Transylvania Detective Squad

Transylvania Detective SquadA Brave Young Detective In Purgatory Must Stop The Most Notorious Villain Of All Time From Returning From The Grave Just a few pages into this story, I was sitting going WOW, this is amazing It s such an original, unique take on the whole supernatural world So here s a bit about the story, then we ll get into what I thought The story starts with an intriguing and interesting recap of another person s tale, Major Green It is meant for a guide for Tom Flynn, who is being sent to war It tells of how the Germans captured Major Green and tried to convince him, during recovery of retrograde Amnesia, that he Just a few pages into this story, I was sitting going WOW, this is amazing It s such an original, unique take on the whole supernatural world So here s a bit about the story, then we ll get into what I thought The story starts with an intriguing and interesting recap of another person s tale, Major Green It is meant for a guide for Tom Flynn, who is being sent to war It tells of how the Germans captured Major Green and tried to convince him, during recovery of retrograde Amnesia, that he was a German spy in the British camp Tom is in the middle of the war 1944, when he s killed When he arrives in Britannia, a Realm of Purgatory, he believes that Germans have set up an elaborate plot to confuse him.However, Tom soon realises that he s not been captured by the Germans and it isn t all a ploy With his skills, he s sent to work in the The Transylvania Flying Squad of Detectives, a police department located in the Realm of Britannia, Transylvania City, where the deep dark souls live Vampires, werewolves, goblins and witches run amok in Transylvania City and Tom is the newest member of the police force there.Intriguing isn t it Well, it only gets better Because Tom arrives in the middle of a little conundrum Strange things are going on and even the police captain Red, doesn t understand what s happening Can Tom figure it out The blurb for this book hints at one of the worst villains throughout all history With the title of this book, you would assume that this meant Dracula or Vlad the Impaler, both of whom are mentioned throughout the story However, this isn t right The villain is muchmysterious andof a surprise when you come across their name and history.What I loved about this book was that the supernatural aspect, while mentioned a lot and the basis for the atmosphere, scenery etc, was actually the secondary story First and foremost the Transylvania Flying Squad of Detectives is a detective novel and murder mystery It had me engrossed the whole way through, never knowing who or what people were of if they were who or what they said they were Overall, a fascinating, intriguing story In my opinion, it was left open forto come and I can t wait Most fun I ever had reading a book I read this in one sitting and then read it again the next day after coming across some of the comments left here This book is simply the best and I had not heard of it till I accidently came across it here at Goodreads It is so much fun and the only thing I can say negative is that the sequel is not out It actually hurts waiting for it.As for a movie I m all in pushing for this book to be made into a movie I just don t know who to wish for to star in it Most fun I ever had reading a book I read this in one sitting and then read it again the next day after coming across some of the comments left here This book is simply the best and I had not heard of it till I accidently came across it here at Goodreads It is so much fun and the only thing I can say negative is that the sequel is not out It actually hurts waiting for it.As for a movie I m all in pushing for this book to be made into a movie I just don t know who to wish for to star in it Ryan Gosling Emma Stone This is simply the most exciting murder mystery ever, and the ending is wham bang fun and full of twists.Tom Flynn is maybe not as smart as Sherlock Holmes, but so muchfun to root for.Also the writing in this book is just so smart, some of the best descriptions ever I loved the speech the villain gives at the end explaing why he needs a victory against Tom It is some of the superb dialogue in this novel and it s not even the best one I don t wan t to spoil it for you you have just got to read this fantastic stroy Rip roaring YA adventure that appears to be Taylor made for a series I hope Just crying out to be made into a film. This book will change your life for the better It is so entertaining and exciting Would make the best movie since Men in Black The following review is for The Transylvania Flying Squad Of Detectives, by M.L Dunn The copy I read was provided by either the author or the publisher free of charge through the GoodReads FirstReads program I have not been, nor will I be, compensated in any manner by the publisher, author, GoodReads, or anyone affiliated with any of these people or entities for my review.Since I like to give good news first, let us start with the good points of this book I liked it I really liked it a lot The following review is for The Transylvania Flying Squad Of Detectives, by M.L Dunn The copy I read was provided by either the author or the publisher free of charge through the GoodReads FirstReads program I have not been, nor will I be, compensated in any manner by the publisher, author, GoodReads, or anyone affiliated with any of these people or entities for my review.Since I like to give good news first, let us start with the good points of this book I liked it I really liked it a lot For the most part, the