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Demons Are Real. Riley Parra Plans to Give Them Hell. No Man's Land isn't the kind of place you go after dark, even if you have a badge. But Detective Riley Parra was born there, and she refuses to surrender it to the drug dealers, killers and criminals who have made it there home. The case of a body stuffed into a drainage pipe leads her to discover that there is far more Demons Are Real. Riley Parra Plans to Give Them Hell. No Man's Land isn't the kind of place you go after dark, even if you have a badge. But Detective Riley Parra was born there, and she refuses to surrender it to the drug dealers, killers and criminals who have made it there home. The case of a body stuffed into a drainage pipe leads her to discover that there is far more at stake than she ever imagined. Reeling from the knowledge that angels and demons are at war in her city, Riley finds herself thrust into the role of champion for Heaven. Determined to stop the demons and be more than just a pawn for the angels, Riley does the only thing she knows how to do: she fights.


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Demons Are Real. Riley Parra Plans to Give Them Hell. No Man's Land isn't the kind of place you go after dark, even if you have a badge. But Detective Riley Parra was born there, and she refuses to surrender it to the drug dealers, killers and criminals who have made it there home. The case of a body stuffed into a drainage pipe leads her to discover that there is far more Demons Are Real. Riley Parra Plans to Give Them Hell. No Man's Land isn't the kind of place you go after dark, even if you have a badge. But Detective Riley Parra was born there, and she refuses to surrender it to the drug dealers, killers and criminals who have made it there home. The case of a body stuffed into a drainage pipe leads her to discover that there is far more at stake than she ever imagined. Reeling from the knowledge that angels and demons are at war in her city, Riley finds herself thrust into the role of champion for Heaven. Determined to stop the demons and be more than just a pawn for the angels, Riley does the only thing she knows how to do: she fights.

30 review for Riley Parra Season One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ted

    Bored me to tears. Was reading this in prep for the TV show that's supposed to come out. So I wanted to get a feel for the characters. Meh. Lets just say a thing happened (at the 48% mark) and I couldn't give a crap about the book after that. I think I made it to the 60% mark. But page flipping started at the 50% mark I knew it was doomed after that. Shrug. Bored me to tears. Was reading this in prep for the TV show that's supposed to come out. So I wanted to get a feel for the characters. Meh. Lets just say a thing happened (at the 48% mark) and I couldn't give a crap about the book after that. I think I made it to the 60% mark. But page flipping started at the 50% mark I knew it was doomed after that. Shrug.

  2. 5 out of 5

    P. Industry

    Riley Parra is a good cop in a bad city, willing to go places and fight crime when even other good cops would think twice. This lands her in a whole heap of trouble as first angels and then demons appear to help and hinder her in her pursuit of justice. The book is episodic - more a collection of loosely themed short stories than a single unified novel. There are a variety of themes carried throughout the series - faith, hope, love, friendship, and humanity. Each story involves roughly the same s Riley Parra is a good cop in a bad city, willing to go places and fight crime when even other good cops would think twice. This lands her in a whole heap of trouble as first angels and then demons appear to help and hinder her in her pursuit of justice. The book is episodic - more a collection of loosely themed short stories than a single unified novel. There are a variety of themes carried throughout the series - faith, hope, love, friendship, and humanity. Each story involves roughly the same set of characters, along with normally a single major life change for Riley, both of which carry through into the subsequent chapters. The characters die or get "put on a bus" with unusual frequency throughout the stories, which can be frustrating as they often abruptly close only semi-developed plot threads. On the other hand, considering each story is so short, Cannon creates a world in which the deaths ensure the emotional stakes are fairly high throughout, while positioning the characters to quickly develop into people we care about. Neither of these are things to sniff at. Technically it is well edited and written, with the quality of the prose etc very high, which is sometimes not a given in an eBook. Overall it is four stars; Riley Parra is a strong, badass heroine for those that like their coffee and their cop fiction bitter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eva Müller

