Book Review: Shrouds of Darkness by Brock E. Deskins

Book Review: Shrouds of Darkness by Brock E. DeskinsShrouds of Darkness by Brock E. Deskins
Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen
Series: Brooklyn Shadows
Published by Dingo Dog Punlishing on 11-30-17
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

Leo Malone: Vampire, body guard, Private detective, and all around pain in the ass is hired to find a client's father who has gone missing, but not only is the missing man an accountant for the mob, he is a full-blooded werewolf.What seems to be a simple case of a werewolf run amok turns into a massive conspiracy that threatens to reveal the existence of both species as the brutally dismembered bodies of humans begin turning up all around Brooklyn.Leo quickly finds himself embroiled in fights between werewolves, vampires, the mafia, and the local police. Luckily, violence is what Leo knows best.

Leo Malone, vampire and Private Detective, is hired to investigate the disappearance of a very well known werewolf, who works as an accountant for the mob. Leo is a badass investigator, and only plays by his rules. Looking for a werewolf is not is usual job, since vampires and werewolves are at oposite sides, but this investigation will be different than others in more than this aspect.

This urban fantasy was a great listen. Vampires and werewolves books are not among my favorites, but I really enjoyed this one. Leo’s personality and attitude reminded me a lot of Jonathan Shade, so I would recommend this book to Shade’s fans. Despite being a book in which the characters are vampires and werewolves, I don’t think I would categorize it as a vampires and werewolves book. There are vampires biting nor werewolves harassing. These two races are just used to reflect a balance that could be easily broken in the city, and give particular clues to Leo about this case.

It was an action packed novel with some violence and great dialogs. I especially enjoyed some of the conversations between Leo and Marvin, his nerd assistant, with some references to Doctor Who.

Steven Jay Cohen’s narration was one of the best things of this audiobook. He transmitted really well the character’s emotions and did a wonderful job interpreting all the characters. His voice is easy to the ear, and helps the listener to get immersed in the story.

I will definitely continue with this series. This first book was very entertaining and a charismatic main character is something that always gets me hooked.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
four-stars
Narration
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.

I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six year stay in Belgium, two cockatiels, five lovebirds, and two Gouldian finches in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.

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