The Night Beat (Necropolis Enforcement Files #1)
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The Night Beat (Necropolis Enforcement Files #1)

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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 pol...more
Paperback, First, 453 pages
Published July 2nd 2012
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Blodeuedd Finland
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...more
Lyndi


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...more
Brenda
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
Denise
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....more
Sandra
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
Sandra
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...more
Judith
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
Jennifer
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)
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....more
Barbara
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
Ana
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Paul
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...more
Iris (Paranormal Cravings)
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...more
Carien
Nov 19, 2012 Carien rated it 4 of 5 stars
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,...more
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...more
Ally
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...more
Saul
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 guys..er..things-- Whatever! There's even a pedantic Zombie who lectures on-and-on a...more
Anne
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....more
Dahrose
Love the author, did not love this book. Way too much information dumped on the reader, the author even has characters new to the situation so the main character can tell them what is going on..... constantly.
Paul Sparks
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
Dana Alma
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
Sue
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...more
Shannon
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!
Mindy
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.
Christine
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.
Lori
This is a fun novel about a supernatural detective trying to keep Armageddon from enveloping the world. Of all the oddities, from angels to vampires and wraiths, the biggest unbelievable part is the protagonist's love life, but since it serves as a plot point, I suppose it can be accepted.
Julie
Sep 13, 2012 Julie added it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Other than the details being quite overwhelming, I really really enjoyed this book. The characters were really well written and the story kept you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Review to follow.
Karen Desmond
Way too long, way too convoluted and a real disappoint considering the great Aliens series by this author. I did finish the book but only be skipping large chunks - could have been so much better.
k reads
Couldn't get into this one. Not sure why - the writing was fine & so were the characters but I never felt stronger than meh about the whole tale.
Bungluna
A bit confusing with too large a cast but very funny. Nice take on the paranormal world. Love the angels.
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Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexande...more
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