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23 Hours: A Vengeful Vampire Tale Paperback – June 23, 2009
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''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 the MP3 CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Vampires not for the faint of heart. Actaully scary and fast paced. Great read.Published 9 months ago by Daniel Cleverly
I simply enjoyed every book in this series! I could read 10 more of the Laura Caxton series ... Always a little twist that keeps you wondering ... Is Justinia REALLY dead ... ?Published on February 7, 2014 by C. Piazza
So much creativity. A homosexual vampire hunter? Stuck in a female prison to fight female vampires? Good stuff, Wellington, good stuff.Published on December 21, 2013 by Mark E. Sandiego II
Vampire, zombie survival horror set in an all-female prison. Like the other books in the series, this one was entertaining enough to read twice.Published on October 16, 2013 by Jordan K.
This is a good read, kept my interest in the story line
Twists and turns, would recommend to any and
everyone who enjoys vampire books.
I picked this book up at my local Borders which was closing. The cover was what caught my attention as I hadn't heard of this series before. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by CL Parks
Laura Caxton is the thinking lesbian's crumpet. Courageous under fire and in the face of impossible odds, a have a go heroine with a cute girlfriend and a kick ass job, a cop who... Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Tracey Shellito