    Riley is a cop in an unnamed big city. This big city has the badlands. The place full of junkies, dealers and criminals in general. Nobody cares if a murder happens in the badlands. They are all scum anyway and would have died soon. But Riley doesn't think so :) Is it because Riley cares? No :) Riley tells us that she doesn't give a fuck about crimes happening in her vicinity when she's off-duty so it's not like her moral compass is too strong for her own good :) She does make exceptions for off-duty Riley is a cop in an unnamed big city. This big city has the badlands. The place full of junkies, dealers and criminals in general. Nobody cares if a murder happens in the badlands. They are all scum anyway and would have died soon. But Riley doesn't think so :) Is it because Riley cares? No :) Riley tells us that she doesn't give a fuck about crimes happening in her vicinity when she's off-duty so it's not like her moral compass is too strong for her own good :) She does make exceptions for off-duty crimes when they disturb her sleep. Like the domestic violence happening next door. So she goes and punches the guy who is hitting his girlfriend and tells them both(!) to fuck off :) And when she sees the girl coming back to the guy the next day she gives her a judgemental stare :) Because that's what DV-victims need :) So an abundance of compassion isn't a problem for Riley either. Which makes me assume she is just a holier-than-thou character who gets a metaphorical hard-on from knowing that she is the only righteous person who wants to solve all the crimes in the badlands (unless they happen on her day off) :) I read a bit further after that until I reached a *~*shocking*~* plot-twist that I have seen approximately 1276 times in the various crime-shows I am watching and always hated and that's when I gave up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Smith

    This book is amazing. Action, violence, blood, gore, reigion, faith, sex, love, intrigue and so much more all wrapped up in a nice little book. Loved it, can't wait to read the sequels This book is amazing. Action, violence, blood, gore, reigion, faith, sex, love, intrigue and so much more all wrapped up in a nice little book. Loved it, can't wait to read the sequels

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    As someone who used to watch Supernatural, I was super into the idea of a cop drama with angels and demons. I think overall I enjoyed the book, but there were definitely parts where it dragged. But I really liked Priest, and Riley’s relationship with her as a partner. I think my biggest gripe was all the mess with Lt Hathaway, I think maybe the author was trying to show Riley being conflicted but it just came off as inconsistent. I’d say it was good but not great, about what you’d expect from an As someone who used to watch Supernatural, I was super into the idea of a cop drama with angels and demons. I think overall I enjoyed the book, but there were definitely parts where it dragged. But I really liked Priest, and Riley’s relationship with her as a partner. I think my biggest gripe was all the mess with Lt Hathaway, I think maybe the author was trying to show Riley being conflicted but it just came off as inconsistent. I’d say it was good but not great, about what you’d expect from an episodic supernatural cop drama. I’ll probably still read the next one!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Your Salty Daddy

    This one was a thrilled and great one to read. I really admired Mr. Cannon's ideas of portraying angels are as imperfect and brusque as demons. There was no line of justice between them, the one who won the battles will had a reasonable right to write the history. Moreover, Riley was the most badass, brave, yet fragile heroine of all characters I've ever seen for several ordeals she'd been through her prosy past. And what made me respect her more was she didn't take her guardian duty to protect This one was a thrilled and great one to read. I really admired Mr. Cannon's ideas of portraying angels are as imperfect and brusque as demons. There was no line of justice between them, the one who won the battles will had a reasonable right to write the history. Moreover, Riley was the most badass, brave, yet fragile heroine of all characters I've ever seen for several ordeals she'd been through her prosy past. And what made me respect her more was she didn't take her guardian duty to protect No Man's Land for granted, not like a stereotype hero in a movie always did to say a cliché line, "I have to save my people or my city", vice-versa, Riley refused it but after a wrestle of her conscience, she decided to fight the demons for her home, her city, and her loved one. Was that so lovely and powerful about her :D? Though the final chapter was sort of rushing and felt a little bit low key to me Ò.Ó I mean, it's tooo shortttt, I wished it could be longer, I'm not prepared myself to say goodbye to this book T^T.... But still, I was very glad I got a chance to read this book and changed my point of view about men's writing LesFic (the love scenes *cough cough* *blush like a tomato*). Thank you, Geonn Cannon, can't wait to read his other books ^....^

  7. 5 out of 5

    XR

    This was a scary cool read. I've enjoyed getting to know the different characters in the Riley Parra series and I can't wait to read about the rest of their adventures. This was a scary cool read. I've enjoyed getting to know the different characters in the Riley Parra series and I can't wait to read about the rest of their adventures.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine Close

