The world building is AWESOME, it's explained right in the beginning of the series - A biological weapon used in the vietnam war caused a mutations that made the Therians, a new species of half man - half animal. What we usually call "shape shifters". The world is struggling to deal with this new species, a lot of prejudice, a need to register and somehow contain the new members of society. The THIRDS - Therian-Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense Squadron is formed to help the "human police" deal with Therian threats. The series focuses on the "Destructive Delta" team, mostly the leader - Sloane a Jaguar Therian and his new human partner Dex.
There's a lot of action in the books, but there is also A LOT of laugh out loud moments as well as heartfelt ones between the MCs. I couldn't have asked for more. This series has it all!
HIGHLY HIGHLY Recommended!
The Destructive Delta Team:
Sloane Brodie (Therian Jaguar) - Dexter "Dex" J. (Justice) Daley
Ash Keeler (Therian Lion) - Julietta "Letty" Guerrera
Cael Maddock (Therian Cheetah) - Rosa SantiagoEthan Hobbs (Therian Tiger) - Calvin Summers
The first 10 books are a part of the THIRDS series, after those, Dex and Sloane story continues in the spin off series called TIN (Therian Intelligence Network). TIN is an organization resembling the CIA concerning Therians specifically. We get to hear about TIN in the THIRDS books, getting the characters acquainted with the organization and it's work. I guess also preparing them for a role as operatives.
More details about the books, characters and the world of THIRDS can be found in the authors' dedicated site THIRDS HQ.
The books contain right in the beginning the cast of characters and general glossary. I'm adding it to this page. PLEASE BEWARE OF SPOILERS, some of the data about the characters is up-to-date with the last book, meaning, if you haven't read all of them tread carefully! Colored in purple are the couples (besides Sloane and Dex) featured in their own novel.
CAST MEMBERS IN THE THIRDS SERIES
Sloane Brodie—Defense agent. Team Leader. Jaguar Therian.
Dexter “Dex” J. Daley—Defense agent. Former homicide detective for the Human Police Force. Older brother to Cael Maddock. Adopted by Anthony “Tony” Maddock. Human.
Ash Keeler—Defense agent. Entry Tactics and Close Quarter Combat expert. Lion Therian.
Julietta “Letty” Guerrera—Defense agent. Weapons expert. Human.
Calvin Summers—Defense agent. Sniper. Human.
Ethan “Hobbs” Hobbs—Defense agent. Demolitions expert and Public Safety Bomb technician. Has two older brothers: Rafe and Sebastian Hobbs. Tabby Tiger Therian.
Cael Maddock—Recon agent. Tech expert. Dex’s younger brother. Adopted by Anthony Maddock. Cheetah Therian.
Rosa Santiago—Recon agent. Crisis negotiator and medic. Human.
Lieutenant Sonya Sparks—Lieutenant for Unit Alpha. Cougar Therian. Undercover operative for TIN (Therian Intelligence Network).
Sergeant Anthony “Tony” Maddock—Sergeant for Destructive Delta. Dex and Cael’s adoptive father. Human.
Dr. Hudson Colbourn—Chief medical examiner for Destructive Delta. Wolf Therian.
Dr. Nina Bishop—Medical examiner for Destructive Delta. Human.
AGENTS FROM OTHER SQUADS
Ellis Taylor—Team Leader for Beta Ambush. Leopard Therian.
Rafe Hobbs—Team Leader for Alpha Ambush. The oldest Hobbs brother. Tiger Therian.
Sebastian Hobbs—Team Leader for Theta Destructive. Was once on Destructive Delta but was transferred after his relationship to Hudson ended in a breach of protocol and civilian loss. Middle Hobbs brother. Tiger Therian.
Osmond “Zach” Zachary—Agent for Alpha Sleuth in Unit Beta. Has six brothers working for the THIRDS. Brown bear Therian.
OTHER IMPORTANT CAST MEMBERS
Gabe Pearce—Sloane’s ex-partner and ex-lover on Destructive Delta. Killed on duty by his brother Isaac. Human.
Isaac Pearce—Gabe’s older brother. Was a detective for the Human Police Force who became leader of the Order of Adrasteia. Was killed by Destructive Delta during a hostage situation. Human.
Louis “Lou” Huerta—Dex’s ex-boyfriend. Human.
Bradley Darcy—Bartender and owner of Bar Dekatria. Jaguar Therian.
Austen Payne—Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta, and freelance operative for TIN. Cheetah Therian.
