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Shadow Unit 2 (Shadow Unit #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  394 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 Downum
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Published May 25th 2011 by Cat Yelling (first published May 24th 2011)
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Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, afte ...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 a ...more
Veronica Biegen
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 sol ...more
Lianne Burwell
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ^_-
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
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."
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, action, detective
Still finding out what the Unit does and exploring the characters.
Michele bookloverforever
unusual characters, well done
Joe Hempel
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another great section of stories....the characters are really starting to become more fleshed out in this one as the "season" progresses.

Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Combo of Criminal Minds and X-Files. Still very good. Now I've started having dreams about it.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Again, reading this as part of the Season 1 Bootleg, but I continue to love these stories SO MUCH.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This series just keeps getting better.
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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, Minne ...more
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