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Product Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307452778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307452771
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Wellington's smooth fourth horror novel to feature vampire hunting, lesbian ex-cop Laura Caxton (after Vampire Zero) finds Laura behind bars at Pennsylvania's Marcy State Correctional Institute, where she's serving a five-year sentence for kidnapping and torturing a federal prisoner-a sociopath who'd killed his whole family to impress a vampire. Meanwhile, Justina Malvern, the world's oldest living vampire, is at large, wreaking havoc. Then Justina shows up at Marcy State, already hungry for convict blood. Justina gives Laura 23 hours to decide whether to become a vampire or die. Wellington's deadpan humor enlivens the satirical goth-gore proceedings as Laura battles the half-dead and their evil leader.
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Strange as it may seem, the key to good supernatural fiction is realism. Readers have to believe in the world that has been created in order to suspend their disbelief of the creatures set loose in it, and Wellington excels here. . . This could easily have dissolved into B-movie stereotype but instead seems intensely researched and utterly believable. The characters are likewise fully formed and consistent. . . Wellington's voice continues to grow. Highly recommended for horror and vampire fiction fans. --Library Journal

Smooth. . . . Wellington's deadpan humor enlivens the satirical goth-gore proceedings as Laura battles the half-dead and their evil leader. --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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I plan on reading the rest of the series and look forward to these books.
Mercedes
His stories have detail but never drag and his characters usually manage to make great strides in their development without taking the long road there.
Roses for Lemons
Super fast pace, page gripping action....and plenty of gore (of course), And it appears there is more to come....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roses for Lemons on October 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a big Laura Caxton fan, she's an unusual reluctant hero that will NOT do anything to win in the end and that you have to admire. She's a good cop and she's saving the world, what's not to love?

I'm also a big David Wellington fan. His stories have detail but never drag and his characters usually manage to make great strides in their development without taking the long road there. Throw in vampires and I'm fully 100% on board.

The last three books in this series (13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, and Vampire Zero) are great, I was itching to know what happened next in Laura's story. However, this fell a little short in my opinion. It's not a throw away book or even filler, I just felt like I was reading a long segueway in a story, like at on any page there would be real meat and yet there never was. In the previous books, the stories advanced and the characters developed and some things wrapped up but not in this one, which is why I have to give it a "Eh?" rating.

Wellington loves a cliffhanger but I'm just not sure how the next book can't just be a rehashing on the same themes from this one, which is the first time I've ever felt that way about one of his stories.

I'll pick up the next one in the Caxton series, this book is a quick read and full of gore, there are interesting characters which is why I give it the 4 stars - I just feel like it's missing something.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on June 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Looking for something different than all the usual vampire books booming today? Here's the book for you. The vampires in this book have a mouth full of teeth, burning red eyes, no soul, but they do have personality. This isn't a romance novel, and it's not a teen book.

Meet Laura and her girlfriend Clara. Laura is in prison and Malvern, the vampire is coming to kill her. Laura is a vampire hunter and Malvern has avoided her for many years. This book is action packed and will keep you glued to the pages. The ending left it open for a follow-up book. Malvern's plan becomes obvious in the end and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending.

This is part of a series of books, which I didn't realize when I purchased the book. It's good as a stand alone or in the series. I plan on reading the rest of the series and look forward to these books. Although I'm not sure I'd read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
Contrasting the mundane Blood Blade is an enthralling vampire hunter tale and the fourth book in Wellington's series about lesbian vampire hunter Laura Caxton. If you haven't read the first three books, never fear, Wellington makes this an easy jump-on point with a fairly self-contained story and by also providing a synopsis of what has taken place previously. Good thing, too, as our heroine starts out the book in prison for killing a vampire informant.

The world's oldest vampire, the hag Justinia Malvern has her nemesis in the perfect trap. She conspires with the prison warden to get prisoners to feed on to restore her strength while promising to turn the warden into a vampire. Malvern tightens the screws on Laura by kidnapping her lover, Clara, and giving her 23 hours to rescue her. Laura now has to fight through a prison full of inmates and vamps to try an save Clara.

What works so well about the book is the prison setting. Laura goes through the humiliation that new prisoners have to endure at the hands of the other inmates. She's also handicapped as she is without her usual resources for battling the undead. This turns the tables on the hunter as she becomes the hunted with very few allies to help her. While "23 Hours" isn't quite as good as the previous book "Vampire Zero", it's definitely superior to many of its ilk in the vampire hunting genre.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Author David Wellington has crafted one of my favorite horror serials and, as we hit book four in the series, the story of reluctant vampire hunter Laura Caxton shows little sign of losing momentum or the author any of the originality that has set this series apart from more standard vampire fare. Jailed for her actions at the end of the last book, Vampire Zero, 23 Hours opens with Caxton incarcerated within the walls of the Marcy State Correctional Institution (where ex-cops aren’t exactly welcome), pushed both literally and figuratively into a concrete corner with few friends and fewer options. With Laura isolated and at her lowest, it’s a perfect time for the series’ last remaining vampire, the insidious Justina Malvern, to come a-calling and take her revenge.

Wellington certainly flirts with exploitation genre, blending female convicts with vampires and half-deads inside a women’s prison, but the environment within the Marcy prison is much more gritty than sleazy – more akin to HBO’s Oz than Caged Heat. In fact, unlike other books in this series that were moody and a bit more supernatural, 23 Hours is an action thriller – fast-paced and explosive – more like Clint Eastwood’s Escape from Alcatraz than Fright Night.

Even Wellington’s writing style feels different in this one; (mostly) missing are the vivid imagery that I savored in previous books – stripped down to a leaner style that focuses less on description and more on time and action. The change works (at least in the context of this book) as Wellington reinforces the feeling that Marcy is tortuously bleak and barren – unworthy of intricate similes – and, perhaps just as importantly, that there’s little time to stop and admire the sights.
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