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Pagan: An MPRD Novel Paperback – October 30, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
E excellent read - keeps you going! Read it over several long haul flights, did not get much sleep, but sure e Noyer the book.Published 10 months ago by Dennis Pettid
i do not know what the author intended this book to be; action, fantasy, thriller, romance but it fails at each genre. Read morePublished 17 months ago by B. BENEDICT WATERS
I enjoyed Andrew Chapman's PAGAN very much. Well written, great characters, good storytelling, but for me, maybe a bit too much weaponry talk. Read morePublished 21 months ago by reader711
I don't know who came first Pagan or Joe but if you like Joe Ledger you will like Pagan as well. Great characters with well structured plot and all woven in to a page turner! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael C
5 stars for the plot. It was a great book. It keeps you enthralled thru the entire book. It's the British version of Underworld. A better version.Published on January 14, 2014 by Bradley Kunkle
Don't usually write reviews for books, so here goes, bought this book on the cheap don't really know why because I think the whole vampire thing has been beaten to death... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by mark b.
I'm one of those people who are absolutely sick to death of 'vampire romance' books...uggghhh.. a certain couple of writers have a lot to answer for. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by TinaM
I enjoyed this a great deal, though this review is sufficiently belated that I'll be brief: This is a war/commando novel set in a paranormal-romance world. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Patrick M