    Five stars I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review. This is one of the most interesting, exciting and captivating books I have read in a long time. The readers interest is captivated from the very beginning. The main characters are fascinating and with the introduction of Demons and Angels the book just goes from strength to strength. Just as you begin to question what is happening, is it real? Is it imaginary? Mr Cannon answers your question in the most intere Five stars I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review. This is one of the most interesting, exciting and captivating books I have read in a long time. The readers interest is captivated from the very beginning. The main characters are fascinating and with the introduction of Demons and Angels the book just goes from strength to strength. Just as you begin to question what is happening, is it real? Is it imaginary? Mr Cannon answers your question in the most interesting and dramatic way. The book was also full of humour and superb one liners, I particularly liked the line comparing Shakespeare as "pop culture." I also like the way the book was presented, almost like a set of novels, each with a beginning and an end, but each one leaving you wanting to read the following one. The end was as dramatic as it was unpredictable. I hope Mr Cannon is planning further books in this series. A truly exceptional read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Inked Reads

    FiveStars This is one of the most interesting, exciting and captivating books I have read in a long time. The readers interest is captivated from the very beginning. The main characters are fascinating and with the introduction of Demons and Angels the book just goes from strength to strength. Just as you begin to question what is happening, is it real? Is it imaginary? Mr Cannon answers your question in the most interesting and dramatic way. The book was also full of humour and superb one liners, FiveStars This is one of the most interesting, exciting and captivating books I have read in a long time. The readers interest is captivated from the very beginning. The main characters are fascinating and with the introduction of Demons and Angels the book just goes from strength to strength. Just as you begin to question what is happening, is it real? Is it imaginary? Mr Cannon answers your question in the most interesting and dramatic way. The book was also full of humour and superb one liners, I particularly liked the line comparing Shakespeare as "pop culture." I also like the way the book was presented, almost like a set of novels, each with a beginning and an end, but each one leaving you wanting to read the following one. The end was as dramatic as it was unpredictable. I hope Mr Cannon is planning further books in this series. A truly exceptional read. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Chris

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I started out with high hopes. I like gritty urban fantasy, and I'm fine with a rough edges protagonist. Riley is, however, a little too callous. She claims, again and again, indifference to suffering, but keeps interfering in it. So she's either an unconvincing liar or a character I don't have a reason to care about. I waded up to 59%, before I decided it didn't matter. The story was growing darker and less interesting, and this is too long a book to skim through. I started out with high hopes. I like gritty urban fantasy, and I'm fine with a rough edges protagonist. Riley is, however, a little too callous. She claims, again and again, indifference to suffering, but keeps interfering in it. So she's either an unconvincing liar or a character I don't have a reason to care about. I waded up to 59%, before I decided it didn't matter. The story was growing darker and less interesting, and this is too long a book to skim through.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    I really enjoyed this book. I watched the 2 seasons on Tello and decided I wanted to read the book. The book is over 500 pages long but it didn’t seem that long when reading because it was broken up into ‘episodes’ that each had a few chapters. Riley is kick-ass and the other characters are cool in their own way. Can’t wait to read the next book!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    No regrets. Season 1 was fantastic! I really enjoyed how the book was formatted, almost like a new story in every chapter yet maintaining the main story- line. Highly recommended and you won't regret buying it. Now onto Season 2 for me! No regrets. Season 1 was fantastic! I really enjoyed how the book was formatted, almost like a new story in every chapter yet maintaining the main story- line. Highly recommended and you won't regret buying it. Now onto Season 2 for me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margaretta

    Lots of outstanding scenarios.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    Really kind of exciting if you think about it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather Henkel

    Good book I enjoyed this collecting of stories. They pulled together many different characters and I loved how they all wove together.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Keren

    Geonn Cannon is a new favorite of mine and I am looking forward reading more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mesa

