Guardians of the Night (Gideon and Sirius, #2) by Alan Russell

Guardians of the Night (Gideon and Sirius, #2)

As the sole members of LAPD’s Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles’s standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange—it might be out of this world.Ronald “Wrong” Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When Pauley’s late-night drinking is interrupted by a detonation of light, he sees what he describes as a “being ...

Details Guardians of the Night (Gideon and Sirius, #2)

TitleGuardians of the Night (Gideon and Sirius, #2)
Release DateJan 1st, 2015
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Number of pages352 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Guardians of the Night (Gideon and Sirius, #2)

  • Maureen DeLuca
    The 2nd in the Gideon and Sirius series. I had trouble with the story line, but I really enjoyed Gideon and of course (his dog) Sirius. Not the worst book I read- a bit of a disappointment- but I'm a sucker for a dog!
  • So, I Read This Book Today
    So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. – CiceroYou think you’re the only one who can quote an ancient philosopher? Plato said: ‘He was a wise man who invented beer.’“Does that mean you’re ready for another?”“Far be it from me to contradict Plato.” –Seth and Gideon - Guardians of the Night There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare. - Sun TzuF...
  • Marcia Witherspoon
    I guess you have to be a fan of his workIt was not my type of read, maybe I was expecting something else when I selected this book. I got bored very early on and found it hard to continue so I skipped from chapter 13 to chapter 27 and still felt I hadn't missed anything exciting. No suspense or mystery to speak of in my opinion.
  • Denise
    Enjoyable free Kindle book -- I believe this was the December Kindle First selection that I chose.The main characters are a quirky and very witty detective, Gideon, and his police dog partner, Sirius. They solve two interesting cases in this story, and they're not at all your usual cases. Gideon and Sirius are the "special" case team, which leaves them room for some interesting and perhaps atypical police work. I found the first 2/3 of the book r...
  • Kushnuma
    I received a free advanced copy of this book from Amazon.I quite enjoy crime novels and this book I did enjoy. I didn't realise that this book was book 2 in the series, but luckily I wasn't too confused with some of the events that occurred or were mentioned.I absolutely loved the Harry Potter mentions. And I understood most of what he said when it came to the Watergate Scandal and the other stuff.Overall, a good read.
  • Germaine Irwin
    Solid writing and the characters are multi-leveled. It is hard to not be enamored by Sirius, the police dog. He is my favorite.
  • Sandy
    3.5 starsA man & his dog This is the author's second book (following "Burning Man") featuring LAPD Detective Michael Gideon & his canine partner Sirius. It's been three years since they were both badly burned while apprehending "the Weatherman", a killer who continues to contact Gideon from prison.Three years of medical treatments, physio & command performances for the media as the LAPD's poster boy. Now they're just relieved to be back at work a...
  • Heather
    3.5. I liked the twist at the end.I like the dog, but the author tries too hard to be clever.And I really didn't give a shit about the main character's relationship with his ladyfriend, and he spent a lot of time talking about that.And as a pulls one of those tricks where everything is going along and then all of a sudden it breaks off and next thing you know he's explaining everything to the perp in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way....
  • Sharon Shearer
    Smooth-plays like a movie in my headThis story maintained my interest, beginning to end. The main character is complex, heroic and flawed, funny and too self-serious. As the author designed, I love Gideon's dog. Makes me think that if only people who had to go through horrendous things had a dog, they could get through the pain. Of course, like Lisbet, I also have faith and that makes a world of difference. I believe I will look up other books in...
  • Sharon Michael
    An excellent follow up to the first book of this series. The 'Special Cases" scenario works well for the characters situation and I found the main storyline intriguing, with the touch of 'possible paranormal" interesting as well. Again, a solid 4-star, with my only concerns the ongoing 'relationship' between the imprisoned arsonist/killer from the first book and the somewhat intrusive nature of the main character's flashbacks.
  • Sarah
    Loved the second as much as the first!
  • Alicia
    I liked this book, especially the interplay between the detective and his dog, but there was a bit too much profanity in it for me to recommend it to anyone else.
  • Valerie
    Solid Character and plotI liked the balance of good plot and development of the main character. The unexpected at several turns kept me reading.
  • Traci Haley
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. This mystery series is a strange one for me. While I don't feel like there's anything particularly compelling to the characters or the story - it really is just your average potboiler - there's something about it that makes it un-put-downable. I thought this sequel was better than the first, but it still lacks a little sparkle to make me rate it higher. However... I'm about three chapters into the next in the series and ...
  • Brandon Jolley
    Take it or leave itI didn't realize when I picked this book that it would keep me attention and that it was part of other books with the sane characters. I read about halfway through, and months later started again. It still took me a long time to finish. I wanted more resolve with the angel and it never came which wAs disappointing. This is a take it or leave it for me. Good writing and editing, but no answers at the end.
