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Eleri wanted a different kind of case. She should have been careful what she wished for. When an odd human skeleton in Michigan’s Manistee-Huron National Forest triggers a NightShade investigation, Eleri and Donovan arrive to find it missing. But two other skeletons are a little too easily uncovered—each displays different anomalies that raise alarming questions. The bones a Eleri wanted a different kind of case. She should have been careful what she wished for. When an odd human skeleton in Michigan’s Manistee-Huron National Forest triggers a NightShade investigation, Eleri and Donovan arrive to find it missing. But two other skeletons are a little too easily uncovered—each displays different anomalies that raise alarming questions. The bones aren’t from the area or probably even the continent. A decades-old abandoned building doesn’t register on satellite images. Files detailing genetic experiments on children are even more disturbing, and most of the children are unaccounted for. Who were the test subjects and where are the bodies? Eleri and Donovan believe there are others out there who haven’t died yet. But they will, if something isn’t done. Fast. If the case itself wasn’t enough of a problem, someone is watching. Someone with a particular interest in Donovan’s own skeletal anomalies . . .


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Eleri wanted a different kind of case. She should have been careful what she wished for. When an odd human skeleton in Michigan’s Manistee-Huron National Forest triggers a NightShade investigation, Eleri and Donovan arrive to find it missing. But two other skeletons are a little too easily uncovered—each displays different anomalies that raise alarming questions. The bones a Eleri wanted a different kind of case. She should have been careful what she wished for. When an odd human skeleton in Michigan’s Manistee-Huron National Forest triggers a NightShade investigation, Eleri and Donovan arrive to find it missing. But two other skeletons are a little too easily uncovered—each displays different anomalies that raise alarming questions. The bones aren’t from the area or probably even the continent. A decades-old abandoned building doesn’t register on satellite images. Files detailing genetic experiments on children are even more disturbing, and most of the children are unaccounted for. Who were the test subjects and where are the bodies? Eleri and Donovan believe there are others out there who haven’t died yet. But they will, if something isn’t done. Fast. If the case itself wasn’t enough of a problem, someone is watching. Someone with a particular interest in Donovan’s own skeletal anomalies . . .

30 review for The Atlas Defect

  1. 5 out of 5

    catherine ♡

    *Thank you to Griffyn Ink for providing a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.* Actual Rating: 3.75 I liked this. I liked this a lot. When I first opened up this book and read the blurb, I wondered what genre it would be. From the summary, it seems like it would be mystery or just any other detective novel, but evidently this was not the case. Yes, there was some mystery to it, and yes, there was some suspense, but there was also a bit of an urban fantasy feel to it that really made the s *Thank you to Griffyn Ink for providing a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.* Actual Rating: 3.75 I liked this. I liked this a lot. When I first opened up this book and read the blurb, I wondered what genre it would be. From the summary, it seems like it would be mystery or just any other detective novel, but evidently this was not the case. Yes, there was some mystery to it, and yes, there was some suspense, but there was also a bit of an urban fantasy feel to it that really made the story different from any other detective novel that I've ever read. I think a plot was definitely the strongest part of this book. The pace was very fast, and the second I opened the book, I was hooked. I really wanted to know what direction the story was going in, especially how much of it would be science and how much of it would be fantasy. However, I did have a little bit of trouble keeping up with the characters and there seem to be some backstory that I was missing out on. But I wonder if this was because I went into the story without reading the previous books; I was told that this would be alright as a standalone, but I rarely start in the middle of a series, and this might be why. Sometimes I felt like I didn't really understand the characters (or the relationships between them) as well as I could have, and sometimes things happened that I felt a bit confused about because I didn't have any background knowledge. Nevertheless I thought the writing style was a very good aspect, as it moved the story along at a very quick pace and I could definitely immerse myself in the plotline. I enjoyed the literary devices that the author employed to make the story more exciting, whether it was dramatic irony or suspenseful dialogue. Either way, I would definitely read the other books in the series and this book was definitely an interesting and unique read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    J C Steel

