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The national bestselling author of the Legion of the Damned novels, "a must-read for any fan of Mil Fic," (Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy) begins a brand new science fiction police procedural series...In the year 2038, an act of bioengineered terrorism decimated humanity. Those who survived were either completely unaffected or developed horrible mutations. Across theThe national bestselling author of the Legion of the Damned novels, "a must-read for any fan of Mil Fic," (Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy) begins a brand new science fiction police procedural series...In the year 2038, an act of bioengineered terrorism decimated humanity. Those who survived were either completely unaffected or developed horrible mutations. Across the globe, nations are now divided between areas populated by “norms” and lands run by “mutants”…   Detective Cassandra Lee of Los Angeles’s Special Investigative Section has built a fierce reputation taking down some of the city’s most notorious criminals. But the serial cop killer known as Bonebreaker—who murdered Lee’s father—is still at large. Officially, she’s too personally involved to work on the Bonebreaker case. Unofficially, she’s going to hunt him to the ends of the earth.   In the meantime, duty calls when the daughter of Bishop Screed, head of the Church of Human Purity, is kidnapped by mutants and taken into the red zone to be used for breeding. Assigned to rescue her, Lee must trust her new partner—mutant lawman Deputy Ras Omo—to guide her not only through the unfamiliar territory but through the prejudicial divisions between mutants and norms…  ...

Title : Deadeye
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Deadeye Reviews

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-05-17 15:50

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum C. Dietz brings us an interesting new sci-fi police procedural series set in a plague-ravaged future. Those who survived the bioengineered threat of 2038 were either left completely unaffected or developed a wide range of disfiguring mutations, leaving a great divide – both socially and geographically – between the world’s “norms” and “mutants”. Relations between the two groups aren’t great, to say the least. Anti-mutant organizations sow hatred and incite brutal attacks and killings against mutants, making no small amount of work for Los Angeles detective Cassandra Lee who has built her reputation around taking down some of the city’s worst criminals.When the daughter of Bishop Screed, leader of the Church of Human Purity, is kidnapped, all signs point to the work of mutants. Assigned to the case is Lee and her new mutant partner Deputy Ras Omo, who must race against time to save the young woman before she is sold and used for breeding by the ruthless human smuggling rings in the Red Zone. And if only that were the end of it. While chasing down leads, the two cops are also hounded every step of the way by Bonebreaker, the serial killer believed to have taken the lives of more than half a dozen police officers, including detective Frank Lee, Cassandra’s own father.For a first book of a new series, Dietz has established quite a solid foundation for the world of Mutant Files, especially when it comes the social climate with regards to norms and mutants. Stigma is strong against the latter group, a lot of whom live in lawless and run-down “freak towns” where no norms fear to tread. To avoid catching the incurable disease, norms also wear masks and nose filters in the presence of mutants, and while most mutants wear masks too, they do so more to hide their terrible mutations. While world-building elements such as these are compelling, unfortunately they also come to the reader in a series of heavy info-dumps near the beginning of the novel, weighing down the introduction and making the first couple of chapters a slow read.There’s quite a good story in here too, which, if not immediately apparent, does admittedly take a bit of effort to uncover. The major obstacle was once again the introduction, where I had a very difficult time adjusting to the writing.Firstly, Dietz seems to have a fondness for frequent point-of-view switches, and not just between major characters. Every so often, minor characters and even random bystanders seem to feel the need to chime in for a paragraph or two, presumably so the reader can get a better feel of a situation by seeing it through their eyes. While I understood the intention, I didn’t think this was very effective and could have done with less of these seemingly arbitrary asides. And because they were often so short, rather than contribute to a scene I found them to be more distracting than anything.Secondly, the author has a peculiar tendency to insert in-line explanations between parentheses in cases, say, where an acronym is being used or when a character says something in another language etc., and Dietz will place the translation right there in the middle of the prose and even dialogue. Not a big deal to some readers, perhaps, but for me it had a light immersion breaking effect. It would have been preferable if these explanations were naturally worked into the narrative, rather than placed glaringly between a pair of brackets. But then again, it’s also possible this may be changed in the finished book.Without a doubt though, sandwiched between the beginning and end of the book is where all the good stuff is. The plot is entertaining and fast-paced, and kept me turning the pages once it got going. I did stumble again at the end when things wrapped up a bit too quickly and in much chaos, especially where the Bonebreaker aspect of the story was concerned, but generally I was quite pleased with the overall pacing as well as the characterization of Cassandra Lee, a badass female cop who is great at what she does. There’s always room for improvement when it comes to character development, but nonetheless I found myself greatly invested in Lee and Omo’s relationship.I would rate this book between a 3 and 3.5 out of 5 stars if I could, with emphasis on the fact I really enjoyed the story but only after a fierce struggle with the writing. To be fair, most of my quibbles have to do with certain quirks of the author’s style, which may not matter as much to another reader. I’d definitely be open to reading the sequel, especially since there are still questions about the Bonebreaker that require addressing, and I’d be curious where those answers will take our protagonist.

