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The Merging

(Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Las Vegas is getting rampaged by ubernaturals, and only one team has the guts to step in.

Ian Dex is the captain of the Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department (PPD), the crew responsible for kicking the crap out of any supernatural stupid enough to mess with the Strip. He's a cop, a millionaire, an amalgamite, and a horndog.

Sin City is always running amok with disturba
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Crimson Myth Press
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kim boyster
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!!!!!

I had just finished reading a book and was looking to find a new one or even a series, which I really like. You get to go on various adventures with someone you know and like. You become a part of their life so you just can't help being there with them. As with any new friend(ship), the more time spent with them the more you get to know about them and their life and other people they know,and so on and so forth. This book g
rabbed me from the first page and kept my attention thru t
Noah Sturdevant
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly fresh take on urban fantasy
John Logsdon (and his silent, probably Tyler Durden-ish partner Christopher Young) have really done something here. I’ve read almost all of their stuff and enjoyed it, but this is different enough to warrant a pseudonym. I’m not going to say this is more mature or any of the things people say when authors try new things, but I will say that going from mostly comedic novel to this was took guts, and I think it paid off. There are a lot of new ideas here t
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If this is the first time reading urban fantasy, I think I might like it more. However, I've seen most of these things before and they were done, well, way better.
I love the premise, though. It's nothing new, as I said, but I like the idea of a paranormal police squad.
The Merging reads like a TV episode. There are certain things left for later, so I may check out the next book too.
As for the characters, they might have been written by an adolescent. Everyone is hot, even the main villain. When
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new twist on an increasingly simliar story.
Unlike other stories of Urban Fantasy the heroes are all too Human and believable with a great sense of humour thrown in especially with the main characters.
As a previous reader and fan of John Logsdon i was a little wary of this his first foray into the UF world but found to my great delight a great fresh outlook.
No spoilers but i love this book and im already eagerly awaiting the 2nd book.
Carolyn R Swickard
Interesting and fun

Good read. Fast pace, bunch of neat characters and a lot of action. Good world building and a good start on cast introduction. Enjoyed, looking for the next one.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a series

This is a good start to an interesting series. It has a good leading character who has a bit of snark. Which is always appreciated. If you like action with magic mixed with humor. You will enjoy this series.
Wayne Turmel
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Put your brain on hold and relax

Wasn't sure what to expect, but this book has witty lines, an original world, and nonstop action. It ain't art, but it's fun. Will read more in the series
Frank Bertino
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horndog Power

Ian is the Chief of the Vegas Paranormal Police Department. He and his crew run into uber strength paranormal villains. Will the enhanced officers be able to take down the ubers? I like the action, snarky humor, and subdued lust. I look forward to the next book.
Laura Witte

This was a short read that gave the basics of the team, along with a situation that arose. I’ll be curious to see how the sequels play out.
Lee Willie
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun

This book was a lot of fun, I can’t wait to start the next one in the series. Highly recommended.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, but I wanted more of a plot.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Unlimited {all of his seem to be, except for any prequels those are probably permafree on his website, and you can also get for full {length} 'sampler' free from his website, a 3 pack, some with free audio, to give you a good look, and have listed all the books/sets/collections below, usually don't, it's getting almost longer than the book{s} BUT if you want the insanity to continue, there's the list. {Terry} Pratchett meets {Douglas} Adams meets Monty Python meets Red Dwarf meets Star Tr ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book other than it is brilliant. . . From the first page I was hooked. Here we have a rich, super self confident supe who is laid back, funny and a horndog. These characteristics of a main male character can at times put some readers off because they automatically thing, oh god he's some arrogant, egotistical a** that needs a swift bat to the head. . . Not with this book's MMC, Ian. The authors have created a perfectly balanced personality for the leading main man and i ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I love finding new series to follow and John P. Logsdon doesn't disappoint. There are plenty of series that include supernatural police forces trying to reign in the supe population so that the humans remain unaware, but this one put a totally new spin on it. Ian is an amalgamite, what is that? I have no fecking idea! It is loosely explained as being born with a bit of most supernatural abilities, that was enhanced genetically. He can't really use any of those powers on co ...more
Maryann Sims
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is sort of your typical Vegas cop story, if typical, includes mage, wizard, werewolves, vampires and an amalgamite, something new to come out. Dex is the leader of this little group of heroes and he knows his people very well, in fact, the only members of his team he has not slept with are the boys, which add a lot of fun to the mix when everyone finds out. But putting that aside, his little group of cops has demom possessed vampires and werewolves and in Dex's own word one super hot posses ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a perfect fun story to just escape the worries and problems of the day. I really liked the world these 2 authors built that included all the supernatural creatures that lived with us in our everyday life.And what better place for all this to happen than in Las Vegas. The Paranormal Police Dept (or PPD) was set up to keep the supernaturals behaving properly and to keep normals from discovering that they exist. I liked all the characters here. And the story was action packed. It didn't gi ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast paced fun

Ian Dex is one of a kind, literally, which qualifies him to work as the chief of the Las Vegas PPD. It turns out that some of the crazy stuff that happens in Vegas is real. This book jumps right into the action from the word go and doesn't slow down. The characters suffer a little as a result since there is so much going on that it's tough to get a feel for any of them in depth. The story is told in the first person from Ian's perspective, so you get a lot of his internal observati
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh yeah! Let's get the expected stuff out of the way. The authors deliver a good story with lots of action and humor. Ian's a bit of a d*ck but his heart's in the right place. You may think it's a little short-ish, but dare I say you're wrong? It's the first of a series so get over it.

