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The Night Beat (Necropolis Enforcement Files #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  276 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
The majority of Prosaic City's residents don't know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don't, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless. Victoria Wolfe is more than just a po ...more
Paperback, First, 453 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Createspace
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So, I Read This Book Today
Dec 28, 2014 So, I Read This Book Today rated it it was amazing
Loved this quirky Urban Fantasy I have read this book before, I realized that the minute I started it in the Sensational Six Anthology, and was tickled to no end. I had lost track of the book, but it crossed my mind occasionally over time, and I was thrilled to find it in its whole in this anthology. The first of the Necropolis Enforcement Files I remember thinking at the time I finished it back a few years ago that I absolutely wanted to put the second book on my ‘TBR’ stack. Then, of course, I ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 18, 2012 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What to say about this book without giving it all away? Honestly some weird-ass stuff going on in this one. Trust me, I mean, wow, I'd like to dish it all out, but I can't, some things have to be read and I can tell one thing, you are in for one freaky ride.

Vic, is our snarky witty main character, she always have something good to say. Her love life on the other hand, not so good, she has been pining for her hot partner for a year now. Jack, a human, while Victoria is a werewolf. Two cops that a
May 02, 2016 Lyndi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Phew! That was an awesome read. I couldn't put it down - it being 6:15 AM is a testament to it's awesomeness. Everything about Vic reminded me of Katherine "Kitty" Katt. Since it's also written by Gini Koch, that's not surprising. The world is obviously quite different, but the characters and action reminded me so much of the Kitty Katt series, I admit I got slightly annoyed at times. Not enough to stop going all fangirl over it, though.

The Characters
Vic was a great heroine. Sufficiently bad ass
Sep 21, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Gini Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series is one of my favorites and when I saw The Night Beat blurb, I picked it up immediately. It sounded like it would have Gini's humor mixed with action in an urban fantasy setting. It did, and I loved it. Victoria Wolfe is a cop on two planes of existance, with a team on the supernatural side and a human partner on the other. When the two collide, the fighting begins. We have vampires, angels, humans, werewolves and more working together. This new world fro ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Another fun book from Gini Koch. Has all the best elements of the Alien series but a whole new mythology.

In this series, there are zombies, liches, vampires, werewolves, angels, and demons. There are also gods but they stay off screen. Beings can be good or bad. The bad ones serve the Prince and the good ones follow their choice of deity. Victoria Wulfe is part of Necropolis Enforcement and the Prosaic City Police where she works to keep order for humans and the supernatural. She's a werewolf.
Jul 19, 2014 Sandra rated it it was ok
Somewhat entertaining piece of silliness with an interesting take on mythology. I quite liked Vic and my favorite part was when she was fighting an evil minion in wolf form but couldn't bite him cause he was poisoned. The description of her jumping up and down on him and the glee with which she did it was hysterical. I also really liked Sexy Cindy. Why only 2 stars then? Because of the romance (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if religion is real, not just christian, but all religion. And what if every supernatural being you've ever heard of is real too? Then you'd have Gini Koch's Prosaic City.

Agent Victoria Wolfe, from Prosaic City Police Dept, The Night Beat Division as well as a Major in the Necropolis Enforcement, is our feisty heroine. She is partnered by Agent Jack Wagner, a human police man. It is their job to protect and serve and send Hell's Minions back where they belong.

As you'd expect from a Gini Koc
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the first book in the Necropolis Enforcement Files series by Gini Koch. I will admit that I only recently discovered the wonderous Gini Koch. While doing the last Goodreads Best Of voting during the final round, I found that I recognized and had read every single book except for one - Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch. I found myself simply stunned that I had some how managed to miss what was apparently a great author in on of my favorite genres. This had to be corrected post haste. I got ...more
I really couldn't summarize this book if I tried. It's one of those UF books where the author throws in everything but the kitchen sink in terms of paranormal creatures, yet somehow she makes it all hang together and work. The lead character, Vicki, was only slightly snarky, which was a good thing because I'm a bit tired of the recent trend of snappy one-liners substituting for character development. Vicki is an interesting and engaging character with a solid moral compass that guides her to alw ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Aug 08, 2012 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
Gods and Monsters, The Night Beat is a real trip. A city on a city and only some people can see both. Interesting characters. Many of whom you will recognize even when they go by nicknames. Then there is the plot. Unless the bad guys are stopped it will be the end of humans and other beings. What else do you need? Oh, of course there needs to be romance. That is there too.

