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Generation 18 [Paperback]

Keri Arthur
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September 2004
serial killer striking every twelve hours. A Kite monster murdering at random. Though neither event seems related, Agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern quickly discover a link between the two-the military base known as Hopeworth. But are the serial killings a military cover-up that has gone dangerously wrong, or is there a deeper, more personal reason behind the murders of the red-headed adoptees? And are the so-called random attacks of the Kites nothing more than a methodical clean-up of a past mistake?As the investigation continues, Sam discovers a connection between herself and the murder victims, a connection that implies a link to Hopeworth itself. But if she is a product of the military, why does Hopeworth appear to know nothing about her?  With the killings escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, Sam not only has to battle to bring a killer to justice, but to save Gabriel's life.  And the one person who seems to hold the key to what is going on, as well as what has happened in Sam's past, is the mysterious man who saved her life. But does she dare believe his words or the dreams she seems to share with him?  Because this mystery man may not be just her enemy, but the enemy of humankind itself.  

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series publisher ended too early Aug. 4 2014
By Leiah
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.

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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Edited review Aug. 1 2014
By Leiah - 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
3.0 out of 5 stars 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. ***
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, enjoyable! Aug. 16 2014
By J. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The interaction between Samantha Ryan and her reluctant partner, Gabriel Stern, stays rocky throughout this second book of the series. Sam is beginning to uncover more about herself and her forgotten past, and she doesn't like everything she finds. The action stays pretty constant as Sam & Gabriel try to identify and stop a shape-changing serial killer whose targets are connected to Sam's past.
4.0 out of 5 stars Generation 18: Spook Squad 2 - Keri Arthur Jan. 3 2013
By Jan Butterworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This time Sam is tracking a killer who is focusing on people connected to a military project, a project that seems to have knowledge of her background. People with answers to questions of her past are showing up and either dying or refusing to talk. Added to that is the appearance of an `imaginary friend' she only sees when asleep and the emergence of her psychic talents. Plus the attempts on her life are on-going while the tall, dark, and handsome guy is ignoring her.

This was another fun read with more action, adventure and the government conspiracy getting bigger and scarier as more of it is exposed. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series so I can find out what happens next!
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