Grave Measures

Grave Measures What do shadows darting across the walls cryptic writing black fog and a little girl who can see ghosts have in common Paranormal investigator and soul without a body Vincent Graves has forty fou

  • Title: Grave Measures
  • Author: R.R. Virdi
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  • Page: 218
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  • What do shadows darting across the walls, cryptic writing, black fog, and a little girl who can see ghosts have in common Paranormal investigator and soul without a body, Vincent Graves, has forty four hours to find out To make matters worse, his years of body hopping and monster hunting are catching up with him He s losing his mind An old contact has shut him out ToWhat do shadows darting across the walls, cryptic writing, black fog, and a little girl who can see ghosts have in common Paranormal investigator and soul without a body, Vincent Graves, has forty four hours to find out To make matters worse, his years of body hopping and monster hunting are catching up with him He s losing his mind An old contact has shut him out To top it all off, something s skulking through an asylum, killing patients Three guesses who might be next, and the first two don t count The writing on the wall is not so clear But one thing is if he doesn t figure this out he s a dead man well, deader and a strange young girl might follow Vincent s got his back against a wall, and that wall s crumbling Some days it s not worth it to wake up in someone else s body.

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    1. One of the reasons I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV show, not the movie) so much was the seamless way in which the tone constantly shifted. From tense to humorous to heartbreaking and back again, Buffy managed to weave all of life's great and terrible emotions into a fantastic tale that still felt personal.R.R. Virdi clearly has that same ability. Grave Measures, the follow-up to the fantastic Grave Beginnings, does the same thing. The stakes feel higher this time, even if Vincent Graves [...]

    2. Grave Measures deftly darts around the "second book is a filler" stereotype by continuing to be action-packed and engaging. A step up from Grave Beginnings, this book will leave you on the edge of your seat while your mind gets a workout imagining new and exciting things. Characters are great, story is engaging, pacing is spot-on. Another win for R.R. Virdi!

    3. Virdi has this ability to create literary alchemy.Urban fantasy but not. It's a mixture of Film Noir and Urban Fantasy, but almost like there is a bit of CSI and Quantum Leap all mixed in there. It's so difficult to define what it is but you just want more of it.As if that wasn't enough it was so well written and paced. If you're looking for something new, exciting but just familiar enough to not be left adrift this is your next series.

    4. Vincent Graves is back. This time, he wakes up in the body of Charles, who is in a mental institution. All Vincent knows, as usual, is that Charles is dead (otherwise Vincent would not be inhabiting his body) and that his death was caused by a supernatural being. Vincent's "handler", the enigmatic as ever Church, gives Vincent forty hours to solve the mystery. Along the way, Vincent connects with an old friend, makes a few new ones, and runs into an assortment of supernatural entities, some will [...]

    5. *updated review as of 9/19* Yes, I read this twice. And there was one particular reason I didThat ending. There is a section in there about defining fear and it's a message everyone should take to heart. More than that, this is a wildly entertaining book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll see ChurchSo what more do you want? A truly terrifying monster? I hate this guy. Snark? Well, this has it in spades. A hell of a foxy lady? Just stick around and see And I hope we get to see more of Lizzie down [...]

    6. Again R.R. Virdi wrote a book that has you at the edge of your seat, turning the next page as fast as you can. Mystery, Suspense and some action comes to life in this fantastic book. Who can beat that and with Monsters and ghosts to boot.Vincent Graves' body this time ends up in an Asylum in a straight jacket with the name of Charles. As he walked around to get a feel of the place, a scream rang out and he headed for it. On the way he meets a little girl named Lizzie. Lizzie has a special talent [...]

    7. A follow up success to the first novel, Grave Beginnings. Premise/plot: Vincent Graves finds himself in the body of a mental patient, clearly dead and restrained before death. He is suffering through the aftermath of the character's death and is struggling to free himself of a straitjacket. He succeeds pulling from his reserve of eclectic and diverse skillset obtained from changing bodies and inheriting memories. As per usual, he heads to his point of contact, Church, in a local body/place of wo [...]

    8. Great book, bad taste in breakfast foodsPros: I love Vincent and all his quips! Book 1 was great, but this one definitely feels more polished, and is really coming into its style. I was also a lot more drawn into the setting. Also, just a pet peeve I have with mysteries/investigation-type books in general: lots of times the "answer" is just something pulled from absolutely nowhere. I loved that here you were given all the clues you needed to figure it out without being beaten over the head with [...]

    9. “Good job, Robin,” she quipped. I glared. There is no reality, no train of thought, no plane of existence where I am not the goddamned Batman. I kept this to myself, of course. Batman doesn’t tell others he’s Batman. Everyone just knows it. And they should. ” ― R.R. Virdi, Grave MeasuresVincent Graves is back in the flesh, and this time a straight jacket! Then things are amiss in an asylum and Graves is the only hope for its inhabitants. In this second installment of the Grave Report [...]

    10. Book two is an interesting spin after one. Slower on the running around fighting action at first, deeper on the suspense, thrillers, detective snooping around a mental asylum, and even a slow build up of horror. I loved it.The story is picking up, new characters and threats, a spirit world, like in my urban fantasies, along ours. I like the different touch in here in how it's always growing, like our own universe. Virdi asserts that there is no end to his, Neravene, and that it grows out of need [...]

