Shepherd’s Moon by Stacy Mantle
Published October 25, 2011
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It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals…
The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do. Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker.
In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation – an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon.
Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who’s been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat.
Alex is a shepherd. Though still human, she can hear and read animals thoughts, and thoughts of were-animals, like that of her pack. She lives with a pack of were-animals ranging from wolves to coyotes to jaguars to even a horse shifter. Oh, and did I mention that they even have a vampire in their pack? Her and her pack are like a secret sector of the police, policing the paranormal and cleaning up the messes. Basically taking care of that which normal humans can’t be aware of.
This book reads just like a crime/police novel. If you’re a say a James Patterson fan, or basically a fan of the police drama fiction books, this book might be for you. The heroine is pretty kick ass. Her job is to take care of her pack, and she does her job and does it well. The characters were pretty likable, especially Billy, Alex’s partner, who I had a special spot for.
The book started a little slow and took a long time to pick up. For me it never really did. I couldn’t connect to the writing style, but that’s because it is written like a crime drama, which I’m usually not a fan of. There was nothing wrong with the writing style or the story per se, it just didn’t connect with me because its not my usual style of book. But if that is your thing, and if you are also a lover of the paranormal, than you might really like this book.