Grave Measures

Grave Measures

by R.R. Virdi


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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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530894864
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2016
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

R.R. Virdi is the author of The Grave Report. He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, and especially mythology and urban fantasy. He has worked as a mechanic, retail, the fitness industry and the gaming pc world. Ronnie has a deep love of all things mechanical with a heavy emphasis on automobiles, especially American classics. He enjoys building things and tinkering with computers from his home in Falls Church, Virginia. There are rumors that he wanders the streets of his neighborhood in the dead of night dressed in a Jedi robe and teal fuzzy slippers, no one knows why. Other such rumors mention how he is a professional hair whisperer in his spare time. We don't know what that is either.

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Grave Measures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
cassandra gibson More than 1 year ago
A fantastic follow up to book one. Better plot, larger in scope, deeper, darker, with the consequences of book one showing back up. The writing is amazing as are the new characters and twists. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book and it was as great as the first. A suspense full page turner that grabs you from the beginning. I am looking forward to the next one!
Brandi Kreuger More than 1 year ago
Holy crap book two scared me a bit. It has a bit more horror in it than the action in book one. It's still really good. There was a lot of suspense as vincent was moving around the asylum tracking the monsters preying on people. Still all the great humor, some really GOOD twists I didn't see coming, one that made my heart jump up into my throat. I love the creative monsters in the books, they're new and different from all the vampires and werewolves you see on tv. I had to google so many of them so its cool the author does that. Another good book. I can't wait for number three!
Walter James More than 1 year ago
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 explanation and Vincent Graves comes back as one of the dead patients. (Can you imagine the confusion for the staff and the other patients who knew that Charles had died. Who would they tell without someone thinking they were crazy?) At least this time it didn’t take Vincent too long to learn something about his body. And when he runs into the mysterious Church, he’s given 44 hours to solve the paranormal crime. Helped once again by Agent Ortiz who had didn’t realize she had worked with Graves before, you know, the new body thing, she puts Vincent in a class of guys with tattoos on their arms. They pick up a child who converses with ghosts, especially her own sister, and embark on a case that involves many trips into Virdi’s fantasy world: the Neravene. The “extra time” Graves gets to solve this case is needed because Neravene time does not run at the same level as our time. Well that, and the story gets complicated. Graves and friends race against time knowing that anyone of them could be the next victim. They chase the killer down through long forgotten passage ways of the hospital trying to save the little girl before it’s too late. As appears to be the case with Vincent Graves, cleaning up the mess creates an even bigger mess before it’s all over. The action is hot and heavy in this story so get yourself a nice, cool glass of ice water, sit back, and enjoy the book. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Grave Measures was nominated for a Dragon Award!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even better than book one
Bailey Teague More than 1 year ago
Unlike book one, was sober when I bought this one. No regrets. Still dope.
Mandy Chapman More than 1 year ago
Book two threw me for a loop. I expected it to pick back up in the city, but the setting for it was perfect. It fit the new tone for the novel and built a slower, yet consistent suspense that didn't drag for a second. Less running through Manhattan and alleys, and more being stalked through long halls alone. Different vibe but masterfully done. The writing shows clear improvement and I am a lifelong Virdi fan now. This is very X-Files, with a pinch of light horror, and more heavy on the mythology/supernatural side. If you like Supernatural the show, and or the Dresden Files, you will enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A five star disappointment, because once again, no vampire ferrets. Book one had not a single one in sight, book two, nope. Creative mythology, oh yes. Vampire ferrets, no. Why not? Being a great writer means you can surely include a vampire ferret. If those aren't your things, I'm sure you'd love this. It's on par with the Dresden Files books, Patricia Briggs and many others in the genre. Just be warned, if you're looking for vampire ferrets, not here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously better than book one, grave improvement! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A continuation of the brilliant world from book one. New setting, a new world shown to us with more possibilities, new monsters and threats and the plot for the series is building. It's getting better.
