Guardians of the Night
As the sole members of LAPD’s Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles’s standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange—it might be out of this world.
Ronald “Wrong” Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When Pauley’s late-night drinking is interrupted by...more
You think you’re the only one who can quote an ancient philosopher? Plato said: ‘He was a wise man who invented beer.’
“Does that mean you’re ready for another?”
“Far be it from me to contradict Plato.” –Seth and Gideon - Guardians of the Night
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare. - Sun Tzu
From secrecy and deception in high places, come home, America. From mil ...more
It was not my type of read, maybe I was expecting something else when I selected this book. I got bored very early on and found it hard to continue so I skipped from chapter 13 to chapter 27 and still felt I hadn't missed anything exciting. No suspense or mystery to speak of in my opinion.
The main characters are a quirky and very witty detective, Gideon, and his police dog partner, Sirius. They solve two interesting cases in this story, and they're not at all your usual cases. Gideon and Sirius are the "special" case team, which leaves them room for some interesting and perhaps atypical police work. I found the first 2/3 of the book really entertaining, well-developed, and well-writt ...more
I quite enjoy crime novels and this book I did enjoy. I didn't realise that this book was book 2 in the series, but luckily I wasn't too confused with some of the events that occurred or were mentioned.
I absolutely loved the Harry Potter mentions. And I understood most of what he said when it came to the Watergate Scandal and the other stuff.
Overall, a good read.
A man & his dog This is the author's second book (following "Burning Man") featuring LAPD Detective Michael Gideon & his canine partner Sirius. It's been three years since they were both badly burned while apprehending "the Weatherman", a killer who continues to contact Gideon from prison.
Three years of medical treatments, physio & command performances for the media as the LAPD's poster boy. Now they're just relieved to be back at work as the sole members of the Special Case ...more
I like the dog, but the author tries too hard to be clever.
And I really didn't give a shit about the main character's relationship with his ladyfriend, and he spent a lot of time talking about that.
And as a procedural...it pulls one of those tricks where everything is going along and then all of a sudden it breaks off and next thing you know he's explaining everything to the perp in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way. Not a good procedural. The best parts of "procedu ...more
This story maintained my interest, beginning to end. The main character is complex, heroic and flawed, funny and too self-serious. As the author designed, I love Gideon's dog. Makes me think that if only people who had to go through horrendous things had a dog, they could get through the pain. Of course, like Lisbet, I also have faith and that makes a world of difference. I believe I will look up other books in the Gideon and Sirius series. I enjoyed the liter ...more
Again, a solid 4-star, with my only concerns the ongoing 'relationship' between the imprisoned arsonist/killer from the first book and the somewhat intrusive nature of the main character's flashbacks.
How I enjoyed this book. I loved the one liners, such cute words. Gideon was so good at it. Sirius was great in every way a clever dog can be. I have chosen this book to review as it tells part of the poem "Guardians of the Night", what a wonderful poem!. The thrills and spills are very good held me on the edge of my wheelchair seat and kept me spellbound. The nasty dodgy characters are what they are meant to be in all three books, the nastiest. The Weatherman is horrid, menacing a ...more
Alan Russell is a genius in his writing skills,and strategy. He puts an much detail in the action of his books, and its a learning experience for me, and will be to anyone reading his books. A lot, and I mean lot of research has to be done in his writing skills, and I have gleaned many things that were new to me. His series about being a detective with his K9 partner is heart warming, although much of the series is about Homicides that need to be solved that they do together. ...more
I am not a fan of crime fiction, but I was drawn to this series because of Sirius. I like dogs. Having read Burning Man, I have become an instant fan of Sirius and his side-kick.
Alan Russell's research into high tech surveillance is very enlightening; his comedic banter and references to classic movies and songs is both witty and pure genius.
I would recommend this series not to just fans of crime fiction, but also to those who have never sampled the genre. Oh...and dog lovers.
Superb writing in a way it reminded me of a diff version of silence of the lambs someone from detective Gideon and his k-9 partner past I don't want to give the story away but involved homeless man a powerful high tech technology company a gov't a shaman a girlfriend a reluctant hero and of course the man he put away from the past that left scarring and nightmares he has to deal with. It is a good book of you like mystery and thriller
I didn't realize when I picked this book that it would keep me attention and that it was part of other books with the sane characters. I read about halfway through, and months later started again. It still took me a long time to finish. I wanted more resolve with the angel and it never came which wAs disappointing. This is a take it or leave it for me. Good writing and editing, but no answers at the end.
Add to that, all the mysteries are not solved, and our protagonist struggles with that fact.
Definitely a Whale of a time reading this Angelic book.
Dumbledore has no magical reason for being here and as for the Drones, well they don't sting anyway.
Confusing yes ? Well read Russell's Guardians of the Night and put them together.
Haines resurfacing and murders abounding with a little incest thrown in.
Loverly, jubberly. Read and be pleased.
Being a dog lover made me fall in love head over heels with Gideons' dog, Sirius!! From the way he talks to his dog through the narration of the story, to the way his neighbor cooks special food for Sirius! This is a great writer!! Well designed plot & keeps you holding your breath until the end. I am new to crime fiction & I am so glad Amazon recommended this book. Definitely a follower of Alan Russell now!!!
“I liked the way Detective Sirius ended his report. He wrote something to the effect of, ‘All in all, it was a great day. All days are great days, but especially catch-the-scumbag days. I would say it was a perfect day except for the fact that I never got to roll around on that dead squirrel.’ ” A quote from a Guardian. If only we knew for sure what's running through our pets mind. Cheers to Wrong for his humanity and to Ginger for her loyalty!
Love the tongue in cheek lines in this book. Nick Russell has the talent of writing a serious book with light funny lines. He takes a serious situation and gives it some light.
Thanks for calling Corrections Officers correctly and not saying guards they receive the same training as Police officers minus the traffic control and ticketing, not the two day security guard class.
Very well done by a very able author.
Having started this immediately after finishing the first I thought I might quickly tire of Gideon, Sirius, Lisbeth, Seth and Ellis Haines, but I didn't.
Another clever story, angels and demons, dark and light, and eventually time for the future.
Going to read book 3 now!
I loved the first book of the series but this was a let down to me . The book felt forced .The music references appeared to be levered in .Gideon even felt wrong with his relationship with the dog . Maybe the writer was pushing for a deadline .This just didn't read easily .
Alan Russell is the author of Gideon's Rescue, the fourth book in the #1 bestselling series featuring LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his K-9 partner, Sirius.
In 1990 Walker & Company published Alan's first book, No Sign of Murder, which received positive reviews, including a standalone rave from The New York Times. The work w ...more