  • Theresa
    I liked the plot, but the dialogue was a little too cheesy for my taste. I just couldn't like detective Gideon as much as I should have.
  • Elayne
    Just as Good as Burning ManAlan Russell is such a great writer...suspenseful, interesting and yet a bit of humor...and his character's relationship with his canine partner is the best!
    Love this series!I love books with K-9 heroes and this series is particular good. The human hero is ... human. With all the frailties of being human. He is very endearing and a cop! Both he and his partner have gone through a lot together and that enriches their characters. Great author, and I am particular glad of the "clean' writing, he does not have to use swear words to write a great series!
  • Whistlers Mom
    I couldn't help but compare this book to Hillary Waugh's ground-breaking police procedurals. Set in small-town America in the 1950's, they always featured a gruff, battle-hardened Chief of Police. The Chief ruled with an iron fist and a cop who screwed up or a reporter who stepped over the line got his ass kicked. There was no public relations department and a cop caught reading a book was derisively called "College Boy." The cops were the good g...
  • Shannon
    2 StarsThis is book 2 in the Gideon and Sirius Series. While it is recommended to read the first book in the series, I believe there might be enough explanation for this one to nearly stand alone. Especially since there are some disconnects between this book and the first book.Once again we join Detective Michael Gideon and his K-9 partner, Sirius. They are still in charge of handling Los Angeles' strange and special cases. And this newest case i...
  • Brian Talbot
    The story was interesting, but the style was stilted. Russell seems to be attempting to create suspense through dropping back-story hints throughout the book instead of all at the start, but the result is clumsy and alters he flow of the story for the worse. I found myself struggling to realize when he was switching between times/story lines and having to re-read pages to get back on track.
  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    *Book source ~ Free with Kindle FirstDetective Michael Gideon and his German Shepherd partner Sirius are the only cops in the Special Cases Unit. Tasked to solve any case that seems strange or unusual they do the best they can to close each case that comes their way. While trying to find a Reluctant Hero who saved some elementary kids from a lone gunman Gideon and Sirius get a case about a homeless man who witnessed the murder of an angel. Both c...
  • JC82
    This was quite a quirky read. Different from what I normally read considering the main characters are a Detective and his dog, but I definitely enjoyed it.Detective Gideon is still mentally recovering from a traumatic case that nearly killed his dog aka partner Sirius involving the murderous criminal Ellis Haines. While going through his recovery he is assigned to the Special Cases department and get assigned a case involving a supposed murder of...
  • Karen
    If I could have given this book another half a star, I would. It's been a while since I've read a mystery/procedural that I could really enjoyed as much as I did this one, Guardians of the Night. It was very refreshing to read a book about a cop whose constant companion is his German Shepherd. So there are actually two protagonists to this story, the cop Detective Michael Gideon, and his police dog, Sirius. They have a closer relationship with ea...
  • Kathleen Burns
    Too much jocularity and not enough mystery.
  • Janet Mahlum
    Second in the series, but I felt it could be read as a stand alone. As a non-native German-used-to-be speaker, I had some issues with the German used but minor details. (Sitzen? and to a dog?) It was a light read with wit and humor. I didn't find the Weatherman quite as scary in this book and in general liked it better than the first. Again, Gideon is trying to work two unrelated cases at the same time which I think is probably not that atypical ...
  • Jim Kile
    When I downloaded this book as a pre-release, I was not sure what I was going to get. The story seemed interesting and there was a hint of the supernatural, so I decided I would read it. I am glad that I made that decision, as the story is very well written and the plot makes for an interesting read. Despite all of the events in the book, I think my favorite parts are when Gideon was self-reflecting. Many books that I read seem to make that inter...
  • Babus Ahmed
    The first title I have chosen as part of my Kindle First choice in 2015, this crime mystery thriller is the second in the Gideon and Sirius series, but reading the first in the series is not necessary to enjoy this book. Detective Gideon and his war dog sidekick are asked to investigate the claims of a homeless man, who claims to have witnessed the death of an angel. When the only eye-witness to this improbable crime is found dead within 24 hours...
  • Andrea Martin
    I'm a fan of mysteries, police procedurals, animals, comedy, and historical references. However, I felt somewhat overwhelmed with the mix I was up against in this book. Yes, he's a wise-cracking, flawed cop with a police dog partner. Sometimes I felt the humor was forced and the references were gratuitous. That being said, the cop/dog relationship rings true and is the best part of the book. The solving of the mystery, however, is based on a chan...
  • Ed
    #2 in the Gideon and Sirius series. LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius have landed plum assignments as the sole members of the Special Cases Unit as a result of capturing a notorious serial killer and being shot and severely burned in the process. As long as they appear at public relations events monthly, Gideon can pretty much pick cases that interest him. A homeless man seeing a angel being murdered is such a case. Follow...