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The Hunt (Laws of the Blood, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1999

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They are the Enforcers. An elite group of vampires who must serve and protect their secret community -- and uphold the...

In Los Angeles, the Enforcer Selim has been called upon to approve a hunt. Much time has passed since the vampires of the city have last tasted fresh blood, and they are clamoring for the kill. It's Selim's job to keep them under control -- and there are those who resent his authority.

He must not waver or show weakness when he gives the Law -- his life and the life of his mortal Love Siri depend on his strength. But a whispered rumor is distracting him, a rumor of betrayal, of a violation of the most sacred of the Laws: Never reveal the truth about your own kind...

About the Author

Susan Sizemore is the "New York Times "bestselling author of numerous paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, contemporary, and futuristic romances, including "Primal Instincts, Primal Needs, "and "Primal Desires". She lives in the Midwest.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441006604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441006601
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Sizemore is the New York Times, Award Winning Author of The Vampire Primes paranormal Romance series, the urban fantasy Laws of the Blood series and numerous historical, contemporary and futuristic romances. She has numerous short stories in many anthologies. Her fantasy novels include works for Ace, Five Star, Prime Books and Tor. She is the author of original works, MEMORY OF MORNING, PRIMAL CALL, BY SUN AND CANDLELIGHT and WRITTEN IN INK exclusively available in ebook format.

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Finally, after reading Partners and Companions in the Laws of Blood series by Susan Sizemore, I managed to get my hands on The Hunt, the first book. I wasn't disappointed. It was all I thought it would be and I still find myself fascinated by the series.
Los Angeles Enforcer Selim finds himself in the position of having to give his approval for a hunt. It seems that every so often the vampires of the city need to taste fresh blood. Each nest (small community of vampires) is given the ok to hunt for x amounts of humans. Now this has to be handled very carefully. You see a vampire in need of a hunt is apparently in the same state of someone who needs a fix. You know what I mean, someone desperate for drugs, alcohol, chocolate (just thought I would throw that in there to see if you were paying attention) and will do anything to get what they need. The trick is maintaining control and not letting the hunt turn into a blood bath.
Since Selim is the Enforcer, it is his job to take control, organize the hunt, select the victims, and everyone is supposed to accept his decision and abide by it. Things don't quite work out that way. Some of the other vampire leaders resent his authority and try to undermine him. Meanwhile his mortal love, Siri, isn't afraid to question his decisions and has a few secrets of her own to hide. Selim soon finds himself with bigger problems than controlling the hunt and Siri when he hears someone is about to commit an act of betrayal that could destroy the their existence.
While I enjoyed The Hunt and found it worth the read, it was almost too much. There are so many subplots that it got to the point it became distracting keep up with what characters where involved in what plot and why they were involved. There were some cool moments in the book.
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The Los Angeles community of Vampires is hungry. They are ready to go on a hunt for fresh blood, but they must await the leadership of their Enforcer, Selim. Selim has the job of controlling the vampires' hunger, which is met with resistance from a group ready to take over Selim's position.
Selim's mortal companion, Siri, is shocked when she learns one of the their victims will be an innocent celebrity. She tries to make Selim remember that the innocent should not die, only the evil should suffer. Siri's actions lead her into a dangerous plight that only Selim can save her from.
Meanwhile, a documentary about vampires is about to be made and the Vampire community is in an uproar. How could the producers possibly know the truth about real vampires? Selim must discover who is really behind this movie and stop them before disaster strikes.
Susan Sizemore gives us an exciting story in this first book of her new series about Vampires. Her characters are fiendishly clever and vividly portrayed in the book. The drama level is high on each and every page. Readers will be "enthralled" with this book and will not be able to put it down until the final page is read.
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I became a big fan of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series (after reading Anne Rice's series of vampire books) and reading "The Hunt" helped make the wait for the new Blake book in January much more than just tolerable. Sizemore's created a great new universe. I was willing to pick it up in the first place because I loved her romances, but she's hooked me on this new series. Now I'm trying to wait patiently for her new Selim book....
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Laws of the Blood: The Hunt is the first book in a series. Selim is the law enforcer to a bunch of hungry vampires who resent his authority. He tells them when, where, and if they can hunt humans. Most of them are in the clutches of a bloodburn, which is the compulsion to hunt, and their reason is all but gone. Susan Sizemore has created a vampire world with its own mythology. I almost wish this book had been thicker and gone into more detail instead of being the first book of a series. I have so many questions and would like to read in more detail of Selim's youth and metamorphose into the enforcer. There are so many possible stories in the book that I know will problably be explored in future books. I really liked the book and will definitely buy the next one.
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This is the first book in a new series with the interesting premise that vampires have "enforcers" to keep an eye on the various nests and make sure that no vampire laws are broken. Sort of like vampire cops.
I liked the characters, and the tension between the nests was good, but for some reason this book didn't grab me the way the Anita Blake stories do.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and will read the next book in the series. I especially liked the humorous references to pop culture, such as having the enforcer be a Lakers fan and wondering where Buffy was when he needed a night off. Worth reading, but not a classic.
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"The Hunt" is the first in a new vampire series, "Laws of the Blood," written by Susan Sizemore. While the series appears to have some similarities with the vampire tales of the Masquerade, Sizemore has put together a vampire milieu that has its own subtle nuances and flavor. This is an impressive accomplishment in a genre which is perpetually searching for yet another new plot device. This first volume takes place in Los Angeles.
Sizemore's vampires are the strigoi, who follow the dictates of a hidden council, and strigs, who live on their own. The Strigoi Council sets the rules for public display, the making of new vampires, the hunt for victims, and anything else that effects vampire survival. Sizemore's vampires rarely need to hunt, since they feed on many human emotions in addition to human blood. But sometimes the Hunt is a needful thing. And for the making of vampires, it is required.
On the top of the vampire food chain are the enforcers, loners who make sure that the dictates of the council are followed and protect the vampires in their areas of control. Enforcers don't need to feed on humans at all. Indeed, they prefer their own kind when they need a snack. Selim is the Enforcer for Los Angeles. He is relatively young for a vampire (200 years or so) and must control the city as much by unerring diplomacy as by violence if he is to survive. The nests he is responsible for contain a fractious and argumentative group of vampires that chafe under the rule of the council and yearn for a more modern and enlightened form of government.
Now is come a time when the vampires of Los Angeles need to hunt, and it is up to Selim to provide what is needed.
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