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Seven Kinds of Hell (The Fangborn Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dana Cameron
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Book Description

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself.

Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil.

To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

Zoe’s mission takes her and her friends across the globe on a frenetic quest for no less than Pandora’s Box.



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“Cameron weaves fantasy into an exciting adventure thriller seamlessly. Seven Kinds of Hell is an outstanding introduction to the Fangborn.” —Crimespree Magazine

“Cameron's bright prose is a refreshing treat in the first in her Fangborn series. Readers will enjoy the thrills and spills of archeologist heroine Zoe Miller as she discovers the surprising delights of werewolfism and the meaning of artifacts dating back to Pandora's Box.” —RT Book Reviews

"...a fresh series debut that should appeal to urban fantasy fans looking for something a bit different from the generic werewolf tale. " —Library Journal

Seven Kinds of Hell is all sorts of thrillery mythological terrificness in a lovely Urban Fantasy wrapper.  I'm putting Dana Cameron's Fangborn novels on my must buy list.” —The Qwillery

“Seven Kinds of Hell is a great adventure. Dana Cameron’s supernatural heroes are refreshingly different, and the action is astonishing.” —New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

 “Dana Cameron can pull me into a story like few other writers. Wildly creative, thrilling and fun, the Fangborn series is one you won’t want to miss!” —New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

"Dana Cameron’s words will reach out to you, grab your mind and inject it with adrenaline, force you to pay attention, to learn, and to madly mark up whole paragraphs in order that you might research the lands and stories she portrays. It. Was. AWESOME!!!" —So, I Read This Book Today... 

About the Author

Award-winning author Dana Cameron lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and two cats. Cameron, known for her mystery novels and short stories, was short-listed for the Edgar Award in 2010 for “Femme Sole,” and earned the Agatha Award in 2011 for “Disarming” and in 2008 for the Fangborn story, “The Night Things Changed.” Trained as an archaeologist, Cameron holds a bachelor of arts from Boston University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing fiction, Cameron enjoys exploring the past and the present through reading, travel, museums, popular culture, and food.

Product Details

  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097959
  • Publisher: 47North (March 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00943A8RE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good. Entertaining, and reasonably well written. March 11, 2013
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Hadn't heard of this author before getting a chance to read this book, and the werewolf genre tends to be more my wife's thing than mine. But I finished the book in two days (and it's not exactly a quick read, it's a decent-length book). It was a good story. The book was entertaining. I suppose it could have been a bit more polished: Cameron is a new author, and while not bad, the book doesn't flow as easily as some similar fantasy/sci-fi works I've read. I'm guessing that'll improve with additional books. I certainly couldn't do any better.

As a scientist (a biologist, in my case), I liked the small but important bits of academe that got incorporated into the text (the Sus scrofa reference made me smile). As expected, it was a little heavy on mythology, which I found interesting. A little dose of reality helps ground fiction to the real world.

The book started a little slow, but it definitely had its exciting moments.

Anyway... it was worth my time, will probably be worth yours, and I expect we'll be seeing more of Zoe Miller and the Fangborn in the future. I'm looking forward to it.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf Zoe and the Search for the Lost Thingamajig March 14, 2013
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WHAT IS IT?

"Seven Kinds of Hell" is the first novel in Dana Cameron's planned "Fangborn" fantasy series. The Fangborn are supernatural creatures that come in three varieties: werewolves, vampires, and oracles. Magically compelled to fight Evil, the Fangborn have guarded humanity throughout the ages. Twenty-something werewolf Zoe Miller knows little about her heritage because her mother has, for her own reasons, always kept Zoe hidden from the Fangborn. With Zoe's mother dying, however, the Fangborn -- and others who know about the Fangborn -- begin closing in on Zoe. Some want to help her, but most want to use her. The immediate threat is Dmitri, a Russian gangster who kidnaps Zoe's cousin and demands that she acquire an artifact from an insane collector in exchange for her cousin's life. The quest to free her cousin leads Zoe to London and then to Venice, the Greek Islands, and beyond. She is hunted at every step, not knowing whether she can trust anyone, even her ex-boyfriend Will. Moreover, what begins as a mission to get hold of an insignificant figurine soon turns into a search for one of the most feared objects in Greek mythology: Pandora's Box.