    Eleri Eames was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and a mystic for a grandmother. Her uncanny string of successful profiles for the FBI left her facing an inquiry into whether she’d been involved...until NightShade scooped her and her instincts up and put her to work. With her partner, Donovan Heath, Eleri is following up on a report of ‘weird’ bones in a national forest – in a snowstorm. Happily, the snow isn’t a problem for Donovan’s nose – the fact that ‘weird’ might be an understatement, Eleri Eames was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and a mystic for a grandmother. Her uncanny string of successful profiles for the FBI left her facing an inquiry into whether she’d been involved...until NightShade scooped her and her instincts up and put her to work. With her partner, Donovan Heath, Eleri is following up on a report of ‘weird’ bones in a national forest – in a snowstorm. Happily, the snow isn’t a problem for Donovan’s nose – the fact that ‘weird’ might be an understatement, on the other hand, is liable to crack open something that no one wants to see the light of day. The Atlas Defect was a highly enjoyable read, offering plausibly imperfect characters and an original slant on shape-shifters. Despite being the third in the NightShade Forensic Files series, I had no trouble reading it as a standalone; there was enough back-story evoked as the adventure progressed to flesh out the characters, without leaving the pacing bogged down in an info-dump. ‘GJ’ Janson was the only real weak point in the story for me; she went to far too much trouble to insert herself into the investigation to roll over that easily when push came to shove (trying not to drop too many spoilers here). Other than that, the plot contains a nice mix of macabre and mystery, the pacing is good, and the twists were nicely handled. Certainly one to add to your to-read list. Reviewed for By Rite of Word.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    The Atlas Defect is an amazing story. I would give it 4 ½ stars. Right from the beginning the story grabs the reader and pulls them on a headlong journey through a well-constructed sci-fi thriller. The characters, especially the ones that have appeared in earlier books in the Nightshade Forensics series, were richly developed. More nuances of their characters are being revealed. Scudiere proves once again her prowess at creating plausible stories that the reader just cannot put down. The only dra The Atlas Defect is an amazing story. I would give it 4 ½ stars. Right from the beginning the story grabs the reader and pulls them on a headlong journey through a well-constructed sci-fi thriller. The characters, especially the ones that have appeared in earlier books in the Nightshade Forensics series, were richly developed. More nuances of their characters are being revealed. Scudiere proves once again her prowess at creating plausible stories that the reader just cannot put down. The only drawbacks I found in the story was the lack of a true antagonist and the story felt like it ended too abruptly, without any real closure to the case. Sure, most of the questions were answered. However I felt like they could have been answered in a more visceral way. I was especially disappointed in how the discovery of one of the main character’s secret by a character first mentioned in this story was never really resolved. Overall I would still highly recommend The Atlas Defect to all fans of Sci-fi thrillers as well as all fans of Scudiere’s other books. I believe they will certainly enjoy the story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Loy

    This is the third in the series about two “different” FBI agents. They are part of a unit called NightShade. Donovan and Eleri. They investigate unusual cases. Human bones were found in the cold and snowy woods. While out in the woods they feel watched. Whose bones? Why is the first skeleton missing? Why do they have the same anomalies as Donovan? It turns out they are being stalked by unknown persons. Lucky for them one is former army “Walter Reed” a vet turned private eye they met in the second This is the third in the series about two “different” FBI agents. They are part of a unit called NightShade. Donovan and Eleri. They investigate unusual cases. Human bones were found in the cold and snowy woods. While out in the woods they feel watched. Whose bones? Why is the first skeleton missing? Why do they have the same anomalies as Donovan? It turns out they are being stalked by unknown persons. Lucky for them one is former army “Walter Reed” a vet turned private eye they met in the second book. She has questions about their unit. Donovan in particular. What was interesting is when Dovovan, the stronger of the two is hurt, Eleri is up to the challenge. She has never really accepted her gift, but in this book, she steps up and uses what she must to help the Dovovan and the case. I have read all three in the series all of them grabbed my interested, worth a read. Thanks to the author I was able to read this book in advance. I have read almost everything A. J. Scudiere has written, her works is fresh, different and worth reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve Bradshaw

