Penumbra (Spook Squad Series #3)

Penumbra (Spook Squad Series #3)

by Keri Arthur
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Penumbra (Spook Squad Series #3) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Berls More than 1 year ago
**I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** 3.5 Stars Unfortunately for Penumbra, I started reading this when I was in a reading funk. Not listening - audio books continued to flow quickly - but reading. And Penumbra just didn't have what it takes to pull me out. But it was a good book. It just took me about three weeks to read because of my funk. Note: Penumbra is the third book in the series, so there will be some spoilers in this review.  To avoid letting my funk contaminate Penumbra, I'm going to give you a quick list of what worked for me and what didn't.  What did work for me:  The mystery. Technically there are two, one for this book and one for the series so far about what/who Sam is. For me, the latter mystery really took over. Which was fine because it was good.  The world. As usual, I love the world Keri Arthur built. Its complex and believable all in one. There's unique twists and fascinating supernatural types. This is made even better because you've got military scientists trying to breed new breeds. Enter fun genetic twists!  The characters, for the most part. I really like Sam(antha) and, for the most part, Gabriel. Sam is independent, spunky, and goes for what she wants. Gabriel is deeply caring.  What didn't work for me:  The characters, to a lesser degree. Sam starts acting kind if dumb halfway through Penumbra. I think its supposed to be that she doesn't WANT to see the truth more than that she doesn't, but annoying. Gabriel just spent months pushing Sam away because he doesn't want her hurt. Now he wont leave her alone. Annoying.  The pace. Even though it took me a really long time to read Penumbra, I think the pace was actually too fast. Everything felt rushed. Too much was being figured out too easily.  Lack of suspense. Because of the pace, I wasn't ever anxious. Just turn a page and whatever worried me would be resolved. Probably why I never felt pushed to finish.  Lack of development of Sam's powers. Again, this probably had to do with the rushed feeling, but we've got a girl connected to the weather! Lets exploit that and see some major action scenes! The action we did have was definitely anti-climatic after Generation 18's pretty great action moments.  So it wasn't my favorite, but Penumbra was a pretty good read. And, even though I haven't seen anything about future books yet, the ending is definitely open for more. And I'd definitely read them - as long as I'm not in a reading funk. 
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Do we finally get to find out all the secrets behind Penumbra? Agent Sam Ryan has had it with desk duty. Going to the director, Sam requests a permanent transfer...but the director has other ideas. Ideas that will put Sam in the forefront of danger. Gabriel wanted to be on his own but now that Sam is in danger he pulls at all the stops to try to protector her...even going as far as assigning around the clock surveillance.  There are quite a few positives about Penumbra that make this a highly entertaining story. To top the list, this series is action packed; explosions, chases, creatures, it really keeps you on your toes. Secondly, Sam is a strong heroine. I really found her inner strength an assets to this storyline. Last but not least, there is some romantic chemistry but it doesn't overwhelm the story. I really enjoy a story that is not all about descriptive sexual scenes...don't get me wrong I like them too but sometimes it distracts from the main story. There was no overdone sexual scenes to distract here. So, I did really enjoyed this series but felt Penumbra was a little rushed for a conclusion. About ½ way through the story I had a feeling that too much was still left up in the air for a smooth ending. Unfortunately, I was right. Many of the puzzle pieces are put together but some of them left me with the feeling that it just wasn't a perfect fit. Wanting more to make the story complete and knowing its the end was a little frustrating. All in all, this was a highly entertaining series. I do recommend reading it with the mind frame that all isn't going to come to fruition.  3.5 Stars I have read all of Arthur's recent works and can tell you without a doubt she is an author worth following.