  • Carly
    2019-05-17 09:17

    I’ve been procrastinating on this review, not because I have nothing to say, but because I’m not going to particularly enjoy saying it. This book did not work for me, to the extent that if it had not been from Netgalley, I would not have finished it. So while this review is going to be negative--perhaps vehemently so--I think it’s important to explain my reasons. After all, an aspect that drives me to distraction may be a draw for another reader.The basic plot: Cassandra “Deadeye” Lee is a member of the LAPD in the semi-post-apocalyptic country of Pacifica. In 2038, a Muslim extremist (wince) turned the bioengineered Bacillus nosilla loose upon the unbelievers. (Really? You had to go there?) B. nosilla rapidly transformed the U.S., slaying a quarter of its citizens and turning many more into bizarre mutants. In the resulting turmoil, the U.S. broke into the non-mutant countries Pacifica, Atlantica, and the Commonwealth, and the mutants established the Republic of Texas and the New Confederacy. Nowadays, people wander the streets in disposable masks to avoid exposure to the airborne bacteria that the mutants still carry, and some women wear burqas (argh) to modestly cover their mutilated forms. Detective Lee finds herself thrown into mutant politics when the daughter of a bishop of an anti-mutant religion is kidnapped, apparently to act as a “surrogate” for mutants. Forced to work with a mutant partner, she must also stop the serial killer who murdered her father--before she becomes his next victim.The basic plot aims straight at some of my favourite themes. Police procedural in semi-post-apocalyptic LA? How could you lose?Quite easily, as it turns out. I’m primarily a reader of detective fiction, particularly detective fiction that bleeds into other genres. I read books with great attention to detail (“the smallest point may be the most essential”), which in turn means that I am extremely sensitive to inconsistencies. And this book is loaded with them. Let’s start with the disease. I’m not going to go into the whole “single bacteria causes lots of coherent animal mashup mutations” bit, because that’s pretty standard and can be seen as artistic license. But what I really couldn’t cope with was the treatment of the disease within the book. Apparently, mutants are carriers, and while they do tend to get segregated, moving back and forth between zones is acceptable without any quarantine or even any attempts at decontamination. If it was me, everyone in or out would be drenched in antiseptic and germicides, then quarantined until they were known to be free of disease.Even in the mutant zones, normals can apparently take off their masks to shower, brush their teeth, or sleep. Dietz airily explains that drinking water and eating food “was safe because B. nosilla was an airborne disease.” The hell? Airborne diseases are the most contagious category because they do not require contact for infection. What does Dietz think “airborne” means? Even if the bacteria spontaneously combust when they hit a surface, said surfaces aren’t safe because the disease is airborne; they’re safe because the disease is magical. Plus, how does Lee manage to drink out of a straw whilst wearing a mask, or talk without breathing air whilst not wearing one? On a more personal level, apparently sexual contact is just fine, to the point that mutant men capture normal women to have their babies. So what, the only orifices the bacteria can enter through are the nose and mouth? Then how does the baby get it from a mutant mother? As I said, perhaps I’m a pedant, but that level of inconsistency drove me nuts. I’m not even going to talk about the bit with the Muslim extremists, or the Aztec Empire, or the Native Americans (no tribe mentioned) who shoot with bows and arrows rather than guns (because that's what they do, right? Argh). My blood pressure doesn’t need it. I was reminded, inevitably, of Mitchell and Webb’s doctor drama.While fantastic characters and writing can enliven even the most absurd worldbuilding, unfortunately, I found the prose to be jerky, with lots of awkward phrasing, incomplete sentences, and stilted dialogue. Dietz also had a tendency to rely upon informed attributes and emotions rather than trying to convey them through the conversation or the character’s body language. Because of this, I felt distanced from the characters, and their personalities remained static, superficial, and unsympathetic. The plot, too, tended to utilize rather a lot of exposition and side-notes to the reader. One of the most irritating forms of this was Dietz’s insistence upon explaining, in parentheses, what various terms meant, from “BOLO (be on the lookout)” to “TA (transit area)” to Spanish phrases such as “hijo de puta (son of a whore)” and “cara mierda (shit face)”. Personally, I feel that authors need to either trust their readers’ intelligence or work the terms’ meanings into the characters’ conversations. The parentheses are distracting, especially when they’re inserted into dialogue. I suspect the baddie using “cara mierda” didn’t helpfully translate the term in an aside, even though the parentheses are in the middle of his comment. There is a lot of action, with quite a few shootouts, and I can see the book being made into a successful TV show. However, because I didn’t care for the characters, I didn’t care about their troubles, and I had to force myself to plow onwards. (view spoiler)[The characters don’t seem to care much, either. Am I the only one who was appalled by how quickly everyone forgot about Mama? Plus, is Lee really so shallow that she can’t get past Omo’s face? Good grief. (hide spoiler)]In retrospect, maybe this just wasn’t the book for me. Even beyond the Critical Research Failure aspect, most of the plot involves the protagonist chasing kidnappers who sell young girls into slavery where they’ll be impregnated by the mutant men who buy them, and that’s just not precisely my favourite plotline. Not even the attempt at a cliffhanger piqued my interest in the next book. So while I can imagine it as a TV show, and can see how it might appeal to less persnickety readers than me, this book was most definitely not my cup of tea.**Note: this review is of an uncorrected advanced reader copy. While the included quotes may not reflect the final phrasing, I believe they speak to the nature of the novel as a whole.**~~I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher, Ace, in exchange for my (depressingly) honest review.~~

  • Kathylill
    2019-05-05 10:58

    Verdict: Nope, that ain’t good enough for me. My first association after reading the blurb and seeing this awesome cover was a new Naked in Death - style of book: Detective mystery with a strong female lead combined with a slightly futuristic setting. Hell yeah, give it to me! :D (Is there even a definition for this genre like Urban Futuristic?) However, I was really excited to read this. What a let down. I have to admit the world building was interesting enough, with ugly and badass mutants due to a viral/bacterial outbreak. As the government segregated mutants and norms and whole states have therefore vanished from society as we know it, the setup makes for interesting conflicts. The detective mystery was plotted well. What stood out for me was Cassandra Lee, the main character. She’s a bad ass detective out for revenge on her father’s murderer. She could have been awesome but was unappealing instead. I think that her character was missing something vital. She is so cold, embittered, and single-minded that spending time with her was torturous and frustrating. She never jokes around, is in fact so rude to everybody else to the point of being completely anti-social. She has no private or work friends, mistrusts her colleagues, has no partners, no acquaintances or any other kind of confidant (not even a cat) and she doesn’t want to befriend anybody. To be honest, she could have been a male character and nothing would have changed in her attitude. I waited and waited for something to show her vulnerability. But I waited in vain. I could have ignored her character and concentrated on the plot if the writing wouldn’t have been so bad. Lots and lots of different POVs: Like the burka widow of the killed mutant who appears only for one scene, or better jet Cassandra's first partner who gets killed off in a majorly dumb way in the second chapter. Why the author even gave him space on paper was beyond me. Let’s progress with what really pissed me off big time while reading this book: The inconsistencies. While the world building was interesting, the author didn’t even try to be consistent. As Cassandra and Omo go into the mutant zone she wears a face mask but doesn’t hesitate to drink some Coke from the fridge of a mutant? Cassandra and Ras, wouldn't eat together in the beginning for fear of contamination but later have sex? Those scientific plot holes were really confusing. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC of this.

  • Jack +The Page Runner+
    2019-05-05 15:50

    Well...hmmm...yeah... I have to admit that the premise of the story is essentially more interesting than the story itself. From the synopsis, I thought I was going to get some really interesting and thoughtful dynamics between the "norms" and the "mutants", and some deep and engaging detective work to solve a high-profile kidnapping. But everything here is right on the surface. It's all just kinda thrown at you without subtlety, which makes for a rather cold and impersonal read.I wanted to like Cassandra Lee, I really really did. But I have a hard time with protagonists like her. She might as well be Gatsby with breasts, a badge and a gun. Everyone either wants her or wants to be like her. People fall hard for her within just a few hours of meeting her, even though she is gruff and unfriendly. And she eats and drinks nothing but junk, but is still the most desirable woman in the greater Los Angeles area. Not sure how that works out, but ok. She must have the world's best metabolism. I was actually far more interested in her partner, mutant Ras Omo, who had a much more interesting set-up (even though he fell victim to Love Potion # Cassandra as well). The action beats were pretty well written, so I can see where the praise for Mr. Dietz comes from in that regard. If the rest of the book was written with that much flair, unpredictability and excitement, then the tale would have been much more enjoyable. As it was, the tale just kinda "happened", without a lot of emotional connection required from the reader. I don't feel like I wasted my time on this book, but I also doubt I'll read any of the follow-up stories.

