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A Game of Blood [Kindle Edition]

Julie Ann Dawson , Faith Carroll , John Ward
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Book Description

What would you do if a 300 year old vampire decided that you would make the perfect Van Helsing for his own twisted game?

A series of bizarre kidnappings leads detective Mitch Grogan to the home of the wealthy and eccentric Darius Hawthorne. What he discovers there unleashes a chain of events that not only threatens his life, but also his sanity. Grogan finds himself caught up in a deadly game with a three hundred year old vampire looking for a worthy adversary. But how can a burnt-out cop with a crumbling marriage compete against a centuries' old immortal with unlimited resources and supernatural powers?
More than boredom drives the cunning Hawthorne, however. His attempts to push Grogan to the breaking point are more than cruel entertainment. They also serve as a test to see whether or not the mortal is ready to help him hunt an even more deadly foe:  one that would see the whole world burn to remove the vampiric corruption from it.

Kindle edition includes the bonus short story "Dames and Games" at the conclusion of the novel.

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About the Author

Julie Ann Dawson’s love for the horror genre began at the age of thirteen, when she found a copy of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot in the Bridgeton High School library. She earned her B.A. degree in English, Liberal Arts from Rowan University in 1993. Her short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in a variety of both traditional and digital publications, including Gareth Blackmore’s Unusual Tales, Black Bough, The New Jersey Review of Literature, Lucidity, Happiness, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and others. Her other works include the dark fantasy The Doom Guardian and the horror short story collection September and Other Stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ELAN62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of police procedural and paranormal horror April 12, 2011
The prologue to Julie Ann Dawson's A Game of Blood opens with Vampyre Night at Club Decadence, but the vampires in question are costumed party-goers and really don't seem worth the effort Rachel went to to get a fake ID. Then she sees that one perfectly handsome stranger...

The cops assigned to find or save Rachel when she goes missing aren't impressed with vampire wannabes either, but clever detective work and wise intuitive leaps offer surprising leads. Soon Mitch is obsessing over rich guy Darius while Rodney wonders if he's just deflecting depression at the absence of his wife. The case is solved, but the hero can't rest and continues to dig, backtracking and finding out more.

What Mitch finds should be unbelievable, but the author ties it together convincingly, carrying the reader along into an enthralling game of cat and mouse. Darius pulls strings. Mitch pulls a gun. And the mystery deepens relentlessly with every turn of the page. Which one's the cat, the reader begins to ask, and who's the mouse?

A Game of Blood is filled with entirely believable characters and a well-designed mix of prosaic and otherworldly situations and dangers. Kids in school argue free speech. Technology delivers ambivalent results. Police follow standard procedures. Meanwhile Darius and his butler perform their dangerous dance, and Mitch is drawn inexorably onto the floor. Decadence meets duty. Redemption meets protection. Good and evil intertwine, skipping along to their own tune. And the perfectly handsome, oddly alluring stranger remains distinctly strange.

It's to do with identity. "What does your antagonist need?" asks a friendly writer. But how can mortals grasp the needs of immortals? And how is the impossible Darius drawn to see what Mitch might need?
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devious paranormal thriller December 7, 2010
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Darius Hawthorne is the new Lestat. Bored, decadent, and homicidal, he a 300 year old vampire that selects detective Mitch Grogan to be his personal Van Helsing to bring some excitment to his current existence. This is less a true horror novel than it is a twisted crime thriller with a cast of supernatural characters. My one gripe is that while the male characters are incredibly fleshed out and interesting (even the secondary characters like the mayor and DA have distinct personalities), most of the female characters are either victims, love interests, or people that need protecting. I almost subtracted another star for it but I have read another book by this author that featured a very strong female protagonist so I don't think it was a particular slight just the way the story went.
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More About the Author

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek).

Her work has appeared in a variety of print and digital media, including such diverse publications as the New Jersey Review of Literature, Lucidity, Black Bough, Poetry Magazine, Gareth Blackmore's Unusual Tales, Demonground, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and others.

In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and Sages. The company has gone from having two titles to over one hundred titles between their print and digital products. The company also sponsors the annual eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair, held every August.

In 2009, she launched the Bards and Sages Quarterly, a literary journal of speculative fiction. Since 2012, she has served as a judge for the IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards.


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