I was reading along sure I knew what was going on when there was a real twist; one that puts the story on a whole new track.
Sep 15, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great urban fantasy by one of my favorite authors, who is more known for her great science fiction romance stories about aliens, this book is set in a world of angels, werewolves, vampires, zombies and the like. I liked the inventive world and all the great characters, especially Victoria Wolfe, the werewolf cop for the human world and the investigator for Necropolis, the paranormal world humans know nothing about. This was a funny, action filled romp through a very different reality, with Vic ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
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Nov 26, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
A definite 4.5 stars, in my opinion. This was the first book I've read by Gini Koch, and I have to say she made a fan out me. Her particular style of storytelling, I found easy to read but highly informative without losing the plot and a great comic relief in just the right areas. Her particular style also was as if you were learning about the world she was building just as the characters in the book were.

I also was interested on her take of all paranormal beings and the role that they played a
Iris (Paranormal Cravings Book Reviews)
Wow The Night Beat is serious kick-ass read! The Night Beat is a brilliant first book of gini's new Necropolis Enforcement Files Series. With Victoria, a strong and determined kick-ass heroine who can change in a wolf/werewolf, hates to fly but is ready to fight the prince from taking over Prosaic City. A city like we, but with a paralel universe only the paranormals can see.

Gini Koch did a fantastic job making The Night Beat a one of a kind book with its realistic world building, mysteries humo
Zwart Raafje
Jan 18, 2016 Zwart Raafje rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Een nieuwe wereld, nieuwe personages, … maar tegelijkertijd een echt Gini Koch-boek. Niets is wat het lijkt, er duiken heel wat bekende namen op als ondoden, complotten, chaos én een hoop wezens die je liever niet in het echt tegenkomt. Dit keer loopt het hoofdpersonage niet rond met een ‘Kill the fuglies’-playlist maar muziek speelt wel nog steeds een rol in het verhaal én Victoria is even grappig, gevat en doortastend als Kitty Katt. The Night Beat in het kort … Chaos, het einde der dagen, hum ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Carien rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
Gini Koch did it again!

She delivers a fun story, full of intrigue, action and wacky situations. The Night Beat has the same kind of humor that makes Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series so much fun to read, but Victoria is in no way a Kitty clone: she sure manages to stand on her own.

The world building is both fun and interesting. I love how Koch made famous people throughout history and literature show up up among the citizens of Necropolis. Some, like H.P. Lovecraft, I recognized immediately,
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Quickie: Like, but didn't love.

Full review:
new book and a new series from the wonderful Gini Koch. Okay I have to be honest. This book was hard for me. I am not sure if it is just the Urban Fantasy genre that messes with me. But I have tried reading multiples of them in the last few months and I just have a hard time connecting with the story and characters.
That being said The Night Beat has all the classic Gini humor, twist, and bet you need to re-read that one more time moments. If you are a
Jun 15, 2014 Ally rated it liked it
Weirdest book I've ever read not a bad read rather interesting and complex at time....

I've been meaning to review The Night Beat since I read it in January but didn't feel I had enough to say about it really to fill a full review. The Night Beat has a really good start that is a bit complicated in the overall story set-up about paranormal creatures and how they came to be and the world that they live in but it is very interesting. I really enjoyed 3/4 of The Night Beat I loved how Ms Koch brough
Sep 26, 2012 Saul rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Gini Koch has concocted a wonderful brew of monster mayhem, with heap-loads of gut-busting jokes. Starting off with a furious monster-palooza fight against a Sumarian demon, one soon meets the lovable gang from Necropolis Enforcement: The Night Beat. You like Werewolves? There's a sexy crime fighting one named Vicki that you're just gonna love. How about Vampires? Lots of them too, just ready to take out the bad Whatever! There's even a pedantic Zombie who lectures on-and-on a ...more
May 11, 2013 Anne rated it liked it
I found that Night Beat started off a bit abruptly right in an action sequence and would have preferred a more traditional introduction to the characters. I found the book setting with two overlapping planes where the undead are inhabitants of both planes interesting (and that werewolves are considered undead too).

