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The Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut
Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, who was born in ancient Rome, once hunted evil vampires for UMBRA, a super-secret unit of the NSA. That was before the discovery of a blood substitute and a Supreme Court ruling allowed thousands of vampires to integrate into society.
Now, Alex and Marcus are vice cops in a special police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes.
When someone starts poisoning the artificial blood, race relations between vampires and humans deteriorate to the brink of anarchy. While the city threatens to tear itself apart, Alex and Marcus must form an unnatural alliance with a vigilante gang and a shape-shifter woman in a desperate battle against an ancient vampire conspiracy.
If they succeed, they’ll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race-war bloodierthan any the world has ever seen.
I believe that this is Tor’s first foray into urban fantasy, and that this is Haspil’s debut novel. And to both I say good job. While this may not have been the absolute best UF that I’ve read, it was still pretty decent. It makes me optimistic about any future projects that Tor or Haspil undertakes in UF.
The premise of the story was very original, and immortal pharaoh with a story that I definitely want to know more about and an ancient vampire that is cloaked in mystery. They are sent off to investigate the causes behind vampires going into a blood frenzy, but are distracted into several smaller cases that are in need of their attention. If you are familiar with the urban fantasy genre, then you know that the smaller issues all tie into a much bigger plot point. And if it is the beginning of a series then you know that the bigger plot point only leads to something much bigger at play. And Graveyard Shift follows this formula, and for the most part not in a bad way.
This story is told from multiple viewpoints, and this is only confusing in one scene. It works to give the bigger picture of the world, the key players and how they all connect. Because we don’t know the characters very well, and some we don’t know until the make a formal entrance into the story (even though they are at work behind the scenes), it is hard to see how all of the pieces fit together. At times the pacing is a bit off, and the action sequences don’t carry enough of a punch-for me. Other times I am fully engaged in the action and I’m able to see how it all works together.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and I am looking forward to the next one.
When he isn’t writing, you can find him sharing stories with his role-playing group, cosplaying, computer gaming, or collecting and creating replica movie props. Lately, he devotes the bulk of his hobby time to assembling and painting miniatures for his tabletop wargaming addiction.
Michael is represented by Sara Megibow of the KT Literary Agency and Adrian Garcia of the Paradigm Talent Agency.
He has collected and made replica movie props for over twenty years and enjoys the way a particular collectible lets an individual connect with a meaningful story.
He spends entirely too much time gaming or thinking (some might say ‘scheming’) about strategies and tactics in all kinds of gaming be it board games, computer games, or his passion, tabletop wargaming. He devotes the largest share of the gaming pie to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game. He has collected and played Grey Knights, Space Marines, Tyranids, Dark Eldar, Necrons, and Space Wolves. Michael is a regular contributor to “The Long War” a premiere podcast and webcast dedicated to tabletop gaming, but especially to Warhammer 40,000.
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