Grave Beginnings

Grave Beginnings

by R.R. Virdi


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ISBN-13: 9781517790387
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2015
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

R.R. Virdi is the author of The Grave Report. He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, and especially mythology and urban fantasy. He has worked as a mechanic, retail, the fitness industry and the gaming pc world. Ronnie has a deep love of all things mechanical with a heavy emphasis on automobiles, especially American classics. He enjoys building things and tinkering with computers from his home in Falls Church, Virginia. There are rumors that he wanders the streets of his neighborhood in the dead of night dressed in a Jedi robe and teal fuzzy slippers, no one knows why. Other such rumors mention how he is a professional hair whisperer in his spare time. We don't know what that is either.

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Grave Beginnings 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
cassandra gibson More than 1 year ago
A brilliant debut novel. A paranormal investigator like The Dresden Files but with a mix of Quantum Leap. The main character changes bodies per case as he is a soul, tasked with inhabiting the bodies of those murdered by the supernatural and using their minds, memories and bodies to fight evil and solve their murders. It's a bit of Doctor Who, a bit of Harry Dresden, a bit of Quantum Leap all in one. I love this book!
1620094 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written! You can tell that the author really put a lot of work, love and effort into this book! It is a wonderfully told story! If you like urban fantasies that bring the world of magick and reality into one you will love this! If you loved Joss Whendon's Buffy, Angel, you will absolutely find Virdi's engaging webbed tale wanting more. This is even better than the Dresden Files with its main character Vincent who is just so down to earth you will find yourself cheering for him, giggling at his occurrences and snarky quirks. This suspenseful book is a must for any urban fantasy fanatic! Virdi does an exquisite job in blurring the fine lines of reality and magic that it makes his tale sound like it could really happen to someone out there in our world. If I was able to give it more stars I would certainly give it a ten! What are you doing reading this review? GO CLICK THE BUY BUTTON NOW!
Dirk Saunders More than 1 year ago
I was already planning to get the book after hearing about it at a local convention. Then I read the review from the drunk guy and hands down had to buy it. I'm not someone who's okay with being outdone. So, I got drunker and think I read the book too. But, I did read it sober and loved it. It's got a person of interest vibe. A man in suit who has a hidden identity and saves people. Although here he's a soul without a body of his own borrowing other (dead) people's bodies. But he's not a zombie. He uses the things they've seen and remembered and their skills to solve their murders and the monsters that did it. It's like supernatural and person of interest. Part action thriller, part monster mystery. I like that it's written for adults and doesn't cut back in the language when it has to. 6 out of 6 beers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend bought this for me for Christmas and I fell in love with it. It's funny, snarky, filled with humor and action on every page. The story is creative and a new genre for me. Supernatural things in the shadows set in a city like New York. It's clever and reminds me of a lot of good t.v. shows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books have a similar feel to the Dresden Files but entirely stand on their own and keep you guessing where it is going to go!
Brandi Kreuger More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Not normally a fan of these kinds of books, but it was very funny, full of action, exciting, great twists and characters. It's like the Supernatural tv show with a little bit of Sense 8. Great book!
Walter James More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you cross Mike Hammer and Jack Bauer…and then kill him? Meet Vincent Graves, a dead detective who solves crimes and isn’t afraid to bash in a few heads in the process, as long as he does it by the deadline. A real deadline it is, too. If he fails, he dies. Lon Chaney may be the man of a thousand faces, but Vincent, is the man of a thousand bodies…probably…but who knows. He keeps coming back as the victim of the crimes he solves and no one knows exactly how many crimes he’s had to take care of. Except, perhaps, his enigmatic handler, Church. Church doesn’t help Vincent much; he just gives him the time that Vincent has to solve his cases. He doesn’t tell Vincent his new “name” or even what kind of creature killed him. Did I fail to mention that Vincent is a paranormal investigator? In Grave Beginnings, Vincent begins his short-lived case by clawing his way out of a casket that had just been buried. Then, without knowing the name of the body he has come back in, he meets Church who gives him 24, no, make that 13 hours to solve the case. In that time he has to figure out who he is, who and what killed him, and then dispatch the monster to its eternal punishment. Along the way, Vincent is joined by an FBI agent who helps him figure out what’s happening. Meanwhile, she doesn’t know he’s dead. And she doesn’t realize that they are dealing with a supernatural world until things become obvious. Vincent and Ortiz, the FBI agent, take on this case wisecracking their way through New York City as the clock keeps winding down. Along the way they meet all kinds of supernatural creatures: some who would be just as happy to kill as help, others who are out for blood, while others just enjoy killing their prey, and Vincent and Ortiz are their prey. In the end, as destruction reigns all around them, Vincent and Ortiz make life and death decisions that ultimately end the chase. Who lives and who dies? You’ll have to read it to find out. It’s a great read and I am looking forward to more Case Files from the Grave Report.
