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Lure: A Sam Flock Adventure: 1 [Paperback]

Brian Rathbone

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2 Mar 2012 Sam Flock
Warning: This book contains sexual content, bad behavior, and mild profanity. Sam Flock is a good cop, but when she has a paranormal experience on the job that causes her to drive into the side of an ambulance, her career in law enforcement meets its end. Determined to find answers, she forms a paranormal investigation agency with her friend, Shells. Though they are perhaps the world's worst paranormal investigators, they find something beyond their wildest imaginings.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470102277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470102272
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15 x 22.5 cm

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Former horse trainer turned writer. Creator of The World of Godsland fantasy series. Active in social networking and media, Rathbone enjoys connecting with his readers online.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste. 24 April 2012
By Almost Faemous - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok so I am gonna try to be fair, but I have to say upfront I really didn't like this book it was just so bloody juvenile. The main character Sam was a cop when her career in law enforcement ends she starts a paranormal investigation business with her best friend Michelle (Shells). The two of them as characters were just so godawful, think Beavis and Butthead meet Ghostbusters.

Sam used to be a cop, so you expect some kind of seriousness not having her hanging out at keg parties with a bunch of stoners and waking up with nothing but duct tape on her nipples. Shells was no better, she spent most of the time saying "Dude" and playing air guitar to bad eighties heavy metal...thus the Beavis and Butthead comparisons. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes and cringing and not in that good amused kinda way. Although the author does warn the book contains bad behavior...he ain't kidding! It just gave me less reason to like or relate to the characters in any way.

The plot was lacking continuity, nothing much happens to move the plot along more than half this book could have been edited out and wouldn't affect the overall story. Sam and Shells are supposed to be paranormal investigators but there is very little paranormal going on. They are invited to Lake Lure from an Inn owner to investigate some ghosts and most of the "paranormal" events in the book are about Sam seeing ghosts. It started getting sort of interesting when they got to Lake Lure and started touring around, but then all the characters got drunk again and nothing much happened. The ending was just weird and didn't really tie in to the rest of the story. On the positive side it was a quick read so I managed to finish quickly, all in all not something I would recommend.

2/5 Meh skip it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story..frustrating slang 17 April 2012
By S. Smith - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book for free from the Goodreads group Making Connections in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

All in all I ended up liking this story since it did keep my interest, but it was also very frustrating. The plot really appealed to me when I read the synopsis, but the delivery seemed disjointed, almost like it was written as stream of consciousness (which I'm not a huge fan of) rather than a coherent story.

As for the characters. I really wanted to like Sam, but I was not overly impressed with her. I just kept waiting for her to learn a lesson, grow up, something, but that just never seemed to happen. Perhaps it wasn't supposed to, I'm just not entirely sure. And I have to say WTH is up with Shells. I am all for quirky, funny sidekicks, but this was ridiculous. I almost stopped reading because of her. I personally find the occasional use of urban slang to be amusing, but when it apparently makes up the bulk of your vocabulary you just end up sounding like a moron!

Despite all of the above, despite any complaints I was intrigued by the story, and I think the characters did actually work together since there were many laugh out loud moments, especially from Sam and Shells investigations. I just suggest cooling it with the "straight up yo"'s.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lure - not 23 Oct 2012
By junipergal - Published on
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The paranormal was minimal, the sophomoric max. The continued lesbian activity boring at best, scaredy cat whining dull. The side characters were more interesting than any of the main.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read 1 Mar 2012
By Susan - Published on
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This book was a fun read. I enjoyed reading about the misadventures of Sam, and Shells. Although, halfway thru the book Shells became rather annoying. However, this was her personality flaw ;-) Sam, on the other hand was a pretty straight shooter. I enjoyed her character a lot.

I gave the book 4 stars only because, I would have liked to have seen the author spend more time on the mystery at Lake Lure. I liked the way he wove the mysterious lights, and paranormal together.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different from Godsland, but a lot of fun 22 Feb 2014
By G. Cox - Published on
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The story started out kind of slow and the characters were not the kind that I normally like. It may be for a younger audience. It is very different from the Godsland series that made me fall in love with Rathbone's writing. But as I continued reading, I developed sympathy for the main character, Sam, and her sidekick Shells. Actually, calling Shells a sidekick isn't really fair because she steals the show in a lot of places. In other places I wish I could lock them both up until they sober up enough to think straight.

But the redeeming factor for me is the ending of the book. I can imagine Tim Curry playing Michael, and he became my favorite character, although he plays a small part.

The wrap-up at the end was a little too convenient, but the climax at the lake was an awesome scene.

Edited to correct typo in title.
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