  • Ami
    2019-04-30 14:16

    Not going to say much about this; my thoughts are similar to the other non-positive (but informative) reviews. So read theirs instead: here, here, here, or here. Not even going to try writing a summary for myself to remember the plot *shrugs*. Basically, the writing left me cold and distant to the main heroine. The story felt like tons of facts and information; not one that elicited any real sympathetic emotion from me as a reader. Even when one of the characters who appeared early in the book, whom I thought I would like, died in the first 10% of the book.Also, I really didn't understand why the "romantic element" was added (I even felt uncertain to call it romantic); it was unnecessary, it was awkward as hell, and when I actually got to the short lovemaking scene (seriously, it was written like that ... "Their lovemaking was slow at first, deliciously so, but as both became more confident, the tempo started to increase...") I cringed in discomfort because it just felt really off.The ending is a hook for readers who want to continue with the series. Sadly, I'm not one of them.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-04-28 15:03

    I picked up this book ignoring the fact that it was a male author with a female-centric main character. I try not to let this fact color my desire for a book but most of the time it does. I ended up really enjoying this book. I liked how Cass would having feelings for someone but wouldn't let that emotion overwhelm the reason she was there. Also that the book didn't end with a doomed romance. I'm planning on reading more of this series.I would recommend this book.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-05-13 12:51

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.DEADEYE, the first book in The Mutant Files series by Dietz, has a kick-ass cover, a potentially awesome premise, and not much else.The setting, a disease ravaged, separated America is incredibly complex, and the author tries to fit it all in. I lost count of how many different gangs were mentioned, I stopped caring how many different empty-shell towns the characters raced through, and I gave up trying to figure out where the borders between the different new countries were.There was so much information that turned out to be trivial by the end of the book that I stopped absorbing it. There is a literal war escalating while the events of DEADEYE unfold, and other than showing that the world is in chaos, it added nothing to the plot.Cassandra Lee, the main character, is flat. She is anti-social, nasty to her boss and her co-workers, and wasn't even that close to her own parents, but every one seems to grunt and ignore it because she's a good shot and manages to solve crimes (by shooting at the problem, usually). She was so devoid of any humanity that I was surprised when two of the guys in the book declared their love for her – there is nothing to love. This is one of those books where the characters will say they fall in love, instead of showing you an evolution of their relationship.Another issue is the constant change of point of view. You get to see Cassandra's point of view for most of the book, but the author switches to dozens of other points of view throughout: Cassandra's partners, her boss, the rival police chief, the bad guy, the bad guy's lackey, the kidnap victim, the gang leader, the gang leader's lackey... As if that wasn't enough, you also get two to four paragraph changes of point of view from characters who get shot or murdered by the end of it. Every one of these shifts was jarring, and made me feel less attached to the secondary characters, since I knew they could be killed instantly.Readers are even treated to the point of view of the Bonebreaker, who I thought would be a bigger deal considering how much of the book description is dedicated to him. Cassandra manages to have multiple close calls and even a run-in with the Bonebreaker, yet for most of the book she doesn't share any of this information with the other police officers, because they might pull her off the case she is on, or she feels she doesn't have enough information. It was ridiculously unbelievable. The lone-wolf cop character can be interesting, but she was just making stupid decisions regarding both her safety and the safety of all police officers she worked with.The most annoying thing, for me, was that Dietz seemed uninterested in creating a believable mutant plague. Some mutants are carriers of this airborne plague, which means that any mutant coming into the non-mutant zone must wear a full burqua-like suit. They need to stay in special zones, which are locked down every night. “Norms” going into a red-zone must wear nostril filters and masks, in order to avoid breathing in the toxic plague. The author goes into a lot of detail about the special restaurants where norms and mutants can eat together at, with a barrier between the two, and Cassandra packs her own food when she goes into the red zone...and then Cassandra has sex with a mutant. Multiple times. They don't kiss, but I still can't imagine that intercourse would be safe if they won't even eat in each others' immediate presence. It was such a jarring change of habit from the rest of the story that it completely ruined the feel of the paranoid, sterile world Dietz was trying to create. What is the point of only drinking through your special mask-straw if you are going to share bodily fluids?The reason I think this book made me so frustrated is that there was potential, and that I have seen these kinds of complicated medically-paranoid worlds built successfully by other authors. All in all, DEADEYE was not worth the frustrating read, cool cover or not.Sexual content: Sex scenes

  • Liviania
    2019-05-04 14:57

    I picked up this book because of the awesome cover and because Ace is one of those imprints that tends to put out my sort of books. I loved the beginning, wherein Detective Bruce Conti begins his partnership with Cassandra Lee. I liked that it was a reversal of the usual setup. The guy is the younger, less experienced one trying to prove himself to the squad and she's the world-weary one who has seen too many partners come and go.But I started to suspect that DEADEYE wasn't for me when Conti died in chapter two of stupidity. That is, running out in front of nine armed men without a bulletproof vest for reasons that are never adequately explained. Lee's narration later suggests that he loved her, which ... they knew each other for about a week, and he was attracted to her but they were still standoffish. Of course, Lee's partner falls in love with her in about the same span of time, so it's that kind of book.And it turned out the Lee that those first chapters sold me on was a mirage. She's not a hyper-competent cop with an aim to put everyone else to shame. Her competence comes and goes as the plot requires. This includes getting into a lockable cage just because a nice man asks her to. Her aim gets worse as the book goes on. As for her detective skills, she starts to suspect that the high-profile girl whose bodyguards were paid off was kidnapped specifically and not just snatched randomly by human traffickers after she tracks the traffickers down and they've already passed her off to the buyer. It's present like another obstacle in the plot instead of a flashing sign that all the detectives involved need to learn to stop and think before leaping in guns a-blazing.But why is it called the Mutant Files, you might ask? Because a virus spread through the human race, killing some and mutating others. Now the norms and the mutants live separately, wearing face masks and other gear when they cross the border into the others' territory. After all, the virus is still highly contagious. Which is why Lee worries about eating too close to her partner but still has sex with him. As if a virus with a variety of wildly different symptoms didn't strain my disbelief enough.This book is a mess. The main character is unbelievable, the world makes no sense, and the plot is basically an excuse for one shootout after another. There's almost no weight to the climax because it's just one more gun battle of many. It does have a woman as the lone-wolf detective with a guarded heart, which is about all it has going for it.

