I should be looking closer at the people around me. The writing was great, very descriptive, and made me feel like I was part of the Nick's world. The characters were also amazing and very well thought out and developed. I think my favorite character was Nick. He has so much to him and so much mystery surrounding him in order to keep himself safe and keep his secret job. This book was one that was a quick read for me because I found I just couldn't put it down. I read this book in two days and never once felt like I wondered if it would keep moving. This is a new type of paranormal adventure and was well worth the read. Sometimes I felt like I was missing something, like there were other books before this one, but I think it was just part of the wonder of it all. I never felt confused, just like there may be more to some of the situations than I was reading. It didn't hinder the read, but it was something I noticed. All in all though, I would recommend this book to others to read. It is well worth it and full of action that's for sure.

4/5 Stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the Zombie Appocolypse 27 Mar. 2013
By Weston A. Kincade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
*I edited this novel.*

I am always happy to get another book by Scott Rhine to read and edit. While I always enjoy Scott's fantastic stories, this zombie book was a pleasant surprise as he stepped away from his normal genre, but without straying too far. As a cross between the supernatural and a new take on zombie horror, the book had Scott's standard insertion of wit and humor, which combined with the story and action sequences to create another very memorable book. I love the concept of this unethical go-to man from Washington being the cover for his government-paid position, a cleaner for the supernatural events the government always denies. The complexity of the main character was such that throughout the novel we continue to learn the depths of his persona, throwing a wrench into the works every step of the way. I very much enjoyed the novel and think fans of The Walking Dead and the show Supernatural will find this to be right up their alley.

Weston Kincade
Author and Editor
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