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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Imajinn Books (Sept. 22 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781893896499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893896499
  • ASIN: 1893896498
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,318,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keri Arthur is an award-winning author of thrilling paranormal romances. She's a dessert and function cook by trade, and married to a wonderful man who not only supports her writing, but who also does the majority of the housework. They have one daughter, and live in Melbourne. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I spent my birthday with a new series (for me) that I was really enjoying. The Spook Squad by Keri Arthur. The premise and story are fascinating, involving a close-to-us parallel world where nonhumans live alongside normal in an uneasy balance. They are policed by the SIU, a shadowy group set up to police nonhumans.

The main character in the book is Sam Ryan, a State Police Officer. As far as Sam is concerned, she is fully human – but is she truly? With no memory of the first 14-years of her life, Sam is an exemplary officer, but she is also a haunted woman, searching for her life before she awakened in a foster home at 14.

zero In Memory Zero we first meet Sam as she is set to meet with her partner, Jack, in a dark and stinking back alley of Melbourne. Jack – who has been missing for over two weeks, supposedly the victim of an unknown cop killer. Called to the alley by the missing Jack, having promised to tell no one, Sam finds much more than she expects as the Jack she meets is no longer human, but instead is a vampire. And something else – something much, much worse. Killing the man who is her partner, and yet not, Sam is pulled into a whirlwind of terror which begins to pull her history from her own mind, opening doors that should have stayed closed.

18Generation 18 is the second in the series, and continues Sam’s story. Now a member of the SIU, she is partnered with Assistant Director of the SIU, Gabriel, the two are neck deep in the investigation of a serial killer who is targeting a seemingly unrelated group of victims, whose only link is that they are all adopted, and all have red-gold hair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sequel to Memory Zero Oct. 25 2004
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sam Ryan is now working for the SIU, or Spook Squad instead of her original job with the state police. Her paranormal talents are growing by leaps and bounds. Her partner Gabriel Stern, is still confusing the heck out of her. He doesn't want a partner, especially Sam, yet sometimes, he actually seems to like her. The kite monsters are still attacking people in the city and the serial killer Gabe is after has stepped up his/her schedule. Sam still has no memory of her past, but dreams of someone named Joshua, and has a mind link to a hairy guy named "Joe Black", or so he says. Everything seems to be linked to a genetic experiment called Generation 18, and an older one called Penumbra, but little information is available from the military base they originated from. Sam seems to be connected to the base also, but she doesn't know how, and hopes to live long enough to find out.

This was a good sequel to Memory Zero, the story is further developed and so are the characters. The reader is left dangling though and the next book won't be out for a year, darn!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Edited review Aug. 1 2014
By So, I Read This Book Today - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I spent my birthday with a new series (for me) that I was really enjoying. The Spook Squad by Keri Arthur. The premise and story are fascinating, involving a close-to-us parallel world where nonhumans live alongside normal in an uneasy balance. They are policed by the SIU, a shadowy group set up to police nonhumans.

The main character in the book is Sam Ryan, a State Police Officer. As far as Sam is concerned, she is fully human - but is she truly? With no memory of the first 14-years of her life, Sam is an exemplary officer, but she is also a haunted woman, searching for her life before she awakened in a foster home at 14.

In Memory Zero we first meet Sam as she is set to meet with her partner, Jack, in a dark and stinking back alley of Melbourne. Jack - who has been missing for over two weeks, supposedly the victim of an unknown cop killer. Called to the alley by the missing Jack, having promised to tell no one, Sam finds much more than she expects as the Jack she meets is no longer human, but instead is a vampire. And something else - something much, much worse. Killing the man who is her partner, and yet not, Sam is pulled into a whirlwind of terror which begins to pull her history from her own mind, opening doors that should have stayed closed.

Generation 18 is the second in the series, and continues Sam's story. Now a member of the SIU, she is partnered with Assistant Director of the SIU, Gabriel, the two are neck deep in the investigation of a serial killer who is targeting a seemingly unrelated group of victims, whose only link is that they are all adopted, and all have red-gold hair. We learn a lot more about Samantha in this volume, and I really came to admire and like her, though not Gabriel, a cold and isolated man, determined to shake Sam off as his partner. He is determined to never have a partner again after the death of his former two partners, one of whom was his mate, Andrea. That loss, when he was 18, has set in his mind that he will never allow anyone close to him again, not even his twin brother. Struggling to catch the killer, the invisible Sethanon, Sam has to fight not only her growing memories, and her jackass of a partner, but also a growing threat against herself and who she may, or may not, be.

Penumbra is the third book in the trilogy, and builds up the series to a massive head, as Sam finally realizes who, and what she is. And who Gabriel is supposed to be to her - though he desperately fights it. Tracking a mix of clones, shapeshifters and shapechangers, the murders come fast and furious as the military comes closer and closer to achieving their goals of an unstoppable army, and Sam comes to realize that her dreams of her twin are not only real - but that they are much more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

I was really liking this series. I mean, really liking it - enough that I sat other things aside and continued reading through all three books without stopping, other than to do what I absolutely had to.
EDIT TO REVIEW:

It appears that the whole "won't be publishing any longer" wasn't actually Keri's fault. Here is a note from here. I really loved the books, Keri, and will be updating all my reviews. I also just finished Full Moon Rising and will be writing a review on that one too. Loved it.

