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Locus Award winner (Boneshaker, 2009) Priest makes her first foray into urban fantasy with a new series starring undead flapper and high-class thief Raylene Pendle. Being a vampire just means quick healing and useful supernatural abilities as far as Raylene is concerned. She manages to stay out of vampire politics, living alone and working mostly for humans, until a blind vampire shows up and asks for her help in locating the records of the government experiments that left him permanently handicapped. Within moments of accepting the job, Ray is being tailed by government agents, and someone seems to be casing her warehouse, where she stashes goods she can�t move and lets two homeless kids crash. Priest writes a fast-paced mix of caper novel and thriller that features realistically flawed characters (vampire and human). Plenty of action and a fairly high body count (mostly bad guys) make this a good suggestion for fans of Christopher Farnsworth�s Blood Oath (2010) and other crime readers who don�t mind a few vampires. --Jessica Moyer


Praise for Bloodshot:

“Even if you’ve been experiencing some vampire fatigue lately, Cherie Priest’s smart-mouth, sticky-fingered protagonist is still worth spending 350 pages with. Instead of trying to reinvent the vampire genre, Priest just gives it new life and potency…This book only needs one thing to be fantastic, and that’s Raylene’s voice. There’s an entertainingly aggressive wackiness about her… She’s witty and sharp and excellently lecherous.” — io9

“Witty, fast-paced, and fabulous, Bloodshot is a refreshing addition to the urban fantasy genre. Priest’s darkly hilarious tale will leave readers anxious for more adventures with the charmingly neurotic Raylene and her unlikely entourage. A vastly entertaining read!” — Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of this Side of the Grave

“A 100-year-old vampire thief runs afoul of secret biological experimenters—first of an urban fantasy series from the versatile author of Boneshaker…Brutally unsentimental narrator Raylene…makes a quirky and charming if bloodthirsty host.  A refreshing and addictive lure for readers uninterested in fangs, bats, capes and hissing.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Steampunk and gothic author Priest dives into urban fantasy with this entertaining conspiracy thriller…Raylene’s breezy, first-person voice and quirky views on life add plenty of bite to the story.” — Publishers Weekly

“Priest writes a fast-paced mix of caper novel and thriller that features realistically flawed characters. Plenty of action and a fairly high body count (mostly bad guys) make this a good suggestion for fans of Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath and other crime readers who don’t mind a few vampires.” — Booklist

“Priest at her strongest, combining action with a few laughs and a razor-sharp wit…I heartily enjoyed this one…Cherie Priest is one of the freshest and most original voices on the shelves today.  Bloodshot, which begins a new series, is the perfect introduction to this smart and sassy writer.  I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next Raylene story.” — Owlcat Mountain Reviews

“With Bloodshot, Priest catapults the kick-ass urban fantasy heroine into the realm of the truly bad-ass. Raylene’s  fascinating mix of the old ultra-violence with snark and self-deprecation had me riveted. The combination of such an interesting character with a plot that continually out-thunk me makes Bloodshot one of my favorite reads this year.” — Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest’s Legacy

“Cherie Priest’s urban fantasy debut is a fun, fast-paced adventure with a dash of romance and a heaping scoop of conspiracy. I’m looking forward to more, especially if Sister Rose is onstage.” — Lucy Snyder, author of Shotgun Sorceress

“Bloodshot is, hands down, my favorite Urban Fantasy book of 2010. By turns frightening, funny, and fabulous, it was a joy to read and damn near impossible to put down. It’s a ton of fun, brim-full of Cherie’s wonderful, quirky voice and deliciously twisted imagination.  More, please!” — Kat Richardson, author of Labyrinth

“Cherie Priest delivers a fantastic urban fantasy that takes us back to the genre’s noir roots and proves there’s still new blood to be found in old tropes.  The engrossing, complex mystery and smart, refreshing heroine makes this one a must-read for genre fans!” — Kelly Meding, author of Another Kind of Dead

“Cherie Priest’s Bloodshot is fun from start to finish. A new, unique take on vampires coupled with Priest’s excellent writing makes for something very special. True quality always shows, and Bloodshot definitely shows it. I loved it!”—Stacia Kane, author of Unholy Ghosts

“Wickedly sharp plotting and unforgettable characters make this a standout book.  Priest’s novels are a must-read if you like your vampires with fangs.” — Caitlin Kittredge, author of Bone Gods

Praise for Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker
“A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions . . . this book is made of irresistible.”—Scott Westerfeld
“Should be sought out by readers of fantasy and horror alike.”—Chiaroscuro
“One of 2009’s best novels . . . .is not to be missed.”—Joe Sherry, Fantasy Magazine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345520609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520609
  • ASIN: 0345520602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cherie Priest is the author of more than a dozen books, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought, Clementine, Ganymede, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor (Macmillan), Bloodshot and Hellbent for Bantam, and three novellas published by Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, she is a newly minted member of the Wild Cards Consortium - and her first foray into George R. R. Martin's superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the frame story), debuted in 2011. Cherie's short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Subterranean Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The Living Dead 2, and the Thackeray T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. She presently lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, a fluffy young dog, and a fat black cat.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Lucard VINE VOICE on January 9, 2011
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Are you sick to death of angst-ridden vampires, lamenting their condition and waxing poetic about their human paramours? Then allow me to introduce you to Raylene Pendle - a vampire and a thief who is completely unapologetic about what, and who, she is.