    The Atlas Defect begins with a well-crafted forensic teaser that builds the suspense throughout the story. It lights the “fire of interest” for the unique main characters. You feel the robust landscapes of the story as the mystery grows and danger intensifies. Eleri and Donovan are seamlessly developed within the tapestry of story that keeps you turning the pages. They possess a fascinating mix of strengths and weaknesses that make their harrowing march toward truth breathtaking and plausible. T The Atlas Defect begins with a well-crafted forensic teaser that builds the suspense throughout the story. It lights the “fire of interest” for the unique main characters. You feel the robust landscapes of the story as the mystery grows and danger intensifies. Eleri and Donovan are seamlessly developed within the tapestry of story that keeps you turning the pages. They possess a fascinating mix of strengths and weaknesses that make their harrowing march toward truth breathtaking and plausible. This author does a masterful job weaving complex forensic science and fanciful fringe science. The blurring of the line keeps you on the edge as you take on the mission. You will feel everything. This book pulls you in. The NightShade Forensic Files could only be written by someone with solid forensic expertise and a love for the fringe from where all science emerges. Bravo A.J. Scudiere!

  6. 5 out of 5

    D.B.

    Donovan and Eleri are back for their weirdest case to date. And they're not alone. When they set out to determine the origin of odd skeletal remains, they find themselves at the center of a decades' old mystery that spans two continents, several states, and puts them in the crosshairs of one old acquaintance and one new. They're being followed, but by friend or foe? And what are they to do when live people bearing the strange skeletal abnormalities turn up? I absolutely adore this paranormal suspe Donovan and Eleri are back for their weirdest case to date. And they're not alone. When they set out to determine the origin of odd skeletal remains, they find themselves at the center of a decades' old mystery that spans two continents, several states, and puts them in the crosshairs of one old acquaintance and one new. They're being followed, but by friend or foe? And what are they to do when live people bearing the strange skeletal abnormalities turn up? I absolutely adore this paranormal suspense series and have fallen even more in love with the two primary characters, especially Donovan. No spoilers, but you'll get a lot more up close and personal with the former ME and modern day werewolf Donovan. Highly recommend!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leon Rogson

    It has a defect While I liked the writing, the story had no conclusion. The army’s goal were benefiting mankind? Give me a break! So, we have brutality piled onto brutality and no resolution. Bad way to end an interesting story. There has been an argument as to wether the atrocities of the Nazis like Mengele, should be allowed into scientific studies. It would have been interesting to have gone there. As it is, it is a story of atrocities which leave us hanging with no resolution. A shame!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Shannon

    Intriguing I haven't read the first two books in this series, but I think I may just go back and read them. I don't think it is necessary to read the stories, but reading this one kept me captivated. A unique plot of not just investigations, but unexplained and paranormal investigations. It's definitely a great read and the characters were great, and well integrated with each other. Something is going on, and the reader is thoroughly engaged in the story. Intriguing I haven't read the first two books in this series, but I think I may just go back and read them. I don't think it is necessary to read the stories, but reading this one kept me captivated. A unique plot of not just investigations, but unexplained and paranormal investigations. It's definitely a great read and the characters were great, and well integrated with each other. Something is going on, and the reader is thoroughly engaged in the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Good I liked this and I liked how it worked in some of the history of the disappeared from Argentina. I loved that Walter was back and working closely with Donovan and Eleri. I like the fact that Eleri’s grandmere wasn’t able to send them a message. It is an interesting concept that the government was working on gene manipulation. I would have liked a little more closure on the case in the end but it was still a good story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    D. Starr

    X Files Quality Sci Fi For Mature Readers Adult concepts and situations Strong language (F-bombs throughout) Some disturbing content Agents Eleri & Donovan are called in to research several sets of human remains. What should be simple forensics develops into what may be a decades old and ethically unacceptable conspiracy. Who is involved? Why? Fast paced. Compelling. Truly likable characters. Recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janis