    11. R.R. Virdi is at it again! This is another fantastic page turner! I loved Grave Beginnings but Grave Measures takes it to a whole new level of awesome!The idea of using a mental hospital as a place for nasties to prey on people is unique and gives the story a fun layer. Vincent Graves will have you laughing at his silliness but there are plenty of heart-felt moments. The monster for this book was definitely something new and interesting! (Trying not to spoil what it was!) I really hope we see Li [...]

    12. Interesting departure from the first book's city/New York feeling. Still takes place in the same state, but the entire novel is relegated to a mental asylum setting. I applaud the sensitivity the author took in portraying the patients as a variety of people struggling, not tropes and played up silly archetypes of people that some television shows have/do do. The pacing was smoother than the first book. The build up was better executed. This one felt more detective/suspense/horror than the first. [...]

    13. Book two makes the series shine. Where's book three? Solid execution of plot. The rough patches from book one are gone. Vincent's matured, having gone through tons in the first novel, and enduring worse in book two. No spoilers, but some very pleasant returnings happen here. :) It made me a happy reader to see things weren't left off on empty edges after the ending of the first novel. The writing is tighter, and unlike book one, I couldn't guess the monster in question, or the identity. Great us [...]

    14. Continues to impressBook two is even better than the first and reads like later Dresden Files books. Deeper plot and more things going on at the same time. The author's technique has improved in writing and storytelling. More is going on all at the same time. Vincent's personal story line is progressing, both his future and his past, the case that is going on, and the building of the series that is definitely happening. A great story. Read it.

    15. Read this a while back, but it's worth writing the review here too. Vincent Graves is back, with the clock once again counting inexorably down, as he races to solve the case before even more people die. Virdi is a snark master in this urban fantasy tale.

    16. As good as the firstI enjoyed this book almost as much as book one of The Grave Report. Vincent and Ortiz are such great characters, and they work so well together. Can't wait to see what happens in book three.

    17. It was as good as book one. Interesting, mysterious, fun paranormal detective stuff. This time it was in a mental asylum. New myths I wasn't familiar with.

    18. Better than book one. Vincent has more time, but a harder case. Newer creatures, higher stakes, and bigger problems. Excellent.

    19. EVen better than the first. Though it takes on a touch of a horror story element through it. The suspense kept me turning through Vincent's case and struggled. Bravo!

    20. Vincent is now trapped in the body of a mental asylum patient (not spoilers read the sample if you want) and has 44 hours to solve a new murder. Instead of the open streets of New York to hunt his prey, the tables are turned. He's in confined quarters, and even rooms, while being hunted by a monster. Nightmares aren't figments of your imagination in this place. I'll leave it at that. It's a great add on to book one and you can see Virdi is taking this series somewhere wonderful. As before, this [...]

    21. A stunning follow up to book one. I normally don't write reviews but I had to for this. Dark, fun, and pushes Vincent mentally and physically, breaking him down on a lot of levels to reforge him better. A great novel

    22. This novel is amazing! A scarier ride into the paranormal world with creatures I didn't know of before. It still has the Jim Butcher, Person of Interest feel but with a new tone for this book. There's an added horror element that's not over done to change the genre and feel. It just adds to it. In the first book Vincent is the hunter chasing down the monster. In this one, he's the prey! Read it!

    23. This book picks up 6 months after grave beginnings. Things get darker fast. Vincent's suffering from the effects of a monster from the moment he wakes up. And, it lasts through the novel. R.R. Virdi has seriously improved since the first book. The overall plot was genius in how it was pulled off. There are more clues sprinkled through the entire novel but now not as obvious. But, after the big reveal, if you go back and read the book, you will see they were all there.Something is driving people [...]

    24. Well deserves its award nomination! It's better than book one, and in fact, I'd put it higher than some of Butcher's earlier works in writing skill and the plot structure. Virdi's first book was rougher in comparison, but that was still a five star read. This would be a six were it an option.Darker, more on the horror side but with enough humor and fast paced action to keep its thriller action vibe from book one. The stakes are raised in this book, and we see that the author paid attention to th [...]

    25. I can’t imagine anything worse than waking up dead. Well, ok, you could wake up dead in a mental hospital. Want it worse? You could wake up dead in a mental hospital, in a strait jacket, and find out that one of the patients is someone who worked with you in the past…and that’s the reason she’s in the hospital. Yep, Vincent Graves is at it again. Grave Measures is the second book in The Grave Reports series and R. R. Virdi outdoes himself in this tale. Patients are dying without explanat [...]

    26. Like the first novel, another four stars. The prose is better this time around as is the storytelling. The plot was deeper and I couldn't figure a thing out. Once the reveal was done, everything added up. Virdi has clearly worked hard to improve his craft, and it shows marvelously.The tone was darker this time around and the pacing seemed to slow in the visceral action sense. However, it help up in a more menacing, and suspense manner. It was now the promise of what could happen, what waits arou [...]

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