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was my first novel by Keri Arthur and I have to say I love the way she writes. I will definitely be checking into her other series in the future. This was an extremely action packed novel with just enough romance to draw the readers that have to have that element. The story was very intriguing and since I hadn't read the first two books in the story I was willing to give it some leeway in the description of past events, however once I learned that this was to be the end of the series, with a myriad of questions still unanswered by the end of this book I was not happy with the outcome and probably won't be reading the first two books unless the series gets a rebirth at some point.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
This is a re-release of one of the first series I’d read by Keri Arthur. As I’ve re-read this series for the first time in years I realized just how well it has held up and am reminded just how much I enjoyed living in Sam and Gabriel’s world. Penumbra is the third and final book in this series.  We finally get some answers about Sam’s past.  We find out who the mysterious Sethanon is and who Joe Black is.  This is the book I liked least in the series because for all the answers we do get there are still questions left unanswered. But it is still one hell of a ride.  
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from October 25 to 26, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 352 pages Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Dell (first published November 16th 2005) original title Penumbra (Spook Squad, #3) ASIN B00K4C4H3A edition language English series Spook Squad #3 other editions (5) Source:EARC from Netgalley Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS TWIN KILLING Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis. Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined. My Thoughts Like all good puzzles you have to have every piece in place for it to be complete, although it seems like we were going to be given all the correct pieces somehow that did not happen and like other readers before me feel there is more to make this a complete ending to the series. Although that is the case there is no doubt in my mind that it was still worth reading as it was enjoyable to finally have certain questions answered that have plagued Sam since Spook Squad series started. Spook Squad #3 served up the same easy read that the previous 2 books gave us, for me the action was a great enticement to keep turning pages as had to see what happened next, the different twists and turns did at times leave one feeling out of the loop but when the end result was revealed you felt the confusion lessen and become understanding, the chemistry that Gabriel and Sam keep trying to deny was as apparent as ever and all in all this was a pretty interesting addition to the series. Yes I could tell this did not finish the series, however it did finish the biggest part of the story arc with Sam Ryan herself in a satisfying manner for me so that is better than the alternative. Would have been nice though if we could have had at least one more book to complete the loose ends that leave one hanging in the wind when you have more questions than answers, that however is the breaks and in the scheme of things the three books were worth investing my time to read as Keri Arthur always entertains me no matter what work of hers I choose. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Penumbra, The Spook Squad 3, Keri Arthur Review from jeannie zelos book reviews I was lucky enough to get book two for review and loved it. I’m a great fan of Keri’s work anyway, and this world is such fun, though at times confusing....with the shape-changers, shape-shifters ( yes there’s a difference) and multi-shifters.  Its bad enough just sorting them out,  but now we’ve clones too it seems...and of course there’s Sam with her unknown background and abilities. Then there’s Joshua and Joe, who is Joe, where does he fit in and what does he want with Sam, and is Joshua – her dream person – real? They seem to share memories or is it all a figment of imagination. The more Sam seeks answers the deeper the danger to her seems to get.Throw in the Gabriel problem – there’s a connection between them that he won’t acknowledge, more than just the weird bond they share that lets them feel what the other is feeling – and Sam’s had enough of being pushed aside by him. He doesn’t want her as a partner so she asks for and gets a transfer. He’s shocked though at where she’s going. It’s placing her in very grave danger and finally he needs to look at how he feels about her. Its a great read. I was wary as I'd read that this was intended to be a four book series, and it stopped at three leaving things unresolved. I was afraid I'd be left in some weird book limbo, with a cliff-hanger ending and no resolution coming. For some people the book of the moment is all, and they don’t mind reading unfinished series or waiting ages for next book. Not me, I feel I’ve wasted my reading time when that happens. I need an ending of some kind, and though there are question unanswered here the basic ones are given an insight, and we got a form of ending. The Sam/Gabriel conundrum is resolved and that made me happy! Its a fun read, some complex problems to work out, but I enjoy that. Its interesting speculating who was behind what, and for what reason. I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to governments and Military so this kind of world where things happen feels very possible to me – maybe I'm not just a cynic, bit too gullible  but it makes for a book I really enjoyed and a series I'd re read despite it being “unfinished”. I’d rather that than Keri pick it up now, many years and other books later and make a poor fourth book. Writing is tough – I’ve tried and failed miserably, so when she says she can’t get back into that world again I’m OK with that. Stars: Five. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
