I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Generation 18 by Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad #2
Published by Dell on September 30, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Urban Fantasy
I’m continuing to enjoy this series, but Generation 18 felt a lot more straight detective/crime genre than Memory Zero did. And that puts us into procedural territory, something I’m less fond of. Memory Zero probably was too – but it didn’t feel like it because the big bad was directly targeting Samantha (Sam) and it was about protecting herself, not just doing good detective work.
COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
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.
Note: There are minor spoilers for Memory Zero in this review, though nothing major.
Now, though, Sam has been assigned as Gabriel Stern’s partner and is helping him with a couple of cases – at least as much as he will let her. As Gabriel told Sam in Memory Zero, he doesn’t do partners anymore – so he’s less than happy that she’s been forced on him. I have mixed feelings about this part of the story line – on one hand, I liked that it helped bring some of the sexual tension between Sam and Gabriel to the fore – giving Generation 18 a lot more of a romantic feel than Memory Zero had, though it was still light. On the other hand, I grew tired of Gabriel’s stubbornness. Sam is a damn good detective and he kept trying to push her to the sidelines. Annoying!
Sam’s a lot more than a good detective though – she’s SOMETHING else all together. We started seeing bits of this in Memory Zero and I was really pleased by how much of Generation 18 focused on the mysteries of her past and the questions of what exactly she is.
I think it was this mystery – combined with the general paranormal woo woo – that Keri Arthur weaved into the world so well that made me enjoy Generation 18 so much, despite the procedural elements. When you’re dealing with supernatural experimentation, unknown supernatural abilities and classified government woo woo projects, its easy to forget this is straight detective work. Its what made me enjoy the Riley Jenson series so much, and its what’s making Spook Squad a strong series for me.
All in all, if you liked Riley Jenson – and for the story more than the sex – I think you’ll enjoy this series. Generation 18 hints at romance down the road, but like a true UF, you’re gonna have to wait for things to reach THE MOMENT. The world building is solid and the mysteries of Sam’s past and what she really is heat up in Generation 18 and I’m really excited to see what will be revealed in Penumbra.