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Review: The Brimstone Deception – Lisa Shearin (2016, urban fantasy, SPI Files 3)

Review: The Brimstone Deception – Lisa Shearin (2016, urban fantasy, SPI Files 3)Author: Lisa Shearin
Title: The Brimstone Deception
Series: SPI Files #3
Publisher: ACE
Pages: 293
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug—with mind-blowing side effects—hits the streets...

It’s called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you’ll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you’ll start seeing the really scary stuff.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for the SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I’d like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts—and souls. Because your local pusher doesn’t stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. And since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, that means a rift to the underworld is open somewhere in the city.

And when—not if—the cartel loses control of it, well...

It’s going to be Hell on earth.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: The Grendel Affair, The Dragon Conspiracy, The Ghoul Vendetta
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION is the third book in the SPI Files series by Lisa Shearin. 

Please forgive me for posting all of these reviews on the same day; today was the first chance I have had to spend some time on the computer.

I’m in love with this series. It’s a mixture of detective, fantasy, and action. There’s even the start of a romance. I think it would appeal to many different kinds of readers. If you’ve read any of the SPI Files books, I’d love to hear what you thought, because I have had a lot of fun reading it so far.

THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION picks up where THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY left off. There is no gap in time, which was a nice change.

By the end of the first chapter, I was knee-deep in a bad situation for Mac. The action kicked in right away. This book didn’t slow down, ever.

I liked that Mac developed another ability that was not too different from her existing seer abilities. The fact that the abilities were similar made it more believable to me. It wasn’t like she could suddenly crush her enemies, as I’ve read in many other books. Her change was subtle and non-life-altering.

There was another murder to investigate, this time involving demons. I felt like I got a chance to learn a little more about the world and the different realms. I appreciated that.

Earlier in the series, it bothered me that Mac had to be rescued so often, especially by her partner Ian. In this book, she is rescued again, but this time by Rake. Surprisingly, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I have accepted that Mac is not a fighter. She tries, but she’s no match for big, bad, monsters. If it were me, I’d probably have to be rescued, too!

Another thing I appreciated in THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION that the relationship between Mac and Rake progressed naturally and slowly. It is a nice change to read a book that isn’t bogged down by a lot of sex. This book was one-hundred percent clean in that regard.

If you haven’t read any of the SPI Files books yet, I suggest starting with THE GRENDEL AFFAIR. Although I think the books would stand well on their own, you would get more fulfillment from starting at the beginning of the series.

THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION earns another 5 star (A) rating from me. It’s fast-paced, exciting, never boring, and full of fun and interesting characters.

My review of book four, THE GHOUL VENDETTA will be up later tonight.

About Lisa Shearin

Lisa Shearin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Raine Benares novels, a comedic fantasy adventure series, as well as the SPI Files novels (The Brimstone Deception, The Dragon Conspiracy, The

Grendel Affair), an urban fantasy series best described as Men in Black with supernaturals instead of aliens. Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens, teapots, and teacups, both vintage and modern. She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her husband, three spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

(photo from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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