story and plot move along swiftly with mostly believable characters, most of whom have a good sense of depth to them The book was written in the style I like best just enough description for my imagination to take over without being verbose or flowery or, heavens forbid, Dickensian in nature The book starts with Tom, our leading character, dying in WWII and winding up in Britannia Purgatory for his next life He is met by Mr Jordan, who is tasked with routing incoming residents to where they can fit in the best and do the work they do the best Tom is a bit of a perplexing person to place as he s from the United States, and people from the U.S normally wind up in the New Amsterdam Realm After a bit of discussion, a change of clothes, and a last minute impulsive decision on Tom s part, Tom decides to go to Transylvania and join their police force there as a detective hence the name The Transylvania Flying Squad of Detectives, and no, the detectives do not get to fly On the way to Transylvania City, Tom meets up with another recruit, Mike Horne, who also died fighting in WWII and arrived in Britannia that very day as well Tom and Mike get along just fine on the train ride into Transylvania City, where things start to get very weird, very quickly Once in Transylvania City, we meet a decent cast of characters, including vampires, werewolves, rock trolls, gremlins, goblins, witches, and the like We even meet who turns out to be the ultimate villain in the book, we just don t know it yet The story continues to flow at a decent pace, gradually speeding up towards the end where by the last 20 pages or so, I had the book grasped tightly in both hands, words mere inches from my face so as to see them better, and reading just as fast as I could to find out what happened next, how Tom got out of each jam he found himself in and he found himself in an almost implausible number of jams to get out of at the end.I ll bet you re wondering, if I liked the book so much and found it so engrossing, especially at the end, why did I give such a low star rating The reason for that is two fold First, I thought the beginning of the book could have been done better The author spends an entire prologue on this story Tom heard while he was in training about how the Germans tried to turn a captured Allied pilot into a double agent by using the pilot s amnesia to concoct this entire story about how he was really a German spy and had infiltrated the RAF two years earlier This was a good premise, and the author frequently had Tom remembering back to the lecture about this pilot, but then he only uses it for maybe 2 pages at the beginning of the first chapter He really could have done something with that premise and not had Tom believing Mr Jordan quite so quickly about being in Purgatory But the author didn t He set up this wonderful premise, and then he didn t use it to it s fullest extent The other reason I gave such a low star rating was because of the constant errors in the book I hope the copy I received was an uncorrected proof copy because the grammatical errors, typos, missing words, added words, sentences that just didn t make any sense, misspellings, and poor editing plague the book and almost bring it to its knees I would expect in a novel this size for there to be nothan one, maybe two, if I m feeling generous, errors for the whole book Unfortunately, there was an average of one to two errors per chapter Errors of this sort really interfere with the enjoyable reading of a book because just as you re really getting into the story, I mean really into it disbelief has been suspended you re jarred back into the real word by a sentence that makes no sense, a typo, a punctuation error that changes the meaning of what you re reading, a missing word, and extra word, or just plain poor grammar Now hopefully my copy is an uncorrected proof copy, even though it doesn t say that it is, and hopefully these errors are corrected in the copies that are available for sale, because The Transylvania Flying Squad of Detectives is a fun read that deserves better than to have its readers turned off by all the lazy errors Those are the two reasons I rated this book so low If someone can prove to me that the errors are corrected in the sale copies I will very happily add a star to my rating.So, basically, if you can handle the errors without them disrupting your reading flow too badly, you like detective mystery stories, and you like a lot of weird sprinkled around your books, The Transylvania Flying Squad of Detectives is for you And maybe you can be the one to tell me why the detectives don t fly if they re a flying squad of detectives.5 2 13 ETA I received a nice message from the author today It seems he is working diligently to take care of the grammatical, spelling, and other technical errors I was complaining of He also hinted at a change near the end that would bring the tale from the beginning full circle and make itrelevant to the story Ordinarily, I d wait to see the changes made first before upgrading my rating, but honestly, I loved the story and I want it to be rated higher than three stars, so I ve gone ahead and upgraded it to four stars So, I d say get the next edition of the book, because once the problems are fixed, it s going to be great StarsDefinitely the best detective mystery thriller of the year.I would love to see maybe Jake Gyllenhall as Tom Flynn Emma Stone as Rebecca I bought this book cause I came across it at Library Journal.Glad I did, because it it great Highly inventive Lot of fun to read and the ending is top notch.http reviews.libraryjournal.com