The Grendel Affair : SPI Files

  • by Lisa Shearin
  • Narrated by Johanna Parker
  • Series: SPI Files
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We're Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn't exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us. When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I'm Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out.Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city's subway tunnels. And the murderer's not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel - yes, that Grendel - shares his ancestor's hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year's Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don't find him - and the organization behind him - by midnight, our secret's out and everyone's time is up.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good story, complicated lead, shocking narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was wondering most of the book if the author was undecided about how she wanted her female lead to be. One minute she is positive Hercule Poirot (even I do not get how she comes to some conclusions), next she is completely clueless. One minute she brags about her gun readiness and past use, next she is afraid to shoot. The story is good, but she really needs a bit of help there as it sounds as if the author is trying to make her human by character flaws we all have, but being unwilling to do so. Perhaps one consistent failing in one thing while talent in another as is usually the way would be the right way? Also, I yet to meet Scandinavians in such group where all are blond! They do not come in such extreme blondiness- there are more of them than anywhere else on average, yes, but blue eyes and different hair colour, if Scandinavian ancestry, is how it is. I would say the author just followed old believed "truths" which are not very correct. There are small details such as the Norwegian (?) agent being all bloodthirsty and talking about celebration by drinking once he kills in such a way, even Die Hard movie Russian badíe would not manage. You expect him to possitively pull out vodka any second and go drunk into action. Scandinavians are very friendly and peacefull people.


What didn’t you like about Johanna Parker’s performance?

The foreign accents are so bad it stopped being funny pretty quick. Poor Norwegians have bad Russian accent (like from cheap American movies)- all Scandinavian languages are Germanic, not Slavic, the difference when they speak English is HUGE! Their English on average is great and their accent slight and very different. Brits would be amazed by narrator's take on theirs too, I am afraid.


Any additional comments?

It is overall good story and book and I will buy the next one in series. Just hoping the narrator either takes some time for research next time around if needed for the story line or that the publishers pick somebody with better ability for this type of book.

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- Eva

Great read

I love it. Johanna's voice is incredible. The story is very good. It keeps you hooked all the way through.
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- alex fusle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios