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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alien Perspective (October 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972109803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972109802
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,329,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

New and improved. Now with proofreading. We've corrected the errors in the earlier copies. This does not change the ISBN.

Reader Advisory
This book contains the following elements which may be considered unsuitable by some readers and literary purists: violence, graphic sex, erotic blood sucking, foul language, gore, angst, questions of morality, reincarnation, guns, S&M, family loyalty, pop culture references, the promotion of anarchy, metaphors, wiccans, druids, ancient Celtic goddesses, undead politics & etiquette, thralls, snappy banter and witty retorts, pregnancy & childbirth, bisexuality, talking dogs, car wrecks, torture, romance, sibling rivalry, psychic powers & scenery, and true love. And though promoted as a vampire novel, it may or may not contain vampires within the parameters of any one person's definition of the undead and/or blood sucking leeches.

Pure pulp, read at your own risk

From the Author

I wanted to do a vampire novel that was a little more Tarantino and Ritchie and not the usual Scorcese or Coppola-esque take on blood suckers, as in drama-heavy, angst-ridden and pretty. I like fun and violence and I think we've all read enough serious stories about whether or not vampires are evil or have sex. I was also interested in the relationships between thralls, which some people call ghouls, and vampires.

I really enjoyed writing this novel and I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Customer Reviews

There is no emotional punch to the story.
Susan
I am in the process of reading the last page of this book, and I was surprised how much I liked it.
P. Daverso
Anxiously awaiting the second book in the series.
Sara A Lacey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By P. Daverso on September 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am in the process of reading the last page of this book, and I was surprised how much I liked it. I have read the southern vampire series, all the Anita Blake books, Anne Rice, Tanya Huff and many lesser-known authors. I have been reading vampire novels for 19 years, and I have rarely found books that pique my interest as much as this book. And the LENGTH of the book is a definite plus. I love long books that keep up the action and the suspense. It can be hard to pull off. (See Anne Rice's The Witching hour as a long book that was painful to read!)
The characters are fun. The story is entertaining! I wish the cover art could have been better. All in all, I am hoping she writes the second book fast so I can read the continuing adventures of the Reilly family.
I think this story has been swimming inside the head of Wynette for a very long time, and the characters show this depth very well. As another reviewer stated, "Move over Anita!"
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly Wagner on July 11, 2003
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This is not your average vampire book. It definitely has some plot elements that are unique to this author. It was quite enjoyable; what kept me from giving it five stars is the lack of proofreading and copy-editing.
Let's see, BunRab's usual analysis of vampire books:
Is it part of a series? It claims to be the first one in a series; the back page says that Book Two is "coming soon."
What's the author's main genre? I haven't read anything else by this author; she doesn't, as far as I know, write any other types of fantasy or science fiction, nor murder mysteries, nor in the romance genres. This book has some romance features in it, but is definitely not a romance per se.
Vampire powers: Does daylight kill these vampires? Direct sunlight does; indirect (e.g., being awake but inside during the day) doesn't. Do the vampires have any supernatural powers? The usual ones of supernatural strength, and being able to make people not see them. Also, telepathy occurs in most of them. In addition, they have the power to create "thralls," humans who have tasted some of their blood and are therefore longer-lived and faster-healing than other humans. Oh, and they can also enthrall dogs!
Do the vampires need to drink blood? Does it have to be human? Yes, and yes. Most lines of vampires exist only on blood, and need to feed every day, therefore; the line of vampires, or clan or family, whatever you want to call it, that are our main characters are unusual in that they can still eat regular food, and can get up to 2/3 of their sustenance from regular food, needing only about 1/3 of their intake to be blood.
Does drinking the blood have to do with sex? Are vampires a metaphor for humanity's sexual fears? Yes, and no.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Fields on July 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Out of fairness, I need to say up front that the author is a friend of mine from high school; if that relationship invalidates my review in the eyes of some, well, they can bite me. ;-)
So much material has been produced about vampires that vampire books are, to me, in danger of becoming cliched out of existance. I was concerned that I would discover my friend's first work was trapped in a morass of Anne Rice-induced soporific angst and autoerotic Narcissism; I was delighted to find nothing like that on these pages, thus saving me from having to resort to giving feedback like, "Well, it's not as bad as the 5th Star Trek movie."
I found this to be the most wacked vampire novel I've read since Jody Scott's 'I, Vampire'. The character development and presentation is very good, the sex is hot without being tawdry or discomforting, and the whole novel is indeed full of witty banter and snappy pop culture references. I can happily say that I honestly look forward to the next one - even if she makes me pay for that one, too.
The proofreading errors are an issue. There are some grammatical missteps. On the whole, though, there is nothing unforgivable, and major publishing houses are subject to bad hair days in typsetting as well.
The next book in the series is set in Las Vegas - which has to be the perfect city for vampires. Highly transient population, 24-hour everything, international cuisine arriving on every flight...
I can hardly wait.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on April 16, 2003
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Amy Reilly is definitely a wild child, after a night at an S & M club gone really bad, she nearly dies, she takes a good look at her life and sees a need for a change. She is a bit agoraphobic with good reason. She doesn't know whether the vampire that attacked her at the club realizes that she is still alive, and she intends to stay that way. Her two roommates out at a club run into her attackers and another vampire and his thrall and the secret is out. Amy's life definitely takes a new turn when she is "saved" by Lorcan the vampire. The new vampire's thrall seems very familiar to Amy and she doesn't know why. The subplots of Amy's brother Paul and his pregnant wife Marcie, and Jake the thrall and Amy's best friend Sophie are equally interesting. I can't wait to find out more about the "faerie godmother" who reappears throughout the novel. An unexpectedly good read.
After reading the advisory on the back of this book and the first chapter, I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this novel. I was wrong. In spite of some objectionable ideas, the book was hard to put down. The characters are particularly well drawn and the action never stops, I will definitely look for the sequel.
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