Title: The Syndicate
Author: Shelena Shorts
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publications
Source: ARC Tour
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.
The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.
Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.
The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.
Since I started posting reviews of the books I read, I’ve found that I’m a lot more critical than I used to be. I used to be able to just sit back and get lost in the story, regardless of the writing or any continuity issues. Now, I notice them and it can be somewhat distracting – even when the story is fantastic.
This book was somewhat affected by this curse. It’s not until two-thirds of the way through the book that we even find out what the Syndicate actually is and who/what the Hybrids are. And frankly – I’m still not entirely positive of that story. It seemed to go “Once upon a time there was a creature that infected humans with something that made them change into killers and now we kill them.” The whole thing is really very vague.
That being said, I truly enjoyed the story. I’m really hoping it’s the start of a series and not a stand-alone novel. The premise is fairly unique – a family organization that protects humans from the creatures that go bump in the night – but not vampires or werewolves or witches.
Vasile, despite the odd name, is the best kind of a hero for a story. He’s very loyal but not to the point of blind obedience. Though he’s trained to kill, it’s only to take down the Hybrids. When his new assignment – to kill a human girl – seems to fly against the face of everything he’s ever been taught, he fights it – unwilling to taint his family’s history. And when he meets his intended victim, sparks fly.
Vasi must find out what’s true and what’s a lie – before it’s too late.
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