How do you solve a murder in the city of the dead?
Jacob Green was just an average college student. But three months ago, he ran through the wrong door and found himself trapped in the city of Meridian – a literal necropolis, concealed from the modern world, made up of forgotten places and populated entirely by the dead.
As the only living, breathing resident, Jake has struggled to scrape out an existence while waiting for the Necropolis Police Department to decide his fate, and it’s not looking good. But when an unusual string of crimes hits the city, Jake’s overseer and tormentor, NPD Detective Marsh offers him a deal: Jake’s life in exchange for helping them solve the worst series of crimes in the necropolis’ history.
Someone, or some thing is killing the dead, and if Jake can’t figure out who’s responsible, he could be next.
Necropolis PD is a hidden world fantasy that combines mystery, horror, magic, and more than a little humor. This book is perfect for the living and recently-departed alike.
|Publisher:||Parvus Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Nathan Sumsion grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska on a steady diet of role-playing games, monster movies, comic books and computer games. His dad kept boxes of old science fiction and fantasy magazines out in storage, and as a young child Nathan would dig through them for hours, fascinated with the worlds depicted on the covers. He couldn’t wait to start exploring them. He started reading at a young age and hasn’t ever stopped.
As he got older, most weekends would find Nathan playing or running any number of role-playing games with friends, where he developed an appreciation for game mechanics and systems. He loved to create interesting worlds, characters and stories. After earning his degree in Graphic Design at Utah State University and turned his hobby of game design into a career.
Nathan has worked as a video game designer since the late 90s for companies such as Disney, Crytek, Vicious Cycle and KingsIsle Entertainment. For the past several years he has been the lead game designer on a popular fantasy MMO. When he isn’t making games, he is playing them. He is always eager to discuss game mechanics – at length – to anyone who is interested.
He has lived in various places including North Carolina, Utah, France and Germany. Nathan's hobbies include dabbling in sketching and art on the computer, creating new game ideas and playing role-playing games. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his family. He currently lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife and three children.
Necropolis PD is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
OK, I admit that zombies…er, uh, revenants as they like to be called, aren’t exactly my favorite lead characters in a book. However, the plot really intrigued me so I took a chance and read this. I found it to be a good solid book after the somewhat slow beginning. The book was written well, the plot was different, and the pace was quick after the beginning. I do wish that Jake’s introduction to the world wasn’t as violent as it was because I think we are meant to like Marsh, Jake’s partner in the PD (vague on purpose; no spoilers). The beginning actions didn’t endear me to Marsh. One other thing I did find a little frustrating was how the other detectives treated Jake. Even after he had proven himself, they tended to immediately go back to making fun of him if he made the tiniest mistake. He deserved better, and it didn’t make me like the others any better, either. Other than that, I quite enjoyed this unique book and hope there will be more. I recommend this book. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
I was offered to read this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions on the novel are my own. Let's start with the writing. Sumsion throughout this novel has in my mind a perfect blend of darkness and light. While many of the things that the main character witnesses are horrifying in nature, Sumsion balances all of the gore and shock with witty one-liners and banter from the large cast of characters that make up the police team. Jacob even finds his own funny way of looking at things at one point in the story, and many of the aside comments that he makes in situations he is involved in are quite hilarious. The lightheartedness of the language does not distract from the overall darkness of the story, which is great, considering the fact that if it did, the story would not be taken seriously. I tip my hat to Sumison for that, as finding that balance can be difficult to accomplish. Moving on to the structure of the narrative, the overall story was well paced and thought out well. It truly looks as if this story has been developed over an extensive period of time. The only problems that I associated within this area is that there were several flashbacks in the first half of the story that seemed unnecessary to me. I would have preferred if the flashbacks, that gave us insight into what happened before Jacob's recruitment to the Necropolis PD, were just written into the beginning of the story. It would have made more sense to me in that fashion. However, I do understand their intention of being in the story, as they were well placed within the building exposition itself. Along with that, there was a lot of discussion about Jacob's family life that I felt iffy about. I wasn't sure if I necessarily needed it, but I understand that need to add it in to a story. This is a large battle within my own writing, as I have a strong urge to tell everything, but I'm never sure if it is really necessary. Jacob's family life had no real point to the story, as they were not a part of the mystery itself, so I would have just removed it entirely, or at least only mention it once or twice as opposed to several times throughout the novel. Moving on to the characters, there was a great cast of officers within the team that Jacob had. However, many of them for me felt too similar or just very hard to distinguish. The only ones that I could pull apart from the rest were Jacob, Ms. Greystone, Marsh, and Raud, the captain. They all had distinct personalities and tones that could be picked up on, but the rest of the police force (except for one towards the end of the story) were kind of all the same note, and were hard to pinpoint who was exactly who. Overall though, leading back to the writing of the story, they were all funny and humorous, and were fun to read from when it came to the banter between everyone. Overall, I gave this novel a 4 out of 5 stars, and I sincerely hope that Sumsion decides to come out with another story within this world, whether it is through Jacob's perspective or not. There is so much more to be explored within this city, and I will eagerly await the next book.