  • Danielle Annett
    2019-04-25 09:08

    Deadeye was a unique take on mutants in an urban setting that provided a fast paced plot and a like-able main character. Cassandra Lee is admirable in her motivations, driven, and often reckless but she grabs your attention and almost forces you to like her and take notice. I'm not sure how this one falls into the sci-fi category, it feels more like an urban fantasy but overall I was pleased with the uniqueness of the story.My biggest pet peeve with this book was the multiple POVs. I've never been a particular fan though there are several books that have multiple POVs and I feel do so successfully. Deadeye however is not one of them. In addition to main characters having their own point of view, minor characters and those who we saw for only one scene even, gained their own brief points of view such as the widowed mutant who is in one scene and Cassandra's early partner who we don't see anymore after the second chapter.. While I understand that the author likely did this to give the reader a larger perspective of what was going on, I feel like it lacked creativity and was more distracting than anything. Another thing that didn't add up for me was that norms and mutants such as main character Cassandra and Ras, wouldn't eat with on another for fear of contamination but later have sex. That leap didn't really add up for me.The ending saved this book for me though. While there were moments in the end that felt rushed due to all of the chaos that was going on, the over the top cliffhanger left me wondering what the heck was in store for our cast of characters and how they were going to get through what they'd be forced to face in the future. Now as I mentioned earlier, the story itself was quit good but the writing style was hard for me in particular with the multiple POVs. I read an eARC of the book as well as listened to the audiobook from audible and would give the book itself 3 stars meaning I did like it, it had issues but it was still enjoyable. I'd give the audiobook 3.5stars. The reason for that is because the audiobook made it easier to overlook the hiccups that occurred throughout the story and made the multiple POVs much easier to handle. The speakers voice was also easy to listen to. I don't have a a lot of audiobook experiences but will say this has been my best so far. A voice can make or break and audiobook and this narrator did an exceptional job.

  • Bibliotropic
    2019-05-18 15:07

    (Full review here: think most of my apathy about this book is that unfortunately it just wasn’t too my taste. So while I didn’t think too highly of it, I think it’s quite likely that others, particularly those who tend to prefer police procedurals, will like it far more. The flaws I found may seem quite large partly because I didn’t find much to counter it, but even with that in mind I can’t say that it was a bad book. Just not one that I really enjoyed much. But I can say with certainty that there are those to whom this book will be quite appealing: as I said, those who like police procedurals, those who like their near-future fiction to be gritty and filled with action, those who are looking for a fast-paced ride through a grim and disturbing urban fantasy future that’s still in flux, then for you, it may well be worth checking out Deadeye when you get the chance. There’s enough mystery and suspense to keep the story going, and enough plot threads leading to the horizon to bring those readers back to the series for more.

  • Darcy
    2019-05-03 16:14

    I really liked the world that this book was set in. I felt sorry for the mutants, for how they were treated, mostly because how they got to be a mutant could have happened to any of us.Cassie Lee was interesting. She so lived for her job, the sense of right and wrong. This case sure seemed to cause her to question her beliefs and how she viewed Mutants. Omo was able to show Cassie a whole different world in many ways. I felt bad with how things ended with them. The person that I really felt sorry for was Amanda. She learned some harsh truths about her world and it will never be the same again.

  • L.E.Olteano
    2019-05-19 16:07

    Originally posted on Feb 24 2015 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:In a Flutter: Fast paced actionReviewI confess when I requested the title my thinking was something like this: “OK, so big name. They’re totally owning it, right? Big name taking on what sounded (and looked) like a Sci-Fi equivalent of female MC Urban Fantasy. Gutsy, different. I wanna try this baby!”If you got that impression too from reading the blurb and seeing the cover, you’re probably as wrong as I was. If I’d have to describe it, I’d say it’s probably old-school action-focused detective procedural. I don’t mean that in either a positive or negative way. It’s simply to give you what I feel is the right idea about what’s “under the hood”. If you like more old-school writing and action packed futuristic fiction, it’s for you.The post-apocalyptic kind of world is interesting, with a new world order type of thing that I enjoyed. The virus that wiped out almost half the population provoked mutations to many who got infected but survived – affectionately called “freaks” by some of those uninfected. Some are carriers, some aren’t, and it’s an airborne virus. This must be mentioned because it’s mentioned a few times in the novel, and it helps explain why detective Cassandra Lee, the uninfected main character, does something-something with a “freak” at some point in the novel while they’re wearing masks (it takes protection to a whole other level, lol!), with no kissing, and resulting in quite possibly the most unromantic, even antiromantic, entanglement I’ve read in a while. Call me crazy, but I liked that. It was somehow pragmatic and fact-like. I’m in a bit of an antiromantic mood myself, lol, so for me this totally worked. I liked the different vibe.So, Cassandra Lee is the main character. Her role is somewhat unsurprising; we’ve all seen the cop with a dead something (parent, child, spouse, sibling) who becomes obsessed with solving that murder case, right? Well, that’s Lee. She’s a detective for the LAPD with the odd habit of having her partners kind of die on her. (Some in what I’d call stupidoid conditions, almost shocking considering who and what said partners are – elite detectives. You’ll understand why I say this when you get to I think Chapter 2, and read what happens to Conti. I didn’t really get what the point of that was. “Humanizing” Lee, making the reader empathize with her? For me it didn’t work that way.)Then comes Omo, a “freak” detective in to assist Lee with looking into the kidnapping of a prominent Pacifica dude’s daughter. This guy I liked. I can’t say his personality stood out too much, but what did stand out was how the “freak” thing affected him. I liked the way that issue was presented, the discrimination that goes on in this futuristic world. To be clear, I didn’t like the discrimination, lol, I’m soundly against it. I liked how William C. Dietz framed that issue. I felt the approach was almost starkly realistic.The third person, past tense narrative mainly from Lee’s POV had some inserts from other POVs as well. One could argue the input of those characters was most often very short, didn’t shed much light upon something Lee couldn’t have known that was very relevant to the plot, and tended to be more irritating than enlightening. I don’t personally enjoy POV switches at all, head-hopping is tiring, breaks your investment in the story atmosphere and it constantly snaps you out of the story instead of helping the writing “disappear”. Many might find the POV jumps annoying, and I confess I didn’t see their use and didn’t feel they had any positive effect. But maybe that’s just me :)It also needs to be said that the writing style was a bit different from what I’m used to. Nowadays fiction tends to do its best to make the writing “disappear”, meaning it strives to flow smoothly and immerse you into the story, evoke feelings, help you if not push you to empathize with at least the main character if not more of the characters involved. I believe this applies to all commercial genres, it’s a school of thought that has become something of a religion.Reading Deadeye was a very weird experience because it evoked almost no emotion as far as I’m concerned. There were situations that I believe were meant to evoke emotion, the Conti thing, the Omo and Lee development – I mean the circumstances were there. But the approach to actually triggering emotion somehow wasn’t. It’s tough to explain… in a way, I felt emotional situations were somehow approached form a fact/action perspective. The part that made me feel emotion the most was the discrimination thing. But I didn’t feel for Lee as much as I would have liked to.The plot could have easily made a fan out of me. Lee’s story could have made my heart throb, she had lots of qualities, also flaws, making her an authentic and non-perfect therefore very likable character (for me). The writing style just didn’t win my heart. It’s a subjective view, of course. You might love the style. It fits a police procedural imo, it helps focus on action of which there is plenty, and it makes this a fast paced read. For me though it kind of lacked feels.All in all, I’d say this was an interesting read. I never once contemplated dropping it, for instance, I wasn’t bored, I didn’t feel the need to skip pages or fast-forward to the end. The story was fast paced and engaging, even if in some points it wasn’t as convincing as it could have been.If you’re into action movies, futuristic post-plague scenarios, and wild chases, I think this is a novel you’ll enjoy.

