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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381439
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Minimally plotted and driven by nonstop action, this gory vampire tale is of a piece with Wellington's zombie novels (Monster Island; Monster Nation). Special deputy Jameson Arkeley stopped a vampire rampage 20 years earlier, during which he whittled down all known bloodsuckers to a single survivor, Justinia Malvern. Kept alive at a sanitarium in rural Pennsylvania by minimal life support and bizarre laws preventing her extermination, wispy Justinia seems a threat to no one—until a series of vampire killings in the area suggest that she has found a secret way to spread her taint. Convinced that Justinia's minions plan to spring her and revive her to full power, Arkeley commandeers state trooper Laura Caxton to help him find their lair and wipe them out before they can get their vampire queen the blood she needs. A surprisingly anticlimactic finale leaves loose ends that will likely be tied up in subsequent volumes of a projected trilogy. (May)
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“In 13 BULLETS, David Wellington focuses his ample powers of imagination on modernizing the vampire legend. The result is a charming, funny, bloody, and best of all, thrilling adventure. FBI vampire hunters Caxton and Arkeley make an electric duo. Thwarting them at every turn from within the walls of a maximum security prison, ringleader Malvern is a diabolical cross between Hannibal Lecter and one of Anne Rice's ancients.”

—Sarah Langan, author of THE KEEPER

“Lace collars and kerchiefs are nowhere to be found in this breakneck, blood-spattered, totally original vampire novel.  Breathless, exciting and totally kick ass.”

-- B. H. Fingerman, author of Bottomfeeder

More About the Author

David Wellington was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Syracuse University and received an MFA in creative writing from Penn State.

In 2004 he began serializing his novel Monster Island online. The book rapidly gained a following, and was acquired for print publication by Thunder's Mouth Press.

Since then, Wellington has published more than 15 novels, and has been featured in The New York Times, Boing Boing and the Los Angeles Times.

You can find him online at davidwellington.net.

Customer Reviews

Oh yeah and the middle of the book is just as good.
Patrick D. Vescio
The story line is filled with twists that at times seem too jarring especially a final spin that sets up the next encounter, but also keeps the audience alert.
Harriet Klausner
I highly HIGHLY recommend reading, for vampire novel fans or anyone who enjoys horror/mystery reading.
J. Corcoran

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Sigler on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
David Wellington burst onto the scene in 2006 with Monster Island: A Zombie Novel, a harbinger of a gritty, new, real-world approach to zombies. A year later and he's at it again with 13 BULLETS, and he does not disappoint.

Wellington grabs the traditional vampire story by the throat, slices the jugular and shakes it like a rabid dog shredding a tattered chew-toy. Forget the trite and tired notions of gothic mansions, crypts, well-dressed vamps and "poor me" undead who pine away for one impossibly passionate experience after another: these vamps are nasty, dirty, brutal and hungry. You could look for the delicate, tell-tale poke-holes in a victim's neck, if you could even find the neck, that is - most times it's ripped out of the body along with bits of chest, shoulder, and most of the internal organs.

13 BULLETS is to vampire stories what lethal gladiatorial games are to formalized boxing. If you want blood, you got it.

The story drags a bit in the middle - you can only see so many vamp victims before they all start to sound like a single mangled mass - but he has a surprise at the end that will totally catch you off guard. Wellington opens with a bang, guides you through one woman's nightmare, then manages to flip the script and go beyond nightmare to the deepest pits of physical and emotional hell.

And don't forget the Wellington trademark ending: swarming masses of rotting corpses coming for your blood. Of course he fields an army - what else would you expect from the new Emperor of the Undead?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Doe on May 22, 2007
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David started with the undead genre, he took it, made it his own and created a universe unsurpassed by any other author or even filmmaker. His take on the idea of an undead apocolypse was both fresh and in the true sense original. The interest shown by his online following and those who discovered him through the printed novels is testiment to how he ensnares you with the pace, content and original ideas inherent to his writing.

I was never keen on the vampire genre, It sparked ideas in my brain of a cursed nobleman in a castle draining the blood of pale skinned virgins and ensaring them in some silly love pact until the local villagers burned him out of house and home. But David has done it again, he has taken this overdone and tired genre and made it new and exciting, his characters are real and you feel for them and their struggle against their vampiric nemesis. The vampires themselves have been re-invented, gone are the ideas of nobility or romance, these creatures exist purely to feed, kill and cause suffering. The characters are real, Special deputy Arkeley & Officer Laura Caxton have as many flaws as us all and it makes their struggle more personal to the reader.

You will not be dissapointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Stepnowski on December 10, 2009
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These ain't "Twilight" vampires! - and thank goodness for THAT. Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson complains that "vampires shouldn't be metrosexual and discuss their feelings..."he ought to get a load of these boodthirsty killing machines!Wellington combines the best of hard boiled detective novels with the ferocious encounters of horror novels in this smashing debut. I must confess that I have read each of the four books in the series and they do not lose their steam at any point. (Book five must be in the works, and I'll buy it the day it comes out.) This is the first novel in a series that will keep you riveted from start to finish. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Gordon on August 24, 2009
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This book takes the romace out of vampires and shows you the true beasts that they are. No stupid love story here, just pure terror!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Condit ll on August 21, 2009
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13 Bullets is a great vampire horror book. Its the first out of a so far 4 part series and by far the best. It introduces us to one of my favorite horror characters of all time jameson arkley. Cranky cop/vampire hunting master. We are also shown what vampires are meant to be, evil brutal monsters instead of wussy men in nice clothes. The story itself is well paced, full of great atmosphere and does a really good job at establishing wellingtons own vampire mythos. one which has vampires as a near extinct monster accepted by all cultures as naturally as a cat. Great violence and action, no cheesy moments, great characters and just a good read overall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Disciple of Poseidon VINE VOICE on June 8, 2009
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This book is a little 30 days of Night and John Carpenter's vampires rolled into one. The vampires in this novel are more animal than human. During their feedings they will destroy entire towns and when they are full they are damn near invincible. These monster vampires are able to create more fear than the vampires of old. Anyone looking for a traditional vampire tale will be surprised. This book takes the genre and turns it on its head. The human to vampire transition is completely re-invented and given a dark twist. Mr. Wellington does a great job setting up his characters and developing them throughout the story. The vampire hunters include a State Trooper (Caxton) and a Special Agent from the US Marshalls (Arkely). This book is fast moving,full of action, gore, zombies and fun. I can't wait to read the other three books, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero and 23 Hours. This is an easy reccomendation to anyone who is a horror novel or vampire fan.
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