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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449537871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449537876
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.9 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,035,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Chapman is an Englishman born and bred who now lives in Kentucky with a wife he describes as 'the most beautiful woman in the world' and a cat he describes as 'that stupid animal'. He is an avid wargamer, a voracious reader, and a determined author. His presence in the US is entirely legal, so there's probably not a lot that can be done to stop him.

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Andrew Chapman is an Englishman born and bred who now lives in Kentucky with a wife he describes as 'the most beautiful woman in the world' and a cat he describes as 'that stupid animal'.

He is an avid wargamer, a voracious reader, and a determined author. Recent medical tests have shown that he may be addicted to facebook.

Customer Reviews

The characters were believable and I loved the interaction between them.
Lauralynn Elliott
Don't expect anything too fancy, subplots or complex mysteries - it's a straight forward good vs. bad guys story with great characters.
Albert
This leads to very well written action sequences involving nicely plotted military tactics.
Matthew Schiariti

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By sparklynature on February 14, 2010
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If you're looking for some rattlingly good fun, grown-up vampire/werewolf action, you've come to the right place. Soppy puppy eyed vegetarian vamp lovers should stay away.

Pagan follows British Ministry of Paranormal Research & Defence (MPRD) super vampire hunter, Jack `Pagan' Henderson - part James Bond/part vampire bogeyman/good guy with some cool as-yet-unidentified-built-in vampire resistance - who lives in a UK that could be set in across the pond from Anita Blake world. In this UK, no-one's accepted vampires after they came out of the closet and Jack and his team of government hunters roam around the UK drinking beer and kicking butt. Nice.

Pagan lives in a world where his life's been turned into a TV series and a book by the-powers-that-be, keen to cash in on the folklore surrounding him (giving a few quite funny moments) but it's also a world that's incredibly normal in a non-normal situation: riding up the M1, hanging out in pubs, heading to fly out of RAF Brize Norton, getting your `tackle' out and the quite wonderful use of the criminally underused British word `ponce'. It was really nice to read a down-to-earth, funny book that's set in England. Living in NW England, I read most of the book in one sitting with a daft grin on my face.

For the vamp-werewolf genre, you name it and I've read it (and got fed up of it, naming no names, LKH) but this felt like a welcome breath of fresh air to me. The only thing I found a bit hard was the large amount of gun-porn. I like a nice gun battle as much as a never-fired-a-gun-or-been-in-the-military girl can do, but I found the gun acronymns, numbers and ammo descriptions a bit hard going, to the point of get over it already. I get it Andrew - Pagan = boy and likes his guns.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By nynaeve77 on January 28, 2010
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...but I actually like the secondary characters of John and Anna better than Jack and Marie. Their backstory fascinated me. Jack is a very interesting protagonist, however; he definitely has that British sense of humor and a stiff upper lip.

Overall, I enjoyed Pagan very much. I thought some of the descriptions of the group's weaponry got a tad tedious, but that is probably because I'm not really interested in such details. I did enjoy great job of world building done by the author. It wasn't so overly detailed as to be boring, but was in-depth enough that you weren't left scratching your head in confusion. The reveal of the villain was also nicely done.

Pagan is a good, quick read and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DelusionalAngel VINE VOICE on February 15, 2010
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Jack "Pagan" Henderson is a vampire hunter. Not just any vampire hunter, a rather famous one. The kind that has television shows and smutty novels named after him. Parts of the world have gladly accepted the vampires -- the USA for example, where they've even been given some rights. Pagan, however, works for the Ministry in the UK. They don't see the vampires in quite the same light. They've not welcomed them in, not given into their charms. Instead they've seen families slaughtered, had homes destroyed, etc. So they fight them. Jack, obviously being the best at this job, hence his fame.

In this novel we learn how Jack has ended up as a hunter, how his team came together, their backstories, etc. And finally we follow them on their current mission -- take down one of the three major leaders in the vampire world.

My only gripe is the frequency of detailed weapon accounting. That could just be me though. I'm not into weapons. It all went over my head, I started skimming a lot of those paragraphs as really you could have just told me really big guns and had the same impact. Still I can see why some people appreciate that kind of thing.

In the end it felt like this was really just a introduction to what could be an even better series later. Not that this wasn't a good novel, it was. Just when I read the teaser for the next novel, I felt like AHA this one was just to introduce me to the characters -- the next one sounds so much better. But that's a good thing, authors should make me want to read on.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin Rudd on August 8, 2010
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This is a good book, but not great. It could have been great. First the bit that made it not great - the author insists on reiterating (numerous times) how godly Pagan is, how hot Marie is, and how vampire powers really work. After the Nth time I've read that Pagan is "special", I was thinking in my head "Yes. I know. I learned that in chapter 1, 3, 6, and 8". After the Nth time I'd read how "hot Marie's butt looks", I was thinking "Yes. I know. I learned that in chapters 1, 3, 6, and 8". And finally the 300 descriptions of the FAL got really old. It felt like at times the author had a word/page count in his head that he had to hit. So he just took generic lines from other parts of the book but reworked the words a bit.

The pure-breed vs. half-breed werewolf was also an interesting twist. My main problem with this was that a half-breed had dominance over a pure-breed in one part of the story. That just seemed to go against all pure-breed/half-breed literature I've read/seen. Half-breeds are almost exclusively lesser beings (which they are in power in this book as well). I just don't see a pure-breed being submissive to a half-breed. Maybe the author was going for something different, but it felt forced to me to give Marie some back story.

The parts that I thought made it a great book - the British propaganda Pagan books were very funny. Especially when the women were making fun of him. I laughed out loud at that part. John and Anna were great. John's "don't mess with my wife" attitude was very well done. Especially considering that Anna is probably stronger than John. But John didn't seem emasculated by it at all. I liked Frenchie a lot.
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