*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…
When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.
If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.
LV48 is the third in the Cassie Tam series and further develops the wider storyline of Cassie vs the Four Kings and New Hopeland’s culture of corruption.
Here are the familiar faces alongside Cassie – Bert, Lori and Ink – but we get to see a different aspect to Cassie’s work as she partners with the police to form a crack team to take down the latest threat to the city. I particularly liked the team dynamics between Cassie, Hanson, Dev, Hoove, Donal et al, and felt that the developing roles of these side characters really enriched the story.
We’ve already seen the Tech Shifter equivalent of werewolves and now Matt Doyle gives us some high tech vampires as antagonists, with some very nasty tricks under their wings! I love the blend of old mythology with new technology that the author has created and continues to explore and expand as the series progresses.
An interesting quirk which I will be looking out for in future instalments is how, whilst half of Cassie’s job involves routine police e-paperwork and legwork, the other half seems to be increasingly solved in Cassie’s subconscious mind. I really enjoy when the author indicates that Cassie has picked up something ‘off’ but isn’t consciously able to pinpoint what, because it allows me to pay along and try to figure it out before her!
Fans of urban sci-fi PI adventures will love this series, and this is definitely another great addition to the Cassie canon.
I freeze. “Hello?”
“Help…me. Please…” the voice comes again, rising weakly from a darkened alley a few steps ahead.
I narrow my eyes, my internal paranoia engine on full alert. Mysterious voices crying for help from darkened alleys are not always what they seem. My moral-compass is pointing due innocent-in-trouble though, so I opt for the balanced approach and walk towards the alley. Slowly.
– Matt Doyle, LV48