image error Library Journal News Opinion Tech Reviews Events Webcasts Job Zone Newsletters Social Media Facebook LibraryJournal LJReviews Google Tumblr Flickr Manage Your LJ Account Contact the Editors Submit Materials for Review Review for LJ About Follow LJReviews on TwitterLibrary J I bought this book cause I came across it at Library Journal.Glad I did, because it it great Highly inventive Lot of fun to read and the ending is top notch.http reviews.libraryjournal.com image error Library Journal News Opinion Tech Reviews Events Webcasts Job Zone Newsletters Social Media Facebook LibraryJournal LJReviews Google Tumblr Flickr Manage Your LJ Account Contact the Editors Submit Materials for Review Review for LJ About Follow LJReviews on TwitterLibrary Journal ReviewsPreviews, Reviews, and Collection Development Subscribe to LJ Prepub Alert Books Media Reference Collection Development Readers Advisory In the Bookroom SELF e You are here Home Readers Advisory Books for Dudes A Total Hot Mess of Bookage Books for DudesA Total Hot Mess of Bookage Books for DudesBy Douglas Lord on December 18, 2014 1 CommentTo paraphrase Dean Martin Ain t life a kick in the head Choosing the BFD picks of December has been impossibly difficult given the sheer amount of awesomeness going on in the world of writers creating books dudes should read Winnowing down the entries to only seven was the work of many hours, costing me so many cups of coffee that BFD HQ burned through two Keurig machines It was worth the pain, though, because I m able to share a total hot mess of bookage A detective novel set in the afterlife, a book of poetic short stories all about faraway conflicts, three nonfiction titles about teamwork, heroism, and how far being nice can get you, a lifelong Sasquatch hunt, and Matt Sumell s wicked rockin debut novel about a hella energetic, confused dude finding his way in the world, a story that goes to show you can t keep a good man down not for long anyway.P.S Don t miss the 2014 LJ Books for Dudes Eleven Best Books countdown of 2014 I ll announce one per day on the ol LJ BFD twitlink.squad 188x300 A Total Hot Mess of Bookage Books for DudesDunn, Merritt L The Transylvania Detective Squad CreateSpace 2014 277p ISBN 9781503007772 11.99 FLet s make it clear at the outset that this is a small budget self published affair its lack of pretension and literary aspiration both of which qualities succeeded so wildly for James Brotherton in Reclaiming the Dead work to its advantage It s straight ahead pulpy fiction in a simple, soft boiled Mike Hammer Philip Marlowe gumshoe style, and surprisingly successful The story follows Tom Flynn, a World War II soldier killed in action who goes to Purgatory, aka Britannia, where everything resembles a gothic past England was about 1922 fashion, the trains, technology Within five pages the stoic Flynn is recruited for the Transylvania Flying Squad of detectives As Flynn raps with his new boss on the train to the city, he starts getting a load of what s to come, that Transylvania City is not, how you say, normal Somewhat akin to Terry Pratchett s Discworld, all sorts of magical creatures trolls, werewolves, witches, vampires, golems, book reviewers live there, which allows Dunn to mash up the detective intrigue with interwar British motifs and otherworldly characters, spells, potions, and whatnot Detectives are tasked with protecting tourists and preventing mischief, which includes stopping anybody from using magic to affect things back on Earth Soon, though, Tom is thrust headlong into a crazy assed situation where he s trying to head off a hurricane of crap starring Jack the Ripper, who s newly returned from the Dark Realms and dying to get back to Earth to continue his ripping ways Plus fast, nonstop action and fun minus the plot can feel a bit patchy and descriptions are meager VERDICT What can one man do with pen and paper You ll be pleasantly surprised as Dunn has churned out a damned good book for the price An Engaging, Old Fashioned Supernatural Gangster Sort of StoryThink of the old Untouchables TV show that had Eliot Ness and his FBI crimebusters fighting gangsters in the United States during the Depression Now, put the action in an isolated city, Transylvania , in Purgatory Switch the gangsters into vampires, goblins, witches and the like Make the FBI the Transylvania Detective Squad Set the whole undertaking in a society frozen in the 1920 s, with an urban English feel Instead of havin An Engaging, Old Fashioned Supernatural Gangster Sort of StoryThink of the old Untouchables TV show that had Eliot Ness and his FBI crimebusters fighting gangsters in the United States during the Depression Now, put the action in an isolated city, Transylvania , in Purgatory Switch the gangsters into vampires, goblins, witches and the like Make the FBI the Transylvania Detective Squad Set the whole undertaking in a society frozen in the 1920 s, with an urban English feel Instead of having a hero who is a rookie assigned to the Untouchables squad, have a hero who has just died in World War II, has just arrived in Purgatory, and has been assigned as the newest member of the Transylvania Detective Squad.Well, that s exactly what you get here, and it works remarkably well All of the old forms that you would recognize from any old cop show get to be reimagined, freshened up, and remolded into something new and entertaining And a few interesting choices by the author elevate this even a bitLike an old black and white TV cop gangster show from the 1950 s this book has grit and suspense and excitement, but is