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Chance In Hell (Chance Lee Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Kampman
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Chance is a Texan vampire hunter until a botched raid kills his team and sends him running for his life. Looking for a place to lie low, Chance takes what looks like an easy job in California. Dispose of a mysterious object. No vampires involved. But Chance's life is never that simple.

Within hours of reaching the West coast, his contact is murdered and Chance is left holding the key to a demonic weapon of mass destruction. To make matters worse, the weapon was stolen from the ruthless head of a multi-national corporation who will do anything to get it back.

With supernatural hit men on his heels, Chance has no choice but to turn to the creatures he once hunted. Soon he's neck deep in otherworldly seductresses, rival werewolf gangs, ravenous witches, and dysfunctional vampires. His only hope is to gain their trust, and their help, before all Hell breaks loose.

Product Details

  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615475027
  • Publisher: Dark Fiction (May 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050UQ9BE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut November 18, 2011
Chance in Hell is a solid debut. The characters are interesting and likable which is probably the best part about the book. Another good thing about the book is that it's fun and not all doom and gloom that you sometimes see in other UF books. There is action, funny moments and a touch of romance (enough for guys like me to enjoy but not too much to drown out the other stuff). There are times where the characters motivations seem a bit off and the villain Powers certainly has shadows of Butcher's Marcone. Outside of those two minor points the book is entertaining and I can see myself picking up the next one especially considering that this is a debut and the author will continue to improve.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great urban fantasy book! January 14, 2012
Chance, the vampire hunting protagonist, is very likeable; he's intelligent, fun and slightly sarcastic. The world he moves and lives in contains elements of everything a reader could want in a novel.
Vampires (dysfunctional), werewolves (rival gangs of), witches (ravenous), otherworldly seductresses, and supernatural hitmen make up part of the assorted cast of characters. Strongly unique characters whose traits hold your attention. You can't wait to meet the next one.
The nice twist on this tale, is that Chance has to gain the trust and help of those he once hunted, to stay ahead of the supernatural hitmen.
There's mystery, action, even a bit of romance.

Very entertaining from beginning to end. I would love to see where Chance goes from here. Or even a prequel about Chance's time with the vampire hunters before the rest of the team was massacred. Wherever this author leads, I'll follow his story.

It was hard for me to believe that this book is the author's debut. I definitely want to read Mr. Kampman's future works.
Give us another 'Chance' Patrick! ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"Young man with mysterious background and unexplained powers falls into complicated relationship with a vampire" has been done already, and considerably better, by John Conroe. The problem with Kampman's characters is that the believability of their interactions is unsupported by the story. The vampire Megan's deep attraction to the protagonist, Chance Lee, for example, seems to come out of thin air, and the plausibility gets stretched with each succeeding misadventure he drags her into. Similarly whatever her witch friend Lacey sees in Chance's 18-year old (and obnoxious) brother Bryon is left for the reader to supply, since nothing in the text serves to make it at all believable.

Moreover, the basic premise seems incomplete. Chance is a college student who has been monster hunting for just a few months, yet he has intimate familiarity with weapons of all types and hand to hand combat. His brother does not at first believe in the supernatural, yet he drives a bag of military type weapons from Texas to California for Chance without comment. It always feels like there is a back story nobody let us in on (more than just the mystery of Chance's missing father, which is obviously intended to explain his ability to sense the presence of supernatural creatures in some future installment).

The point of urban fantasy is that willing suspension of disbelief is only applied to things like the existence of vampires and werewolves. The basics of character development must still be believable to make the genre work.

For $3 I read the sequel, too, but I would say that there are much better series out there in the genre and you should read them first. Read this one for free on Kindle if you can.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHANCE IN HELL February 28, 2012
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CHANCE IN HELL, great title. This YA novel by Patrick Kampman is exciting, funny, action-packed, sexy, well-written and charming. All these adjectives, and for a vampire hunter book meant for teenagers. It's a great read for anyone, unless you're put off by vampires.

Chance falls into vampire killing honestly when his girlfriend is murdered by the animal-like vampire attacking students on campus. He soon joins a vampire-hunting team working in Central Texas to eradicate the monsters, ending up in California for a related job after catastrophe strikes and he is the only survivor.

And there he meets the real vampires. And werewolves. And witches. And fairies. And they are cute and sexy and they like him, and protect him (well, some of them do). All of a sudden Chance wonders what the hell he's been doing killing them.

Humor-infused, full of action and with likable, believable characters, CHANCE IN HELL deserves a spot in everyone's vampire collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good January 1, 2012
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After a few pages, I was prepared to dislike and abandon this book, but I kept reading, and I'm glad I did. It's an interesting, and unusual story with equally interesting characters that provide for a fast paced, and fun read rich with humor. The story is well written and at the end, begs the question, who are the true monsters among us? Well worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish it. April 29, 2013
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Startedt out well.I thought it had promise. Then I did not like the direction it went at all. I decided it was not for me. It was no longer holding my interest and it was becoming boring. I personally don't recommend it. The characters were not especially likable and it was hard to connect to them. The style of writing was not appealing to me,. It might work for some readers. Just not me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome book! can't wait for book2
Published 10 days ago by joshua
4.0 out of 5 stars Chance in Hell
A fun, enjoyable read, while I didn't like it as much it, was very similar to John Conroe's "God Touched". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was a lot of fun to read. Chance is such a bonehead that you can't help but laugh at his predicaments. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeremy Croston
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging work that left me wanting more
Wow! I just finished Chance in Hell and couldn't wait to find out what happens in book 2, Texas Hold 'Em. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kian
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
A good light weight read that made me buy the second book
An author to watch.I enjoyed the vampire council more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read
Good book with plenty of action and characters. Chance is an interesting character, a pretty normal guy that is easy to get behind. Look forward to new books in the series.
Published 7 months ago by Derek L Belcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, humerous take on the Urban Fantasy genre
I have wanted to write a review for this book for a while, but it is hard to do so without spoiling it or sounding like a generic urban fantasy review. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keith
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
The book was entertaining but the plot was not a very satisfying. Basically seemed like nothing happened. Decent read for the price, so no regrets on the purchase.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
A very entertaining read. Hot vamp chicks and territorial hot werechics what else would I ask for? Maybe more to read?
Published 8 months ago by B Bamber
4.0 out of 5 stars Chance in Hell
I enjoyed this book a great deal; not heavy reading be fun and the characters are interesting and entertaining in their portrayals. The ending leads nicely in the sequel too. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karlz
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More About the Author

A native of Northern California, Patrick Kampman moved to Central Texas ten years ago with his wife, daughter, and assorted pets. He recently published The Haunting of Pico, a young adult ghost story, and is now working on the second book in the Chance Lee series.

When he is not writing, Patrick can be found reading, gaming, or watching the St. Louis Rams lose games.

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