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City of Ports (The Shadow Over Portsmouth Book 1)

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Worlds Collide

Portsmouth N.H. cop Divya Allard's world shattered when she found the body of her fiancee. Allard lost her lover, her temper, her job -- and nearly her mind. Now, as another mysterious death rocks the idyllic Seacoast city, Allard risks her sanity to investigate the new case's connection to her fiancee's murder.

But Portsmouth holds a dark secret. What if
Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published August 3rd 2018
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Jeff Deck
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book. Of course I'm gonna give it five stars! Hope y'all enjoy it as well. ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! Right from the get go, the action grabs you; hard not to read in one sitting. As another queer + first generation American, I so appreciated Divya's background and attributes, but also loved how her character was more than just her skin color, gender, and sexual orientation. I find not many female protagonists are written with something like an anger problem, it really made her more human and relatable. It's so interesting to explore the places I know and love in Portsmouth thro ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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H.R. Moore
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
City of Ports is a fast-paced, gritty, cop-based sci-fi number. It follows Allard, a disgraced cop, as she investigates several suspicious deaths in Portsmouth, which all seem to be linked to a shady and difficult to infiltrate group called the Tenacious Trainers. Allard soon finds herself mixed up in some strange supernatural goings on, stuck right in the middle of the Portsmouth Police Department and the FBI, both of whom have hidden motives of their own. Allard battles through a night of prog ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I don’t usually get into series for this type of book, this one is worth it. Great protagonist with a basketful of troubles, right from the start. She’s going to have to fight herself before she takes on the threat from the outside. But threat there is, and the city police seem either incompetent or part of a conspiracy to hush things up. But what exactly is going on? Bodies turn up, and then the mystery comes into play. We slide into the science fiction gradually, until we see just how me ...more
Earl Yorke
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how series should be launched!

I try to keep my reviews non-spoilery, so I’ll just say that above all other things here, Deck has taken the concept of parallel worlds to a level that is uniquely his own. I grew up watching shows like Sliders and reading tons of books dealing with adventures to other dimensions, so this isn’t exactly new territory for me (in fact, I write about these things myself), but after going into City of Ports expecting more of the same, I was delighted with the dar
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I greatly enjoyed this fast-paced sci-fi/mystery hybrid. It had many great ancillary characters that I'd love to see fleshed out in future books/stories, and the pacing was terrific. At first I was worried that the protagonist's trifecta of diversity (female, minority, queer) would be awkward at times, but Divya just feels like a normal human, and a very relatable one as well. I sympathized with her and was "rooting" for her throughout the novel, even when her choices were questionable. Her reso ...more
Ariel Sage
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick and engaging read. I'm already a fan of this genre, so part of the fun of reading it came with seeing the inventive ways Jeff Deck is able to surprise the reader. I thought the unfolding of the mystery was well-paced, and the way the book ends is enough of a teaser to make me want to read Book#2. I'm also familiar with the setting (Portsmouth NH) so it was fun to imagine these events taking place there. I didn't love Divya Allard, the narrator - she seemed a bit like a clic ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I work in Portsmouth, and have also spent a good deal of my free time in the downtown area. For that reason, I enjoyed the spot-on descriptions of the city, and that definitely painted a very clear picture of the story in my mind. Unfortunately, the plot didn't stand up to the beautiful detail in which the author described the setting. I found it repetitive and slow moving, and by halfway through I was forcing myself to read it solely because I enjoyed the aforementioned references to Portsmouth ...more
Kali Moulton
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I followed Divya Allard through the streets of Portsmouth and was intrigued. Where will she go? What otherworldly beings will she encounter? Who will she become? What new magic will await her beyond the void? This first book is only the beginning of her adventures. I’m curious to know how far she’ll travel and what she’s willing to risk in order to find justice.
E. Clark
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great series starter

Deck offers up exactly what great first book in a series should be: a compelling and complete-in-itself yarn that just happens to set up oodles of possibilities for figure installments.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good Read.

This is a murder mystery story with a touch of sci-fi / fantasy aspects. Interesting conversation as internal monologue. Enjoyed the book.
Seth Ulinski
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Re-Kindled appreciation for fiction

As someone who's been emersed in business books and the world of personal development for several years, this book reminded me of how much I enjoy fiction (sci-fi in particular).

The author does a fantastic job of building characters and a plot in familiar locations. The dash of sci-fi made it a fun read for me- looking to book 2!
Chad Moore
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super fun book. Great intro to interesting characters, and a larger world.
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whilst the book does take a few chapters to really get going; taking its time to flesh out the protagonist and provide necessary backstory, once you get to the meat of the story, you’ll be hard pressed not to finish the book in one setting.

This is definitely an urban fantasy/sci-fi book, although be forwarned, it will take awhile for this to become apparent. Persevere and you will be rewarded with an incredibly smart book, which has the potential to become a wonderful series.

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Jeff Deck is a fiction ghostwriter and editor who lives in Maine with his wife, Jane, and their silly dog, Burleigh. Deck writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, dark fantasy, and other speculative fiction.

Deck's newest work is the urban fantasy / mystery series "The Shadow Over Portsmouth" (Book 1: "City of Ports," Book 2: "City of Games," Book 3: "City of Notions").

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