The authors accomplish one of my favorite things: they don't bog a story down with unnecessary, overwrought descriptions. They give us a conspiratorial nod, understanding most fantasy readers have an imagination an
Mary Brannian
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Merging: Science Fiction with Urban Myth

What a hoot! A paranormal police department responsible for protecting the "normals" from the supernatural. Wizards, mages, succubus and more. The situations arise fast and furious, and it's up to Ian Dex and his crew to save the world... At least once a night, if not twice.

But when uberbaddies appear, Dex and his team are hard pressed to overcome the growing threat. Even when they prevail, an ominous warning is issued... There WILL be more...

Fast pace
c. woods
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty funny book

So yeah, this book is very funny, but if you are wanting sophisticated humor, this book is not for you. There are plenty of double entender's, witty innuendos and just good old sarcasm. There is a lot of flirtation going on in the book, but happily for me, there are no sex scenes or crap like that. The story moves along quickly & the characters are fleshed out enough to move the story without bogging down with tons of back story. If they keep rolling it out slowly over the seri
Natalie Fallon
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastically funny new urban fantasy series about Ian Dex and his team in the Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department. The action is there from the start, with Las Vegas being a great backdrop for it all, and the diverse team are all the better for being fun, sarcastic and neither perfect nor pc. There is a great mixture of the familiar and new stuff in The Merging which is addictive and kept me wanting to read more even though I knew I had to get up early for work in the morning?! I s ...more
PJ Lea
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Mages, wizards, even a PR department, are involved with policing the supernatural creatures and preventing the normals folk from discovering their existence.
It starts with a bang and pulls you through the story at a breakneck speed. Ian Dex is a lead character with intriguing powers and a background that begs to be explored.
This is a departure from the books I have previously read from these authors and I was thrilled that I enjoyed it so much.
*I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, my opin
Cyrene Olson
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This urban fantasy kicks in pretty fast - and set in Las Vegas, because - well, why not? There is some fun comedic moments and good action sequences. To be honest though, I didn’t like Dex as much as the authors want the readers to. He’s a little full of himself but if that was toned down a bit, he’d be more likeable. In this series, the team is better together than apart, and the secondary characters are well thought out.

I’m definitely going to continue on with the series to see where the autho
Lynette Wood
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read UF, but as a fan of John P.Logsdon and Christopher P. Young I thought I'd give it a try. It didn't disappoint! Really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading any future books in the series. Ian Dex is the Chief of the Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department and he's got a team of pretty awesome people to keep on top of any paranormals who step out of line. Fast paced, funny, likeable characters and a book that leaves you wanting more. ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Merging is a definite “must read” for Logsdon fans - and anyone else looking for something different. The flavor is closer to Platoon F than the Ononokin series, although it’s certainly got the fantasy flare. I was laughing out loud at the humor while turning pages for the next action scene. The pace is fast and fun - it was a perfect read while I was in vacation. I certainly can’t wait for the next in the series.!
Jennifer Layne
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book review of The Merging: An Ian DeX Supernatural Novel, #1 (Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department)

This was the first John P. Logsdon book I have read & oh my it was a wild, laugh out loud ride!

There was plenty of action, sexual innuendos and witty irreverent banter. The world building created a clear picture of Las Vegas even if you have never been. The characters are well written and well developed while still leaving room for them to grow.

Looking forward to the next book .
Carolyn Fielding
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the authors' first foray into UF and I really hope it's the first of many. I read the entire book in one sitting and can't wait to find out more about the characters and their abilities. All their usual humour and fun is there but in a new setting and the characterisation is outstanding. More please! ...more
Mark Brown
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Werewolves, vampires, wizards and a sex mad boss with special powers and there're just the good guys. Magic fights, fist fights and some very big guns make for a fast paced and action packed story of good against evil. All of that with a comedy element thrown in and you have a good little read. Liked it a lot. ...more
Teresa Bruntz
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Great first read. looking forward to the next installment of the series. Definitely a new spin on the supernatural world. No mushy romance, Just a lot of fun and action. Don't get me wrong romance is alright but just not all the nauseating dialogue that usually goes with it.

Jeff Cochrane
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good fun read

Paranormal with a twist. A fun read. A little out of control but that added to the enjoyment. The characters were developed well and worked well with each other. Good villain that left a question at the end; is he really gone or are his friends coming back? Recommended.
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John P. Logsdon is a former game designer, producer, and software engineer who shamelessly digs into the deep recesses of his mind to bring forth oddball characters and hilarious plots. He writes primarily in fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction, but he's also dabbled in cozy mystery from time to time. To see John's vast library of laughs, visit ...more

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