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Penumbra

(Spook Squad #3)

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Agent Sam Ryan has had enough. She wants out, and she wants out now. She's sick of putting up with Gabriel's crappy attitude, sick of seeing nothing but paperwork and the inside off her small office. But most of all, she is sick of feeling lonely. It's time to take control and get a life outside of work. But Stephan, the man in charge of the SIU, isn't about to let her go ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 16th 2005 by Imajinn Books
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Penumbra is the third and final book in the Spook Squad series by Keri Arthur. This one answered many questions, but also leaves us with a few things left to be discovered. It’s another fast-paced and action-packed adventure.

I was eager to get into this third novel after finishing the second. I’m sad this is the last volume; because their is more to be discovered and flushed out even though many of our questions about Sam’s past and Sam in general get answered, the author leaves possibilitie
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Jen Davis
Why in the name of all that is holy would a publisher re-release a book series that has no ending? It wasn't until after I read Memory Zero that I realized these books had been previously published. That wasn't a problem for me, but when I started reading other reviews, I found out that Keri Arthur had abandoned the series after book 3. Surely, it wouldn't be left unresolved... would it? Yes. It would. I reached out to the author on Twitter and asked if what I heard was true. She told me she wro ...more
Cathy
The publisher got Arthur to write a five page epilogue to append to the end of this book to try and make it seem like the re-issuing of the first three book of this unfinished series wasn't a terrible idea. It's a big load of... It was a promising series that was never finished and ends abruptly. Adding a few pages that try to make it seem like there's suddenly a guaranteed happy ending in store for the couple that was refreshingly taking a slow path toward a relationship just doesn't solve the ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like In Death and Paranormal
OMG!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! This is soooo good, the ending left me NEEDING AND WANTING more! The war hasn't even started yet, what is going to happen? Where is it all going to go? Are Gabriel and Sam actually going to be together? Are they mates? How will this resolve?????

This is what I'm left feeling after finishing book 3! Arthur had plans to make this series a 4 book series, but Riley got in the way! DAMN YOU RILEY!!!! *shakes fist* this is such a great series and I'm salivating for mo
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So, I Read This Book Today
Great series ended too soon by publisher I spent my birthday with a new series (for me) that I was really enjoying. The Spook Squad by Keri Arthur. The premise and story are fascinating, involving a close-to-us parallel world where nonhumans live alongside normal in an uneasy balance. They are policed by the SIU, a shadowy group set up to police nonhumans.The main character in the book is Sam Ryan, a State Police Officer. As far as Sam is concerned, she is fully human - but is she truly? With no ...more
Melliane
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I was very eager to get into this third novel after finishing the second. I must say that this is the last volume the author wrote for the series and I was very curious to know the answers to my questions, including about the Sam’s past.

After the latest events and realizing that she is not happy and even more alone than ever, Sam decides to apply for a transfer. Yet it seems that Stephan does not agree with her, and offers her one last mission instead, solo,
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Chris
Decent paranormal fantasy trilogy about a police officer who doesn't remember anything about her life before age 14. Then everything in her life is turned upside down when it suddenly seems as if nearly everyone is out to get her. Delightfully free of sex (but not sexual tension), I wish things had been tied up a little more at the end of the third book. (The books were originally released in 2004/5, then rereleased with new covers a decade later.)
Sarah
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam has had enough of Gabriel pushing her away and not letting her get involved in any of their cases - she is sick of being stuck in her tiny office doing paperwork so demands a transfer from her boss Stephan. Stephan doesn't want her to leave so he offers to let her guard Wetherton, a politician who they know was replaced by a clone.

Gabriel is relieved when he realises that Sam is no longer his partner - until he finds out her new assignment. He believes that she will be in danger and is dete
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Dear Ms. Arthur,

I know I say that I prefer stories that are not happily ever after. I'm good with happily for now. I just have to ask, WHY THE HELL is it that your series always seem unresolved? There is no conclusion. I'm left hanging. WHY do you do this to me? I've read four of your series now. Each one I'm riveted and I want to know more. I devour your books faithfully. This latest series, I finally am able to get books 2 and 3; I'm all excited. Book two helped answer questions but posed more
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Heather
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Agent Sam Ryan has had enough. She wants out, and she wants out now. She's sick of putting up with Gabriel's crappy attitude, sick of seeing nothing but paperwork and the inside off her small office. But most of all, she is sick of feeling lonely. It's time to take control and get a life outside of work. But Stephan, the man in charge of the SIU, isn't about to let her go easily. Offered the choice between guarding a clone and probable enemy of the country, or remaining stuck in her shoe box, Sa ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

PENUMBRA continues the quick pacing and action of the previous two books in this series. I liked figuring out just exactly what Sam is and how she fits into the vast network of government clones running amok around the world. I loved discovering Sam's powers along with her and how she learns about them was fascinating. This series storyline with an almost never ending rabbit hole of discoveries about just what the government has been doing in regards to
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Puddlyduck
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Pearl
I am sad too see this series end. especially seeing as it ended on such a cliffhanger and on the whole I am not happy with how the series was finished. The whole point of the books was to find out the truth about Sam, this is achieved, right at the end of the book. However, it is not resolved, there is no real sense of closure. The way this book ends, makes it feel like there will be another book in the series, when as far as I know, this is not the case.

