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The Black Knight Chronicles (The Omnibus edition) [Kindle Edition]

John G. Hartness
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Book Description

The Black Knight Chronicles: Lots of Vampires. No Sparkles. Serious Snark.

Children are missing.
The police are stumped.
Halloween is coming, and an ancient evil is on the horizon.
The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to save a client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil. Soon, they've enlisted the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and a strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.

Vampire detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood investigate a series of assaults plaguing the alleys of Charlotte, North Carolina. The string of hate crimes becomes personal when Jimmy's just-maybe-main-squeeze Detective Sabrina Law's cousin is attacked. Helping a lady out could get the boys killed when they end up in Faerie. Before long, they're up to their butts in trolls, dark fae and a grand battle royale. The odds are against them, but to the boys, this is just another day on the night shift--if the night shift included a steel cage match of supernaturals.

Et tu, Vampire? The boys discover they may be tied to a string of serial killings at the college and that they suddenly aren't the only vampire game in town.

The vampire count in Charlotte is at least three. Or more. As far as the unhappy boys are concerned, anything more than two is a crowd not to be tolerated.

While tracking down the killer and the competition, they encounter coeds, booby traps (not related to the coeds) and a hirsute bounty hunter with a moon fetish and a bad attitude. To catch the killer, Jimmy will have to survive a dive headfirst into the great unwashed horde of Dorkdom (game night at the local comic shop).

What's a red-blood-drinking vampire to do? His job. Again.

Praise for the Black Knight Chronicles--

"Honestly, this is one of the best books that I've read this year and certainly a new series that I will be following."
--Black Lagoon Reviews

"This is another great book in what will hopefully be a large and successful series. I know I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment." -- Indie Book Blog

"I love this book. It makes me happy in a way that hasn't happened in a long, long time."
--Keryl Raist, Author of Sylvianna

Product Details

  • File Size: 985 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611942012
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00992YGVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches and Faeries and Vampires... Oh my! October 8, 2012
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Show some love for John G. Hartness' new and vastly improved Black Knight Chronicles - Omnibus Edition. The original trilogy is still here, but John adds much more detail, more history of our favorite bloodsucking detectives, and many more laughs. Don't misunderstand me, the original three were great, but the omnibus comes with much more polish, like that shiny new toy you had as a kid, but this time you don't have to take a bath with it to keep it clean. Even for those who have read the trilogy should check this out. Totally worth shelling out some cash for.
Thanks again John,
Still waiting on book 4,
Ryan G.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Vampire Book I Have Read In A LONG TIME March 30, 2013
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The joke's are cliche the action is fast and furious and the series just keeps getting better and better. This is one of the most fun I have had reading a new story in a long time. If you have a little bit of nerd inside of you and are not afraid to see it in yourself and have a lot of fun at the same time than this is the series for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sparkles here. June 15, 2013
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(Well except for that one time.)

This series is awesome. Think Dresden, but with a vampire as the main character. In fact I think there may be a Dresden nod in the 2nd book (at the unnaturals' bar.)

The overall premise is pretty basic - good guy takes on various bad guys in the name of truth and justice. It's the wit and, dare I say it, humanity of the good guy that make it fun. If you want an entertaining series with some supernatural elements, add this to your cart. I can hardly wait for Book 4 to be published.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great either May 21, 2015
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While the vampire trope is so overdone at this point it's gag-worthy, the nerdy, imperfect vampires of this series still have some appeal. I found the humor to be variable in quality, but as another reviewer noted, the editing was done well enough that most of the common 'eyebiters' were avoided.

- Humorous in Jim Butcher sort of way
- Unusual take on the vampire trope
- Pop-culture references galore (this can be good or bad depending)

- Plots are flat and relatively lifeless
- Author insists on weaving in religion while making little effort to understand the religions he's using (Catholic fixation, e.g.)
- Character personalities are often defined or ignored in order to "score the joke"

It was acceptable, and would make a good beach read, but not much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jay & Silent Bob Open A Detective Agency...As Vampires September 2, 2014
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Good solid fun read. I like the idea of a pudgy vampire and for obvious reasons I picture Greg (the best friend) as played by Kevin Smith. You'll understand when you read it, if the heading of this review doesn't give it away.

I only give 4 stars because the main character is...tough to put into words. Lets just say you don't constantly refer to yourself as `the guy who hits things really hard' when you get your butt kicked in *every* fight. Seriously, three books, lotsa fights, no wins. I don't count it a win when other vampires, Faeries, weres, and dragons pile in on your side. Greg the sidekick vampire is actually a far more interesting character; Jimmy is more like the drunk annoying friend always trying to start something and needing someone else to finish it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, good read. March 24, 2015
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Vampire books with a sense of humor, sarcasm, cliche, and just plain fun. You can't help smiling, and sometimes even laughing out loud at the antics of the two main vamps who are stuck with their barely-out-of-their-teens bodies for eternity. No sparkly, perfect, boring vamps in these books. The two main vamps are your average nerds, one tall and gangly, the other overweight, trying to do some good in their afterlife. The books do not take themselves seriously so you find yourself just going along for a fantastical ride no matter how ridiculous some of it is. Great fun. Good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all April 8, 2013
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This book is fast paced and fun to read with great wit and storytelling for all kinds of readers. I really enjoyed all three books, and you can't beat the value of getting them all included in one volume. Can't wait for future books in this series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun, silly read April 17, 2014
By Joqpub4
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Just a fun, silly tongue in cheek vacation read that is enjoyable. Turn the brain off and just have some 'cheeky' fun :-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This is the first 3 books of the Black Knight Chronicles. I was looking for book 2, but found it is way to expensive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Heather C. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, entertaining, fun.
Light, entertaining, fun. Have no fear, this book will not attempt to either enlighten or educate you. Set your mind to Holiday mode and enjoy.
Published 14 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Interesting plot. Engaging characters. Nice to see relationships growing. The constant reminder of how he turned his roommate is getting old. Both of them need to get over it.
Published 16 months ago by Simpson Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Three fun reads in one.
I like the characters, the storyline and the humor. Now to save some money and get the next in the series. I enjoyed all three stories. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Arco
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
most excellent series of books. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good urban fantasy. going to be reading everything this author has.
Published 16 months ago by billy stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This book was recommended to me by am author. I LOVE IT SOOOOOOO MUCH!!! It was funny and very intelligent writing which is hard yo find these days.... must read this...
Published 18 months ago by Lynnsey Price
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I'm not into the whole vampire craze currently sweeping literature and television, but I bought this book to pass the time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by agrodged
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I love the humor this author has brought to his books!!! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Black knights
I really enjoyed this set! I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm glad I downloaded it!! I loved the wit of Jimmy. I caught myself chuckling more than once! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Harleyroze
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More About the Author

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies' virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question "Why aren't there more fat vampires?" He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the creator and co-editor of the Big Bad series of horror anthologies from Dark Oak Press and Media. 2015 has seen John launch a new dark fantasy series featuring Quncy Harker, Demon Hunter.

In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and recording new episodes of his ridiculous podcast Literate Liquors, where he pairs book reviews and alcoholic drinks in new and ludicrous ways. John is also a contributor to the Magical Words group blog. An avid Magic: the Gathering player, John is strong in his nerd-fu and has sometimes been referred to as "the Kevin Smith of Charlotte, NC." And not just for his girth.

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