  • Anne
    2019-05-16 10:49

    Deadeye seemed perfect for me. Urban Fantasy, lots of action and a kick ass heroine, but it only gets an OK. I would consider reading a second book in the series, but I'm not anxiously awaiting it.The book seems to be split into a small first part where Cassandra and a partner are trying to bring down a norm who steals from and kills mutants. Stupidity occurs which makes no sense in an officer with 6 years experience and is so good he's being given an opportunity to try out for an elite squad. The excuse for his stupid action is that he loves Cassandra, but there's no proof of that on the written page other than he thinks that he'd like to sleep with Cassandra when they first meet. Besides that, she wasn't in danger at that point. If this beginning event was meant to introduce us to the characters and world it wasn't terribly successful. We never really get to know Cassandra other than her obsession to find her father's and other cops' killer (the Bonebreaker). That mission takes a backseat to the longer story about a preacher's daughter getting abducted.This part of the story had more world building and action with some nice twists. I liked how strong all the women are in this book, even Amanda, the preacher's daughter. I noticed some of the other reviewers stated there were inconsistencies in the world building, but I read plenty of times about the masks that were being worn by both or one of the partners (including during sex), how straws were used to drink, how the virus was air borne, how it was presumably safe to eat if there was approx. 20 ft. between individuals etc. I felt these elements were mentioned more than enough.Because there was so much action and so little communication between the characters, I couldn't develop much feeling for or interest in Cassandra (I felt more for the people killed off). That has to happen for a book/series to be really successful for me.I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Glennis
    2019-05-07 09:15

    Cassandra is cop in a future Los Angeles that now deals with living with a plague that mutates people if they don’t die from it. And if you mutate you are then a carrier for the virus until you die. The world is fractured along the lines of infected and normal. The book starts out as the usual cop centric mystery of find the kidnap victim and all the evidence points that she has been taken to the mutant lands to be a surrogate mother. Cassandra is on the case and is teamed with a cop from the mutant side. If I didn’t think about the problems of biology it was an ok read but there were a few too many plot points that made me scratch my head. The main plot was good and the ending wasn’t bad but a few too many places in the book made me stop for a second and try and think of a workaround that would get over what would be a science plot point. A bubble gum read and not too bad if you like mysteries but I had a few too many parts that I questioned the science to really bother to read the next one in the series.Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-05-15 11:09

    Deadeye kept throwing me curves and the biggest one was right at the start. A character I really liked did not last long and that threw me off for most of the book. The story is OK. The character building is a little off. I thought the Cassandra Lee at the beginning of the book is very different from the Cassandra Lee at the end and I saw no reason for the change. There is a problem to be solved and Cassandra and Ras Omo succeed. There was a twist to that problem and I saw it coming.Much of the world building and character development has been used before so while the plot was interesting it really did not have the twists to make it seem new and fresh. A nice read and I will look for book two. However it will not go on my re-read list.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-05-20 13:04

    I waited too long to write a review. While this read had all the elements of a potentially fantastic UF read, including a female lead, mutant, and an "us versus them" vibe, there were just too many discrepancies, including the disease itself, to fully immerse myself into the story.I was not able to finish this read. It just didn't grab me.DNF I received this read as an ARC from Netgalley

  • Aymee
    2019-04-22 11:53

    It's been some time since I've read an urban fantasy but I have to say, I am hooked on this series. Detective Cassandra Lee is total kickbutt but with a conscience to go with it. Although she has a reputation for being unlikable, I found myself liking her from the beginning. And Ras Omo, he's probably the coolest mutant I've ever met in a novel. I am anxiously eyeing the sequel hoping that we get more of him in it.

  • Kdawg91
    2019-05-09 10:12

    lost steam about halfway through, but I liked the concept, the holes in the tale were just too big for me to jump

