Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: pre-order 7/5/16, Pride store release 7/19/16, General release 8/16/16
Summary: What good is a squad of cops with psychic abilities if all of them are defective?
Officer Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as Kyle’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, his new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways.
Now, if Kyle and Vikash can learn to work together, they just might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
Review: Welcome to the 77th Precinct, sometimes referred to as the island of misfit freaks, or as police officers with defective paranormal abilities! Four months ago, Kyle Monroe was a “regular” police officer, but an encounter with a strange gelatinous creature had him transferred to Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct, and given the nickname of Kirby, since he seems able to absorb things. Vikash Soren has just moved to the 77th and gets partnered with Kyle and their first case is to solve what creature is leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill river as the evidence suggests it may not be human.
The story is told from Kyle’s point of view.
This is a second edition of this book, revised with some additional scenes from the 2015 release and if you read it the first time, I highly recommend reading the new version and if you did not read it the first time, I highly recommend this book and this series!
One of the many things I enjoy about an Angel Martinez book, is the detail in the world building and it does not seem to matter whether it’s urban fantasy or science fiction. As a result, every story feels very real and it never feels like I’m reading fiction! The secondary characters and subplots are just as important as the main story, but never at the expense of the flow of the main plot. With the level of detail, and the pace of the story, as with the first time I read this, I was surprised when I was done, but I should not have been, since it was tough to put down! And while it is first in a series, you don’t feel like anything got left out.
In fact, with this second edition, there are additional scenes with the various officers, which I enjoyed because one of my favorite scenes when I first read it was how, as different and sometimes opposite the various members of the precinct are, they are a team and work together. And for that, you also know there are more stories to tell for this group and I really look forward to where they could go.
Reading this again had a special meaning for me because, in the fall of 2015, I was in the Philadelphia area for Nijicon and had the wonderful opportunity to get a tour of scenes from this book. I went all the way to Philadelphia and did not get to see the liberty bell, but I was okay with that as I got a tour of boathouse row, the waterworks buildings and other scenes from the first two books.
Urban fantasy has become one of my favorite genres in the past year, so if you enjoy fantasy stories set in present day cities, and with a bit of humor to them (because life has that too) and an odd collection of characters that work well together when they need to, I believe you will enjoy this story. You get the police drama with a paranormal perspective, a diverse set of characters, a romance and a hot scene or two, and it all works together in a great story. I hope this new release finds a new set of fans for this book as well as the series and I can hardly wait to read book two again and see where the series goes from there!
The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, gave birth to one amazing son, and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.