WHY MIGHT YOU WANT TO READ IT?

My original working title for this review was "Junk Food for the Werewolf-Lover's Soul." Sometimes we crave junk food, and junk food is often better than nothing. I'm not going to praise the book, but I will say that the story moves quickly, there's plenty of action, and the idea of the Fangborn is one of the most oddball takes on werewolves and vampires that you're likely to come across. Fangborn vampires, for example, are *good* by nature, they *thrive* on sunshine, and when they manifest their vampire selves, they shapeshift into *snake* form.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Messy! March 24, 2013
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Oh my, this was a messy muddle of a book! I really wanted to love it. I enjoy urban fantasy and I absolutely love archaeological adventures - even with a paranormal angle. But this was a mess.

In reality, it seemed like a couple of books mashed together.

First - the archaeological book. It sort of reminded me of those old Elizabeth Peters books - not Amelia Peabody - more like Vicky Bliss. There's a search for the literal Pandora's Box. There's a round the world chase following clues and finding archaeological treasures with people trying to stop our heroine - or kill her.

Then - the Urban Fantasy. Um...just having werewolves and vampires (non-traditional) does not an urban fantasy make. Instead of a butt-kicking heroine, we get Zoe who runs away from problems and has the personality of a doorpost. As for the sexy hero - he's not that sexy. In fact, I liked the easily influenced milquetoast best friend better than Zoe's love interest with their passionless passion. And instead of an urban fantasy world that seems like it actually went through a world building process, we get the usual - some paranormals want to come out to the humans. Others don't. One evil human wants to be a paranormal. If you've read any urban fantasy, you've read it before and better.

The relationships were messy. I didn't know who was working for whom or why. And some of the best characters were the minor ones like Danny.

I confess, it was a struggle for me to finish this book. It was the archaeology that got me through.

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll continue with this series.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archaeological Thriller in Supernatural World March 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I devoured this book in a day. I liked the characters, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know them better in future installments in the series. Zoe is just learning about the extent of her abilities, and I think that will be really interesting to read about too. This book follows Zoe on a whirlwind tour of London & Europe in an adventure reminiscent of Indiana Jones or maybe a Dan Brown or James Patterson hero. I liked the realism of the travel in Europe and the scientific aspects of the archaeology interspersed with the story. I thought the descriptive elements were nicely balanced with dialogue. Of course, one of the best things about this book is the unique take on the werewolves & vampires that goes against most of the cannon that is out there. I don't want to spoil anything, though, so I'll leave it at that. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, You sense the unease of our heroine ...
Good read, You sense the unease of our heroine due to never have been told of her abilities and the effects of what comes after when you use them for the first time. Read more
Published 7 days ago by bicycle1952
4.0 out of 5 stars A different fantasy
I was expecting a bit more depth, so this is a bit disappointing. I will get the next book in this series though, because I want to see where it's going. Read more
Published 23 days ago by ellie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Just not my reading
Published 26 days ago by Fernando McRayearth
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
If you like the supernatural, this is a god book to read. I really enjoyed the protagonist and he evolution as a character.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars She doesn't always make the best decisions throughout the story
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lannie N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous entertaining read. Can't wait for the next.
Published 2 months ago by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its ok
Published 2 months ago by Arnoldo L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Couldn't put it down!
Published 2 months ago by C Reaves
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good start to this series. Kept my interest
Published 2 months ago by G. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars longest read ever
I've always been able to start & finish a good book in a couple days. This one took months for me to finish. I wanted to give up on it but something kept drawing me back.
Published 2 months ago by stlgem
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More About the Author

Dana Cameron's novels and short stories are inspired by her career as an archaeologist. Her crime fiction has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, and has been short-listed for the Edgar Award. PACK OF STRAYS, the second urban fantasy novel set in her Fangborn 'verse, will be published in April 2014. Dana lives in Massachusetts, USA; learn more at www.danacameron.com.

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