  • Jasper
    2019-04-23 13:16

    originally posted at: think last year I started reacing William C. Dietz' Legion series. I started with the prequel series that featured Andromeda McKee, who had to venture through a more than hostile territory. After reading the first book I was completely taken by the story and writing of William C. Dietz. Very powerful and strong characterization. Just recently I found out that he has started a completely new series, The Mutant Files, which takes place in our near future. 2038 to be exact. And this world has been changed. Changed quite a lot. This is the first book in the series, Deadeye.The story of Deadeye focuses on female detective Cassandra Lee. Cassandra serves for the Los Angeles Police Department in the Special Investigative Section (or SIS). This unit takes on the special and hard cases. The beginning of the book really serves as a start up of the story. Cassandra meets up with her new partner Conti. Cassandra is used to draw her own plan but her new partner, wants to be on her goodside, a lot of man are after Cassandra as she is quite good looking. Anyway, there start isn't without any problems but slowly they change in what might become a good duo. However one day, they encounter a robbery with nine armed men, during a shoot out, Conti gets killed in the crossfire. Now this is somewhat of an important point for Cassandra's character as she does change her behavior, she comes on time to the briefings of the chief. After recuperating from her loss Cassandra gets assigned a new task a missing persons case. The daughter of a well known and respected Bishop is kidnapped and taken in to the Redzone (will get to that in a minute). Now Cassandra has to find a way to rescue this young girl. Once again she isn't at this task alone, Cassandra gets a new partner, but this time around not a normal human but a mutated one, Ras Omo. Being a mutant does offer an advantage in the Redzone and being a human offers only disadvantages. Cassandra is placed in a more than hostile environment and has to rely solely on her own skills to get out there alive. Will she be able to find the kidnapped girl or will she succumb to all the traps in the Redzone. Next to this main storyline there are also some sort of sidetracks that are put up early and the main one revolves around the death of Cassandra's father. He also was a cop, a well known and respected at that. Unfortunately he was murdered by a killer who goes about the name Bonebreaker, his kills are far from pretty. The case is still ongoing but Bonebreaker is hard to find, he will most likely find you before you do him. Cassandra is determined to get to the bottom of it and find him, but in her quest she uncovers a truth and is confronted by some horrible things. It seems that the Bonebreaker is out to get her as well... Above I mentioned the terms: Redzone and Mutants, they must also have not escaped you attention in the synopsis of the book as well as the mentioning of a bioengineered terrorism attack. This is the promise and premise of the story. An attack changed the world forever. A terrorist let loose a deadly airborne bacteria known as Bacillus nosilla. Many people died, but perhaps worse than dying was the fate of the survivors. They changed. They mutated. The mutations range from harmless to servere, think extra arms or horrible disfigurements. Since the bacterial is so virulent special area's were designated for mutants to live in, the so called Redzones, where normals have to venture in with protective gear, where otherwise they may contract the disease as well. So what you can understand from this above is that the world isn't pretty. In the wake of the recovery of B. nosilla, a rise came in crime and gangs and this is what Cassandra is facing, serving to do just in a very hostile place. This world building alone is really interesting but there are some bits where it doesn't make a 100% sense. B. nosilla is highly contagious, it's airborne and normal people have to wear nose filters and mouth guards so as not to get infected. When Cassandra meets up with her new partner Omo, it's starts of as a work relation but soon get to be more, and they have sex, well what it could make up of it there wasn't any protection at all, ok granted they didn't kiss, but other fluids were exchanged. How can you then not get infected? There are some contradictions in the world building than could have been polished a bit more in my opinion. The world building is cool and William C. Dietz creates a dangerous premise but... to bad not completely linear. As for the characters I could clearly see some traits of Andromeda McKee in Cassandra. As I already metioned above, Cassandra changes along the story. I can imagine that in such a hostile environment you have to be able hard. Especially when you live in such an environment AND you are a female detective. It must be hard enough to be in in the normal world. Cassandra's character is strong, dominant and will do what ever it takes to complete her case. But she also thinks pretty highly over herself and that she can do everything according to her own rules. Like the introducing chapters with Conti and the Chief saying that Cassandra is always late for briefing. This confidence does boarder to overconfidence and I think that Cassandra has learned her lesson in this. After these events he character took a more reserved approach to her new task, also being placed in the Redzone a completely new environment it was good to see that she didn't do things blindly but in close collaboration with her more experienced partner. Next to Cassandra's point of view in there are also other characters that offer a perspective. Secondary characters that both had small and bigger role. In the beginning of the book, Cassandra's partner Conti offers a perspective and further on you have Omo and some of the criminals that are shown in more depth. I can clearly see the direction that William C. Dietz wanted to go into with these multiple persepctives and for the they worked really well. This is a nice way to broaden the storyline, showing what goes on in their minds and how they plan their next action. Even though some of the characters of lived relatively short it did help to broaden the story of Deadeye. When you take everything together in Deadeye, the storyline, the world and the characters it produces a actionpacked and entertaining book. William C. Dietz turned his SF in space to an more Earthly story, the build up and the promise of the story are very cool. And I do have to say that his characterization is once again spot on with his main lead, Cassandra Lee. The world that William C. Dietz envisions has a very cool promise, a bacterial agent that decimated the planet and left suvivors who contracted the plague horrible mutated. But there are some minor squabbles though, as I said above. I do have to say that the ending of the book is really cool and such a cliffhanger can only get you excited for the sequel. --------The audiobook of Deadeye is narrated by Christina Delaine, I was surprised actually I didn't read who narrated the book so was thinking to hear a male voice. I think it was very suited to have a female narrator as the protagonist of the story is also female, this made it much easier to connect with the story. Christina Delaine did a very good job in showing the different perspectives, most of these were male and they sounded that way as well. As for the action packed and tense moments of the book, it felt like I was really there next to Cassandra.

  • Wendryn
    2019-05-16 16:17

    Meh. The changes in perspective were irritating, especially the ones where the person’s perspective only shows up once and then disappears. The story was reasonably interesting, but the storytelling was weak.The treatment of the bacterial infection also didn’t make sense. Airborne infections are very dangerous. Also, how can someone possibly be a carrier but it’s still okay to have sex with them? It’s not logical.

  • Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
    2019-04-29 13:58

    GrittyI like good police procedurals and this fills the bill. A dark vision of a post bio warfare world set in America. Framed by the worst of bigotry run mad. Now set a good cop who is after a kidnapped girl all while being stalked by a serial killer.Part of me wants to leave the lights on and run away and yet I am also looking forward to the next offering. Chilling, dark and addictive.

  • Shawna Corner
    2019-05-15 09:50

    It would have been a more enjoyable read if the her partners weren't love-sick over her. That ruined it for me.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-17 11:14

    Review originally posted at Reading Lark: starsDeadeye takes place in a post-biological warfare America where society has split between those who are still “norms” and those who were mutated by the virus B. nosilla. The action centers on sharpshooting LA police detective Cassandra Lee as she and her mutant partner, Ras Omo, search for a norm girl who was kidnapped and taken deep into mutant territory. I enjoyed the setting of the book. Post-virus LA is gritty and dirty and dangerous. The former United States has broken up into norm-controlled Pacifica, Atlantica and the Commonwealth. The mutants control the Republic of Texas and the New Confederacy. This story has several themes I absolutely adore: post-apocalyptica, the broken USA, and mutants. This should have been the story for me. Sadly, the book feels like it was rushed into existence – parts of the story don’t make sense and it seems to have missed a round of thorough editing. Within the story, the rules about the virus don’t make sense. B. nosilla is airborne which is why it was so effective as a terrorist weapon. But somehow, it’s okay for normal characters to take off their ever-present face masks to sleep, shower and eat while in mutant territory. That seems like a pretty big liberty to take with a virus that can give you a gruesome mutation. I have to believe that the author realized this and just neglected to explain how B. nosilla was different from other airborne viruses. Also, there is the matter of the Bonebreaker subplot. I love that Cassandra Lee continues to hunt (and be haunted by) her father’s murderer, a serial cop-killer called the Bonebreaker, even though she has been forbidden to work on the case. Several odd things happen regarding the Bonebreaker, though, and none are well explained or tied into the story. This subplot, which should have added positively to the tension in the story, ends up adding (the bad kind of) confusion and becomes a deus ex machina to save the kickbutt female lead character in a situation where she should have been able to save herself. The technology, or lack thereof, in the story bothered me. The characters rely quite a bit on cell phones and Tasers. Now, the exact year of the story is unclear but it is at least 20-25 years after the bioterrorist attack of 2038, so figure it takes place sometime around 2060. In the aftermath of the attack, technology would still have progressed, at the very least in the norm-controlled areas that historically have been the technology powerhouses (Pacifica and Atlantica). There’s also no reason mutants couldn't have progressed either, at least that the author reveals to the reader. And even if somehow technology didn't progress after the attack, I expect that there would have been some progress between 2015 and 2038. The technology available to the characters should have been more advanced or explained as to why it wasn't. On the editing side, there are several instances of characters using acronyms or Spanish phrases and Dietz explaining it in parentheses. This really brought me out of the story. If you have terminology that might confuse people, have one character explain it to another. Otherwise, trust that your audience will figure out that BOLO means “be on the lookout” and that the readers will Google the Spanish insult if they really want to know what it means. I liked the idea of the book more than its execution, but I think that fans of Dietz’s many other novels might enjoy it as well as people who like a twist on traditional police detective stories.

