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Brightblade (The Morgan Detective Agency #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Psychic. Superhero. Spy. Detective. Bounty Hunter. Ashley Morgan has been many things and failed at all of them. The twenty-eight-year old has her whole life ahead of her but has already resigned herself to working a dead end job bringing in the debt-ridden supernatural criminals of New Detroit. A chance encounter with the vampire sheriff reveals a secret that motivates he ...more
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Crossroad Press (first published November 18th 2018)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Morgan Detective Agency, Book 1
By: C.T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrated by: Heather Costa
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I am going to love this new series! This is a world with vamps, shifters, witches, and more. Our main character is a bounty hunter which is quite different from normal bounty hunters! There is lots of action, supernatural creatures, magic, great world building, fun and unique characters, a sword with an Angel in it, and great int
Aubrey Law
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Action-Packed Bounty Hunting

An extremely fun and interesting story that is definitely worth reading. Plenty of supernatural creatures, monsters, and magic. Looking forward to the sequel!
Bookwyrm Speaks
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge fan of the various books C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus have co-written. When I heard that Michael would be taking lead on a new series set in the United States of Monsters universe, I was ecstatic, and happily took an offered review copy. I can happily say that not only does it fit into the universe, but charts in own course, adding new layers to what they have been creating in other books in the universe.


Ashley Morgan is a bounty hunter working with her partner
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

This is the first book in a new series, but set in a very familiar world (Phipps has a lot of series set in this world, Secret Files of the Red Room, Bright Falls Mysteries and Straight Outta Fangton, which is dubbed The United States of Monsters Universe). Ashley Morgan is a PI and Bounty Hunter. Her parents were part of the Red Room. She also has a real dislike of vampires. And this most recent case, puts her right
Trevor Sherman
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
On my blog this will have 4.5 stars. My only complaint would be it was to short!! Or maybe I should try to not binge read books in one sitting anymore? Anyway Full review to come soon but in the mean time if ya want to read / listen to a fantastic ....... Not sure what genre to call it except maybe all of them.... Lets say an Urban Paranormal (Hold the Romance) Vampire Superhero Angel Detective Fantasy with more then a dash of Comedy, Well than this is the book for you!
M.K. Gibson
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me be very clear up front: I did not love this book. It was, in my opinion, a lore heavy entry into the United States of Monsters Universe (USMU), but just an okay story. Now, for those who look at the overall stars and maybe the first couple of sentences, you may wonder why I gave this book a 4/5. Well, here it is: World Building.

Phipps and Suttkus bring us the adventures of Ashley Morgan in this book. And as the description tells you, she is a jack of all trades. Already familiar with the
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Tying it all together
C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus have written many novels in seemingly different worlds, but Brightblade (Morgan Detective Agency Book 1) ties it almost all of them together without question. The Red Room Files (solely Phipps), Fangton series, the Bright Falls Mysteries series and now the Morgan Detective Agency series all take place in the same world at (relatively speaking) the same time (United States of Monsters). I won’t get into how this group relates to the Wraith Kni
C.T. Phipps
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: urban-fantasy
BRIGHTBLADE is the start of the fourth series of the UNITED STATES OF MONSTERS universe. Previous series include prequel RED ROOM series, STRAIGHT OUTTA FANGTON, and the BRIGHT FALLS MYSTERIES. Basically, they chronicle the fallout from the supernatural coming out into the public in 2008 and the subsequent decade of changes this involved.

Brightblade follows Ashley Morgan, raised by the Red Room to be a soldier against the supernatural, only to lose her job right after graduation since the undea
Another winner from this author duo! Ashley Morgan is a fun character to guide us through this urban fantasy. As a bounty hunter, she’s well aware of the rules and chooses which ones to bend or break. I love her can-do attitude. The support cast provides plenty of opportunity for humor and snark.

What starts off as a pretty simple bounty with her team mates (Jack and some goofy newbie), quickly turns into a potentially deadly situation. But in swoops unexpected assistance and Ashley is reunited w
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was ridiculously excited for this book and it was everything I was hoping for! Ashley makes for a wonderfully conflicted main character, and it was nice seeing a more human perspective to the United States of Monsters world. The similarities to Jessica Jones are mentioned in the intro, and it’s true, Ashley and Jessica have some things in common. But only with broad strokes comparisons in that they’re both PIs with a chip on their shoulder, and used to wear a costume in their past. It doesn’t ...more
Ed Nemo
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
For those not in the know; CT Phipps has built a very popular and wonderful shared Universe of characters. And this is a perfect jumping on point!

A strong, yet flawed female protagonist, working in the supernatural center of the world, New Detroit.

Ashley Morgan is a skip tracer. Only she works in New Detroit, where vampires rule and every other type of supernatural comes to pay homage or just gawk at the show.
With magic sword in hand, she is joined by a cadre of weirdos ranging from ancient vamp
Anders Haywood
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic story!

I've read all of the books in this world (which are NOT required reading for this one, but it helps) except for Eldritch Ops, and this is definitely one of the best!
Ashley is a great new protagonist and she's endearingly human. The other characters are a mix of old and new faces with many welcome cameos.
The story was exciting and I was genuinely invested in the plot.
With these books getting so much better every time, I can't wait to see what's next.
If you like well crafte
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the United States of Monsters and adding this to the shared universe is so much fun. Along with learning more about characters from the other books we get to add a whole new batch of interesting characters.