    It seems every year I've been reading a book about a detective working in our world, if our world was an urban fantasy. The last two I've read Dead Witch Walking and Neon Noir: A Delilah Street Paranormal Investigator Anthology were in an alternate Earth where it was known that there were supernatural beings. This book is more like Buffy in that a couple folks know that the supernatural - Angels and Demons in this case - are real. Otherwise it's more or less a normal world. Although, unlike Buff It seems every year I've been reading a book about a detective working in our world, if our world was an urban fantasy. The last two I've read Dead Witch Walking and Neon Noir: A Delilah Street Paranormal Investigator Anthology were in an alternate Earth where it was known that there were supernatural beings. This book is more like Buffy in that a couple folks know that the supernatural - Angels and Demons in this case - are real. Otherwise it's more or less a normal world. Although, unlike Buffy, God's side actually has something to do rather than sit by as demons just run things. Mr. Cannon has titled this book "Riley Parra Season One" and it does indeed read like a novelization of a TV show. This book is a series of cases that, all together, tell a coherent story. Our main character is a lesbian detective on the police force working in a city that, like many cities, has a chunk of once-vibrant downtown that is slowly falling apart. I'm not sure what future books in the series hold, but there is definitely not any gentrification going on here. Like a good, modern Batman story, the city itself almost becomes a character and it definitely affects those living and working within. Detective Parra very quickly finds herself in the center of a battle for dominance of the city between Heaven and Hell. But, returning to my Buffy comparison, Detective Parra doesn't find herself with the new job of simply kicking butt for God - she still has her detective day job. What I enjoyed most about the world Mr. Cannon has created here, is that it is dominated by women. I've never (in other fiction) seen a police department so dominated by women. Ms. Parra's partners on various cases are all women. Her boss is a woman. The doctor in the morgue is a woman. We later meet a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who is a woman. While the head of the demons is a man, many of the demons Detective Parra interacts with are inhabiting female bodies. So, having just attended Farpoint 2019 where quite a few of the panels I attended were focused on representation (including female and LGBT+), this was quite an apt book to be reading. Also, by avoiding too many men in the story, Mr. Cannon avoids a lot of unfortunate tropes. On the LGBT+ front, as far as I can remember (having read this book piecemeal over a few months) no one cares or makes a big deal about the main character's sexuality. In fact, at least once if not more than once, her partners help her hook up with others on dates. I'm also happy to report (another topic that came up during a Farpoint panel) that Mr. Canon has avoided the catty female trope. The women in the story treat each other neither with contempt (or "bitchiness") nor girl power all the way! It's just a bunch of professionals interacting professionally. A few tidbits that don't deserve their own paragraphs: As far as detective stories go, you may or may not be able to guess the endings, but since many of them involve angels and demons, sometimes that can allow a bit of a cheat. So for me that kind of detracts just a little from the fun of reading a detective novel. On the other hand, because we're learning as Detective Parra does, it's more excusable. This book has some pretty explicit sex scenes. It's up to you to decide how well they work. I thought they were somewhere between acceptable written and well written, but I'm not a connoisseur of lesbian fiction so I don't know if there are tropes being used badly. That said, it's a remarkably small portion of the book. Out of some 520 pages, maybe 30 pages total? And that's mostly boosted by the end where there are two short stories - one a prequel and one an interstitial which are 100% just porn. So if you like the idea of LGBT+ detectives and just feel squeamish about the sex, you can pretty easily skip through the tiny handful of scenes. I got this book as part of Story Bundle's LGBT+ Bundle and I was pleasantly surprised (not because I thought I wouldn't like LGBT fiction, but because it's a bundle so I was taking a chance with an author I didn't know).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Verónica Díaz

    Me gustan este tipo de historias con dosis de oscuridad y donde la imperfección está presente, tramas que se salen de lo común .Me resultó interesante y si bien parte de la trama se puede predecir tiene el mérito de, aún así, mantener mi interés hasta el final.Logró lo que otras historias de ángeles y demonios no habían podido. Ahora voy por el siguiente a ver si logra que lo lea con el mismo interés que me despertó este.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julieta Steyr

    Well, I guessed a part of the end, not all. Which it is great news because I'm difficult to entangle... Really like me, except for the part of sex are all equal in the books, so. I will continue reading, of course, want to see how the story goes. I want to see more of Riley, and demons, and all this... things. Well, I guessed a part of the end, not all. Which it is great news because I'm difficult to entangle... Really like me, except for the part of sex are all equal in the books, so. I will continue reading, of course, want to see how the story goes. I want to see more of Riley, and demons, and all this... things.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steffanie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chanel moynihan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tj Dinwiddie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zach

  26. 4 out of 5

    ANGLE

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ducky Cawley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Billy Cowan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

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