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Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead (FROM THE FILES OF THE BSI Book 1)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead (FROM THE FILES OF THE BSI Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Everett Stone
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For ten years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. The World At Large has no idea that The World Under exists. And its vampires, demons, zombies, and mythic monsters are growing increasingly restless. In all Kal’s time with the Bureau, there has been no case he couldn’t crack, no monster he couldn’t kill. Then a plague of zombies comes to Denver, along with a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor. A childhood encounter with a legendary monster has left Kal with an endless supply of rage and hatred for all things Supernatural. But now the target is on his forehead, and the Un-Dead don’t die easy. The Bureau has a few aces of its own—a few magicians, a cyber-ghost. Unfortunately Kal is a perennial loner ... And the World Under is wise to His tricks.

About the Author

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Mark Everett Stone arrived in the U.S. at a young age and promptly dove into the world of the fantastic. Starting at age seven with the Iliad and the Odyssey, he went on to consume every scrap of Norse Mythology he could get his grubby little paws on. At age thirteen he graduated to Tolkien and Heinlein, building up a book collection that soon rivaled the local public library’s. In college Mark majored in Journalism and minored in English. Mark is feverishly working on his next book, The Judas Line, while his amazingly patient wife, Brandie, keeps him and their two sons, Aeden and Gabriel, in check. You can find Mark on the Web at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (5 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AZYWJ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things to do in Denver or not!! 20 Feb 2012
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If you want a book that keeps you enthralled then read and enjoy this book. There are thrills and plenty of action, magic, ghouls, zombies, vampires and a ghost plus futuristic weaponry, sometimes there is wry humour but there is also the hero. This was a really good read and I so enjoyed it, pure escapism, not predictable and I have now downloaded book two- these will both make it to my bookcase collection. If you like the books Dresden Files and The Nightside series then this book is up with these and by the way the product review is a really good synopis of the story.
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A very well written and well thought out book, far more intelligent that the average book of the Undead. Draws one in slowly and at first I wasn't sure where the book was heading and whether it was worth reading but the pace picked up and it wasn't long before I became hooked. Also, finally a hero who actually has to use his brains to work out what is really happening and what is needed to be successful rather than the more usual 'heroic' all guns blazing type of 'hero' - although there are more than enough blazing guns to keep the aficionado happy. Also some interesting concepts here and the author has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about the book and the fine details.
Although I am a great fan of science fiction I do not normally enjoy vampire or undead type books as the latter are frequently far too simplistic. However this book has convinced me to at least give this genre more of a chance. Although the book is complete in itself it does end in such a way that one is encouraged to obtain the sequel and I am sure it won't be long before I get that book too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A love Harry.... 11 May 2012
By Hira
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... and now I love Kal Hakala too, even though he doesn't have any magical abilities.
I couldn't put the e-book sample down, I'd keep returning to it again and again just to know what happens next. I only read a quarter before i decided what the heck, I need the whole book Now! I haven't regretted my decision and because it was so good I had to find the next book and download that even before I'd gotten half way through the first.
There's magic and monsters, high tech gizmos and even a Tron like Ghost. And what I like most of all is that our hero is human with human emotions and not some 'superior' being who is so above all the rest of mankind.
I love the people Kal works with, they all have separate 'voices'. I would like to see Ariel again in another book and maybe she and Kal could hit it off (note to the author ;)).
I wasn't disappointed with this book (or the second) and would recommend it to others looking for a hero to root for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars only the first,i hope,in a long series!! 27 April 2012
By walrus
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accurate synopsis of a secret agent/supernatural/thriller/fantasy.
there are two types of these:those like The Dresden Files, The Nightside and The Hidden Academy,where the hero has "powers";and those like The Atrocity Archive ,The Secret Histories and the Man From U.N.D.E.A.D.,where the hero is "normal".
In this series the hero is a normal,but with plenty of problems.
Enjoyable, well told,fast-paced and with humour.