The big relationship problems between Gab
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L.A.L.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Spook Squad series did not disappoint. Fast-paced action, more character development, and more answers to the overarching plot. I again finished this one in one day. The only downside is this is it. This book clearly is the set-up for the big showdown (view spoiler) . . . but that will apparently never happen. I will also note that parts of this story did feel compressed and rushed as if Ms. Arthur was trying to get it done in a hurry. ...more
Spinneretta
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am really torn in trying to rate this book. I enjoyed it - a lot. Enough that I'd like to go back and read the first books in the series, except for the fact that the ending SUCKS. I have one criteria for anything I read: the book must have a good ending. This doesn't.

As for what hooked me on the book, Keri Arthur wrote an action-filled, fun book to read. The characters seem real and the reader will like them. Really - it's the ending that kills this book.

So how do I rate this? ARGH. I give
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Paraphrodite
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, listened
I actually don't mind the unfinished bigger story arc. In a sense, the confrontation in the last chapter makes for all kinds of possibilities with Josh/Joe.

The epilogue also gave a hint to Sam & Gabriel's future, probably not as romantic as I would have liked but still pretty ok.

I'd highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to read an urban fantasy series that doesn't have too many books.
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Phil
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked it, but the ending was really annoying. One ought to be able to expect more closure from the third book in a trilogy. I assume that further books will follow, which I shall likely read if they are as good as this, but I hope not to be teased by false endings any more.
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
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Laura
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! I am disappointed though that there isn't a fourth book to this trilogy.
Patti Ashley
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questions answered

This explained so much. I am glad Sam f Iowa finally has some answers. I hate it when everyone knows about the heroine, but the heroine.
Kristie Flynn
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Really liked the series, just wish I had known the story wouldn't be fully concluded.
Madison
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, dang. I was decently happy with this series. Urban fantasy with somewhat unique creatures, very little emphasis on romance, many interesting side characters, and not a series of 18,000 books (I didn't want a huge commitment). First book was good, second book seemed to be heading in a different direction but still good, and then... this happened.
Apparently I should have done my research on this series. I would have learned the author lost interest in it and, despite planning a 4-book serie
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Krystle
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a really good read, but it definitely left a lot of things hanging. What is Sethanon's goal? How can Samantha stop him? I originally thought this was a trilogy and was going to bring everything to a conclusion. It did for some things, but it's definitely open-ended.

Then I read the note from the author that there was going to be a fourth book concluding all this, but she got busy with another series. That sucks. We'll never know what happens...and I kind of liked this series more than her
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Shawna Mitchell
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Man I really love this author and I wanted to be satisfied with the last book but I was not! The action is great, the storyline is wonderful. Great writing and foreshadowing and set up throughout the entire book. With that being said I really needed a better epilogue at the very least. It really needs a fourth book which is never coming. I will continue to read her books and really enjoyed this series but the end really bummed me out.
Kristine
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars since this became the final book and the author just decided not to finish the series. She later released a 5 page epilogue that tried to at least hint to us a progression with the two MC’s, but there was still WAY too many issues unresolved. Actually, it left everyone completely set up for a major conflict.

So sad that we will never know the outcome. I guess that’s what imaginations are for.....
Ashlin Whitaker
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is interesting and I want to know what happens to the character but at the same time I feel like the personal plot level is taking forever to reveal about the heroine.

I feel like the plot in general is kind of convoluted and complicated so it makes me not want to continue on with the series. I probably will read the other parts of the series in the future but I am not in a hurry to do so.
Amy Bradley
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Content note: medical experimentation

The third of the Spook Squad series left me with mixed feelings. The ending to me didn't feel satisfying: true, the arc of self-discovery has been met, but huge battles and conflict are yet to come. A bit more romance / sexual tension than previous but still fairly tame.
Colleen
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Why would you do this to us Keri? As book 3 of 4 or 5 this would be a good book. As the final book in a series it's a 1 star. Everything is in the open, the players are at the table, the war is about to begin....the end. grrrrrr
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
I really did enjoy this series and the characters but I will say it didn’t feel done. The story was a bit short changed. This author is better than that. But that being said she is an exceptional story teller.
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs

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