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Swing Shift

Auteur(s): William D. Arand
Narrateur(s): Andrea Parsneau
Durée: 14 h et 16 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 évaluations)

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Description

Reports to write, forms to fill, coffee to drink, leads to run down. 

Gus’s life was a tedium and boredom he’d grown comfortable with. One that he sought out after he’d come back from his tour of duty.

A detective in the paranormal investigations department. A job he could work day in and day out in relative peace. One cold and forgotten cup of coffee at a time. 

It was an environment that made some sense to him. At least in comparison to civilian life where almost nothing did. On top of that, it gave him a chance to hide what he was from the rest of the world. 

An apex predator that made the entirety of the paranormal world fear him. His very species was often killed as soon as they were found out. 

By government and citizen alike. 

He’s a Boogieman. 

A name that made humans laugh, and vampires curse. It was a strange life to be sure. 

Now though, Gus’s stable non-life is about to be kicked over. Whether he likes it or not, he’s about to be handed a case that’s going to mess up his already screwed up life.

©2019 William D. Arand (P)2019 William D. Arand

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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just great. loved it.

voice acting was wonderful. great characters. interesting detective story and world building. action drama comady. an excellent buy. I can't say enuff good things about it.

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  • BikeVON
  • 2019-07-27

Meet our new hero Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm

This is the first story that I have read/listened to by William D. Arand. From reading some of the reviews, this world is in the vein of his other works. For me it was a unique story because of the different characters in the paras (paranormal) community.

Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm is a boogieman. The boogieman is the frightening character from your nightmare. It is the ultimate apex predator. It feeds off your fears, can mark you (as in this woman is mine), and fear scent you, which can be permanent or temporary. How fear scenting works is not fully described. I found that disappointing because I missed the nuance of the meaning.

Melody Lark is a contractor. Melody has seven different colors on her face. It makes her a rainbow contractor which is a rarity. It takes a very strong personality to deal with all the emotions and obligations that come with the contracts. The contracts correspond to an emotion or attribute: violet-giving, indigo-fulfilment, yellow-empathy, green-pain and suffering, orange-intellectual, blue-helps recovers from injury, red-sex. With that range of emotions Melody needs constant stimulation and challenges. She is known and The Lark. She thrives on action. Why she became a contractor or the process to become a contractor is not explained.

Gus is a detective for the PID, which is the police department for the pars. He is never physically described. All we are told is that his hair is reddish-brown. From the narrator’s voice I pictured him as 6 foot 275 pounds and all muscled. We get more information about the physical attributes, attractiveness or ethnicity of the women in his life.

This is a world were pars live in hiding while living with humans. ***spoiler*** They can do this because of a mask. This mask has runes which hides their true features. The mask is tied to their driver’s license. Nothing was said on how kids under driving age are masked.

Gus works the swing shift and for PID department that is morning hours. Most pars action is in the evenings. Gus is a humbled and dedicated. He solves cases using standard police procedures. He is tired from his past where he had to be the apex predator to survive. Now he is just content with what he does. There is action of the paranormal type and normal police gun fights.

The characters are interesting, funny (especially Melody) and intelligent. Each character goes through growth and change that enhances their appeal, even Trish who just cleans the office. The plot is filled with surprises. This is a 14-hour story and I was captivated from the beginning until the end. I even purchased the Kindle so I could read when I could not listen.
Even though I liked the narrator’s voice for Gus, for some of the characters it was annoying.

Even with the disappointment I discussed above, I will try another book by the author. I cannot wait until the next book.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Connie Allman
  • 2019-08-16

fun book

once again he knocked it out of the park with a really good fun read of a book.... but.... he really needs to lay off all the childish little fantasies of having a harem it seems porce whenever he does it in any of his books. the story is usually weigh more than good enough to work as a standalone why do I got a feeling his editor with standing on his head saying you had to had more sex to make it sell??

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-25

Good detective story, in supernatural setting.

Cops act like cops should, characters are great and srory is well made. Very much recomended.

10 personnes sur 11 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Derek
  • 2019-08-01

Swing swift

Honestly this book is incredible and really is the definition of fantasy at least for men. But past that the story is well put together, there was suspense mystery sometimes relief of a bad situation turning good, there’s a lot of action and is unique with the main character being the boogie man which reminded me of John wick lol but overall it was a really good book and recommend it to others that have a fondness for fantasy books it will not lose your attention.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Joey
  • 2019-09-30

Mixed feelings about this book

There is quite a lot to like about this book. Many of the characters are interesting as is the story. I mostly enjoyed going along for the ride. There are two area of the book that were very irritating for me however.