  • Elena Linville
    2019-04-25 16:15

    I really wanted to love this book. The cover is absolutely bad ass and the blurb grabbed my attention, so I was really excited to sink my teeth into this story. Well, it was a huge disappointment. I have so many issues with this book that listing them all would make this review the size of a dissertation. So I will just enumerate what irked me the most.The protagonist. If there was a competition of protagonists who make the worst possible decisions and try to get killed (sadly unsuccessfully) at every turn, Cassandra Lee will take the gold medal. Rushing straight into a firefight, though at least she had her bulletproof vest on, unlike her partner. Going alone to investigate a suspicious abandoned house. Getting involved with her mutant partner (more about that later). Generally rushing into without backup or even a sliver of a plan. Yep, that's Cassandra. A few time during the book I wished for a big boulder to fall on her head and grant her the dead wish she seems to have. Add to that the fact that she is rude and antisocial, and it's NOT someone whose story I really want to follow.The multitude of POVs. Some of the POVs in this book were entirely unnecessary. Why give the widow of the killed mutant a point of view if she appears only for one scene and doesn't add anything remotely interesting or important to the story? And speaking of POVs, why give one to Cassandra's first partner if he gets killed in chapter 2?And that's another one of my pet peeves. Why was that move necessary? Why bring him into the story at all, just to kill him off two chapters later? And give him such a stupid death as well. What experienced cop in his right mind would rush into an open intersection, guns blazing, against nine armed men? Without a protective vest to boot. Is it supposed to make me sad? Make me empathize with the protagonist and her loss? What loss though. She barely met the guy and didn't like him much. Needless to say that this move completely missed its mark.The whole mutant / norms deal. The worldbuilding just doesn't make sense. All mutants can potentially carry the pathogen and there is no way of determining who is contagious and who isn't. In a sane world, all of them would be quarantined. Preferably behind a ten foot wall with barbed wire and decontamination stations all around. And nobody would be allowed in or out. What do we have in this world instead? Border zones where norms and mutants intermingle and trade without any protective gear. I mean yes, the mutant women wear something similar to a burka, but it sounds more to hide their deformities than to prevent contamination. And Cassandra ventures into mutant territories without any protective gear at all. That just makes no sense. Either they are contagious to norms and then the partial segregation makes sense, or they're not and then it doesn't make sense.On that note, when Cassandra and Ras first start working together, they don’t even eat at the same table for fear of contamination. Yet later on they have sex. Hello, there is definitely exchange of bodily fluids during that act, unless both parties are wearing full body rubber suits. So how is sex okay when eating together isn't?I could go on and on, but I think I will just stop now. Will I recommend this book to my friends? Hell no.PS. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.

  • Samuel Tyler
    2019-05-05 10:05

    In the world of Urban Fantasy it seems easy to come up with a great concept and then find yourself with no story to fill it. How about this for an idea? The future America is almost destroyed when a virus wipes out half the population, of those that survive half have remained human, the other half have become mutants. Someone needs to police this new status quo, so detectives are still on the beat, catching killers and kidnappers. Sounds like a great idea, just don’t forget the story.Detective Cassandra Lee is the cop in question, she is tasked with finding the kidnapped daughter of a rich religious leader. The case seems to point towards the mutant held Texas Badlands, so Lee must partner with a mutant officer to go south and uncover the truth about a case that is only the weeping scab over a far worse and rancid wound.‘‘Deadeye’’ is the type of genre fiction that has you tearing your hair out, not because the book is just bad, but because it could have been so much better. The world building of William C Dietz is excellent. A crime drama set in a dystopian mutated future should work; the concept of a human based Northern America and a mutant south is intriguing and opens up a treasure trove of possibilities. To be fair to Dietz, he does follow a lot of the possibilities as the reader is taken from human LA to mutant Texas. The two places have a distinct feel from one another, but it was also good to see that cops are cops, no matter where there are, or what they look like.The issues with the book are not found in the world building or even the story, which is standard cop fair, but a multitude of strange writing decisions by the author that pull the reader out of the book. One example is a joke made by Lee offhandly about the death of someone’s mother who died a few days earlier – this should have been removed in the editing process. The odd character choices don’t stop here; at one point our ‘heroes’ seemingly execute a security guard for just doing his job. This is not great from two police officers, but is made even more bizarre when they later come across a group of violent gangsters and decide to tie them up, rather than kill them. It’s ok to kill a person doing their job, but not a professional killer? It feels perhaps that Dietz was writing the book quickly and glanced through it again without really editing the content. The oddness is apparent throughout and is not down to the fantasy elements, but poor writing. Why have an airborne virus that forces you to wear a mask for your own protection; only for you to make love to a carrier – odd, odd, odd.If the world of ‘‘The Mutant Files’’ was not as strong a concept to begin with, all the small petty problems would have probably been drowned out in the averageness of the book, but because the world is great, the multitude of written crimes become highly noticeable. With a little more thought, editing and movement of events, ‘‘Deadeye’’ could have been a decent slice of urban fantasy, instead it is a hodgepodge of a book with a great concept just looking for a coherent story to hang off it. Original review on

  • Kevin
    2019-05-09 12:01

    Introduction to the Mutant Files by Deitz. The story is very engaging, and Cassandra Lee is a strong female character. Recommended.

  • Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
    2019-05-09 17:10

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.I really enjoyed Deadeye more than I thought I would. The whole mutants –norms as a police procedural is obviously nothing new, but the plot and characters kept me engaged the entire time. The story takes place in a futuristic Los Angeles where the city is divided between Norms and Mutants (those affected by a plague that wiped out most of the population, but for those that didn't die, got "mutated"). Our main heroine Cassandra Lee is working on a kidnapping case involving one of the church member’s daughter and a side case…finding the person or persons who killed her father.As some reviewers stated, there is a bit of info dumping at the beginning of the book; on how the plague began, how it is transmitted and what it means to be/treated as a mutant. The world-building is a bit confusing; with some things not really panning out but to be honest I didn't even think much of it. And world-building is always a biggie for me. I was so engrossed in what was happening and the characters that the less than perfect world building didn't bother me. The author did also jump POVs like crazy every other paragraph/ mid-page and at first it was distracting but after a few chapters I got used to it. So, I just wanted to give a heads-up for those who don’t like multiple POVs.Cassandra is a tough as nail character. She’s a lone wolf, blunt and has “a take no BS from anyone” attitude. I immediately liked Cassandra; she’s strong and independent like most heroines I read. She’s antisocial and a bit of a loner (doesn't ever want a partner), while some people might find that off-putting, there is a good reason why she feels that way. There was a character that was killed off early in the…like other reviwers, I was really bummed about it. I was starting to like the person too. However, another replacement was just around the corner and I liked the new guy just as much.Deadeye is a great start to a new sci-fi series and I can’t wait till the next Mutant Files book! The interesting plot, world and characters will keep you turning the pages till you reach the end. This is my first book by Dietz, and it surely will not be my last. I highly recommend this new series to all sci-fi, mystery, and police procedural fans. If you enjoy Alex Hughes Mindspace Investigation series, then you’ll definitely want to jump on this new series!

  • Dragonlady
    2019-05-04 13:05

    Thanks to Bacillus nosilla, a bioengineered plague released in 2038 that decimated the human population, society is now divided into two distinct groups of either the unaffected or “norms” and those who developed an entire range of mutations or “mutants.” It is a hostile world where the norms are terrified of contracting the disease from any contact with the mutants whose movements are restricted while inside city boundaries. Los Angeles detective Cassandra Lee has built a reputation on the force as a competent detective and a crack shot with a nasty habit of losing her partners in the line of duty so when leader of the Church of Human Purity, Bishop Screed discovers his daughter has been kidnapped, he insists Lee be a part of the investigation. Screed is certain mutants have taken Amanda to use as breeding stock and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around with city hall to get her back, unfortunately for Lee, that means partnering with Ras Omo, a mutant deputy. As Lee and Omo dig into the case, they discover a plot far more sinister than human trafficking into the Red Zone and it goes right back into the heart of L.A.Against this backdrop, Lee is obsessed with finding her father’s killer, a psychotic dubbed the Bonebreaker for his gruesome, methodical way of dispatching his victims. Even though Lee has been repeatedly told to drop her off duty investigations, she simply cannot give up, especially when it appears she is getting dangerously close to the endgame. First of the Dead Enders series, this interesting sci-fi has some strong points that are all but lost amidst the numerous point of view changes and some serious inconsistencies. The social structure of this frightened new world and hatred between norms and mutants has a solid, authentic feel but Lee’s character is so over-the-top antisocial, it is difficult to connect with her. Precautions including facemasks, nose filters and special eating restrictions are strictly observed when norms and mutants interact which makes perfect sense, so how is it Lee and Omo can have sex? That is just one of the inconsistencies found in this story which will jump out at readers. Dietz’s world building is top notch and the general storyline is inventive but this a mixed bag which is worth reading, just not the best out there.

  • Deva
    2019-05-06 15:18

    Full review at http://urbanparanormal.blogspot.comWhat did I think? I had a really hard time getting into it. I thought the world building was decent but the character development just wasn't there. In fact, I felt as though Lee and Omo's personalities were exactly the same. I felt every police chiefs personalities were exactly the same and I felt every bad guys personalities were exactly the same. I had a lot of 'head to desk' moments. The main one being when Lee and Omo had sex ............................................If B. Nosilla is airborne, how did they have sex with no consequences to Lee? Maybe Omo, though a mutant, isn't a carrier ...? That's the only thing I can think of. Still, the lead-in was just terrible. Their was no romance to this story at all. I'm always fine with that, but how do you go from no romance and no sexual tension to having sex in the blink of an eye. Why did this happen? This story was fine with out it, it wasn't even needed, it was just forced upon the reader. Their loving each other wasn't even believable because it felt like they were just doing something or feeling some way to pass the time.I thought the Bonebreaker was just horrible.By the way. The entire time, The narrating voice in my head sounded like an old 1950's detective movie. The book even had that feel.So yea the Bonebreaker was horrible. He had the opportunity to kill both Lee and Omo but decided he wasn't read yet so he'd save their asses now and kill Lee later when he felt like it.I can't even say that I liked the escape or the ending because so much was just blah.Too many POV changes.You can just tell this book was written by a man.The only likable character was killed early on.Too many plotholes in the main part of the book ... The mutagen pathogen,Now I have to figure out if I'll continue reading the series.

  • Carien
    2019-05-09 14:13

    When I read the blurb of this book and saw it had mutants, I had to give it a try.And this is a cool read.The mutants are all mostly covered up, and the mutations described weren't the kind I had hoped for, but overall I liked the world building. It felt believable that people would create separate areas where mutants and 'normal' people live. especially as some mutants are contagious.Cassandra Lee however is a bit too perfect. She's tough as nails, a crack shot, and all the guys drool over her beauty. And there's some other things about Cassandra that annoyed me as well. But some casual remarks in the story, make me think that Dietz isn't too familiar with women. Because according to Cassandra Lee all women like matching cabinets, and are just dying to give old, messy kitchens a make over. Yeah... Moving on.Ras Omo is an interesting and cool character, but has an unfortunate name, especially as Cassandra and Ras keep calling each other by their last name. Omo is the name of a leading brand laundry detergent over here. So I will confess his name made me cringe every time it was mentioned.All grumbles out of the way: The story is really cool, and full of action and suspense. I kept reading to find out if Lee and Omo (*cringe* OK, I will just keep calling him Ras from now on.) would solve their case, and if Lee would find out more about the Bonebreaker. The case Lee and Ras are trying to crack gets its resolution in this book, but the Bonebreaker seems like it will become the glue to connect the books in this series. I think I will give the next book in this series a try to see what happens next. I'm also curious if Lee and Ras will get to work together again, or if Perfect 10 Lee will get another partner who can drool over her in the next book.All in all this is a cool read, and I even might give other books by Dietz a try.