Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

Publication Date: 9/20/2014
Series: Spook Squad #2
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22027086-generation-18

Official Blurb:

A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?
The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.


Sam’s career change decision in the last book has seemed to back fire on her. Gabriel still won’t consider her as his partner and gives her menial desk and research work to do instead of cases. That is until a series of strange murders begins to occur within several days of each other. Gabriel and Sam know there is a connection to the murder victims, and have to dive deeply in the past of Hopeworth and its genetic manipulations. Sam’s blurred past also begins to reveal itself when she starts having strange dreams of a man named Joshua. Sam’s origins are about to land her in hot water with both Hopeworth and her current case. The icing on the cake is Gabriel’s continuation of ignoring his feelings for Sam. He cannot lose her to the fate of his last partners and he won’t put his heart on the line to be broken again.

As a scientist in real life, I LOVE the basis of this story. Genetic manipulations may seem futuristic to us here in 2014, but in Sam’s day and age, wouldn’t be so risqué. I loved that the truth of her origins are being pieced together slowly in each other. It creates such suspenseful need to find out the truth and makes you anxious for the next book. Sam’s character is always changing and evolving as we discover what she is and what she can do. Gabriel on the other hand remains stagnant in his unwavering decision to not me involved with Sam on a more personal level. It’s frustrated at times to the point I’ve found I’ve damn near wanted to through my Nook and stomp away angry like Sam does. Considering the whole novel, Generation is a great read. It will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read and will never make you lose focus on the story. My only complaint is that Gabriel needs to get the giant stick out of his ass and make a move before Sam’s gone forever. Bring on the final book in the Spook Squad trilogy, Prenumbra. 

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