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Graveyard Shift

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut

Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, who was born in ancient Rome, once hunted evil vampires for UMBRA, a super-secret unit of the NSA. That was before the discovery of a blood substitute and a Supreme Court ruling allowed thousands of vampires to integrate into socie
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Tor Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Graveyard Shift, pitched as paranormal urban fantasy meets hard-boiled mystery noir, landed on my radar earlier this year and immediately had me salivating at its potential. On top of genre staples like vampires and shapeshifters, this intriguing debut also features a millennia-old main character who used to be a pharaoh and mummy, and as far as selling points go, you just can’t get much more irresistible than that.

Kristen Burns
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

I was excited as soon as I read the blurb for this book because 1) I love uncommon supernatural creatures, 2) I love vampires, and 3) I love Miami as a setting. And I gotta say, the book did not disappoint in those regards. It also lived up to the description of gritty that’s in the blurb in the sense that the creatures, the characters, the city, the police work—none of it was romanticized. It was a
Janet Martin
Apr 16, 2017 Janet Martin rated it really liked it
Pharaoh Menkaure of the 4th dynasty, dead for more than 4 millenia and similar to many of the mummies we have known to love in so many horror movies through the years, is now a cop in Miami and fighting evil vampires. This new urban fantasy is lots of fun!
Jul 16, 2017 Tad rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
In order to stand out in the crowded urban fantasy field, you have to bring something new to the table. Michael Haspil does exactly that in Graveyard Shift. The book focuses on a pair of vice cops, Alex and Marcus. Except the vice is vampires and Alex is a pharaoh turned cop and his partner Marcus is a vampire himself. Both are former members of UMBRA, a government organization tasked with hunting down vampires until the Reveal. The Reveal followed development of synthetic blood, Hemo-Synth, whi ...more
Jun 02, 2017 terka marked it as to-read
ok this sounds like the best thing ever
Travis Hartman
Jul 15, 2017 Travis Hartman rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Larry Correia or Jim Butcher than GRAVEYARD SHIFT is the perfect book for a Saturday afternoon. Debut author Michael Haspil spins a cool tale of a Mummy cop (Alex) and his Vampire partner (Marcus) seeking justice in a world where vampires and werewolves are real. There's certain an UNDERWORLD vibe going on here and, as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing. The action is fast paced and gory and the characters are a lot of fun. It also leaves itself open for a sequel and I ...more
Saruuh Kelsey
I wanted to like this book SO MUCH. A guy who used to be a mummy but who's now part of a special vampire branch of the police? Sign me the heck up. But I just could not get into the writing style. It's very detail-packed, down to the specific type of gun used, and I just could not connect with the voice. But that's a 100% personal thing, and I know a tonne of people will love this book.
Jun 29, 2017 Melliane rated it liked it
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I am always attracted to urban fantasy novels and as soon as I saw this one I confess that I was very intrigued. How not to be with such a cocktail? I was excited by the idea of mixing everything with Egypt.

In this story, we mainly follow Alex Menkaure, a character full of complexity. It was nice to learn more about him, to see how much he had changed in his lifetime. Alex is part of a special police unit that deals with renegade vampires. A vampire problem?
Jul 18, 2017 H. rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-sf
Alex and Marcus are officers in the Miami-Dade Police Department Nocturn Affairs Division. “Nocturn” being the PC term for vampire after the reveal. They’re well qualified for the job. Marcus is an “Ancient,” a vampire so old he served as a governor in the Roman Empire. Alex is Menkaure, former pharaoh and resurrected mummy. After a slow start, things heat up as Alex and Marcus close in on the source of the spiked artificial blood appearing throughout the city, and the mummy and Haspil’s twist o ...more
Jessica Higgins
Jul 13, 2017 Jessica Higgins rated it liked it
Vampires and mummies as part of today’s society? Interesting….

Alex Menkaure works in a special police unit in Miami that oversees vampire crimes. Since a blood substitute was released, legislation was passed that allowed vampires to integrate into society. However, that doesn’t mean that everything runs smoothly. Alex has been fighting vampires for years, centuries even. You see, he was a Pharaoh and then mummified and since then he has lived through wars, revolutions, and vampires. But when a g
Therin Knite
Jul 20, 2017 Therin Knite rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Graveyard Shift was a mishmash of tried-and-true urban fantasy tropes with a few unique twists thrown in.

The plot of the story, although slow to pick up, was action-packed and increasingly fast-paced toward the end--which I liked. However, I thought the conclusion was a bit too open-ended, even for a series starter, and everything wrapped up a bit prematurely for my taste.

The main characters, Alex and Marcus, were interesting and fun to follow, but I felt that too much of Alex's backstory was w
Jun 25, 2017 Anne rated it liked it
Hmmm, I want to give Graveyard Shift a like rating because there's a lot to be impressed with, yet I never really connected with Alex probably because there's so much going on.

What's to like?
There's lots of action and it's darker than usual at times.
A complicated story with more than one bad guy and plot lines which tie together eventually.
A variety of supes and I can't recall having read a book with a mummy as a main character before...or even as a secondary character.
The author added his own
Penny Noble
Jul 17, 2017 Penny Noble rated it really liked it
I have been eyeing this book for a while and was really excited when it came up on NetGalley for review. As the publication date approached, I dived into the book. I really liked this book. It was a unique take on the paranormal mythology, the characters were all very interesting (I love when characters aren’t completely black and white), and the action was very fast-paced. Alex was a fascinating character, and he was so different than most characters in urban fantasy that he really stood out to ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars. Review posted at Fantasy Literature.
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Michael F. Haspil is a geeky engineer and nerdy artist. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he had the opportunities to serve as an ICBM crew commander and as a launch director at Cape Canaveral. The art of storytelling called to him from a young age and he has plied his craft over many years and through diverse media. He has written original stories for as long as he can remember and has dabbled in ...more
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