Cassandra Grosser More than 1 year ago
Book two is even better than the first. Speed read it in one day, and now going to re-read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Award-nominated Novel For A Reason! Virdi takes his craft to another level. The writing is tighter, flows smoother, and the plot is amazing. This book pushes Vincent mentally and physically as well as introducing new/and old characters in a new light. It's great! If you're not reading it, you're missing out on great urban fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The follow up is even better than I expected. There's a huge improvement in the writing and story telling. The plot twist is something that you can't see coming, but if you read back, you'll see everything was laid out for it. It's a leap from the first book, and a great one.
Ellyria More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic second book to The Grave Report. Between the two books R.R. Virdi's writing has noticeably matured in style. His plot is amazing as ever, leaving you thinking you've figured things out and have answers... only until you realize those answers bring more questions. Much like a doctor that treats symptoms while trying to discover the cause of the symptoms, Vincent Graves and his friends run around trying to make sense of the strange things going on around them in the psych unit, trying to keep everyone alive- or, at least, existing in some form. Alive may be a stretch for those who start out inhabiting the dead after all- as they try to figure out what's causing all the problems. And then finding the bigger cause for the smaller cause of problems. Like all of Virdi's books so far, Grave Measures keeps you going at a continuous pace, constantly keeping the action up, with little moment for pause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See my review for book one. Five out of five. I'm not good at writing these. Excellent.
Dani Ortega More than 1 year ago
Book two is better than book one. A great continuation that's showing us the stakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad book two changed the scenery, it adds another layer to the novels and the genre, something that kept me from reading these kinds of paranormal investigator novels before. I like how unique and changing it is. Bodies, faces, monsters, cases and places. I'm going to check out the Dresden Files now that everyone compares this too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somehow book two managed to keep the pacing and suspense up while balancing the tone between deepening it and softening it as needed. It's amazing. We learn more about Vincent's connections. The tolls his cases take on him...and others, and new friends and enemies who get dragged in.
Sarah Escobar More than 1 year ago
Like I said for book one, make this a t.v. show. My god, I would watch every episode and rewatch them. It's just fantastic and reminiscent of Supernatural and Buffy with a twist of something else.
Steven Erickson More than 1 year ago
Virdi is learning how to nail a variety of genres one series and is edging his way to becoming a household name if this continues. Grave Measures brings in more of the fantastical, as well as the horror elements that are associated with the Urban Fantasy/Supernatural noir genre. None of the pacing, snark, and action are lost. In fact, the above mentioned are only added into this mix. It creates a never ending delivery of well-rounded reading. You are always supplied with something to entice you. New mythology, suspense, action, wit, risks, character moments. It's like watching a professional juggler go from juggling three balls impressively to five. 5/5 once again.
Michelle Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
This added a touch of horror whereas the first book was a faster paced thriller. This isn't a bad thing. The change of pace bordered more on suspense and building tension which was a different kind of thrill. I stayed up till 4 am fighting to finish the book, skipped bed, made breakfast for the little one, dropped her off at school a few hours later and then went to bed. That's how good book two is!
Carla Pendleton More than 1 year ago
Book two cements my Jim Butcher comparison. It's like the love child of Supernatural and The Dresden Files. A great new monster each episode, or book, and clearly a larger plot overall but they're all well balanced and delivered.
Melanie Betts More than 1 year ago
R.R. Virdi is quickly becoming a favorite author in my household. My children have now read him as well as my husband. Book two definitely solidifies his placement among authors like Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs and others. He's making a good name for himself with his story writing abilities and his technique. Book two is darker, and at times, slower paced in action, making up for it in suspense. There is a slow and continuous build up all throughout the story while we are still peppered with great action, character growth and building of this paranormal world. The ending is the big pay when all of the subtle dominoes fall perfectly. It was a shocking moment that you can clearly go back and pick apart to see was well-laid. Fantastic sequel. If you're not reading these, I feel sorry for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As great a page turner as the first book. Looking forward to the next!