    An unusual body is found in a National park - not the death but the actual skeleton is off. So our Nightshade team is called in. What do they find - government conspiracies, stolen children, murder and love. Before we had climate change they decided to change the human genome to match the new climate but they got it wrong and now they walk among us.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janina s. Asselin

    Another winner Just finished book 3 and have to catch my breath! Great story, characters continue to be believable and interesting. Subject matter sad yet fascinating. Expertly handled. So glad romantic side stories don't have main characters involved with each other. That would be a death knell. Another winner Just finished book 3 and have to catch my breath! Great story, characters continue to be believable and interesting. Subject matter sad yet fascinating. Expertly handled. So glad romantic side stories don't have main characters involved with each other. That would be a death knell.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Black Butterfly

    BOOK #3 IN A SERIES OF THREE I HOPE SHE WRITES MORE, I LOVED THEM. I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT ANYTHING, FOR ME THAT MAKESTHEM EXCELLENT READS. I’M BEGGING YA’ PLEASE WRITE MORE NIGHT SHADE BOOKS I’VE BECOME ADDICTED TO ‘EM. I KEPT THINKING THESE WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE LIKE THE OLD 1977 FANTASY “THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU”. ;D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Eleri wanted a different type of case, to sink her teeth in to solve. With Donovan they got the odd.anomalies shape remains they are not of that region. Another Nightshade Mystery excellent plot and characters. Given audio which was good and enjoyed, for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    3.8 stars While the storyline was still fun to read, The Atlas Defect was a little too scientific cliche. I still did not know exactly what Eleri is but the possible theory of Donovan's origin is interesting. 3.8 stars While the storyline was still fun to read, The Atlas Defect was a little too scientific cliche. I still did not know exactly what Eleri is but the possible theory of Donovan's origin is interesting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The NightShade Forensic Files: The Atlas Defect This was a very interesting read. I hope an experiment like this never takes place. It would be horrendous to do that to children. But I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the next book in the series..

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.B.

    Absolutely loved The Atlas Defect! Smart writing, fascinating forensic investigation, plenty of danger—and the characters are super strong, yet very real in that they are still figuring out their strengths, skills, and relationships! Highly recommend!

  18. 4 out of 5

    norma l hunt

    The Atlas Defect ( book 3 ). I chose this rating because I wanted to keep reading and now have to wait for the new month to buy the next book , due to a limited income.The Atlas Defect (book3).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Loved it! The subject matter is deeply absorbing and all the characters are great. Very well written. I'm now fully committed to this series. Loved it! The subject matter is deeply absorbing and all the characters are great. Very well written. I'm now fully committed to this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    sharon a grigsby

    Good read; however, still not as good as the first. The conversations between characters seem too long for my taste, and the plot becomes complicated throughout the text.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Betty Richard

    Nightshade 3 Holding true to other books. An entertaining read. This time you see the real life they all try Or want to lead

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    The forensics got a bit too detailed for me, but it kept my interest throughout. Because the subjects we’re kids, some parts were tough to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Lee

    Great book Love this book. Love the characters and their story. If you like a good mystery with just a little occult this is your book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monica Douglas

    Great read ! Kept my attention- exciting and thrilling- love the character development! Will read the next one when it is out! Thanks

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Bright

    Great Series! I love these books. You find out what’s going on as Eleri and Donovan do. These books keep you guessing right until the end! I highly recommend these books!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joy Love Pickett

    Loved! Hard to put down! Highly recommend!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Blackwell

    As enjoyable to read as the first in the series, a little disappointed in the ending, it was a bit abrupt, but perhaps those threads will be picked up somewhere else down the line. Edited to add, much of the loose ends are indeed picked up in the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I Love love Love Donovan And Eleri. I honest to goodness can not wait to see what they get into in book 4 Echo and Ember. I could say so much and I really want to but I do not want to give any spoilers out for the ones like me who are behind. READ IT you will not be disappointed!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lsfowler

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Swindall

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