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Monster: Nightrider's Vengeance [Kindle Edition]

J.D. Nixx , J.D. Rhoades
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The ultimate terror weapon is alive...and she's out for revenge.

It was an idea born from the madness of the Colony Wars: create living weapons in the shape of man's ancient nightmares. Vampires. Werewolves. Zombies. They turned the tide of war and broke the back of the rebellion. But no one stopped to ask what they would do with a unit of Special Operations-trained vampires when the war was over. Not until it was too late, and the only solution was to try to wipe them out, using a bioweapon tailored to their unique genetic structure.

One survived.

Now Laura So, the last Nightrider, comes out of the darkness of deep space and sets off across humanity's far-flung settled worlds, seeking vengeance on the ones who ordered the massacre of her people, Along with her lover, the more-than-human medic who saved her life, she confronts not only her enemies, but the question of who she is and her place in the universe. Because beneath the monster's skin there beats a heart that's all too human...

"Frankly, this book is so much fun it should be illegal. You've got your space battles, your land battles, your vampires, your werewolves, your zombies, your sex, your violence, your artificial intelligence run-amuck computers, revenge, exotic planets, all well-told with a non-stop slam-bam pace. I'm not really a huge SF reader, but when Nixx comes out with the next book, I'm there." - Mark Terry, author of SINS OF THE FATHER

"J.D. Nixx opens up with both barrels and blows away all genre lines in this wild, weird and insanely enjoyable kick-ass action yarn. If more sci-fi was like MONSTER then everybody would be reading sci-fi!"

-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN'S CODE and PATIENT ZERO

‎"Toss vampires, werewolves and space marines into a blender and you get one hell of a story. Monster is the best kind of genre mash-up: weird, violent and fun." - Stephen Blackmoore, author of CITY OF THE LOST

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  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z8M6PM
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love a zombie uprising? May 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The eponymous "monster," Laura, is a Nightrider. Nightriders are killing machines which are based on vampires and engineered to win wars. Once, with the aid of Hellboys (based on werewolves) and Dead Boys (zombies), the wars are won and their usefulness is over, the Nightriders are exposed to a virus killing Laura's unit including her lover. Only she escapes termination. Laura, with her new companion, Jess, sets on a path of revenge against the people who killed her unit. During an op in exchange for information, gone bad, Laura accidentally discovers a new artificial intelligence that will either help her to get revenge or change everything.

This is my kind of "Twilight." Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires fighting it out with each other and the humans to stay alive.

This story makes sense on a lot of levels. The futuristic setting was detailed without weighing down the flow of the action. The overall premise is very likely. A species is created for war and start showing independence. Does it not make sense to kill them all? There are deep commentaries about genocide and what makes a thing human in this novel that may not have been intended by the author. Laura loves Jess, she feels hate, she experiences compassion. Is she not a member of a species that should live on?

I had to admit to a moment of surprise finding the main character of this novel to be female. This author writes very gritty and brutal characters and, as it happened, Laura is no less gritty and brutal. Despite a very high level of violence, Laura herself is a very likable character. She is cold and selfish and can be heartless but she has a fierce passion that you can't help but respect. Laura says to the reader at one point in the narrative that her people have "Minds of our own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Want To Drink Your Blood.... May 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Something a bit different from thriller author J. D. Rhoades, writing as J. D. Nixx, a science fiction/horror novel. Monsters are here, all the classic ones, but here they are gene-engineered and computer enhanced. The plot is there, the last survivor of her people wants revenge on the ones who ordered their murder.

The author's novel is one of two recent reads that's reinvigorated my love of science fiction. I read that mostly when young and nowadays read mostly crime stuff and westerns, with a bit of horror thrown in on some of the new series out there in the ebook world. An occasional novel by a favorite author, but not much experimenting with new.

