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Melissa F. Olson's thrilling FBI vampire procedural Nightshades series concludes with Outbreak The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation is facing its deadliest challenge, yet—internal investigation! Alex and Lindy are on the hook, and on the run. But when all of the BPI’s captive vampires are broken free from their maximum security prison, and He Melissa F. Olson's thrilling FBI vampire procedural Nightshades series concludes with Outbreak The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation is facing its deadliest challenge, yet—internal investigation! Alex and Lindy are on the hook, and on the run. But when all of the BPI’s captive vampires are broken free from their maximum security prison, and Hector finally steps out of the shadows, Alex must use every trick to stay ahead of both the BPI and the world’s most dangerous shade. Confrontation is inevitable. Success is not. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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Melissa F. Olson's thrilling FBI vampire procedural Nightshades series concludes with Outbreak The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation is facing its deadliest challenge, yet—internal investigation! Alex and Lindy are on the hook, and on the run. But when all of the BPI’s captive vampires are broken free from their maximum security prison, and He Melissa F. Olson's thrilling FBI vampire procedural Nightshades series concludes with Outbreak The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation is facing its deadliest challenge, yet—internal investigation! Alex and Lindy are on the hook, and on the run. But when all of the BPI’s captive vampires are broken free from their maximum security prison, and Hector finally steps out of the shadows, Alex must use every trick to stay ahead of both the BPI and the world’s most dangerous shade. Confrontation is inevitable. Success is not. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Outbreak (Nightshades #3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    The story picked up immediately after the end of book #2, when the 'evil villain' Hector and his army broke the prison that kept shades prisoner. Within hours, FBI turns their investigation to Lindy -- as Hector's twin -- and decides to dismantle the Chicago field of Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Alex and his team, alongside Lindy, have to find a way to defeat Hector once and for all. I LOVED the pace of this book -- it's a page turner for sure. I loved that the team worked together to r The story picked up immediately after the end of book #2, when the 'evil villain' Hector and his army broke the prison that kept shades prisoner. Within hours, FBI turns their investigation to Lindy -- as Hector's twin -- and decides to dismantle the Chicago field of Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Alex and his team, alongside Lindy, have to find a way to defeat Hector once and for all. I LOVED the pace of this book -- it's a page turner for sure. I loved that the team worked together to rally behind Alex and Lindy -- even after knowing that (view spoiler)[their boss and the shade are sleeping together (hide spoiler)] . It's full of developing plans, actions, and a little heartbreak. I did wish that the climax battle between Lindy and Hector to last longer than the way it was written in this book. However, I was pretty satisfied that in the end, it was (view spoiler)[Chase (hide spoiler)] who kill Hector. I thought it made sense, considering (view spoiler)[Chase (hide spoiler)] was the one being mesmerized by Hector to give a lot of information about the bureau. It's a satisfying conclusion of the trilogy. Melissa F. Olson has proven once again why she is one of my favorite urban fantasy authors these days.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Sophia

