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Graveyard Shift

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  85 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. | Sci-Fi & 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
T.M. Smith
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was unlike any other I've read in what would be considered the Urban Fantasy drama genre. And yes, that's a good thing! Action packed, some twists and turns and some heavy (maybe dark is a better word) content. One of your main characters is a reincarnation of a Pharaoh (aka Mummy) that has been dead for roughly 4 million years. This incarnation of Menkaure, Alex, is a member of the NSA and along with his partner, Marcus, a Vampire, but not a bad one. You keeping up here?

I loved the p
Kenny Boucher
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I own this book and the audio version. Both are quality but I will admit to being obsessed with Michael Kramer the narrator of the audio version. I strongly recommend trying both.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
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
Joan Mueller
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved these characters in a well written and fast paced plot. It had just the right amount of suspense and mystery to keep the reader involved. I am looking forward to seeing what this writer does next. Hoping that this continues with a series.
Lynn Williams
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I recently finished Graveyard Shift and thought it made a good start to a new supernatural detective style series.  I liked the concept.  A world in which vampires exist and have announced their existence to the public and with the help of synthetic blood are living amicably amongst us.  Supposedly - well, on the face of it.  Underneath the surface, a simple scratch will reveal not so deeply hidden tensions.  Vampires are predators, they've lived in the shadows for many moons, hunting t
Sylvia McIvers
Egyptian Mummy teams up with Roman Vampire to fight crime. In modern-day Miami. Pardon me while I croggle.

OK, I'm back! Nonspoilery tidbits:
The worldbuilding in this book is wonderful, a rare treat from a debut novel. Kudos.

There's a good starting scene where Alex (Alejandro) doesn't tell his back-up that he isn't afraid of vamps because a mummy doesn't taste good. Hah.

Mummies can see ghosts? Sort of. And vamps create violent deaths that create ghosts, so mummies can see where vamps are commit
Vinay Badri
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
A promising start to an urban fantasy that stars a pair of leads with a significant past in a world where vampires are part of the population, set in Miami

Its becoming increasingly to differentiate one work from the other in the urban fantasy space esp when the leads are cops. This one twists it by having one of them as an 4 millenia old Egyptian Pharaoh and the other as a Roman imperator turned vampire. Further complications are through their shared history working for a deadly and secret organ
Travis Hartman
Jul 15, 2017 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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only real flaw in this book is the opposite of most first books in a series, which I hope this is, is that instead of over sharing it doesn't give you quite enough info about the characters and the world. That said, I liked the plot a great deal and the characters with a tad bit of work would be great, as is they are still likeable and interesting.

Straight up UF
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
My Rating: 3 Vampires

An interesting book where vampires run the police force and get along with humans, mostly.
It went on a little too long, but it was fun.
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 rated it liked it
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My English review

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?
Sam Gor
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was great.
When is the next one?

Definitely reminded me of Stross' Atrocity Archives due to the legalistic and procedures of the happenings throughout the book.

So much world building and intrigue with Alex and Marcus. So there is a ton of potential here.

Granted the beginning started off kinda iffy as it was busy setting up a lot of side characters and they weren't very compelling reads. But once it got back to Alex and Marcus, I couldn't put it down.

I love how the vampires here are not your
Elena Linville
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stars: 5 out of 5

Alex and Marcus are detectives at the Nocturne Squad in modern day Miami. Except in this Miami, vampires live in the open and are considered as much citizens of the United States as humans are, obeying the same laws and enjoying the same rights. Oh and "vampire" is not a politically correct word. They are called nocturnes, and the Nocturne Squad is in charge of investigating all crimes perpetrated by and against nocturnes.

Oh I forgot to mention that Marcus is a few thousand year
3.75 (I did request this from the publisher for review)
Graveyard Shift has all the hallmarks of an Urban Fantasy, but with a very nice Police Procedural twist. Taking those two basic pieces it mixes them with some gritty elements, an unusual creature for a lead, and a pretty intriguing plot and comes out… maybe not as strong as I’d hoped but still pretty solid. Alex Menkaure, our main character is also a former pharaoh and mummy. He works with a vampire by the name of Marcus, who is from Ancien
Movies, Shows,
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a complementary copy from the author / publisher but all opinions are my own.

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

So... This was definitely a read that I got into! I was intrigued by the synopsis, especially it covered much of the paranormal/supernatural lore that I enjoy reading. The story is written in a police procedural style with the main characters as vice cops dealing with supernatural beings while solving/fighting crime. Kinda reminded me of Lethal Weapon, but, obviously, wit
Vampires are out in the open now and UMBRA, a top secret group of government-funded vampire hunters, has been dismantled. Now Alex, a former UMBRA agent, has to navigate a new world of bloody drinks at every corner store and a good chunk of the world that operates at night instead of the day. Instantly, I was captivated by this main character. Alex isn’t your typical vampire hunter. He’s got some supernatural secrets of his own. And a cat.

The former Pharaoh, Alex Menkaure, now lives in Miami wor
Jessica Higgins
Jul 13, 2017 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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-2019-read
I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
                                   3 Stars ***
I believe that this is Tor’s first foray into urban fantasy, and that this is Haspil’s debut novel. And to both I say good job. While this may not have been the absolute best UF that I’ve read, it was still pretty decent. It makes me optimistic about any future projects that Tor or Haspil undertakes in UF.

The premise of the story was very original, and immortal pharaoh with a s
Therin Knite
Jul 20, 2017 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 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
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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