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A Rush of Wings: Book One of The Maker's Song Kindle Edition

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Set in the brooding New Orleans area long established as the best location for all things vampiric, Phoenix's lively debut has it all: Rogue [FBI] agents, Bureau-ordered hits, mad-scientist experiments in psychopathology, vampires and fallen angels and a slicing-dicing serial killer. Smart, sexy FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace has been trying to catch the Cross-Country Killer for three years when the trail leads to New Orleans and Club Hell, where Dante Prejean performs with the Inferno, an industrial/goth rock band. Dante is a Cajun and a born vampire whose memories of his terrible past have been erased, leaving him vulnerable to the psychopathic killer, E, who knows all that Dante has forgotten. As E begins targeting Dante's loved ones, Heather must swallow her skepticism and work with Dante's vampiric friends and family to save him. Phoenix alternates romantic homages to gothdom and steamy blood-drinking threesomes with enough terse, fast-paced thriller scenes to satisfy even the most jaded fan. (Jan.)
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"A Rush of Wings is a dark, rich, sensual treat...Adrian Phoenix uses a perfect blend of suspense, romance, and lyrical prose to keep readers up until late, late at night turning the pages."
-- Jenna Black, author of Secrets in the Shadows

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  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2008
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00125L844
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Laura on January 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at the airport, and was immediately sucked in. So I bought it (despite the outrageous airport prices) and pretty much finished it off in the day I was traveling.

The first third of the novel is quite good: the crime, police involvement, the introduction of our two protagonists, as well as various other plotlines, are deftly woven in.

Both of the leads are about as cliched as they come; one gorgeous but determined police detective - check; one stunningly sexy, dark and mysterious vampire male - check. They are, at least initially, saved by the complexity of their backgrounds, characterizations and motives.

Unfortunately, about the second third of the book, things go downhill.

Heather Wallace is supposed to be an FBI profiler who is heading the investigation into an infamous serial killer - but damned if I can figure out why. I'm honestly not sure how a profiler is heading a case, instead of a detective; but the point is, she's not a field agent. So what she is doing hot-dogging it around solo is beyond me. It also becomes clear that she is far too young (and oh so coincidentally gorgeous) to be doing this job.

She makes several very stupid mistakes; her gun magazine is stolen and she doesn't even realize it; she walks into a fight with her purse; etc. There is also the fact that she hooks up with her main subject after two days; this despite knowing he is a possible pschopath.

As for Dante Prejean, he has a fascinating build-up. But he also makes some very stupid mistakes, at least one of which resulted in the person he was trying to save being killed. There's a definite angry teenager here rather than an actual adult, complete with massive amounts of melodrama and angst.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
LIGHT SPOILERS, but no plot summaries. Recommendations included.

HIGH LEVEL: Disjointed story-telling, emotionally stunted, lacking in plausible romance. Had to force myself to finish because I felt a poor review wouldn't be fair otherwise. Writing style is highly descriptive and the mythos, while nothing really new or innovative was provocative. I have LOTS of issues with this book, but there were two MAJOR FLAWS that turned what could have been an intense, noir-ish crime driven urban fantasy into nothing short of TORTURE. Although, if you find Goth teenage boys attractive, you might like this more than I did...

FLAW # 1: It fails to grab you and the pacing is painfully disjointed. The story is told using a shifting perspective, which CAN BE a great tool to make sure the reader sees what is going on when the characters don't. However, in this case there were NINE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES- heroine, lead male, supporting good guys, ALL the bad guys... everyone! Basically this prevented any kind of momentum from building up. As soon as it got interesting, you were forced away from the action and into a different character's head clear across the damn country. If I had been reading this in paperback, I would have skipped ahead. Reading it on a Kindle meant I was trapped and forced to suffer through the author's poor sense of timing and fragmented story-telling. I didn't appreciate it

FLAW # 2: Romance was just plain baffling and occasionally made me queasy. Can anyone explain to me how an intelligent, successful, 31 year old, career FBI agent could POSSIBLY fall in love with a 23 year old, angst-ridden, sickly, Goth smash metal singer who behaves like a cranky teenager?????? I'm sorry, but this entire story centered on a character, Dante, who needed a MOTHER, not a lover.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. C on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
An incredibly frustrating book to read. I found this to be fragmented, disjointed and frankly, amateurish. It felt like it had been written by someone attempting their very first novel. There were far too many POV's. The ever shifting perspective included every single villain. This actually worked for me towards the end when E was alone with Dante because I got a real glimpse into his twisted psyche and that made him a far scarier character than he had been throughout the rest of the book. But most of the other POV's were unnecessary - often Phoenix was simply rewriting the same scenes from another character's perspective. I found this slowed the story and cluttered the writing. Phoenix does not lack writing talent. Her prose is fluent and accomplished; what she lacks is the ability to tell a coherent story. The shifting perspectives made the story choppy and annoying. What made it even worse was that characters often had more than one name, which made it sometimes hard to keep up. For example, one character is referred to as Ronin, Tom-Tom, Peeping Tom, and Tommy Boy. One name is enough!!

What I also found very frustrating was the jargon used in the story. The narrative was littered with `wybrcathl', `aingeal', `anhrefncathl', and `creawdwr.'. Until I discovered the glossary at the end I had no idea what any of these terms was supposed to mean, let alone how to pronounce one. Every time I came across one it jolted me out of the story. Pronunciation difficulties aside, I found myself foundering in confusion as I struggled to understand what any of it was supposed to me. The story was equally littered with things like C.C.K, LSU, WMD, NOPD, SAC, ViCAP, NCAVC, DOD.
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