Really looking forward to their continued adventures where even death isn't a release from your troubles.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a good start into a new series in a familiar world. Look forward to the next installment
Sadie Forsythe
I thought this was ok, but over the top. I honestly think some readers will love it. It's chocked full of pop culture, geek references. So, anyone who really loves that will love this book. But, while I appreciate a little geekery in my books, there was just too much for me. Similarly, I think there was too much crammed into this plot—secret psychic spy schools, gods, angelic swords, lost siblings, sorcery, men in black, strippers/prostitutes, monsters, weres, vampires, etc. etc. etc. I don't fe ...more
Tina Gundy
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brightblade (The Morgan Detective Agency, Book 1) by C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus and narrated by Heather Costa is an entertaining start to a new series. Recommend if you are looking for something new in the genre or looking for an additional book to the authors’ worlds.

What’s it about? After many endeavors, Ashley is currently a bounty hunter for supes. She is also a bright (psychic).While bringing an ancient magical sword to a bank for safe keeping, the bank is attacked by a trio of supes. W
Kat Phipps
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun read! If you read any of the other books by the two authors, you will love all the surprising cameos! Just when you think things can’t get any worse for the heroine of this book...they do times usually 100!! It was a fast paced book that kept me guessing til the end!! Definitely a must read!
Curly's  Ramblings
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review: Entertaining story and interesting characters. Sound plot and storyline. The narrator did a good job. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Todd Oliver
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to another new series by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus. Brightblade takes place in the same world as 3 of his other series and it's just as good! Heather Costa does a great narration! I can't wait to see how the rest of this series plays out and ties into his other series! ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the USM universe

I think everyone will find this a welcome addition to the ever-growing United States of Monsters universe. It’s hard to describe the book to people that have read the other books in the universe. It’s like trying to compare Marvel Characters, each one is very different while still maintaining that overall feel. Maybe the best way to describe it is across between Anita Blake, Buffy Summers, and Dean Winchester.
Thomas A
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I liked Brightblade a lot… or more accurately, I liked Ashley Morgan, the snarky, sassy, superpowered anti-heroic protagonist of Brightblade. Usually, I’d try to summarize the plot in a review, but unlike some other books that use their characters as a way to push the narrative forward, Brightblade is all about the characters. That means the real joy in reading it is all in the interactions, character building, and dialog. There is a story there, and it's a decent one... but you’ll read the book ...more
I'm going to come back to this book later. I need to read the previous series before this one. I won't rate this until I finish but I'll post the notes I took along the way.

If this is the sub-genre of Sci-Fi/Fantasy that you prefer, then I see no reason for you not to love this book. Its packed full of pop culture references, magical creatures, badazz chicks, superhero stuff and fighting.

The fighting could go either way. You could feel like: "What in the Kanye West?! This book is literary CRAN
Carolina Solano
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this kind of science fiction novel that has everything: vampires, detectives, heroines and a very compelling plot, I enjoyed Brightblade (The Morgan Detective Agency Book 1) by C.T. Phipps a lot. It is a very well set novel, in a world of vampires. The main character is Ashley Morgan, a strong and determined woman who faces a supernatural world, very different from how we have read it in other books
The plot of this book is original and well thought out. With a simple but careful language,
Mercedes M.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brightblade is an amazing science fiction book! The authors, C.T. Phipps and
Michael Suttkus created a fascinating story full of unexpected outcomes as well as spicy ingredients such as action and suspense.

The plot of this book focuses on Ashley Morgan who is a Superhero with mental abilities, A spy and A detective and works as a bounty hunter at a bail bonds in New Detroit, but she finds herself tired of working in a dead-end job running after criminals of New Detroit. Unexpectedly, a vampire s
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being the first book in the Morgan Detective Agency series,"Brightblade" is an incredible science fiction and fantasy story, written by C.T Phipps and Michael Suttkus. In this book, Phipps and Suttkus delight us with a unique story. A 28-year-old woman, Ashley Morgan, is discouraged, but an encounter with the vampire sheriff changes everything. In this strange encounter, Morgan discovers that his brother is alive. Will it be an easy task to find him? Or will she have to fight against all odds to ...more
Melina A.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brightdable is the first series of the United States of Monsters universe and the story is set in the author's world of monsters and vampires.
The main character, Ashley Morgan, has been many things in life but she has failed at all of them. She has been a psychic, a superhero, a spy, a detective and a Bounty Hunter. Currently, she is working a dead end job trying to bring in vampires that skipped their bail. Once she brought one back, she received information that her brother is still alive and
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such an interesting ride! It was so cool and different from the typical vampire story, that you will love it from the very beginning. It is not trivial and makes the reader travel through time. Brightblade (The Morgan Detective Agency Book 1) is an original story written by Michael Suttkus and C.T Phipps.
I dare to say that this piece of work intrigued me since I read the synopsis. I found myself really drawn into the story, I felt glued to its pages until the end, and caring for the ch
Jimmy Jefferson
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ashley Morgan vampire hunter

Ashley Morgan has been many things in her short life and currently is a supernatural bounty hunter in New Detroit. When Ashley finds out her brother is alive, she finds herself in a battle for survival in a bank. She wakes up in her brothers apartment only to discover he is now a vampire and he used his blood to save her life. After she gets over the fact that she is now a dhampir, she is informed that an artifact that can raise a long dead vampire lord who can use t
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: geek-audio
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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I loved the Brightblade world. The story opened with action and wove the world building as it went along. There were twists and unexpected angles that kept me engaged and listening. As I listened I could easily envision Brightblade as being broken into several episodes of a binge worthy television series. Brightblade brought a new author to me. I will definitely be searching out more from this author. Heather Costa did wonderful voicing the characters. This is the first in a series ac
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