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The Grendel Affair: A SPI Files Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Shearin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…
When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out.
Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1780 KB
    • Print Length: 305 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425266915
    • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (31 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CS74W7K
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book more... but 10 Jan. 2014
    By Dahrose
    Format:Kindle Edition
    It's a good book, don't get me wrong. Solid story, nice world building, full of three dimensional characters. But I didn't love the book, the characters or the plot - which given it's Lisa Shearin - seemed a little ho hum, no twists, no turns... no fire, nothing at stake.
    And the main character Mac - she just fell a little flat for me, she wasn't a wuss by any means but because of the way she was written she was forced to take a back seat in the action a lot because she didn't have the skills. When she does have to get into the action (falling accidently or being the smallest person to fit down the tunnel) well it still doesn't seem to go anywhere and others arrive to save the day.
    And I didn't get Ian (the male partner) at all - I understand he's protective, gruff and capable but he's a little on the blah side - there was no spark between the leads, though I got the distinct impression the author was trying to suggest sparkage towards the end of the book, if so it fizzled for me.
    Because of the excellent Raine Benares novels I was expecting so much more - I can only hope the next in the series is an improvement. To be frank - if this was a debut author I'd probably never read any of their work again.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to a new series 1 Jan. 2014
    By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The Grendel Affair is the first in a new series from Lisa Shearin. I loved her Raine Benares books and had been looking forward to her new series.

    I did enjoy the book, particularly the final two thirds but I did find it a bit slow to start and much harder to get into than the first Raine book 'Magic Lost, Trouble Found'.

    Oddly I think one of the problems was that the setting for book felt too American or just too normal, in the sense that the pop culture references, slang and setting of New York created a very contemporary sense of place, which left the mythological dimension feeling a slightly awkward fit at the start. There was also more than a hint of Men in Black and it took a while for the story to establish its own unique identity.

    The book introduces us to the activities of Supernatural Protection and Investigations (SPI), an organisation established to protect humanity and well-behaved supernaturals from dangerous individuals and keep the global population from realising that there are monsters living among them. In the run up to New Year, SPI find themselves with a very big problem with imported Grendels threatening a rampage through New York as part of a wider plot to unveil the existence of the supernaturals and put them incharge.

    Dealing with these threats, and an enemy within, keeps the SPI team very busy. Once the book gets going the action is pretty non-stop and well-written. I preferred this to the bits that were more like a police procedural. Overall, it felt the book was doing quite a lot of heavy-lifting in exposition to set up the rest of the series.

    Makenna Fraser (Mac) is the heroine and the narrator.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    It was pretty good. The Grendel thing was interesting, as was the creature with many faces. I rather liked some of the side characters, especially the Dragon Lady and the Russian werewolf. All of the werewolves, really. I didn't much care about the main character or her love interest, and I didn't buy the romance much at all, but to be fair it is pretty hard to sell me one of those.

    The writing was a little clumsy in places. The beginning was rather heavy on the exposition and backstory, so much so that I had to check several times that it was the first book. The exposition and world-building isn't always seamless, but it is interesting.

    I don't know. I liked it fine, but I don't love it. I've read books which swallowed me whole, books which connected with something deep inside me, books I couldn't stop thinking about, and this isn't one. I can't even remember any of their names, and it's been less than a week since I read it.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A new Lisa Shearin Fan Girl 21 Dec. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Being a rabid Ilona Andrews fan I preordered Night Shift the moment it hit preorder Night Shift | [Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Nalini Singh, Milla Vane]status. I adore anthologies, and with both Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews as listed authors, I was so excited to receive it. There were two other authors in the anthology, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane, neither of which I had read before.

    This is why authors are brilliant to be involved in Anthologies, especially when they can be involved in them with more well-known authors. I may never have heard of Lisa Shearin before, but after reading Lucky Charms I knew I had to read more of her work.

    It was four in the morning. I was in a stolen bakery delivery truck that’d been nearly totaled by three gargoyles. In the truck with me were two hung-over elves, a pair of stoned leprechauns with the munchies, a naked Russian werewolf, and a hot partner, who was actually more of a bodyguard, in a race against a goblin dark mage to retrieve a leprechaun prince with a tracking chip embedded in his left ass cheek.

    Six hours earlier:

    “How the hell did you lose five horny leprechauns in a strip club?”

    The Grendel Affair | [Lisa Shearin]What is NOT to love?!?! I immediately went out and purchased The Grendel Affair on Audible. Hey, it is narrated by Johanna Parker. The main character, Makenna Fraser, is a good-ole’ Southern girl, and Johanna’s southern voice is perfect for the character. Having first listened to Johanna in the Sookie Stackhouse Series, I follow her on Audible and give serious consideration to any books she narrates, just as I do with any books that are narrated by Renée Raudman, Khristine Hvam, Will Patton or . . . well, I have a list of narrators that I follow!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.
    Not a bad 1st book. Will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. Will defiantly read the next.
    Published 2 months ago by J. Nixon
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read
    Published 3 months ago by Barbara Rinkel
    4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and pacey.
    The characters are well fleshed out and really engaging. I like the dynamics and the progression of both the characters and the plot.
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    a totally different series to her last one (which I did enjoy) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The heroine isn't kick-ass but has a healthy and understandable fear of things that can... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Lydia Whitehead
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
    Good reads are hard to find but this one certainly fits the bill. Good humour is always something I appreciate in a book. Looking forward to the next one..
    Published 5 months ago by Maria**kokk
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good universe, pretty good heroine, excellent werewolf
    SPI is an organisation created to protect humans from non-human species and to prevent humans from knowing they aren't the only intelligent predators around. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Dr. W. L. Lyon
    1.0 out of 5 stars not very interesting
    Not to usual standard . I found it hard to read and got bored. This author is usually miles better than this
    Published 7 months ago by Cod
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
    I enjoyed reading the Grendel Affair (the first instalment in the SPI Files). It's a fast paced read, but I hoping for a bit more character development in the next one...
    Published 13 months ago by StumpyB
    2.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary
    Although this was published after Shearin's Raine Benares' series, it reads as a much earlier work. It's less polished, the dialogue lacks the wit and sparkle and the female... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by naked raisin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Monster monster hunting.
    If you enjoyed the 'Monster Hunter International' tales by Larry Correia, you should enjoy this. And, this sassy heroine is a lot more credible than MHI's 'blessed' muscle-man. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Nik
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