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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Blackrose Press (January 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615563341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615563343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,458,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange new worlds through her local bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. on February 1, 2013
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Reviewer's caveat: this is far from my usual reading fare, akin to someone going to a sushi bar who regularly gets the meatloaf at Cracker Barrel. The flavors are interesting and exotic. Some I like, some I'm not sure about, and some I'm convinced are an acquired taste.

That said, Ms. Bland serves a mash-up of genres, yet manages to get the flavors to blend and complement each other. Werewolves and space aliens in the same story? Ms. Bland pulls it off. I truly enjoyed her skillful story-telling; adeptly weaving together themes, subplots, and twists. It's an imaginative adventure, an alternate reality, with rich vocabulary and vibrant descriptions. Be advised, the "Mature content" label is warranted due to some graphic and salacious passages. A bit coarse for my taste, but that's my only unfavorable comment. If it were a restaurant, I'd definitely dine there again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Review on April 15, 2013
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It is books like "The Underground" by Roxanne Bland that give vampires a bad name. Not that the Vampire Master of Seattle, Kurt, and his lovely mage compatriot, Gerrett, don't have noble aspirations from time to time, but the success of their plans always seems to come at the expense of our hero, alpha werewolf Parker Berenson. It is just plain tough being a "zot"--even in a mellow town like Seattle--and although there has not been a pogrom in twenty years you don't know whom you can trust to watch your back.

Be advised that "The Underground" is long on vampire erotica. The sex is exhausting and exhaustively reported. Still, Bland is such a terrific story-teller that it seldom gets in the way of this fast paced thriller, and the fact that everyone seems to be self-healing makes all the blood-letting rather incidental. Everyone, that is, but the human population, which, with few exceptions, is nameless, faceless, and remains in the shadows on the side of the stage rather like a Greek chorus. (One major exception is the mayor of Seattle who, after barely escaping death in an erotic orgy at a witches' coven, is described as "a man of courage willing to sacrifice himself for humanity's greater good.")

The most charming character in the book--and the one with the best lines--is a beautiful young alien named Melera with whom Park falls in love. (Melera has a space ship; Gerrett drives a maroon Altima. No contest.) Zots, it turns out, don't believe in aliens, and as there is a serial killer loose in the city attacking both humans and exotics, the Master and the mage suspect Melera. Plot thickens; blood thins.

"The Underground" has a professional polish not often seen in a debut novel. As Melera might say, "It's a fookin' good book." recommends it highly for a mature audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rmframe on April 24, 2013
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The Underground by Roxanne Bland is a book that combines a lot of interesting elements. It is a book about vampires, witches, and werewolves (and other weres), but it is also a book about aliens. There are a number of other supernatural creatures with their own societies, like elves, which were not as heavily featured.

Parker, the werewolf alpha is a good guy, but he has anger issues and gets wrapped up in the women he cares for. These issues affect his leadership in spite of his unique powers. He does a good job of inspiring loyalty in his werewolf pack. His past, with his father ordering the murder of his best friend because he was a werepanther, was tragic and compelling.

Garrett, his former girlfriend and a powerful witch, has her own, somewhat sympathetic agenda, which causes her to manipulate Parker and break the laws of the witch coven. She is probably the one with the most insight into the big picture, although her actions and lies cause people not to believe her.

Kurt rules his vampires like a monarch from the sixteenth century, which is what he was before he was turned. He demands absolute power and obedience, and cares more about his followers as a whole than any one individual. He also cares for both Garrent and Parker, but has a hard time showing it. He is powerful and has a lot of control over the zots of Seattle, not just the vampires. He is the most problematic of the characters to sympathize with, and some of his actions appear to modern audiences to be extremely despotic, but one can see how that came about due to his background.

Our last main character is the alien Melera, who is trying to hide from Beloc, who destroyed her people and imprisoned her.
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By Bec on July 14, 2013
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The Underground was the weirdest book I have ever read. The mature content tag is definitely warranted. There were all sorts of zots: vampires, warewolfs (and other wares such as rats and panthers), witches, elves (to a lesser extent), and alien and a demon. Half of the book seemed to be some kind of graphic sex scene between one zot and another or multiple zots.

Based on the novel description I was expecting a lot more with Melera and Parker trying to prove Melera's innocence in the murders. This however was only a very small part of the story with the main storyline being about the slayer with lots of sex thrown in. We knew who the slayer was relatively early on so there was no suspense. The last battle with Parker, Kurt and Garret fighting the real demon had potential to be exciting but unfortunately was a bit of a flop.

I got bored with it about half way through but forced myself to finish. But it kind of just ended - probably making way for a sequel, which I have no desire to read. The characters just didn't pull me in enough to want to read more about them.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my review.
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More About the Author

I've been a fugitive from reality since forever. As a kid, I constantly made up stories--some would call them lies--about my family, friends, neighbors and even strangers on the street. I had friends that only I could see. Oh, the adventures we had! You know, just a little kid having fun.

Learning to read was a revelation. Words fascinated me. Whole new worlds opened up, and since my parents forbade nothing, I read everything. Some of it I didn't quite understand, but that was okay with me. I read it anyway. I even read the dictionary. When I was a little older, I was big on mysteries. Then I graduated to horror. I was reading a little science fiction at this time--Robert Heinlein and authors like him--but I really didn't get into it until I was in college. And that led to fantasy, a la Lord Of The Rings, and so on.

During this time I was still making up stories, but not writing them down. They were private. Besides, I thought my family and friends would laugh at me. The only story I recall writing was one that won a contest when I was in elementary school.

So anyway, life goes on. I went to law school. After I graduated and entered the workforce, I finally started writing down my stories. I wrote a bit here and there, short stories that never saw the light of day (which was probably a good thing). Then I fell ill. I had the flu for a month. Bored out of my skull, I started writing a piece of fan fiction, though I didn't know that's what it was at the time. I showed it to a friend of mine who suggested I finish the story.

Well, that piece of fan fiction fell by the wayside, but in its place came a manuscript that would eventually become my first book, The Underground. I absolutely adored writing it. I absolutely adore writing, period. Slipping into that alternate reality for hours on end, there was a time in my life when it was called daydreaming and I got into trouble for it. Now it's legitimate. And that's the best part of all.

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