DJCutting More than 1 year ago
Great story, very inventive tale. A very enjoyable read, I look forward to the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read, although I'm really confused about the space ferret comment. I don't think they really read this book.
Bailey Teague More than 1 year ago
Okay. Full disclaimer: I bought this book drunk. I had no idea what I was doing. Note: Don't drink, look and nook. But, sometimes you'll luck out. This book was freaking awesome. Yes, I read it drunk too and had to read it sober. Loved it both times, I'm pretty sure I did the first time as well. It's cool, with action and monsters done a different way not like some of the tv shows like Vampire Diaries and stuff. In fact, no vampires. New monsters that I haven't seen before and had to google. The main character has a cool gimmick too of being a soul, bouncing from body to body of people murdered by monsters. It's almost sci fi, but it's a supernatural novel instead. I like that he's an investigator and doesn't have a list of crazy super powers making him able to throw magic to solve everything. He fights, tooth and nail and is smart like Michael Weston. Ten out of ten would drink and buy again!
Mandy Chapman More than 1 year ago
Was recommended this by a B&N employee as I said I was specifically looking for good indie books. I've found many treasures hidden among the self-published masses. This is most certainly one of them. It's part X-Files with a lot more snark and grit, part Quantum Leap and a very healthy dash of the paranormal elements from The Dresden Files. It's funny, packed with action, but also humanity, real feelings the bleed out of the characters when they should, not when it's convenient. The monster of the story was unique, well written and even had me feeling sorry for it. A good sign of a great writer. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book had no space vampire ferrets, it was a great, five star read. Would recommend to all fans of Jim Butcher, Annie Bellet, Constantine, Kevin Hearne, Benedict Jacka and Patricia Briggs. I hope book two has vampire ferrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs to be a t.v. show. Someone make it happen. A clever magical realism novel following a man who doesn't ever stay dead. Instead, his soul occupies the bodies of people killed by monsters and he uses their restored bodies, minds, skills to solve their murders all while trying to uncover his past. The layers of plot lines are great, deep and intriguing. The use of lesser known mythological creatures is well done too. Loved it.
Cassandra Grosser More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Kept me reading up all night. Bring on book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great detective story featuring paranormal elements. It's a bit like supernatural if it took place in one city, New York. There seems to be a monster of the week vibe that's done well with a more creative use of monster/mythology than I normally see in this genre. The other reviewers are right to call it on par with the dresden files, kevin hearne's iron druid, and patricia briggs' books. It's funny, clever, filled with heartache and joy. It's a must add to urban fantasy collections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the more unique, and better written urban fantasies I've read. A great balance of creative mythology, fun pacing and humor, and great action/dialogue. It fits very well on my library of similar works between Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, and Richard Kadrey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like writing reviews, but this book was excellent. Five out of five.
Dani Ortega More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big reader outside a few genres. I stick with fantasy and science fiction, or my comics. This feels like it's somewhere between them but without failing any of the genres making it up. It's supernatural, kind of like fables, focusing on mythology but less of famous folk tale characters. It has a bit of the lost soul story lines and some almost science fiction. I don't know what exactly it is, but it's excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read or like these kinds of genre books. I prefer science fiction. Something about this changed that for me. It's real, relatable even though it brings in paranormal creatures. It does so seamlessly. There's something tangible. I could believe this world exists in the New York we have today. It's dark, beautiful, imaginative, funny, and heart filled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Belongs with Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher and the rest. Needs a t.v. show. Please come to my local store for a signing too if that can happen. Grave Beginnings engaging, funny, honest and raw. It's a great mystery packed with mythology, action and heart. You will love it. If you don't, there's something wrong with you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This needs to be a television show. The Grave Report has endless possibilities for the future as as a series. No end to the mythology, monsters, places, faces and more that can come by. It's an urban fantasy unlike any other that seems to blend the best of them all. I don't know how R.R. Virdi pulled it off, but you'll be glad he did, especially for a book so cheap.
Sarah Escobar More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Vincent is so funny and snarky at all the wrong moments, and some of the right ones. Very much like Harry Dresden. I agree with all of the other reviews. And this would make a great t.v. show. I would watch the heck out of that!