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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; 1 edition (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247792
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Alex Connor has recently graduated college and is thrilled to have been elected as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. When Officers Jones and Stone brings in a dead body and makes some cryptic remarks about it, Alex believes they are messing with her. But during the autopsy, a huge snake jumps out from behind the man's heart, wraps around the entire length of her arm, and becomes a living tattoo. By the time Alex pulls herself together, the male body has already sat up, picked his liver up from the weighing scale, and walked out the door.

Due to her past mental history, Alex has to work up the courage to report the missing body. Alex is sent to Precinct 13, a secret team of paranormal cops. This is where Alex learns that she was never insane or hallucinating in the past. Fairies, vampires, golems, witches - all the myths - actually exist. Her new coworkers are paranormals just like her. They encourage Alex to learn about her abilities, which includes speaking to the dead to solve crimes. In return, perhaps Alex could help Precinct 13 locate the missing body of a necromancer and figure out where all the zombies are coming from.

***** FOUR AND A HALF STARS! Other than being a bit predictable at times, this story is extremely well done. In fact, this is probably the best Urban Fantasy story that I have read all year. The characters surrounding Alex are made up of a wide variety of creatures, humans with special paranormal abilities, and half-breeds. (An example would be the werewolf/vampire.)

Tate Hallaway has a crisp writing style which managed to reach out and grab me by the throat. Once I picked up this book, I never set it back down. I can only hope that the author learns to write faster, because I want the next installment NOW! Incredible! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2014
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I was immediately intrigued by the story line, as Alex Connor wins a bet and becomes the Coroner for the small town of Pierre. She doesn't have much to do for the first few months, until 2 police officers bring in a dead body and warn her not to cut open the rib cage. Of course Alex does exactly that, and before she knows it a large snake has leapt up from behind the dead man's heart, wrapped its length around her arm and become a living tattoo. Not only that, the dead body opts to get up and leave mid autopsy, remembering to pick up his liver before walking out the morgue.

When Alex tries to explain what happened, she is directed to Precinct 13; which turns out to be a unit comprising of supernatural beings who work on cases normal humans wouldn't know how to deal with. With a history of mental illness; resulting in Alex and her boyfriend Valentine trying to kill her step-mother after she convinces him her step-mum is a demon, Alex has spent time in a psych ward pumped full of meds whilst Valentine ended up in prison. Alex wanted to use her new opportunity to start a new life, but all the things she has seen and been told are just figments of her overactive imagination truly exist.

Alex is a somewhat weak character initially; unable to accept what is blatantly happening in front of her because of her past issues. She does however toughen up considerably, but I did question where her sudden onset of post mortem expertise and ability to analyse a crime scene and determine a cause of death came from when she never completed medical school, plus she's suddenly taking a lead in the investigation and picking up clues missed by more skilled colleagues.

I liked the introduction of Valentine, and his connection to Alex was a real surprise.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great series opener 7 Aug. 2012
By A Book Obsession.. - Published on
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Through a funny set of circumstances, Alex Conner finds herself in a new job as the Hughes County Coroner. Considering there hasn't been any murders in the area for over two years, Alex thinks she's in for an easy paycheck. But those ideals quickly go out the window when a corpse comes in with a cryptic warning about magic. With Alex's troubled past involving magic and the psychiatric ward, she thinks she's become the brunt of a nasty joke, at least that is until some very strange things happen ending with the corpse getting up and walking away. Her chief sends her straight to Precinct 13 where she learns that magic and paranormals exist after all, and she may just be one of them.

I was really impressed with Tate Hallaway's world building in Precinct 13. There was a plethora of supernatural characters that should have been overwhelming, but weren't due to the way things were handled. Each new element was introduced to Alex, and due to her acceptance were easily taken in stride as it they were directly tied into whatever she was currently facing. There wasn't a single info-dump, which was rather impressive considering the very large amount of things that needed to be covered in such a short amount of time. In fact the entire story was paced very well with no dull or slow moments keeping me sucked in the entire time.

I really loved the characters in this book, Alex most of all. She is incredibly tough and doesn't take nonsense from anyone. Most people would have collapsed long ago under the extreme stress of being told she was literally crazy for seeing and believing in magic. All the years of therapy and anti psychotics definitely took a toll, but she came out the other side much stronger. In fact when she learns that magic is real, she only protests for a short while before accepting it and getting down to business with her case. This is where she really shines as her drive and determination make for the perfect investigator. As far as the rest of the characters go, each one stood out, being well developed and fully realized. The many different personalities at the Precinct made for a very interesting rag tag team, that only furthered my enjoyment of the book as I watched the dynamics between them play out. However, aside from Alex, one character really stood out. There was just something so mysterious and rather yummy about Valentine, that I loved him from the moment he arrived, and the reveals centering around him only made me love him even more. Take my word for it, he is awesome!

