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Unnatural Acts (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Series #2)

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Unnatural Acts is a smooth, witty adventure that follow the expl

    Unnatural Acts is a smooth, witty adventure that follow the exploits of a zombie private investigator in a city of monsters. From the ghost of William Shakespeare to an army of sweatshop golems, Dan Shamble, zombie P.I., covers some serious territory. Like the first book in the series, Death Warmed Over, this one combines enjoyable, colorful characters with fun mysteries and a heaping helping of humor. If you’re looking for something different to read, look no further.




    As a sequel, Unnatural Acts does a good job of continuing the fun of the first book. Dan Shamble encounters more crazy cases with ghosts, zombies, golems, mummies, gremlins, and demons. Through the story, he puzzles through each one with clues leading him in circles or falling into his lap. Readers are kept engaged by the mystery of each case. Yet the mystery goes hand in hand with humor, as well as building up the world itself. Here and there Kevin J. Anderson answers the bizarre question of what it would be like to live in a society full of literal storybook monsters. It’s an intriguing question that allows for a lot of fun.




    For readers who have not read Death Warmed Over, fear not, because this book covers all the basics you’ll need to know. New readers can dive into this novel without being lost as to who is who and what’s going on. Just as important, existing readers don’t need to worry about being beat over the head with a complete rehash of the previous book. There is a little recounting, but it’s kept brief and doesn’t interfere with the story. Things catch up quickly in the beginning, then kick forward as the cases start pouring in.




    Beyond the little cases that occupy Dan’s day to day activities, there’s also a larger plot that comes into play. Led by a Senator Balfour, there’s a movement to pass legislation against the unnaturals. Thankfully the plot doesn’t dive into a bunch of tiresome politics. Instead it adds a new dimension to the setting of the story. The safety of the monster society comes into jeopardy. All of the characters are suddenly put at risk. With the insertion of just one simple plot idea, the turmoil level skyrockets. You can imagine how the fun increases from here.




    In the end, Unnatural Acts is just plain fun. It’s an upbeat, enjoyable read littered with humor. The fantastical characters and scenarios keep things interesting. The story moves at a brisk pace that avoids any pockets of boredom. For such lighthearted fun, I give Unnatural Acts a solid four out of five. The book is a great way to spend a few evenings relaxing in your favorite reading chair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

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    This is for those who want a light read with humor,romance,paranormal and murder.The detective in charge is unforgettable.You will not be disappointed in this series

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    Excellent read

    Excellent read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Just as good as the first!!

    Could NOT put it down...

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Dan Chambeaux wo

    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

    Dan Chambeaux worked alongside Robin Deyer at their investigating company in New Orleans. And he still does, despite having been shot and killed, for Dan is a zombie. Now, he has to go to a local Big Easy funeral parlor every now and then for a refilling of his embalming fluid and a touching up of the bullet hole in his forehead. But that doesn't stop Dan, even though his zombie gait isn't as fast as his original walk. Dan can still solve mysteries with the best of them, and in this second 'Dan Shamble, P.I.series', "Unnatural Acts", he is on top of his game with his love and one time business receptionist, Sheyenne, now still beautiful but a ghostly presence since she died from poisoning. And there are problems galore for Dan to look into with his policeman friend, McGoo. Local New Orleans golems need proper jobs, Senator Balfour is sponsoring an Unnaturals Acts that goes against everyone and everything in the Unnaturals Quarter of New Orleans, Madame Neffi and her lovely vampire "ladies of the night" from the Full Moon brothel are being vandalized, the Globe theatre in one of the local cemeteries has been burned to the ground and other creepy things keep occurring. What is going on and can Dan find whoever is behind all these awful happenings?

    Kevin Anderson has created a delightful mystery series featuring zombie Dan Chambeaux and his many friends, worldly and otherwise. All the many characters in "Unnatural Acts" are thoroughly believable and interact well with each other. The dialogue is delightful and the plot flows smoothly to the story's end. Hopefully, there will be many more Dan Shamble mysteries in the offing and readers everywhere will give this a round of applause and put it at the top of their "must reads."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Chuckle City

    More subplots in here than in a bipartisan political campaign.
    What a Ride!
    And the blowup doll sure turns out to be handy. lol

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