The majority of Prosaic City’s residents don’t know that their town exists on top of another place — Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don’t, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless.
Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She’s an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police’s Night Beat. Victoria’s comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn’t like other girls.
It’s hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, it’s going to take more than just Victoria’s special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness.
Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement’s Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince’s Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it’s Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.
In other words, it’s just another day on the Night Beat.
Gods and Monsters, The Night Beat is a real trip. A city on a city and only some people can see both. Interesting characters. Many of whom you will recognize even when they go by nicknames. Then there is the plot. Unless the bad guys are stopped it will be the end of humans and other beings. What else do you need? Oh, of course there needs to be romance. That is there too.
I was reading along sure I knew what was going on when there was a real twist; one that puts the story on a whole new track.
I loved the side characters. Sexy Cindy was great and has the potential to be a wonderful sidekick for Victoria. The angels, vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures come alive in the book. Of course they are alive or is that undead. They are all beings with souls. Something that is a little different from other books. All of Victoria’s love interest both past and present add some spice to a plot that already has plenty of spice already.
While Victoria is a strong female character she is very different from Kitty in the Alien series. Gini has created another strong character that can stand on her own. This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.
Pick this one up. It is a fun read.
Smashwords published The Night Beat by Gini Koch in 2012.
I won a copy of The Night Beat.