I really enjoyed Precinct 13 and felt it was a great opener to this new series. Everything from the characters to the incredible world felt fresh and unique making Precinct 13 a stand out in the Urban Fantasy genre. This is one new series you won't want to miss!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Something for everyone 11 Sept. 2012
By kitty kat - Published on
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Slow and steady, that's the way the story moves. It's middle of the huge action scenes, no slow and boring parts, just a one foot in front of the other progression from beginning to end. There are zombies, fairies, golems, practitioners, cops, bad guys, dead cows, very smart birds, romance, crazy siblings a snake tattoo and a dragon, so there is something for everyone. It all takes place in a small town where magic is accepted and partially hidden from the public. The magic is sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle. Alex, coroner/investigator and possible witch, moves to South Dakota to escape her crazy past (pun intended). She has spent years trying to convince herself that magic isn't real and that her stepmother isn't really a demon. We, the readers, know that she is wrong, of course, and the story takes off from there. She is delighted (and who can blame her), to find that she never was crazy and that magic truly IS real. Her life gets better from there. I actually liked the book but it's (yawn) not gripping or exciting, yet it held my interest. It's like hanging out with someone you have a nice time with but you're home by ten o'clock having cereal in your p.j.s, with your cat in your lap, channel surfing and waiting to get tired enough to go to bed. The spark that sets things on fire is missing. Hard to explain. Think tasty but lukewarm coffee or hot chocolate. It's good but it's just not hot enough.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Wanted to love PRECINCT 13 and I only liked it 9 Aug. 2012
By Urban Fantasy Investigations - Published on
Format: Paperback
Alex is nominated to be the Hughes County Coroner on a dare. She hasn't had a crazy life so far so when her very first day on the job a corpse gets up and walks away she isn't quite sure how crazy she actually is.

Alex had a great personality and was fun to read about. There was a lot of times where Alex mentioned her past or a past event but they were only hinted at or slightly mentioned and it would have been nice to know the details of stuff that affected her so much. I felt like I missed a book or short story or something along those lines a lot during the book. I really liked Precinct 13 and the way they operated. There was a lot of mystery involved in the plot while Alex and Precinct 13 were investigating and I never felt like I knew who the bad guy was or had a grasp on the the exact situation they were in which is always nice. The romance between Alex and Valentine was just ehhh. There wasn't much in the way of explanation about him or his and Alex's past. Alex hints about him then all of a sudden he jumps in and is there. He remains mysterious for most of the book with only a little revealed about him, some big things are revealed but again it felt like I missed something.

It pains me to say this but I really wanted to love PRECINCT 13 and I only liked it. There is some decent groundwork for a series and I did like Alex and her coworkers so I will probably read a second book if one comes out, but I would probably borrow it from the library.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great New Adult Paranormal Series 10 Aug. 2012
By April R Symes - Published on
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Alex Conner is dealing with starting a new job and making sure she keeps on her new path. She has a new job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. Alex starts a new case and thinks she is being punked by the cops who brought the body in. She thinks they learned about something weird in her past and they are using it against her as a "lets punk the new girl" bit but that is not true and that's when everything gets super interesting.
This story really got to rockin and rollin.

I really liked Tate Hallaway's world in Precinct 13. There was tons of supernatural characters that should have been confusing, but weren't because of how the author handled everything. There wasn't a single overload of info, which was rather remarkable considering the huge amount of background that needed to be delved in such a brief period of time. The whole story was paced extremely well with no shallow or wearisome moments and to which kept me engaged the entire time I was reading the story.

I have reread this story 3 times already and I know this is one of my favorites by TH and cannot wait to read more in this new series from TH.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Precinct 13 is funny, full of wit, and refreshing. 17 Aug. 2012
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on
Format: Paperback
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Precinct 13 is funny, full of wit, and refreshing.

Opening Sentence: I never dreamed of being a coroner.

The Review:

I'm new to Tate Hallaway as an author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The cover is interesting with the many faded symbols all throughout the background. The blurb on the cover, under the title, says "The dead have tales to tell. And sometimes they just won't shut up." I knew I was going to enjoy this, and that Hallaway would turn out to be an author right up my alley.

Precinct 13 introduces us to Alex, as bold and daring as they come. After taking a bet from her best friend, she campaigned and won the election for Hughes County coroner in Pierre, South Dakota. It wasn't a fluke chance either. Alex is a forensic science graduate, who dropped out of medical school because of complicated life issues. But all of the complications and her former life in Chicago are behind her now, and as ready as she'll ever be. Alex's first day on the job resulted in moving body markings, a new protective snake tattoo, as well as having a fresh corpse getting up and walking from her table. Life as she knew it will change forever, opening up Alex's eyes to paranormal truths and become a part of something that makes her feel normal.

Precinct 13 is a secretive division of the law that handles things out of the norm. From zombies to magic curses, nothing is too paranormal for Precinct 13. Alex then realizes her ability, ignoring the past of mental issues and finally realizing her potential. Precinct 13 brings the reader on an exciting adventure with many promises of paranormal and fantasy elements.

Alex believes she has mental problems. Aside from romantic problems with Valentine, she has seen and lived through many things. Alex is convinced that her stepmother is a demon, she has seen trolls under bridges, and more tragically, she left her boyfriend as he was jailed for assaulting her stepmother. She is independent and strong-willed, until you involve her mental capabilities. Understandably so, living in a world where seeing paranormal beings just don't belong. And while others might find the sarcasm annoying, I thought it added to the comic relief of the story.

Precinct 13 has a handful of amazing supporting characters. From Valentine, the elusive romantic interest, to Spenser Jones, the half-fairy lead detective, Hannah Stone, a gollum with both physical and mental strength, Devon, a half vampire and half werewolf, and finally Jack, a technology-using magic user. Every single character had elements to contribute to the whole story, as well as individual entertainment appeal. The personalities did so well to compliment each other, never hindering against another.

Hallaway's world is different, bordering between reality and fiction. There were enough supernatural and paranormal scenarios to grant this a paranormal/fantasy genre, but who knows, it could also mimic real life. I did feel that there was a lot to explain, which slowed the pacing in the beginning, but once that was all out of the way, it was smooth sailing ahead.

Precinct 13 is funny, full of wit, and refreshing. Hallaway is a great writer who will entertain you throughout the pages. I enjoyed Alex, Valentine, and the officers of Precinct 13, and I think you will too.

FTC Advisory: Berkley Trade provided me with a copy of Precinct 13. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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