    Things were in a bit of a jam at the end of book two so I was ready to pounce when this final book in the series came available. Vampires, FBI, betrayals, and an enemy who seems to be holding all the cards was definitely just my thing. Outbreak is book three in an Urban Fantasy trilogy so it does not work standalone or out of order. Alex and Lindy are trying to catch their breath after the bloody and deadly shocking ending to their last case, but then their peace is shattered when Chase bursts in Things were in a bit of a jam at the end of book two so I was ready to pounce when this final book in the series came available. Vampires, FBI, betrayals, and an enemy who seems to be holding all the cards was definitely just my thing. Outbreak is book three in an Urban Fantasy trilogy so it does not work standalone or out of order. Alex and Lindy are trying to catch their breath after the bloody and deadly shocking ending to their last case, but then their peace is shattered when Chase bursts in with news he was mesmerized by Hector and made to be a departmental leak. He had no idea what intel he gave the enemy, but part of it was used to stay a two part prison break that now has everyone scrambling. Alex's FBI team is put on suspension and Lindy is under arrest. Now, they are all right where Hector wants them as he makes his big moves. Things were so dire and exciting right from the start with this one. I enjoyed seeing what Alex and Lindy would do with their backs against the wall. It was going to take a team effort and some ingenuity which is something I've liked all through this series. The middle of the book is the team at work on their plans and the ending was another great climax scene with a bit of a denouement to give the series closure. My only niggles are that during the middle, I did feel some lag while necessary preparations were being made and the epilogue gave closure, but didn't really have any shine to it. What it did do, thankfully, was leave a little window open in case the author wants to jump back in and do some more stories in the Nightshades world. In summary, I loved the author's take on vampires and enjoyed how she paired the paranormal with an FBI procedural. It had some grit and some great suspense and action moments. I enjoyed all the characters and how they came together as a team. Alex and Lindy were a good romantic pairing though romance was only one of the elements. Definitely a nice quick-read trilogy for Urban Fantasy and vampire fans. I rec'd the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    I have really liked Melissa Olson's other series so I decided to give this one a try. While I found the characters interesting I did not really bond with them. There was non-stop action and the world that everything took place in was different and fit the story line. The story seemed to pick up right after the second book and as I had not read either of the pervious books it did take me some time to realize what was going on. For me just an OK series. I think it would have been better if I had r I have really liked Melissa Olson's other series so I decided to give this one a try. While I found the characters interesting I did not really bond with them. There was non-stop action and the world that everything took place in was different and fit the story line. The story seemed to pick up right after the second book and as I had not read either of the pervious books it did take me some time to realize what was going on. For me just an OK series. I think it would have been better if I had read the previous books. This was not a good stand-alone. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandapanda

    3.5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    Fun, light, fast moving series I enjoyed these three urban fantasy books. They are quick reads, light but well-done. Fast-paced and fun. Read them in order.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    3.5 stars. Very quick read, lots of action but no surprises or twists. Good end to the series with enough openness to the ending to allow the author to revisit this world if they choose. Definitely need to read the books in order for maximum enjoyment.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Lucy Dosch

    This series is good but just too short to be great. We start book 4 where we left off on book 3, where shade (vampire) Lindy Frederick and FBI Agent Alex McKenna have just spent the night together and wake up to the news that the shades have all broken out of the FBI holding in Washington DC known as “Camp Vamp.” Many agents were killed in the break out and Alex receives a call from his boss to bring Lindy in. Alex isn’t stupid and as Lindy is the only known shade and even though she has been wor This series is good but just too short to be great. We start book 4 where we left off on book 3, where shade (vampire) Lindy Frederick and FBI Agent Alex McKenna have just spent the night together and wake up to the news that the shades have all broken out of the FBI holding in Washington DC known as “Camp Vamp.” Many agents were killed in the break out and Alex receives a call from his boss to bring Lindy in. Alex isn’t stupid and as Lindy is the only known shade and even though she has been working with the FBI, he knows the FBI wants to bring her in and make her take the fall for the breakout. Alex also knows that Lindy has been working with them on the up and up and wasn’t using her in with the FBI as a front for information. Lindy could have simply used her shade abilities and mesmerized one of the agents for inside information. She didn’t need to work with them to help capture her brother, Hector. So Alex goes rouge and helps Lindy escape her apartment. Alex gets his team involved, as they too have come to trust Lindy, and together they make a plan to take down Hector. They just need to make sure they don’t get caught themselves before their trap has sprung. I am not certain if this is the final story of the Nightshade series, but it does end a story arc. I liked the characters and as always, I was very happy with the narration by Luke Daniels. But my overall problem with the series is the fact that it was a group of novellas, which were each rather short, less than 4 hours of audiobook so the story is ending just as it is really getting started. While the first novella was slow trying to set up the series and introduce the world of shades (vampires), the other two picked up a little more with more plot. With a novella size ending of story arc, the ending came too quick and there was no time for plot twists. The author did attempt to throw Alex and Lindy’s perfect plan off kilter, but you knew, since there wasn’t much story left, that everything was going to end really soon. All the characters we have met over the prior stories are back so once again we can jump back into the story without further introductions but this was still not overly dramatic or exciting for a story arc ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    This entire series of novellas would easily translate to film, and I’d definitely want to watch. Shades (aka vampires) are out of the closet and known to humanity. Shades don’t need or even generally want to hurt the humans they feed on, but the FBI has created an offshoot, the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, to investigate crimes perpetrated by them. Lindy, one of the oldest vampires, has been drafted by the Chicago office of the BPI to help them take on her brother, Hector, who has murdere This entire series of novellas would easily translate to film, and I’d definitely want to watch. Shades (aka vampires) are out of the closet and known to humanity. Shades don’t need or even generally want to hurt the humans they feed on, but the FBI has created an offshoot, the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, to investigate crimes perpetrated by them. Lindy, one of the oldest vampires, has been drafted by the Chicago office of the BPI to help them take on her brother, Hector, who has murdered humans as part of his bid to be recognized as the king of all the shades. In this novella, Hector’s plans come to a head, and Lindy and her BPI allies must figure out a way to take him down. I could totally see this on screen; it’s got all the elements. There’s plenty of action, some of it gory, as the shades clash with the BPI. It’s got an investigative element that could hook in people who like shows like NCIS. The novellas even include a deepening romance between Lindy and Alex, the head of the Chicago BPI. All of these different aspects of the story are woven together very well to create a fast-moving story that I really enjoyed. The whole series is just very entertaining. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes to read urban fantasy. A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Newsholme