First is this gets very close to being a harem novel, and if there is a sequel it is sure to fall into that category. Now personally, I don't care how many partners a person has, but the "Every woman longs for the MC and they are all perfectly fine with the MC having multiple women" often kills any interest I have in a story. And don't think me one sided in this. I didn't like Laurell K. Hamilton's Merideth Gentry serie's harem aspect and orgy scenes either, even though it had a fascinating story idea. Although this book teeters on the edge of this, it doesn't quite, yet, fall down into the pool.

The second big problem I have with the story is its a hidden world urban fantasy but the federal government is not only aware of the supernatural, but has agencies in place to deal with them. Now, if it was just the Feds, maybe I could deal with it. But quite a few higher level (captains) police also seem aware of the supernatural and the federal agencies involving them AND there are state level agencies (including police) that deal with them. Am I seriously supposed to believe there are all these people working for supernatural local and federal agencies, all of which have budgets that have to be authorized and paid for by committees which also include non-supernatural agents, and somehow in the modern age this is kept hidden? Even with the Orwellian control these agencies seem to be able to exert over media (and somehow never get revealed) this really stuck in my craw.

But, if you don't mind (or you like) harem type novels and the massive (deep stateish) government cover-up doesn't bother you then this is easily a four star, maybe even a four and a half star book.

Even disliking aspects of it as I do, the author made me interested in the characters (with one exception) and kept me wanting to see where the story and the characters were going. So I will pick up the next novel when that is available.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nick
  • 2019-07-21

Exciting start to a new series

An awesome start to a new series that I can't wait to see what comes next. It's an exciting new outlook on the supernatural theme that will only get better. William D. Arand is an excellent author and Andrea Parsneau performance brings it to life.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert Theron Scott Hoerz
  • 2019-07-25

Speechless!

I don't know if it's just my personal preferences, but I feel as if this is his best book yet! I'd rant and rave about it, but frankly, that will either under-sell it or over-hype it. So just buy it, and find out for yourself!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jerry Miller
  • 2019-07-24

Par for the Course

As with all of William Arand's works, there's a lot of boobing boobily around in this one. that said, his writing is always sound and generally enjoyable. my only real complaint is that this one feels a bit like a rehash of Super Sales. The main character is well written and interesting, and expertly performed. The recording itself has occasional pronunciation and emphasis errors, but this is common in most audiobooks.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • STEPHEN PESSOTTI
  • 2019-07-19

A book that honestly surprised me

As the title says the book surprised me, it honestly was very enjoyable. the characters are interesting and fun, each having there own strengths and weakness.
This book is light harem, the detective/police work isn't bad. Not the books strong point however it at least remains concestent threw out.
Really my biggest enjoyment is the fact that we are getting some main characters that aren't vampires,wizards,werecreatures. I have nothing wrong with those I listed in fact I really like were creatures my self, however with all the supernatural creatures it is a breath of fresh air to finally get a unique twist on a different one.

the reader Andrea Parsneau does a fantastic job putting emotion in the varies characters and giving them all unique voices even throw away characters in just one or two scenes.

The story was interesting and has a ton of room for growth. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. it is only held back from five stars due to two reasons.
1st: there is no major arching antagonist in this book. there is a group we find out, there are bad guys to deal with but none that stood out and all clearly low lvl players in the group.
2nd: well done well the story and world are well done urban fantasty/paranormal fantasy. It does not really so anything to stand apart from others other then a bit more race diversity and how they keep supernatural hidden. again not bad in the least but I felt a bit more could have been done or tweaked. not every story needs to be wholly unique of course but more tweaks that could remain different but stand out more could have been done.
Honestly the thing i was most impressed by in the world is how the author managed to make the covering up supernatural feel believable and explained and covered better then most other urban fantasy.
We get to see or hear about the varies safety nets in place and even mentioned there is more we dont see. it is a nice change

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Catherine
  • 2019-07-22

Don’t care for narration

The story is ok, nothing outstanding. However the narrators male voice is just awful. Her female variations are good.

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