presented at about a PG 13 level There is a touch of romance, and a murder or two, but little overt violence and mostly just suggestions of gore This is like those old westerns in which the good guys always just get winged in the shoulder during a gunfight, and are fine a day or two later At first I thought that was going to feel like something of a cop out by the author, but it actually made the plot and the dialogue and the actionfun and entertaining It also made the book appropriate for younger readers, and I d be curious to see how it would be received by a YA, and maybe even a middle grade, reader.The other appealing aspect is that the author nicely balances world building with the gangster action mystery You could probably write another 400 pages into this book explaining and describing Purgatory, and how you end up there, and so on But, rather than that, we get the rookie hero s orientation and then some exposition every few pages providing background, or explanation or just answering questions that the hero, and the reader , have That was fine by me because for some light mystery action reading I just need enough clever variety and world building to keep things moving forward, and I don t care at all about plot holes as long as they aren t too over the top.The upshot for me was that this was an imaginative, well conceived, entertaining diversion It had perfectly appealing lead characters, a general sense of good humor, some decent lines and set scenes, and tightly written if fairly predictable action sequences A nice find Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsingKindle freebies I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book Let s make it clear at the outset that this is a small budget self published affair its lack of pretension and literary aspiration both of which qualities succeeded so wildly for James Brotherton in Reclaiming the Dead work to its advantage It s straight ahead pulpy fiction in a simple, soft boiled Mike Hammer Philip Marlowe gumshoe style, and surprisingly successful The story follows Tom Flynn, a World War II soldier killed in action who goes to Purgatory, aka Britannia, where everything r Let s make it clear at the outset that this is a small budget self published affair its lack of pretension and literary aspiration both of which qualities succeeded so wildly for James Brotherton in Reclaiming the Dead work to its advantage It s straight ahead pulpy fiction in a simple, soft boiled Mike Hammer Philip Marlowe gumshoe style, and surprisingly successful The story follows Tom Flynn, a World War II soldier killed in action who goes to Purgatory, aka Britannia, where everything resembles a gothic past England was about 1922 fashion, the trains, technology Within five pages the stoic Flynn is recruited for the Transylvania Flying Squad of detectives As Flynn raps with his new boss on the train to the city, he starts getting a load of what s to come, that Transylvania City is not, how you say, normal Somewhat akin to Terry Pratchett s Discworld, all sorts of magical creatures trolls, werewolves, witches, vampires, golems, book reviewers live there, which allows Dunn to mash up the detective intrigue with interwar British motifs and otherworldly characters, spells, potions, and whatnot Detectives are tasked with protecting tourists and preventing mischief, which includes stopping anybody from using magic to affect things back on Earth Soon, though, Tom is thrust headlong into a crazy assed situation where he s trying to head off a hurricane of crap starring Jack the Ripper, who s newly returned from the Dark Realms and dying to get back to Earth to continue his ripping ways Plus fast, nonstop action and fun minus the plot can feel a bit patchy and descriptions are meager VERDICT What can one man do with pen and paper You ll be pleasantly surprised as Dunn has churned out a damned good book for the price.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal This book borrows heavily from all the legends we know about witches, vampires, rock trolls, goblins, and then pushes them all into a realm we ve all heard of And ends up creating a very original story To be truthful I probably would have never picked up this book because of the title, but I saw it get glowing reviews in a number of groups I m in and I m always looking for something new, so I took a chance and picked up a copy, and I am so glad I did The author, ML Dunn, takes a fantastical si This book borrows heavily from all the legends we know about witches, vampires, rock trolls, goblins, and then pushes them all into a realm we ve all heard of And ends up creating a very original story To be truthful I probably would have never picked up this book because of the title, but I saw it get glowing reviews in a number of groups I m in and I m always looking for something new, so I took a chance and picked up a copy, and I am so glad I did The author, ML Dunn, takes a fantastical situation and a dynamic place and weaves a wonderful action adventure that is filled with tense situations, great characters, and a very enjoyable story line In reading reviews beforehand people kept mentioning again and again how this book would make a really cool movie and I have to say that I couldn t agreeFrom the eerie setting, to the wild characters, to the crazed action sequences, this book has all the parts that would make a great film I know it played out like one in my head as I read it Please take my advice on this one, look past the title, buy this book, and just start reading, because I m pretty sure your going to enjoy it I know I did