Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in the fourth urban fantasy novel in the series starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.
The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) are paid to keep the peace. But that’s not so easy when an endless evil threatens to tear that peace to pieces...
A vampire gangster’s nephew is abducted off his yacht by a bunch of low-rent Creatures from the Black Lagoon. A slew of banks are knocked over by what looks like the cast of Night of the Living Dead. All of this may seem like the movies, but, I promise you, it’s not.
I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I know the culprits aren’t wearing disguises or makeup. They’re real. Deadly real. Especially their leader—an ancient shapeshifter who leaves a trail of chaos and blood in his wake. Now, he’s taken my partner, Ian—and his intentions aren’t pretty.
The worst part? This is only the beginning...
The beginning of the end of the human race.
Shearin's fun fourth SPI Files supernatural mystery (after The Brimstone Deception) moves the series forward but gets bogged down in the weight of what came before. Seer Makenna Fraser is an agent for the Supernatural Protection and Investigation Agency, based out of New York. She's out for a date with her dark mage ghoul boyfriend, Rake, hobnobbing with the rich, elite, and supernatural, when a kraken attacks and their host is kidnapped by sea monsters. The attack proves to be just the opening foray in the lead-up to a cataclysmic plot perpetuated by the recurring nemesis of Ian, her SPI partner. While the stakes grow dire and the enigmatic enemy taunts the SPI, Makenna must rally her forces to prevent apocalypse. The book is bloated with references to events from earlier in the series, so new readers will find it easy to catch up, but it's hard to become immersed. Makenna is charmingly quippy, though, and Shearin delivers a pulpy good time for undemanding readers.