SoIReadThisBookToday More than 1 year ago
I spent my birthday with a new series (for me) that I was really enjoying. The Spook Squad by Keri Arthur. The premise and story are fascinating, involving a close-to-us parallel world where nonhumans live alongside normal in an uneasy balance. They are policed by the SIU, a shadowy group set up to police nonhumans. The main character in the book is Sam Ryan, a State Police Officer. As far as Sam is concerned, she is fully human – but is she truly? With no memory of the first 14-years of her life, Sam is an exemplary officer, but she is also a haunted woman, searching for her life before she awakened in a foster home at 14. In Memory Zero we first meet Sam as she is set to meet with her partner, Jack, in a dark and stinking back alley of Melbourne. Jack – who has been missing for over two weeks, supposedly the victim of an unknown cop killer. Called to the alley by the missing Jack, having promised to tell no one, Sam finds much more than she expects as the Jack she meets is no longer human, but instead is a vampire. And something else – something much, much worse. Killing the man who is her partner, and yet not, Sam is pulled into a whirlwind of terror which begins to pull her history from her own mind, opening doors that should have stayed closed. Generation 18 is the second in the series, and continues Sam’s story. Now a member of the SIU, she is partnered with Assistant Director of the SIU, Gabriel, the two are neck deep in the investigation of a serial killer who is targeting a seemingly unrelated group of victims, whose only link is that they are all adopted, and all have red-gold hair. We learn a lot more about Samantha in this volume, and I really came to admire and like her, though not Gabriel, a cold and isolated man, determined to shake Sam off as his partner. He is determined to never have a partner again after the death of his former two partners, one of whom was his mate, Andrea. That loss, when he was 18, has set in his mind that he will never allow anyone close to him again, not even his twin brother. Struggling to catch the killer, the invisible Sethanon, Sam has to fight not only her growing memories, and her jackass of a partner, but also a growing threat against herself and who she may, or may not, be. Penumbra is the third book in the trilogy, and builds up the series to a massive head, as Sam finally realizes who, and what she is. And who Gabriel is supposed to be to her – though he desperately fights it. Tracking a mix of clones, shapeshifters and shapechangers, the murders come fast and furious as the military comes closer and closer to achieving their goals of an unstoppable army, and Sam comes to realize that her dreams of her twin are not only real – but that they are much more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. I was really liking this series. I mean, really liking it – enough that I sat other things aside and continued reading through all three books without stopping, other than to do what I absolutely had to. EDIT TO REVIEW: It appears that the whole "won't be publishing any longer" wasn't actually Keri's fault. Here is a note from here. I really loved the books, Keri, and will be updating all my reviews. I also just finished Full Moon Rising and will be writing a review on that one too. Loved it. Sorry I’ve upset you by not finishing the series…but the reason is not as simple as I didn’t feel like finishing it. I had planned a 4th book, but the Riley Jenson series came along and given it was my first major book contract (along the publisher’s decision to release the first 4 books in one year), I had to give priority to that series rather than the Spook Squad novel. And I’m afraid that several years away from the Spook Squad world meant I was no longer immersed in it. I’d rather leave a series unfinished than make a total and utter mess of it. However, with Bantam re-releasing the series in paperback in the US, I did write a brief (5 page) epilogue that gave some closure on the relationship aspects. The rest of the plot (and the war) does remain unfinished. Again, sorry to upset and disappoint you. I wish I could finish the series, too, believe me, but there’s just too many other books I have to write. So, now we know why Spook Squad was never finished – the demands of Publishers! I am updating and reposting my reviews everywhere to take her note into account. So, my apologies to Keri for losing my temper and being a snot!
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