When Raylene takes on her first-ever vampire client, things quickly spiral out of the control. While she's trying to track down and steal top-secret government documents for the mysterious (and rich) Ian Stott, her warehouse is vandalized and she finds herself being followed by Men in Black. That's barely the beginning, though. Before Raylene has the whole story, she's joined by a former Navy Seal who has no small stake in the outcome of her "investigations." And she quickly finds herself up to her eyeballs in CIA creeps and paramilitary thugs who want to see her truly dead.

Cherie Priest's ass-kicking Raylene is certainly a welcome change from most modern vampire tales. There is no love story here; no whiny moralizing, either. This undead adventuress is no wuss, that's for sure - the action starts almost immediately, and neither Raylene, nor the reader, get a break until the very end. Priest has the makings of another excellent series here.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone has to be GOOD TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 12, 2010
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"Bloodshot" is brilliant fun. Granted it won't be for everyone. But if you are in the mood for a book that's part urban fantasy (vampire gal who entertains herself by stealing expensive tidbits) and part mystery (who's kidnapping vamps and tracking down the mortals who care about them)... told with a narrative that sounds like it could have been taken from Sam Spade's lips, then this is the book for you.

VERY ADULT book. No graphic violence, but adult situations and language. All your classic four letter anglo-saxon words are in residence.

I really liked this book and can't wait for the next. Cherie Priest did a brilliant job with the suspense part of the story and I am very fond of snarky-edgy narratives and she totally delivered on that level as well.

The characters were interesting, sometimes unusual, and nearly always worthy of us caring for them. They are the icing that top off this action-thriller.

(Would make a great movie)

Pam T~
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Bloodshot is an exhilarating urban fantasy. I never felt like I had time to catch up my breath and I loved it! This story felt a little bit like watching a high speed action movie.

The main character is named, Raylene Pendle. She was a 20's flapper girl whose father was a famous detective. Now she is a rogue vampire who also happens to be a famous thief. A very high paid thief. Raylene has sworn off other vampires because she has been 'burned' by them before. But in this story she is propositioned for a job by a blind vampire named Ian Stott. (Which is unusual since most vampire can regenerate.) She is intrigued by one of her kind after being so isolated for so long. When he tells her of a series of cruel experiments done to him and that led to his blindness and the other vampires tortured by the government. She can't help but feel sympathetic and curious. He persuades her to try to find who did this injustice to him and see if she can find the documents concerning his experiment. Ian hopes this information will help him find a 'cure' to regenerate his sight.

But things are not so simple. Raylene soon finds herself caught in a dark and secretive world filled with a mysterious backer and some very shady and hush-hush government officials. Soon she is being hunted and finding the papers are proving challenging and more high stakes that she maybe prepared for.

This story was a fast paced adrenaline rush. The author cleverly twists the plot so not everyone or everything appears as a the reader 1st assumes. So the plot builds upon itself and the tension is intense. But the author also has a fun sense of humor as we are introduced to some memorable characters such as a drag queen on steroids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crochet Ghoul VINE VOICE on February 26, 2011
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What a truly awesome and fresh take on vampires in the crowded genre of Urban Fantasy! The star of BLOODSHOT is vampire Raylene Pendle, a top thief of priceless artifacts, who takes on a case from another vampire. This vampire, Ian Stott, was blinded by a top-secret government program and wants Raylene to steal back papers dealing with those experiments. What follows is a fast-paced, scene-changing adventure filled with unique characters that fulfills everything the book promised and more.

Raylene is your typical vampire in a lot of ways: the sun gives her a nasty sunburn to the extent of death, there's no awakening to dusk after decapitation or going up in flames, and of course, she's preternaturally fast and strong. However, she differs in that she's paranoid, self-deprecating, neurotic, and a tad OCD. So while Raylene can kick some major ass and make sarcastic remarks like the rest of the UF heroines, she also second- (and third and fourth) guesses herself a lot and is always prepared for the worst, usually thanks to her quick wits and sometimes even to the helpful contents of her "go-bag". I found Raylene to be a terrific protagonist, and for someone who claims to be anti-social, she sure picks up a lot of "pet people" throughout the duration of the book, which makes her a big, warm, gooey marshmallow inside (even if she doesn't own up to the fact).

What did surprise me was how funny the book was. I laughed, giggled, chortled, snorted, and smiled (usually rather goofily) quite often (there was many a line that left me in hysterics -- good thing I was reading in the privacy of my own home). Judging by the cover, I expected a more serious and suspenseful read, but while I wouldn't say this was exactly light, it wasn't as heavy as I imagined either.
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