Sorry I've upset you by not finishing the series...but the reason is not as simple as I didn't feel like finishing it. I had planned a 4th book, but the Riley Jenson series came along and given it was my first major book contract (along the publisher's decision to release the first 4 books in one year), I had to give priority to that series rather than the Spook Squad novel. And I'm afraid that several years away from the Spook Squad world meant I was no longer immersed in it. I'd rather leave a series unfinished than make a total and utter mess of it.

However, with Bantam re-releasing the series in paperback in the US, I did write a brief (5 page) epilogue that gave some closure on the relationship aspects. The rest of the plot (and the war) does remain unfinished.

Again, sorry to upset and disappoint you. I wish I could finish the series, too, believe me, but there's just too many other books I have to write.

So, now we know why Spook Squad was never finished - the demands of Publishers! I am updating and reposting my reviews everywhere to take her note into account.

So, my apologies to Keri for losing my temper and being a snot!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Generation 18 Jan. 17 2005
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Relegated to the Spook Squad, Sam Ryan finds herself chasing kites; and this is not an innocuous task- kites are vampiric monsters with no apparent motive but a great appetite for murder. Investigating this with her recalcitrant partner draws Sam into an exploration of genetic engineering and closer to learning about her own mysterious past.

*** On the plus side, a fast pace is set and maintained throughout the intriguing plot. However, though characterization is still good, action took priority over it in this volume of the series. Yet, it is still a good read. ***
great read Sept. 28 2014
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Generation 18, The Spook Squad 2, Keri Arthur
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I love Keri's writing style, the worlds and characters she creates. For me to enjoy a book I need to like the main characters - or if they are the Bad Guys - to dislike them. No wishy washy types, no on the fence, no just OK people for me. I need them strong in personality. Keri delivers that.
So this is an older series being revamped. I don't know how different it is from the originals as it's the first time I've read this series - it may not be any different, just re released...I've jumped into book two not having read book one, which meant I needed to pick up the storyline as I read. That worked fine though of course I'd have got more had I read book one, understood for example - what the friction was between Gabriel and Sam, and what happened to them last book, and just what's behind the current enquiries into murders, Sam, and the Gov/military depts.

As usual its straight in with the action, lots of dangers and new supernatural creatures - those Kites sound scary! What I enjoy about Keri's writing is that it's very tightly constructed, incidents mentioned in passing become major lines later, but we're sort of familiar with the concept through the earlier mentions, people who need to be connected for the story to work are brought together within pausible storylines, not just thrown into a scene cold. Then there's my favourite thing to hate in fantasy - when characters are in danger and Wham - some new superpower appears. I Hate that.. Sam is developing lots of new elements, but the history of her past allows for that, and there are clever and suble nuances suggested prior to the new power that allow for slow growth, and for it not to be a total suprise. So many books never do that, and it turns what could be a good storyline into something shallow and over all too soon. I like books such as Keri's that have depth, that have lots of different angles, from the romance to the dangers the characters face.

This is quite a short read at around 240 pages, and I'd have loved it to be longer - the story and world makes that feasible but...I'm a reader not a writer ;-) I think though that more explanations of who and why some characters were important could have done with more expansion. I did have to keep backtracking over certain people, to recall how they fit into the story, not because I'd missed book one but simply because there were so many characters and storylines all at once.
So, overall a cracking read, fast paced, full of action and most important - plausible. even fantasy needs to be "real" in the sense that if the circumstances were as written the incidents could occur. The only disappointemnt I have is that it seems these books were originally written several years ago and four of them planned, but book four was never written and Keri has no plans to return to this world. I want to buy book three to see where the story goes, but am wary that it may leave more questions than give answers and I hate that. I like my reads to have a satisfying conclusion, not finish open ended :-( I'll mull it over, but I've lots more reads/review books to go through so doubt I'll be paying for something I may feel frustated with at the end...

Stars: a cracking read, and a great story, a full five.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
An enthralling trilogy. Don’t miss book #1 before you jump into this one. Sept. 30 2014
By Joanne Wadsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sam Ryan, an agent with the Special Investigations Unit, is trying to uncover a killer in a murder spree which traces back to the Hopeworth military base. While she’s trying to unravel the intricate weave of clues, her partner and shapeshifter, Gabriel Stern, discovers the stakes just got personal when the killer starts chasing a member of his own family. There are vampire killings, psychic links through dreams, and a mystery man Sam wonders if she has a personal connection to even as he appears to be the greatest enemy man has.

The first book in this Spook Squad series, Memory Zero, is a must read first. So grab that one before you start in on Generation 18. Of course each book is stand-alone, but like most series, reading them in order is far much more fun.

Generation 18 certainly gripped me from the first page with the in-depth storyline and intrigue which abounds. The romance between Sam and Gabriel simmers in the background waiting to explode, and I expect book three will see these two move past their working relationship and into something so much deeper as their psychic connection grows.

If you’re an avid reader of urban fantasy romance, then this is the book for you.

My thanks goes to the author for a fabulous read.

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