    I have enjoyed this series as a whole and I thought this was a decent conclusion, albeit a little abrupt. This third instalment tells the continuing story of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation and its search for the rogue vampire king, Hector as he bids to change the balance of power between humans and shades. The action is consistently good here, with lots of fights that remind us of the strength of the shades, which I enjoyed. I think that the series has introduced some interesting aspe I have enjoyed this series as a whole and I thought this was a decent conclusion, albeit a little abrupt. This third instalment tells the continuing story of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation and its search for the rogue vampire king, Hector as he bids to change the balance of power between humans and shades. The action is consistently good here, with lots of fights that remind us of the strength of the shades, which I enjoyed. I think that the series has introduced some interesting aspects into vampire lore, such as their inability to process synthetic drugs, such as meth, causing them to collapse. Many of the characters are quite one dimensional, but it is the plot that pushes the narrative forward here so I never missed deep character moments, What I do think is an issue was the climax to the shade/human conflict, which felt incredibly rushed and abrupt. This is a real shame because the trilogy has been building really well to a massive showdown that fails to deliver. Overall, I think this is a fun series and I enjoyed this book, with just slight reservations about the end. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Sarah Leenart

    Just as good as the last two instalments of this fast paced, supernatural police procedural mini series, this was proof that quality always overcomes quantity. Sharply violent but with a very human heart, this is where Lindy and Alex must face the evil that Hector has become. Tense throughout, I was practically on the edge of my seat and the ease with which I believed and understood every supernatural aspect is testimony to the world building of Melissa Olson. Shades (as the vampires are accurat Just as good as the last two instalments of this fast paced, supernatural police procedural mini series, this was proof that quality always overcomes quantity. Sharply violent but with a very human heart, this is where Lindy and Alex must face the evil that Hector has become. Tense throughout, I was practically on the edge of my seat and the ease with which I believed and understood every supernatural aspect is testimony to the world building of Melissa Olson. Shades (as the vampires are accurately called in this world) are as one might expect, as good and as evil as their human counterparts and I loved every second of this wonderfully told story. I know that this is the end of the trilogy but I for one hope that there is more to come in this world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela Shockley

