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Swing Shift

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Swing Shift, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Reports to write, forms to fill, coffee to drink, leads to run down. 

Gus’s life was a tedium and boredom he’d grown comfortable with. One that he sought out after he’d come back from his tour of duty.

A detective in the paranormal investigations department. A job he could work day in and day out in relative peace. One cold and forgotten cup of coffee at a time. 

It was an environment that made some sense to him. At least in comparison to civilian life where almost nothing did. On top of that, it gave him a chance to hide what he was from the rest of the world. 

An apex predator that made the entirety of the paranormal world fear him. His very species was often killed as soon as they were found out. 

By government and citizen alike. 

He’s a Boogieman. 

A name that made humans laugh, and vampires curse. It was a strange life to be sure. 

Now though, Gus’s stable non-life is about to be kicked over. Whether he likes it or not, he’s about to be handed a case that’s going to mess up his already screwed up life.

©2019 William D. Arand (P)2019 William D. Arand

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Swing Shift

William D Arand is one of the most talented and skilled author's. And it shows with this book I can't wait to buy his next book in this series. And with the voice acting talents and skills of Andrea Parsneau who makes the characters and world come alive with her narration.
This book is bloody brilliant buy and own this book in Kindle and Audible....12/10 stars.

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Great listen

I really enjoyed the story. Although alot of things could be improved upon, such as character relationships, They're a bit too faced paced. There are still some things that were left unexplained and some things that needed more explanation.

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Super entertaining, 90s cop movie vibe with magic

loved the story, it felt like the great late 80s to late 90s cop movies but added magic and other cool abilities, myths and legends. A great read/listen all around. 1 of my favorites in the authors universe so far. Andrea as always does a fantastic job bringing characters to life.

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  • Joe
  • 25-07-2019

Wait. What? I enjoyed this romp?

This book is so far out of my wheelhouse, I was genuinely surprised that I continued to listen after the first chapter.
Although categorised as erotica, the story is not explicit, fading to black at a kiss. Literally. Yes, it has a weird harem vibe going, but the male protagonist is not the "lead", rather dragged into the situation over time. It's not heavy-handed, nor overly misogynistic, though there are more than a few cringeworthy moments with descriptions of women in places, though less than in many "action adventure" stories I've read. I'd call it more polyamorous than harem. with a fetish for hypercompetant women.
In short, I was expecting this to be male power fantasy rubbish. It is not.
What kept me engaged was the world building and some decent characterisations of complex personalities. Gus, the protagonist, is surprisingly ell drawn: a monster with post war trauma who has, even if unknown to himself, a need for forgiveness. His desire to follow protocol continues to be a razor to the chaos of the world both inside, and outside, of himself.
Alas, there are some characters that are less well drawn: the "innocent and shy" Trish who is a nymph is one that is less believable and problematic on several levels. Her character feels "dropped in" and schizophrenic at times.
Now, the story itself. Dang! It's a crime drama ripped right out of Raymond Chander territory. Complex, but as it unravels, everything falls into place. I've read plenty of crime novels that don't do a half of the work in creating a conspiracy that this book does.
Finally, the performance of the book is close to perfect. Andrea's voice acting conveys both character and emotion. She is so good that I've begun hunting down other novels she has worked on. A rare talent.
In summary, this book is not highbrow. It's pure pulp entertainment. But it is mostly executed so well that you can look past some of the problematic issues of the characters.

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Cheeky and fun

Great narrator and a fun and interesting story. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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  • BikeVON
  • 27-07-2019

Meet our new hero Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm

This is the first story that I have read/listened to by William D. Arand. From reading some of the reviews, this world is in the vein of his other works. For me it was a unique story because of the different characters in the paras (paranormal) community.

Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm is a boogieman. The boogieman is the frightening character from your nightmare. It is the ultimate apex predator. It feeds off your fears, can mark you (as in this woman is mine), and fear scent you, which can be permanent or temporary. How fear scenting works is not fully described. I found that disappointing because I missed the nuance of the meaning.

Melody Lark is a contractor. Melody has seven different colors on her face. It makes her a rainbow contractor which is a rarity. It takes a very strong personality to deal with all the emotions and obligations that come with the contracts. The contracts correspond to an emotion or attribute: violet-giving, indigo-fulfilment, yellow-empathy, green-pain and suffering, orange-intellectual, blue-helps recovers from injury, red-sex. With that range of emotions Melody needs constant stimulation and challenges. She is known and The Lark. She thrives on action. Why she became a contractor or the process to become a contractor is not explained.

Gus is a detective for the PID, which is the police department for the pars. He is never physically described. All we are told is that his hair is reddish-brown. From the narrator’s voice I pictured him as 6 foot 275 pounds and all muscled. We get more information about the physical attributes, attractiveness or ethnicity of the women in his life.