Nixx's tale is nicely set-up and plunged me on a hang-on ride until I finished. You can't ask for anything else.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down. June 19, 2012
By Dewline
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As a long time science fiction fan, but new to this author, I wasn't sure what to expect. Once I got started, it just continued to grow on me and by the end I was totally hooked and sorry it was over. Hope there is a prequel, or sequel, or anything else to expand this story. A great ride, well written, excellent characters, and an interesting story line. What more can you ask? Well worth the time, and while I got it for free, it's worth buying... take a chance you won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre-bender from a master of Redneck Noir January 13, 2013
By Steve
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Having already demonstrated his skill at crafting Redneck Noir thrillers, J.D. Rhoades (working as J.D. Nixx) widens his -- and our -- horizons with an intriguing blend of urban fantasy and science fiction. These genetically-engineered vampires don't sparkle, but the prose and plotting shine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story November 20, 2012
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Awesome book. The character are very interesting and the action is super. I am hoping he writes another book soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires With A Twist August 27, 2012
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J.D. Nixx (aka J.D. Rhoades) has tried his hand at fantasy/science fiction. He's managed to take the well-worn vampires vs. zombies (and werewolves and cowering humans) and make it palatable for adults. Or at least us adults who had to sit through at least one of the Twilight movies with a giggly pre-teen.

Nixx's vampire Laura is not a supernatural being, but a genetically engineered weapon of mass destruction, as are the zombies (DeadBoys) and the werewolves (Hellhounds). If you're going to take over the universe, what better way to promote fear than to attack a planet using blood thirsty vampires with enhanced strength and reflexes?

The problem is that these killing machines developed feelings and autonomy, no longer following the orders of the human empire they were created to serve. So all of the vampires, save Laura are wiped out with a virus, leaving Laura to seek revenge.

I especially enjoyed Nixx's description of the Free Trade Zone, a colony founded on the belief that "people freed from government would eventually arrive at a viable society through free market competition and enlightened self-interest." The result is chaos, where local bosses and their militias constantly fighting to maintain control of their tiny pieces of turf and every warlord is for sale. Cheap.

Take that Ayn Rand fans!

Laura's journey to find those responsible for killing her people, along with her friendship with Mirmir, a sentient being created through artificial intelligence made my stationary bicycle workouts bearable. The body count goes sky high, and there's a fair amount of blood and gore, but I really liked how Nixx handles the genre, combining "Dracula's Daughter" with a bit of "2001, A Space Odyssey" thrown in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read. Action was non stop and well done. This a military scifi at its page turning best. I recommend it to anyone who likes a real good read that will keep you turning the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by paul_m
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhoades to a career in Syfy.
I don't usually read Sience Fiction unless it's from an author I know. I know and like J.D. Rhoades writing style when he writes suspense novels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Barbier
2.0 out of 5 stars How many times can a person be captured?
Story has an interesting if not original premise. People create vampires for war and then decide to wipe them out only in typical fashion one of them gets away. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Clinton Eldrick Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Vampire Story
The title is what drew me to this book and once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I had just finished reading a very good vampire story By Ronald Wintrick titled "The... Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by BM3
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly enjoyable vampire story...
I have to say, I am not a big fan of vampire stories and such, but this one kept me more than entertained throughout so had to give it 4 stars. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Amazon Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars A different type of science fiction
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next novel. The critique I have is that I still do not know what Nightriders look like. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by Chani
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised!
I don't normally read this genre and only did so because I accepted a preview book from someone who I thought was my friend, writing under a pseudonym. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Samovar Pictures
5.0 out of 5 stars Came Back to Amazon for More
Recently downloaded Monster to read during travel. I don't have a lot of time to read for pleasure, but here I am back at Amazon hoping there's a sequel. What more can I say?
Published on June 2, 2012 by AH
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkley vampires? I think not!
J.D. brings his master craftsmanship to the Science Fiction genre.

I'm one of those folks who read science fiction avidly as a child, teenager, and younger adult, only... Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by John Trindle
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More About the Author

I'm better known as J.D. Rhoades (or Dusty to my friends). J.D. Nixx is the pen name I use when writing sci-fi and fantasy. After years of work in the mystery/thriller genre, I felt like taking a trip back to my first love. I've been a fan of sf since my childhood, when my mom used to take me down to the Southern Pines North Carolina library on Saturdays, and I discovered a shelf full of Robert A. Heinlein, Lester del Rey, Fritz Leiber, and other giants. Later, a friend of my parents noticed that I'd buried myself in the books on his bookshelf while he and he wife and my folks were playing bridge and made me a gift of his collection of golden age science fiction. I still have those books to this day. My first sci-fi novel for Kindle is MONSTER; NIGHTRIDER'S VENGEANCE. I hope you like it.

You can visit my J.D. Rhoades author page at

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