    Outbreak picks up right where Switchback left off. And not with a moment to lose. The evolution of Alex and Lindy's relationship wasn't at all surprising, but I could have lived without it. I like that Chase was redeemed in the end. Hector, oh so crazy and infuriating Hector, got what he deserved (let's face it...he was a broken boy in an immortal body!). Solane and Reagan were wonderful, and I like how their story concluded. Other than a lull in the middle, Outbreak is an action-packed roller c Outbreak picks up right where Switchback left off. And not with a moment to lose. The evolution of Alex and Lindy's relationship wasn't at all surprising, but I could have lived without it. I like that Chase was redeemed in the end. Hector, oh so crazy and infuriating Hector, got what he deserved (let's face it...he was a broken boy in an immortal body!). Solane and Reagan were wonderful, and I like how their story concluded. Other than a lull in the middle, Outbreak is an action-packed roller coaster ride. Outbreak was a fantastic continuation to the Nightshades series! I hope there will be more... :) ****Four solid stars****

  12. 3 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    There’s a prison Outbreak (ebook from Tor) of shades (think vampires) from a prison bus. That sets the final chase of the ancient shade, Hector by Alex McKenna of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation and Hector’s sister Lindy. At his heart Hector wants to become the King of the shades, something that hadn’t existed since the death of his father thirteen hundred years ago. Melissa F. Olson has a fun tale of traps by both side until the inevitable confrontation occurs. This is a nice conclusi There’s a prison Outbreak (ebook from Tor) of shades (think vampires) from a prison bus. That sets the final chase of the ancient shade, Hector by Alex McKenna of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation and Hector’s sister Lindy. At his heart Hector wants to become the King of the shades, something that hadn’t existed since the death of his father thirteen hundred years ago. Melissa F. Olson has a fun tale of traps by both side until the inevitable confrontation occurs. This is a nice conclusion to a fun trilogy. Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This one picks up where that last book ( Switchback ) leaves off. A total non stop action romp through the Chicago area. Really enjoyed the Trilogy as a whole and this was a perfect ending for it. Got to see a bit of character development and finality to the whole evil Hector wants to take over the world thing. Would love to see this one get turned into a tv series or movie. Feels like it's made for either one and there seems like there could be so many more stories that could include Lindy and This one picks up where that last book ( Switchback ) leaves off. A total non stop action romp through the Chicago area. Really enjoyed the Trilogy as a whole and this was a perfect ending for it. Got to see a bit of character development and finality to the whole evil Hector wants to take over the world thing. Would love to see this one get turned into a tv series or movie. Feels like it's made for either one and there seems like there could be so many more stories that could include Lindy and Alex. Highly recommend if you're into urban paranormal/horror stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Action-packed, fast paced read, finished in a few hours. Third title in a series which I would probably have enjoyed more if had read books 1 & 2 first. Some confusion regarding relationship between a few characters and motivation behind actions of others.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kat Klein

    Satisfying ending to an entertaining trilogy. The only complaint I have is the s American as many others. It was a bit too abrupt. Still, it was a good read, and I would enjoy reading other story arcs with Alex and Lindy as the main characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Eh. This conclusion to the series was underwhelming. Lindy, Alex, and the BPI face their final showdown with Hector. It was anti-climactic. At least with the other books I enjoy the procedural aspect of the storylines. Not the case here. What a shame.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Steve Isenhower

    Excellent I really like the Nightshades series and this was a great addition. Great characters and great wrap up. The ending could be a series finale but maybe not. I think Alex and Lindy have some adventures left.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Good ending This was a good ending to an interesting story. Melissa I a great storyteller with a slight twist to the usual traditions of paranormal. I recommend all of her stories.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Melissa

    I would give it four stars, but I find these books more novellas than novels. It would be nice if there was more depth to them.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Dee Martin

    good series. Interesting take on vampires, just light enough to keep me reading but not so heavy that it took forever.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ken Liljengren

    Thank You Ms Olson for a really good series. I've enjoyed every page. Thanx from Sweden Ken

  22. 4 out of 5

    Waneta

    Excellent conclusion Like everything by Melissa F. Olson, Outbreak is excellent. It wraps up the story that started in Nightshades but still leaves you wanting more Alex and Lindy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    3.5*

  24. 3 out of 5

    Michael

    The final book in a novella trilogy about vampires or, as they are called in the books, shades. An excellent conclusion to the series and one that I much enjoyed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine B.

