“Outbreak – Nightshades #3” by Melissa F Olson

“Outbreak” is the final novella of a three novella set about a special FBI unit hunting vampires, I’ve already reviewed “Nightshades” and “Switchback”

Like them, “Outbreak” was a light,fast – this-would-make-great-TV type of read. It’s original, fast-paced and has some great action scenes.

I found the final resolution a little low key but there was enough good stuff along the way to make up for that.

Although we get some good vampire-backstory stuff that fits well with the motivations that drive the plot, the characterisation is very thin and nobody develops much. By comparison to Melissa F Olson’s other books, this feels more like an outline than a novel.

The only thing I didn’t like was the way these novellas were released. It seems to be a thing with publishers at the moment to split a novel into three or four pieces and then drip-feed them to readers. I guess it’s a way of keeping the authors’ name in front of people and it probably makes more revenue overall. What pushed this to beyond being an irritating marketing tactic was how long the drip feeding took. There was a two-year gap between the first and third novella. It was hard to sustain any sense of momentum. I’d rather have bought all three novellas as a novel.

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