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Graveyard Shift

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  56 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.

destiny ☠ howling libraries
I tried SO HARD to get into Graveyard Shift. I really wanted to love it. The plot is so fun - this guy who's secretly the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian, being forced to live on earth and bust up rogue vampires until he earns his redemption? I love the idea of it! Unfortunately, something about it just refuses to catch me. I've picked it up and put it back down three times now and finally decided it wasn't fair to keep the publishers waiting on a full review that will probably never come. ...more
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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
First I want to say that I tend to stay away from vampire books nowadays, it's just a book motif that has been done so many times now that I feel it's been overdone and I prefer other paranormal creatures. As long as it's not zombies, I feel the same way about zombies. However, the main characters in this book, Alex Menkaure, is a former pharaoh and mummy. That sold me, and I thought "what the heck, let's hope the vampire storyline works!"

And, yes and no, it was not that bad, I liked the book,
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm not really sure how to rate this so I'm just going with a soft three stars. It's a decent start to a new series and tossing in something new with a centuries old Pharaoh as a main character makes for a welcome departure from the usual supernatural line up. That said, I might have liked this more if I had read it myself but, as it is, I listened to the audiobook and it didn't really work for me. I've listened to the narrator before and have not had issues with his work but I think he was goin ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

A police procedural should investigate the main characters, just as the characters are investigating a crime. In GRAVEYARD SHIFT, there doesn’t seem to be much individuality between its investigators, when there should be worlds of difference. GRAVEYARD SHIFT has a great hook: Detective Alex Romer, née Menkaure, works in Nocturn Affairs, solving vampire-related cases. As a former pharaoh and Ancient, Alex has to douse himself in cologne to cover up the
Janet Martin
Apr 16, 2017 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!
Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
Graveyard Shift was a pleasing urban fantasy work that had a few unexpected twists to it. There are vampires and lycanthropes (albeit called therianthropes here), as one might expect. However, the vampires aren’t in the midst of a massive war against the werewolves (at least not on a level that directly impacts the story). Instead it’s vampires against humans and power plays galore. The vampires are very much a return to the ‘old’ way of doing things, with the Ancient’s formalities and politics, ...more
Jul 16, 2017 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 marked it as to-read
ok this sounds like the best thing ever
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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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