    I like this series a lot.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alicia C. Dimond

    It was a quick read. A very food ending to the series. Kinda leaves me wanting to know more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Green

    Fabulous read!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher. Outbreak overlaps with the end of the previous Nightshades book Switchback, and revisits the same events from a different point of view. Lindy and the Chicago BPI pod are being blamed for the shade jailbreak, which is covered in more detail. The whole team is suspended and a SWAT team is sent to bring Lindy in. But Alex and Lindy escape and go on the run, planning to take down the real villain, Hector, Review originally published at Vampire Book Club and based on a copy provided by the publisher. Outbreak overlaps with the end of the previous Nightshades book Switchback, and revisits the same events from a different point of view. Lindy and the Chicago BPI pod are being blamed for the shade jailbreak, which is covered in more detail. The whole team is suspended and a SWAT team is sent to bring Lindy in. But Alex and Lindy escape and go on the run, planning to take down the real villain, Hector, on their own. I love Alex and Lindy together and was happy to get more of them in this book. That means we don’t see quite as much of the other team members’ POVs though. But I loved what I saw of Noelle, the FBI tech nerd who builds the team’s anti-vampire weapons. She’s the grown up, gay, Asian Shuri I didn’t know I needed! A certain bad girl behaved exactly like I thought she would, but I liked her anyway. I also loved that we finally learn about Lindy’s past, as well as the history of the shades going back to the plague. This installment also shows us everything these shades can do with lots of behind the scenes machinations and an action-packed final battle. I really enjoyed this one! The story arc that began with Nightshades is pretty much wrapped up in Outbreak, so this would be a satisfying end to the series. I hope it’s not though. I would love to see Alex and Lindy and the rest of this team take on more cases. The paranormal police procedural was what hooked me on urban fantasy years ago, and I feel like I don’t see enough of them lately. Melissa F. Olson’s series has definitely filled that void for me. And it does it in bite-sized novellas perfect for a quick fix or a serial binge.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Alysa H.

    Olson’s vampire/police procedural continues to please, and has the feel of a number of today’s popular TV shows. The main villain is cartoonishly evil, though there’s an attempt to give him depth via the revelation of more of the backstory he shares with Lindy, his sister vampire working for human law enforcement — and who is now romantically involved with Alex, our main hero cop. It’s also nice to see more of the secondary characters come into their own, and I hope this continues in future inst Olson’s vampire/police procedural continues to please, and has the feel of a number of today’s popular TV shows. The main villain is cartoonishly evil, though there’s an attempt to give him depth via the revelation of more of the backstory he shares with Lindy, his sister vampire working for human law enforcement — and who is now romantically involved with Alex, our main hero cop. It’s also nice to see more of the secondary characters come into their own, and I hope this continues in future installments, making the series more of an ensemble piece rather than keeping the focus on Alex and Lindy’s relationship, though I worry this will be impossible given the ending here. ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Picking up where Switchback left off, the Chicago PBI team is suspended pending an investigation after Hector succeeded in breaking the captive shades out of custody and Lindy is suspected of having been involved. Backed into a corner, Lindy and Alex, along with the remainder of their team, decide to go off the grid and take Hector down once and for all - with some unexpected assistance to aid them. An actionpacked finale for this immensely entertaining series - I just wish it weren't over alread Picking up where Switchback left off, the Chicago PBI team is suspended pending an investigation after Hector succeeded in breaking the captive shades out of custody and Lindy is suspected of having been involved. Backed into a corner, Lindy and Alex, along with the remainder of their team, decide to go off the grid and take Hector down once and for all - with some unexpected assistance to aid them. An actionpacked finale for this immensely entertaining series - I just wish it weren't over already, because I'd love to spend more time in this universe and with these characters.

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