The second in the series is called What happens in Vegas,Dies in Vegas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Paranormal Wonder! 17 July 2011
By Andrea Thompson - Published on
From the funny, attention-grabbing opening line "Mondays suck. Always. Standard rule of life.", Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead, had me completely hooked. Mark Stone has built a fantastic new world that was fascinating to read.
The cast of characters were gruff and gritty, but also likeable and worth rooting for. The center of the story, Kal Hakala, is the ultimate hero. Kal is a tough guy, but also can be kind and generous when the circumstances warrant it. Clues lead to the belief that Kal has a secret. A secret that has led him to this point in his life, and could be his undoing. He is the ultimate leader and go-to guy in a company of preeminent undercover warriors. Each member of the team, from Pat the receptionist/psychiatrist, Sue and Brian, fellow agents, on up to the man in charge, BB, is intriguing and worthwhile of their own story.
The world that Mark Stone has (hopefully) invented for Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead is so thorough, I don't believe a single detail was left amiss. There is a weapon or computer program to combat every situation. The beings who occupy this world range from miniature creatures, Brownies, who keep his life running smoothly as long as he supplies them with snacks and live in a miniature RV under his desk, all the way up to Class 5 demons who are the ultimate enemy of the team. There are vampires, zombies and ghouls to contend with. And believe me when I say that in this world they are not the misunderstood and endearing creatures we've been reading lately!
Things to Do in Denver When You're Undead is perhaps the "smartest" book I have read in quite a while. The dialogue is sharp, witty, funny and kept me reading obsessively. The plot was brilliant. There were many major twists and turns that had me guessing, and gasping, and at one point sobbing, right up until the very last line of the book. My only complaint? That now I'll have to wait for a sequel!

**Honestly, I could have written a whole review based on the many lines in the book that I loved. Here is my favorite:

"Fortunately for the good citzens of the Mile High City, we came, we saw, and we kicked undead ass, ridding the place of a smelly, rotting menace."
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smash hit that I couldn't stop reading. 9 July 2011
By G. R. Holton - Published on
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When Mark and I talked about our different novels I was quickly taken by his title. I am generally not a zombie kind of guy. I am sci/fi through and through. But I wanted to give it a fair read. Boy did I find more than I bargained for. Mark is a great writer being able to take you into his story and not letting you leave.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kal and the rest of the BSI. Kal is a cross between Bogart and a jack-ass (Sorry Mom). I loved his attitude!!! The characters were very strong and it wasn't just another zombie book.

I look forward to the sequel!!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 9 July 2011
By Patti Larsen - Published on
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I love paranormal books. LOVE. So when I found out Mark Everett Stone was offering a chance to review an advanced copy of his book I dove at the chance.

I was not to be disappointed, either. From the moment I began the first page to the final flip of the last, I was hooked. Mark's snarky to serious main character offers up equal doses of sarcasm and action despite his deeply damaged soul. Kal Hakala is a man torn by loyalty to his team at the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation, deep personal hurts that span twenty years and an all consuming rage that seems to be an entity of its own.

With an equal balance of information and action, Mark shoves his reader into the life of an agent of the BSI, dealing with magic, zombies and Class 5 supernaturals that make vampires seem like fluffy kittens. Stir in a healthy dose of fairy-like Brownies with an obsessive compulsive cleaning disorder, a newbie agent dubbed Green Pea, a haunting that may or may not be a good thing and a whole lot of painful back story and you have a mess waiting to happen.

The writing is sharp, fast and engaging. The characters are fun and/or not so fun in all the right places. Mark has captured the soul of his lead character so well that it's like the reader is sitting having a $300 bottle of vodka with him, chased with an aromatic and equally expensive cigar while Kal spins tales of his hey day, punctuated by live action reenactments so real you wish you hadn't eaten dinner.