The story had a lot of action, and yes, they did visit many of the same places again and interviewed the same people more than once, but that's probably realistic in an investigation.
Gwen E
Really good story

Liked the main and secondary characters. The explanation of the world was engaging. Great storyline and plot. Really want a book 2.
Jun 08, 2015 Lori rated it it was ok
Not her best work. I enjoy her Alien Collective series and read her Alexander Outland book and enjoyed it as well. This just wasn't as fun, although it tried hard.
Paul Sparks
Sep 08, 2012 Paul Sparks rated it it was amazing
From the moment I read the back cover of the book, I knew this was a novel I wanted to read and like in all of her books Gini did not disappoint. From the very first paragraph I was drawn into her world. I am a fan of the occult and the paranormal and many of the characters and monsters in the book I could relate to and recognized. There was action a plenty and romance as well. I had a hard time putting it down and read it almost one setting, if work did not get in the way. I look forward to mor ...more
Interesting, that wolf in sheep's clothing got me good. Bit of a turn off w the wolf. Bit too much Christian lore in here where they exist a undead. #coyer readin!
Rachael Ruelas
Jul 01, 2015 Rachael Ruelas rated it liked it
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Dana Alma
Jul 05, 2012 Dana Alma rated it really liked it
The Night Beat by Gini Koch serves readers with a banquet of all things paranormal. Gods and Monsters? Historical figures from the past, living and working 9 to 5? If you can't find it in The Night Beat, then you aren't reading Gini Koch's latest smorgasbord, straight from her Necropolis Enforcement Files. This buffet of paranormal dishes is mind boggling, Koch doesn't skimp on the "lusus naturae", she serves them up one after the other. This new twist, to all we thought we knew about the gods a ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
4.5 stars actually....
I enjoyed this book. One of my favorite things about it was the world creation. Cool take on paranormalcy! I also love the way Gini Koch approaches the romance. Similarly to how it's treated in her Alien series, she gets the H/H together early in the series then lets them be a team for the rest. She proves that the "Moonlighting" curse is ridiculous and that happy relationships can be just as hot and interesting as the hunt. In fact, some series stretch the romance trials a
Sep 07, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This book had nearly every paranormal creature and the kitchen sink in it! It was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed it! A fast paced, action packed ride! Also, some very interesting plot twists that I didn't see coming at first, but I really enjoyed the outcome anyway! Also, she incorporates several famous historical figures and celebrities into the undead world...which made it just fun! I love Gini Koch's Kitty Kat series and this one is definitely in the same league!
Dec 11, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a bit long, but I liked the premise and all of the different agents working together. I hated the brilliant leaps of logic (Kitty makes them too in another series by Ms. Koch), but I could live with them because the books are mostly good and fast moving. Looking forward to the next installment.
Jan 07, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Having a hard time getting into this one. I don't think this is too much of a spoiler but if you've read her "Alien" Series it might. I'm just finding that the female character is very much like "Kitty" and that keeps holding me up from getting into the story. I think I'll have to read it in a few years and see how I like it then.
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Gini Koch writes the bestselling fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. Book 11, Alien Separation, is coming May 2015.

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“This is Necropolis Enforcement. Drop any non-organic weapons, put your arms, flippers, claws, tentacles, or any other extremities up, and walk, slither, stomp, crawl, et cetera, out of the darkness or be exterminated with extreme prejudice.” 1 likes
“And you also think we have time to nap?” “Just because all Hell’s trying to break loose doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of yourself.” “Words to live by,” Jack muttered. “Well, let’s hope.” 1 likes
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