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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (December 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Vampires and mortals fight a modern battle of Gettysburg in vampire hunter Laura Caxton's gore-soaked second outing (after 2007's 13 Bullets). When a college archeological dig uncovers a cache of Civil War–era coffins, each containing a corpse minus heart, grizzled detective Jameson Arkeley recognizes these remains as evidence of a forgotten Union vampire corps and immediately summons Caxton. Before the two can unravel the historical mystery, someone reanimates one of the vampires, setting the stage for the full vampire army to rise and resume its unfulfilled mission. Wellington keeps the pace brisk, alternating action-packed chapters set in the present with chapters cast credibly in the form of extracts from period journals, letters and dispatches that gradually reveal the origin and intent of the vampire regiment and its enigmatic leader, Alva Griest. The taut narrative never slackens, providing thrilling entertainment for readers who like their horror raw and bloody. (Jan.)
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The taut narrative never slackens, providing thrilling entertainment for readers who like their horror raw and bloody. --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.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
meat shield
Her girl friend in this book is a more stable and interesting person than the one that Caxton had in 13 Bullets.
Hugs_Trees
Pretty fast paced, good story line. very much recommended.
Lando

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hugs_Trees on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great to see a book that has creepy vampires. It makes a good change from the glut of sexy vamp books out there. I particularly liked his version of vampire teeth although I've seen that before in the Supernatural tv show.

99 Coffins is better than 13 Bullets (the first vol.) -- Caxton does a great deal less screaming than she does in 13 Bullets and acts more in accordance with her tough girl description. Her girl friend in this book is a more stable and interesting person than the one that Caxton had in 13 Bullets.

In 99 Coffins, Caxton is dealing with an emergency outbreak of vampires who date back to the Civil War era. The book is told largely from Caxton's point of view (POV). The narrative flow between Caxton's POV and entries from several Civil War journals is smooth and easy.

The story was fast paced. I got so into it that I had to finish the book, and ended up reading it within the same day that I started it. The vampires were intriguing and the Civil War angle interesting. Some things you saw coming, but on the whole this was a fun read, and I look forward to more in this series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 8, 2008
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Having read 13 Bullets and most of David Wellington's other books, I have to say that I really enjoyed this one a bit more than 13 Bullets.

For those who are not familiar with Wellington's vampires, picture a Mack truck on steroids. They're not the double-fanged classic vampire but gory blood suckers who rip and tear their victims from limb to limb. Gore galore.

13 Bullets spent a fair amount of time introducing you to the world of Wellington's vampires, their powers, their limitations and who the characters were / are. 99 Coffins takes the reader into the world that knows about vampires and someone who is still haunted by the experience of having to hunt them and destroy them. This book is fast paced and was a quick read. And I can say that there's going to be another book in the series without giving anything away.

A fun gory vampire read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kazza on January 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in an airport bookstore literally before stepping on a plane. The cover grabbed me. (I don't buy books this way very often, but look at those teeth!) This was probably the best impulse-bought book I've ever read. I tend to stick to the sci-fi/fantasy genre, and like the only other reviewer at this time (one reviewer? what's up with that?) I read many vampire novels and am sick of the sexy vampires who entrap stupid women. These vamps are brutal monsters who are in no way struggling with what they are; they're hungry!

Caxton is a good character, but not having read "13 bullets", I didn't know much about her past. We are given pretty solid background information on her, but it's not a huge focus. I liked this; I got a sense of who she was, but the story revolved more around action than anything. She's clearly one tough broad who deserves many, many more books in this series.

Wellington is a great author. I finished this book in 2 days on a business trip. I picked up "13 Bullets" and just finished "Monster Island", the first in Wellington's zombie series. I will be reading all of his books. (And yes, I'm a more than a little biased because he's a Pittsburgher!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Higginbotham on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the new take on Vampire tales in David Wellington's "13 Bullets" but the sequel, "99 Coffins" grabbed me from the git-go and I could not put it down. Kept my attention with action, switching back and forth from present day to the days leading up to Gettysburg in 1863. I give 5 stars to books I don't want to put down and that have a great/surprise ending. This one did not disappoint.

I will give you the gist of the tale without giving the book away. A group of modern day archeology students are digging in Gettysburg and uncover a cave with 99 coffins in it. When they open one of the coffins they find the skeleton of what clearly was a vampire. Our heroine from "13 Bullets", Trooper Claxton is called in to investigate and finds that there was a 100th coffin that was smashed and has no skeleton. You guessed it. A vampire is loose in Gettysburg. But how could a vampire possibly still be alive without blood for over 160 years? Answers to those questions and more as the story picks up a lot of steam from there. I do not wish to give away any more of the fun. If you like alternative historical tales, this is a great one because you get constant flashbacks to the days leading up to the battle of Gettysburg and the possible existence of a vampire with southern sympathies.

Several great tie ins to the previous book. I found it to be even better than 13 Bullets. Judging from the ending that I will not reveal, I suspect we have a third book in this line coming soon. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Condit ll on August 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
After reading the fantastic first parter in this vampire series I knew it would be hard to keep up in this 2nd outing in the violent vampire series (thanks david for making the vamps monsters and not sleek wimps). This time newbie vampire hunter caxton must basically hunt vanpires herself since the king of vampire hunters arkley (such a great character...made the first book) is basically in forced retirement due to actions of the first book. I believe this one isnt as good as the first due to the lack of Arkley. Hes such a great strong character that gets the short end of the stick eventually leading to not only the fall of his character, but to the cecline in the series as a whole. The book delivers in its grisly body count (seeing that there 99 vampires out there) but lacks in impacting atmosphere this time. I give it a 4/5 dtill. It still delivers a good story and still features Arkley in a way.... just wanted him to be a continous main character instead of a supporting cast.In reality this rookie vamp slayer wouldnt be able to accomplish what Arkley had been doing for his lifes work in the short time she was given....but whatever. good story, good violence and a cranky old man arkley starting a new chapter.
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