This is a world were pars live in hiding while living with humans. ***spoiler*** They can do this because of a mask. This mask has runes which hides their true features. The mask is tied to their driver’s license. Nothing was said on how kids under driving age are masked.

Gus works the swing shift and for PID department that is morning hours. Most pars action is in the evenings. Gus is a humbled and dedicated. He solves cases using standard police procedures. He is tired from his past where he had to be the apex predator to survive. Now he is just content with what he does. There is action of the paranormal type and normal police gun fights.

The characters are interesting, funny (especially Melody) and intelligent. Each character goes through growth and change that enhances their appeal, even Trish who just cleans the office. The plot is filled with surprises. This is a 14-hour story and I was captivated from the beginning until the end. I even purchased the Kindle so I could read when I could not listen.
Even though I liked the narrator’s voice for Gus, for some of the characters it was annoying.

Even with the disappointment I discussed above, I will try another book by the author. I cannot wait until the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2019

Good detective story, in supernatural setting.

Cops act like cops should, characters are great and srory is well made. Very much recomended.

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  • Connie Allman
  • 16-08-2019

fun book

once again he knocked it out of the park with a really good fun read of a book.... but.... he really needs to lay off all the childish little fantasies of having a harem it seems porce whenever he does it in any of his books. the story is usually weigh more than good enough to work as a standalone why do I got a feeling his editor with standing on his head saying you had to had more sex to make it sell??

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-2019

This is a Harem story.

This is a well written and well plotted story, probably not picked up by a publisher due to the harem relasionships. However I think that all the individuals generally have been portrayed with respect. I really liked the overall mood of the story, a bit Noir reminding me of The Wolf Among Us.

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  • Scuzzy1
  • 13-08-2019

A GREAT Read/Listen.... Perfect Narrator

One of the most entertaining books i have listened to in years, Ms. Parsneau is very versatile and made the listen great. I loved the unique plot and hope Mr. Arand can create a great sequel. Yes,.. there were spots where more could be written and the ending could have been strengthened with more "after the fact" story, I still loved it. This was a surprising read and i hope we get more!

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  • Derek
  • 01-08-2019

Swing swift

Honestly this book is incredible and really is the definition of fantasy at least for men. But past that the story is well put together, there was suspense mystery sometimes relief of a bad situation turning good, there’s a lot of action and is unique with the main character being the boogie man which reminded me of John wick lol but overall it was a really good book and recommend it to others that have a fondness for fantasy books it will not lose your attention.

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  • anca
  • 31-07-2019

Good book terrible reader.

The book was nice but for me, the performance of the person reading was absolutely terrible. She made all the male characters sound like the slow male bully you find in every middle school drama.

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  • Robert Theron Scott Hoerz
  • 25-07-2019

Speechless!

I don't know if it's just my personal preferences, but I feel as if this is his best book yet! I'd rant and rave about it, but frankly, that will either under-sell it or over-hype it. So just buy it, and find out for yourself!

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  • Jerry Miller
  • 24-07-2019

Par for the Course

As with all of William Arand's works, there's a lot of boobing boobily around in this one. that said, his writing is always sound and generally enjoyable. my only real complaint is that this one feels a bit like a rehash of Super Sales. The main character is well written and interesting, and expertly performed. The recording itself has occasional pronunciation and emphasis errors, but this is common in most audiobooks.

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  • Nick
  • 21-07-2019

Exciting start to a new series

An awesome start to a new series that I can't wait to see what comes next. It's an exciting new outlook on the supernatural theme that will only get better. William D. Arand is an excellent author and Andrea Parsneau performance brings it to life.

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  • Gavin Whittaker
  • 10-08-2019

Awful, poorly structured soft porn

Hate it! Returning for credit back. Soo disappointed. I loved super sales series but this was just poorly written, Awkward soft porn. Straight from teenage wet dream. Paints all females as second rate fawning wet blankets.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2019

I loved it.

I can't wait for the next book. Andrea's performance knocked it out of the park.

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  • RickG73
  • 31-07-2019

Absolutely brilliant, so funny, great story

Loved this, the adult humor was just perfect without vulgarity, got way better towards the end. I do hope the story and harem continues into many more books. Andrea Parsneau was so perfect with her voices and gave the humour even more impact, absolutely brilliant.

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  • James martin housby
  • 25-07-2019

5 stars all round

Wow. Slightly different direction for William D Arnold but it works so well.
The story is fantastic and as always Andrea Parsneau brings depth and life to each end every character. I honestly can't wait for more in the series.

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  • colum
  • 15-07-2019

another hit!

get ready for another great series from William D Arand
if you like magic monster and gruff detectives you'll love swing shift!