Dr. Abraham Shultzon—Head doctor during the First Gen Recruitment Program who was personally responsible for the well-being of the THIRDS’ First Gen Recruits. He was also responsible for the tests that were run on the Therian children at the First Gen Research Facility. Recently apprehended by TIN for creating an unsanctioned Therian mind-control drug and for kidnapping THIRDS Therian agents for unsanctioned project.
Admiral Abbott Moros—Chief of Therian Defense. Tiger Therian.
Arlo Keeler—Ash’s twin brother killed during the riots in the 1980s.
Beck Hogan—Leader of the Ikelos Coalition. Killed during confrontation with THIRDS agents. Tiger Therian.
Drew Collins—Beck Hogan’s second in command. Cougar Therian. Killed during confrontation with Destructive Delta.
Felipe Bautista—Drew Collins’s boyfriend. Wolf Therian.
John Daley—Dexter J. Daley’s biological father. Anthony Maddock’s best friend, and partner at the HPF. Killed during a shoot-out in a movie theater during the riots. Human.
Gina Daley—Dexter J. Daley’s biological mother. Worked for the CDC in NYC. First to volunteer to work with Therians. Killed along with her husband during a shoot-out in a movie theater during the riots. Human.
Darla Summers—Calvin Summers’s mother. Human.
Thomas Hobbs—Ethan, Sebastian, and Rafe Hobbs’s father. Suffers from Therian Acheron Syndrome. Tiger Therian.
Julia Hobbs—Thomas Hobbs’s wife, and mother to Ethan, Sebastian, and Rafe Hobbs. Human.
Benedict Winters—THIRDS appointed psychologist.
Melanoe Virus—A virus released during the Vietnam War through the use of chemical warfare infecting millions worldwide and killing hundreds of thousands.
Eppione.8—A vaccine created using strains from animals immune to the virus. It awakened a dormant mutation within the virus, resulting in the altering of human DNA, and giving birth to Therians.
Therians—Shifters brought about through the mutation of Human DNA as a result of the Eppione.8 vaccine.
Postshift Trauma Care (PSTC)—The effects of Therian Postshift Trauma are similar to the aftereffects of an epileptic seizure, only on a smaller scale, including muscle soreness, bruising, brief disorientation, and hunger. Eating after a shift is extremely important as not eating could lead to the Therian collapsing and a host of other health issues. PSTC is the care given to Therians after they shift back to Human form.
THIRDS (Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron)—An elite, military-funded agency comprised of an equal number of Human and Therian agents and intended to uphold the law for all its citizens without prejudice.
Themis—A powerful, multimillion-dollar government interface used by the THIRDS. It’s linked to numerous intelligence agencies across the globe and runs a series of highly advanced algorithms to scan surveillance submitted by agents.
First Gen—First Generation of purebred Therians born with a perfected version of the mutation.
Pre-First Gens—Any Therian born before First Gen Therians. Known to have unstable versions of the mutation resulting in any number of health issues.
BearCat—THIRDS tactical vehicle.
Human Police Force (HPF)—A branch of law enforcement consisting of Human officials dealing only with crimes committed by Humans.
Sparta—Nickname for THIRDS agent training facility at the Manhattan THIRDS headquarters.
TIN—Therian Intelligence Network. Therian equivalent to the Human CIA.
Tin Man—TIN operative. Nicknamed after the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz as TIN operatives are rumored to have no heart.
Anti-Therianism—Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against Therians.
Therian Classification—Tattoo marking on a Therian’s neck displaying the Therians classification, including Family, Genus, and Species.
1. Hell & High Water [Sloane & Dex] (Published 5 July 2014) ★★★★★
2. Blood & Thunder [Sloane & Dex] (Published 3 August 2014) ★★★★★
3. Rack & Ruin [Sloane & Dex] (Published 7 November 2014) ★★★★★
4. Rise & Fall [Sloane & Dex] (Published 2 February 2015) ★★★★★
5. Against the Grain [Cael & Ash] (Published 3 August 2015) ★★★★★
6. Catch a Tiger by the Tail [Calvin & Ethan] (Published 5 November 2015) ★★★★★
7. Smoke & Mirrors [Sloane & Dex] (Published 8 July 2016) ★★★★★
8. Thick & Thin [Sloane & Dex] (Published 1 February 2017) ★★★★★
9. Darkest Hour Before Dawn [Seb & Hudson] (to be published April 2017)
10. Unknown [Dex & Sloane] (to be published 2017)
THIRDS World (Standalone side stories)
1. Austen & Zach
2. Lou & Bradley
3. Dom & Felipe