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The Phantom: The Last Vampire 4 Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671550306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671550301
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Pike was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Los Angeles, where he lives to this day. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in a factory, painted houses, and programmed computers. His hobbies include astronomy, meditating, running, playing with his nieces and nephews, and making sure his books are prominently displayed in local bookstores. He is the author of Last Act, Spellbound, Gimme a Kiss, Remember Me, Scavenger Hunt, Final Friends 1, 2 and 3, Fall into Darkness, See You Later, Witch, Die Softly, Bury Me Deep, Whisper of Death, Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil, Master of Murder, Monster, Road to Nowhere, The Eternal Enemy, The Immortal, The Wicked Heart, The Midnight Club, The Last Vampire, The Last Vampire 2: Black Blood, The Last Vampire 3: Red Dice, Remember Me 2: The Return, Remember Me 3: The Last Story, The Lost Mind, The Visitor and The Last Vampire 4: Phantom, all available from the Archway Paperbacks. Slumber Party, Weekend, Chain Letter, and Sati -- an adult novel about a very unusual lady -- are also by Mr. Pike.

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Christopher Pike is the author of over forty teen thrillers, including series REMEMBER ME, FINAL FRIENDS and CHAIN LETTER.

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One of the best books I have ever read and I am an avid reader!!
Pamela Shapiro
I have read this book over 30 times and im 17 and everytime I read it I cry.
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I thought that it was great, and it left me dying to read more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julia on February 23, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book and all his others when I was growing up, probably beginning around age eleven. And that was also around the time I began writing my own stories, which until recently have been pretty strictly literary fiction. I went to college, then grad school at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now have an MFA in fiction and am making a tentative living off my writing. But lately I've found myself turning inward, and I've thought about Mr. Pike's books a lot in the past months, possibily because I've decided to write about what interests me, rather than writing what I've been taught is "good". That may seem obvious, but for me at least, it has been difficult to distinguish the difference, because above all else, I'm interested in finely crafted stories, stories that mean something, that cannot be deflated with the pinprick of logic, etc. Which brings me to my point. I found in a storage building a big box of Pike's books and took them to my house and have begun reading them again. They have stood the tests of time and education in most ways.

Yes, they are "young adult" books, if that matters, but they are also smart in a way not much I've read is, and I've read a lot. More than that, they are wise -- a strange thing to say about books for teens, but that wisdom comes across not as a "lesson" but as an essential truth, something so obvious you can't believe you never thought of it. And also, as I re-read, I realized that a huge part of my worldview had somehow been shaped by these books. Now, that's not to say I haven't changed my mind or worked through things in different ways, but just that revelation -- that I read these and they stuck -- speaks volumes for them in my mind, because I know how much I've read that hasn't stuck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurey B. Welbourne on August 28, 2009
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The series is one of the best vampire stories I have read, very entertaining, and never a dull moment. The author doesn't waste alot of time describing inner feelings which can sometimes get you off track of the conversation between two characters (like twilight sometimes does). The cover doesn't match the book at all, so don't pay attention to that. The new released version of the same older book is Thirst which includes the first 3 books. I bought Thirst then decided I didn't want to wait until Oct for thirst 2 (includes the remainder 3 books), which is where this book pickes up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2001
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This is book #4 in the vampire series. I own all of them as well as the collectors editions. I would highly recommend these to all readers of Christoper Pike as well as readers who have any fascination with the supernatural. Christopher Pike has really written a keeper here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazsmis on July 28, 2000
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I really liked this series, and this book was one of the highlights in reading the whole series. I didn't read the series in the order that you are supposed to. I read the third book first then the first then the fourth then the second then the fifth and the sixth. I enjoyed this particular book in the series because it had more of a twist to it and a huge change in events. I loved the way that she wasn't a vampire anymore and that she had a little girl. I liked the way that it sort of cut off at the end but not in an incomplete way. It was just kind of more like a story that when it ended lkeft it at a point where there could be another book. I also enjoyed how Christopher Pike made Kalika something other human. That was my favorite part of the book. I like how he makes special women in his books. The book is like a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat not wanting to miss a single line. Instead you just wish that you read faster so that you could read what was going to happen next sooner. I thought that it was great, and it left me dying to read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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Definately intresting book,although it gets kind of boring in places. Still,it was really cool the way Sita becomes human again. This,though,was probably what made the book boring. Her daughter adds lots of action,though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
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A long review is not necessary. . .this series is extremely well written and very well paced. Good for vampire lovers and mystery lovers as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1998
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I picked up on Pike's 'The last vampire' series at No. 3, 'Red dice'. And I thought it was just fantastic! I really liked this one No. 4 because it has a baby in it and she is trying to be 'normal'.
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The Last Vampire #4: Phantom, by Christopher Pike

When we last saw Sita, she had used an ancient alchemical process to transform from vampire to human. And so for the first time in 5,000 years, she is human...but is being human what she really wants?

At first it appears so. Minutes after the transformation is complete, Ray, her lover previously thought dead, knocks on the door. Together the two start a life of domestic bliss, and within weeks Sita is pregnant. Finally she will have a child, to replace the one she lost 5,000 years ago.

But her child isn't exactly human, which is quickly obvious when the child is born months before her due date. And when Kalika starts demanding blood, Sita knows she's birthed a monster. But her love for her child prevents her from killing Kalika...

"Phantom" starts a new direction for The Last Vampire series, and at times doesn't seem to quite fit with the previous books. I feel it is best to read this and the next two in the series at once, as if you were reading one book rather than three - it doesn't stand well on its own. Pike introduces New Age ideas and Eastern religions, as Kalika is actually Kali Ma. With "Phantom," Pike sends Sita on a journey of self-reflection that will carry into the next two books in the series.

3/5.
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