Five stars, two thumbs, fantastic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UFR Reviews Things to do in Denver 5 April 2012
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There are a lot of books out there, that have a kind of magical police force if you will. Something who's whole job it is to keep the paranormal elements in line. And I actually really like those kinds of books because it lets the book take on an element of mystery/crime solving type books, all while having the flare that you want in a paranormal/urban fantasy book.

Another reason I like these types of books is because the author is really allowed to create a magical world that normally exists within a normal one. And each other's created world is so unique and so fun to go through and explore. I really enjoyed the world that was created within this book. It was a pretty well described and easily imaginable world.

I do have to say that my only real issue with the book was the beginning. I felt like it took to long to pick up, and I had to kind of dig in my heels to get into the plot. But once I got into the book, it was well worth the wait.

I am a person who really does enjoy the crime mystery element that some urban fantasy books have, and that is probably because I do from time to time enjoy a good traditional crime book. So when I started reading this book I was excited to learn more about the serial killer The Organ Donor. It's always fun and thrilling to watch the main character try and find the answers to all the questions that finding a serial killer can bring about. I love wanting to turn the page quicker so I can know what happens next.

I really truly enjoyed getting to know Kal throughout the book. I thought he was not only easy to read but he was also easy to become emotionally involved with. I think he had a lot of great and interesting personality traits, and he has that awesome sarcastic bite from time to time, that I personally love to have in a character.

Overall, I think this book was a really enjoyable read. I think it was written really well, and the serial killer elements really brought out great parts of the characters within the book. I think it kind of offered a little bit of everything to everyone. There were intense parts, sad parts, and surprisingly a couple of things that made me laugh throughout the course of reading this book. I think anyone who enjoys urban fantasy could enjoy this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undead with Heart 5 Jan 2012
By Jon Stoffel - Published on
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In a world where we don't like to think about nasty fantasy creatures cavorting about - make that our world, today - we have the BSI, the alphabet agency responsible for acting as bouncer to the supernatural club.

Our protagonist, Kal Hakala, is the veteran knee breaker for the BSI, surviving years longer than the average field agent. The story drops us with him on a relatively routine supernatural cleanup job, and things seem pretty quiet for the first couple of chapters.

Stone then does a good job of tossing you right into the thick of things, telling you just enough to keep you informed while still leaving a sense of uncertainty.

Kal Hakala, is intense and still believable, a fine line many authors have trouble walking these days. He's a pleasure to follow through the story, bringing plenty of sardonic wit to some otherwise dark and gruesome situations. He is not, however, without feeling - Stone successfully forces Kal to face his deeper emotions in an organic fashion that I found satisfying.

On a personal note, I found that I could relate to Kal's fury sessions. It's something I have to fight myself, and seeing him try to cope with the internal rage drew me closer to the character, where I'm sure for some others it would somewhat alienate him.

Kal led a varied cast of characters. Each member of the BSI managed to be distinct without that 'hey-look-this-is-my-one-defining-characteristic' feeling. I also found the peculiar philosophy of the BSI agents regarding their 'Green Peas' intriguing. The government agency manages to take on its own culture I haven't yet seen in fiction.

The story proper, once it gets started, moves at a rocket-sled-to-hell pace, with maybe a pit stop for some refreshing waterboarding. Solving one problem spawns two more (sometimes literally). Stone grabs hold of the plot, just as Kal grips a deathlock on the problem at hand, and neither seem to know how to let go.

The only complaint I have is - to be very fair - really a stylistic choice. Stone uses a lot of flashback sequences to communicate backstory. Granted, these are still well crafted, and tell us important aspects about our protagonist. Realistically, this 'complaint' is equal part 'compliment,' because the fact is that the present day story was so gripping that I just wanted to get back to it and find out what was going to happen.

Stone brings up several questions throughout the narrative, and only answers some of them in the course of this book. Be aware that you'll need to read more books in the BSI series to find all the answers - but by the time you're to the end of 'Things to Do in Denver When You're Undead', you should be more than prepared to make that commitment.

This book is well worth your time, especially as it presents you an opportunity to check out this new author.
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