Friday, February 7, 2014

Review: Under the Gun (The Underworld Detection Agency, Book 4) by Hannah Jayne

When you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…

Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating a treacherous inter-office demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood…
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Book Details:

File Size: 555 KB
Print Length: 321 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758281102
Publisher: Kensington Books (February 5, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B009AY3Z72

Sapphyria's Review:

Reviews of Books 1, 2, & 3:

Under Wraps:

Under Attack:

Under Suspicion:

The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles is a series and as such, I would highly suggest you start by reading Books1, 2, & 3 prior to picking up Under the Gun.  This review will most likely contain spoilers for the first 3 novels....Turn back's not too late.....

Ok, I'm going to assume that because you have continued to read this that you have either already read the first two books or you don't care about spoilers.  Too each his/her own!

Book 4 begins with a very nice surprise ~ One that I don't mind putting here since the synopsis on the back of the book spills the beans anyway.  Sophie's former boss, Pete Sampson is back on the scene very much alive.  He brings with him a ton of baggage and requests secrecy about his being back in the city from Sophie - except - Sophie doesn't hide secrets very well, especially being employed in a place where her mind and body language can be read by the Underworld creatures around her.

As per the usual in this series, Sophie is put on a case with Alex (this was only different in Book 3, since Alex was largely absent) - actually, Sophie puts herself on a case with Alex, much to his protest.   This time, instead of Underworld creatures being killed, there is a rogue creature out indiscriminately killing humans and leaving them out in the open to be discovered.  Plus, whoever/whatever is doing this is leaving inhuman evidence implicating one race of creatures.  Someone is setting someone else up to take the fall for these killings.  But why and who? 

Sophie also learns that there's a contract out on Sampson's life.  One that can be ended without the death of Sampson, but Sophie needs to find out who holds it, ordered it, or where it's at so she can destroy it.  I was surprised to find out exactly who was behind the goings on in this novel.  I really like Sophie's feistiness and go-get-em attitude.  I do sometimes wish she would tone things down a notch and ask for help more often - it would save her a lot pain and injury, but then again, she wouldn't be Sophie - human among the demons - if she wasn't a bonehead.

In Under the Gun, San Fran also has a surprising stint of hot weather and sun.  This forces all the vamps, Nina and Vlad included, to stay indoors or risk burning to a crisp.  This causes both Nina and Vlad into whiny bloodsuckers that are pretty funny.  I just love the Sophie-Nina-Vlad roommate scenario 

The intensity of the situations involved in this installment and the well written characters and dialogue made Under the Gun a fantastic fourth book.  If you were disappointed with Book 3, as a lot of people seemed to be, Book 4 more than makes up for it.  I, myself, have found all of the books to be great reads and have had very few complaints about the content of any of them.

There is always humor mixed in with tragedy, which is a lot like reality.  I know many people who toss humor into situations to lighten them or change a focus to something less traumatic/dramatic.  There's nothing wrong with this and makes the tension melt a bit.  

If you felt like giving up after book 3, I really encourage you to grab Book 4 anyway and give it a whirl.  I think you'll really like Under the Gun.

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