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Shadow Unit 2 (Shadow Unit #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  353 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit hunts humanity's worst nightmares. But there are nightmares humanity doesn't dream are real.

The BAU sends those cases down the hall.

Welcome to Shadow Unit.

The Shadow Unit series was created by award-winning authors Emma Bull and Elizabeth Bear.

Contains three novellas:

“Ballistic” by Sarah Monette, Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear & Amanda Dow
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by CatYelling
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Dec 27, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it

“Ballistic” by Sarah Monette, Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear & Amanda Downum

Very solid, although I would have preferred a different ending.

“Endgames” by Emma Bull

“Overkill” by Elizabeth Bear

I find Sol a difficult character to get a grip on, but he does liven up the dialog.

Sol: "My sister. A fearsome creature: an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church and fifth-grade teacher. Who also runs the local gifted-and-talented program, can kick-start a '67 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster, and refus
Every work has an audience, and is written toward an intended audience. It's no use saying the author wrote it for herself; even if she believes she did, she still had someone else in mind, someone she imagined would read it.

Shadow Unit's intended audience is LiveJournal. Period. From the interstitial "blog entries" to the dialogue to the descriptions to the relationships, this is a LiveJournal fan community work. There are many times I had to stop and ask myself, "Would someone really say that
May 31, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
More of the team working together, more discovery of who they are as individuals. Also more about the world of Shadow Unit - its lot like this one with a slight twist. The team seeks out crimes that indicate the presence of the anomaly - and here I'm a bit vague...its been the weakest part of the story for me but I like the people so much I am completely fine with ignoring that. The crimes can be pretty awful - don't think that the absence of a camera makes descriptions less graphic. It is, ...more
This is the second volume of the virtual TV show, consisting of three episodes/novellas with a sprinkling of shorter pieces from Season 1. Focus here is mainly on the individual cases, with some character development thrown in, and a few hints towards the bigger picture. The middle story by Emma Bull failed to grab me for some reason, but the other two are nail-bitingly, edge-of-your-seat-sittingly intense. Characterization deserves a special mention, not only the way the individual characters ...more
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Apr 16, 2015 Veronica Biegen rated it liked it
These really do read like a police procedural with a bit of the supernatural thrown in. The way they are written, however, makes it seem so much more realistic than the vast majority of the werewolf or vampire or other random creature who happens to be/be in love with/live next door to some sort of police or other public force investigator. Perhaps it is the collaboration between the authors and the resulting shifting tone and perspective, but whatever the reason so far this series is a good ...more
Lianne Burwell
This is part 2 of 3 for "Season One" of Shadow Unit, and I found the stories even more nuanced that part 1. We see a wider range of Gammas who aren't simply monsters. We also get even more insight into the lives of the characters. Hopefully seasons 2 and 3 will make their way into Smashwords before I get too antsy.
Sep 02, 2016 David rated it really liked it
This one was better than the first. The writers are finding their stride and becoming comfortable with the characters and the world they're building. Still categorize this as guilty-pleasure reading, though, which explains the four stars. ^_-
Oct 26, 2011 Rowan rated it really liked it
While still excellent this volume feels a little lighter than Shadow Unit 1. There are more journal entries and such rather than meaty stories. But the characters are still engaging and it didn't slow me down. After the running start, this volume gives a bit more character development.
Jul 11, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
I love these! The author states in the intro that the books are styled after a TV episode, and that really shows in the fast pace of the books, which is enjoyable. Everything about them is like my favorite episodes of "Criminal Minds."
Joe Hempel
Nov 03, 2012 Joe Hempel rated it really liked it
another great section of stories....the characters are really starting to become more fleshed out in this one as the "season" progresses.

Dec 31, 2015 Shymsal rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.25. Not as strong as the first volume, but still interesting. Will give the next volume a go as I like a lot of the characters... Though I must admit some of the others feel faceless to me.
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Emma Bull is a science fiction and fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy. She has participated in Terri Windling's Borderland shared universe, which is the setting of her 1994 novel Finder. She sang in the rock-funk band Cats Laughing, and both sang and played guitar in the folk duo The Flash Girls while living in Minneapolis, ...more
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