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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire Babylon (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Trade; 1st Edition/1st Printing edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Green makes an obvious comment on Hollywood's cult of youth and celebrity in her florid debut, in which superstars become vampires to preserve their beauty and prolong their fame. Dawn Madison, a 24-year-old stuntwoman, is drawn into battle with supernatural forces from La-La Land's "Underground" when her PI father, Frank, disappears. She teams up with his associates: psychic "little person" Kiko Daniels; Breisi, a gorgeous Latina techo-geek; and their boss, a seductive, disembodied voice with whom Dawn enjoys some powerful disembodied sex. They search for Frank and answers to the mystery of child star Robby Pennybaker, who hoped to mature into an adult career, but whose dad pimped him out to the vamps, freezing him as a monstrous 12-year-old. Though the plot doesn't quite hang together, Dawn makes a spunky vampire slayer. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Chris Marie Green, former school teacher turned full-time writer, gets out of the office by taking long trips to places such as Japan, Italy, and New Orleans. When she’s not causing international incidents, she enjoys practicing yoga, taking part in fangirl movie and TV program analysis, and writing romance novels under the name Crystal Green.

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Once you read this book you'll eagerly await the next book in the series.
Laura S. Rowland
She needed to work on depth and motivation of the characters instead of just giving them toss-off lines, etc.
R. Kyle
While this book starts slow and drags a little from time to time, I didn't put it down till I was done.
Johnny A. Clark

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Dawn left Hollywood behind years ago. She didn't like what the business did to people--particularly since her big name star mother's untimely death just after she was born.

She's reluctantly returned to help find her PI father, Frank, who's gone missing. Her father's associates at the Limpet Agency are an interesting lot--the Boss is a disembodied Voice (ala Charlie's Angels), the other two PIs are a dwarf named Kiko with aspirations at being a star and a Hispanic beauty named Briesi, who is also an uber-geek.

The case that caused Dawn's father to disappear was the reappearance of a long dead child star in the reels of a current movie. Just a trip to the star's parents' home and Dawn discovers that vampires are one Hollywood perpetrated myth that's quite real. Dawn also runs into Matt Lonigan, another PI who is working on Frank's case for reasons he will not divulge -- and whose disclosed past sounds an awful lot like Bruce Wayne's.

Meanwhile, a rash of current stars are starting to die mysteriously. The Vampire Underground is investigating Limpet. Dawn is feeling attraction both to her boss and Matt Lonigan.

"Night Rising" had a lot of promise for a first novel. Ms. Green introduced some interesting and quirky elements, but the blend of fantasy-mystery-thriller didn't quite come off.

For starters, there wasn't enough procedural knowledge doing both the PI and crime scene work to actually qualify it as a mystery.

Additionally, I didn't feel that Ms. Green's world was as fully realized as it could be.

While Green's characters were interesting, they were more 'paper tigers' than real people. She needed to work on depth and motivation of the characters instead of just giving them toss-off lines, etc.
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Format: Paperback
Vampire Bablyon is the start of a new vampire hunting series featuring a female stunt expert, Dawn Madison. The story is fast paced and filled with enough gory fight scenes to please the hard core urban fantasy reader but with a surprisingly emotional layer that may appeal to the female reader. It fails to deliver a complete world building construct and this coupled with the tendency to leave more plot threads open than resolved left this reader dissatisfied.

Dawn is between stunt jobs when she finds out her father, Frank, is missing. She heads to LA and the PI firm of Limpet & Associates to find him. Assisted by a psycho midget,Kiko Daniels, and a gorgeous Hispanic tech guru, Briesi, Dawn begins to the hunt for Frank. Dawn learns that there is a complete otherworld filled with psychics, vampires and the VOICE, who runs the show at the PI firm. Dawn must help to find her father; solve the mystery of a re-appearing child star that disappeared 12 years ago but has suddenly reappeared; resolve personal issues with her dead mother; fight vampires; discover who is behind the hiring of a second PI guy; figure out who the VOICE is; and save the world. Sound like a lot for one book? It is.

There were two major problems that hindered me from really falling into the story. The world building, while interesting, is frustratingly incomplete. Also incomplete were the conclusion of the many plot threads introduce. In fact, only one was brought to a close. This is likely intentional in order to make a reader invest in the entire trilogy.

What kept me reading was that Dawn was an interesting character. She is an acute observer and her descriptions of her world were detailed and rich.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Brandel on May 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I came into this book with great expectations. The average rating was decent, and the premise sounded fascinating. Unfortunately, not only did this book not live up to my expectations, it was so bad I wasn't more than 30 pages into the book when I became so disgusted I couldn't read another sentence.

First off, the writing, the worst part of the book. Most of the characters sound like stereotypical valley girls, constantly say words like "Like," and "Um," and "Wow." I could have lived with that. Unfortunately, the author seemed to have trouble conveying what she was imagining onto the page, leaving me utterly confused as to what was going on. For example, Dawn walks into a house, then into a random room, starts feeling horny, and then is conflicted over whether to be upset or enjoy the feelings. Huh? And then she blindly accepts that another character is psychic, without any real proof or a struggle to accept the paranormal. Dawn is supposed to be a tough stunt woman, but to me she sounds like an weak minded valley girl accepting that the world is flat just because someone else said so.

Pacing was another big problem in this book. Within 30 pages Dawn goes to find her father, gets "interrogated" by a paranormal guy who makes her feel horny, then goes on a completely random mission to discover why a dead guy is in a movie. To repeat- huh? If Dawn was trying to find her father, it would make more sense that she would be focusing on that. Instead she accepts a job offer and is whisked off on a ridiculous mission with no training or information as to what to expect.
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