Book InfoKindle Edition, 352 pagesExpected publication: August 26th 2014 by Dell (first published June 15th 2004)original title Memory Zero (Spook Squad, #1)ASIN B00IQRN4VG
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For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.
While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Gabriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.
At 29 Samantha Ryan has partnered with Jack Kazdan for quite a few years in the service of the State Police. Missing for over a month one night Jack sets up a meeting with Sam, in the course of which she finds a murder victim, finds herself chased by the murderous supernatural creature than saved by a mysterious stranger and then finds out Jack is a vampire who wishes her to join him in some vague endeavor or die. She is forced to kill him in self defense and than things really get interesting when her superiors send her to meet with an SIU investigator who turns out to be her savior.
There are a multitude of supernatural creatures who are the main characters of this book, vampires, shape shifters, shape changers and as Sam finds out more about her own emerging abilities she becomes aware that her own supposed humanity may not be entirely correct.
This is an engaging read filled with mysteries that may or may not be solved but with skill luck and a lot of determination on Sam’s part she and Gabriel may just be able to overcome the odds against them as they fight together to save their friends, family and coworkers from the machinations of a madman.
The first in another previously released series
by the author
, and although there were a few information gaps it was an excellent action oriented paranormal suspense with a smoothly flowing pace that read fairly quickly.
Thankful to publisher and Netgalley for making this available and looking forward to more action featuring Sam and Gabriel in book 2 [b:Generation 18|189362|Generation 18 (Spook Squad, #2)|Keri Arthur|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266492176s/189362.jpg|183061].
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]