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13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale Paperback – May 22, 2007

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Book 1 of 5 in the Laura Caxton Series

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Minimally plotted and driven by nonstop action, this gory vampire tale is of a piece with Wellington's zombie novels (Monster Island; Monster Nation). Special deputy Jameson Arkeley stopped a vampire rampage 20 years earlier, during which he whittled down all known bloodsuckers to a single survivor, Justinia Malvern. Kept alive at a sanitarium in rural Pennsylvania by minimal life support and bizarre laws preventing her extermination, wispy Justinia seems a threat to no one—until a series of vampire killings in the area suggest that she has found a secret way to spread her taint. Convinced that Justinia's minions plan to spring her and revive her to full power, Arkeley commandeers state trooper Laura Caxton to help him find their lair and wipe them out before they can get their vampire queen the blood she needs. A surprisingly anticlimactic finale leaves loose ends that will likely be tied up in subsequent volumes of a projected trilogy. (May)
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“In 13 BULLETS, David Wellington focuses his ample powers of imagination on modernizing the vampire legend. The result is a charming, funny, bloody, and best of all, thrilling adventure. FBI vampire hunters Caxton and Arkeley make an electric duo. Thwarting them at every turn from within the walls of a maximum security prison, ringleader Malvern is a diabolical cross between Hannibal Lecter and one of Anne Rice's ancients.”

—Sarah Langan, author of THE KEEPER

“Lace collars and kerchiefs are nowhere to be found in this breakneck, blood-spattered, totally original vampire novel.  Breathless, exciting and totally kick ass.”

-- B. H. Fingerman, author of Bottomfeeder

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Wellington burst onto the scene in 2006 with Monster Island: A Zombie Novel, a harbinger of a gritty, new, real-world approach to zombies. A year later and he's at it again with 13 BULLETS, and he does not disappoint.

Wellington grabs the traditional vampire story by the throat, slices the jugular and shakes it like a rabid dog shredding a tattered chew-toy. Forget the trite and tired notions of gothic mansions, crypts, well-dressed vamps and "poor me" undead who pine away for one impossibly passionate experience after another: these vamps are nasty, dirty, brutal and hungry. You could look for the delicate, tell-tale poke-holes in a victim's neck, if you could even find the neck, that is - most times it's ripped out of the body along with bits of chest, shoulder, and most of the internal organs.

13 BULLETS is to vampire stories what lethal gladiatorial games are to formalized boxing. If you want blood, you got it.

The story drags a bit in the middle - you can only see so many vamp victims before they all start to sound like a single mangled mass - but he has a surprise at the end that will totally catch you off guard. Wellington opens with a bang, guides you through one woman's nightmare, then manages to flip the script and go beyond nightmare to the deepest pits of physical and emotional hell.

And don't forget the Wellington trademark ending: swarming masses of rotting corpses coming for your blood. Of course he fields an army - what else would you expect from the new Emperor of the Undead?
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David started with the undead genre, he took it, made it his own and created a universe unsurpassed by any other author or even filmmaker. His take on the idea of an undead apocolypse was both fresh and in the true sense original. The interest shown by his online following and those who discovered him through the printed novels is testiment to how he ensnares you with the pace, content and original ideas inherent to his writing.

I was never keen on the vampire genre, It sparked ideas in my brain of a cursed nobleman in a castle draining the blood of pale skinned virgins and ensaring them in some silly love pact until the local villagers burned him out of house and home. But David has done it again, he has taken this overdone and tired genre and made it new and exciting, his characters are real and you feel for them and their struggle against their vampiric nemesis. The vampires themselves have been re-invented, gone are the ideas of nobility or romance, these creatures exist purely to feed, kill and cause suffering. The characters are real, Special deputy Arkeley & Officer Laura Caxton have as many flaws as us all and it makes their struggle more personal to the reader.

You will not be dissapointed!
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These ain't "Twilight" vampires! - and thank goodness for THAT. Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson complains that "vampires shouldn't be metrosexual and discuss their feelings..."he ought to get a load of these boodthirsty killing machines!Wellington combines the best of hard boiled detective novels with the ferocious encounters of horror novels in this smashing debut. I must confess that I have read each of the four books in the series and they do not lose their steam at any point. (Book five must be in the works, and I'll buy it the day it comes out.) This is the first novel in a series that will keep you riveted from start to finish. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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First off I have to say, these are the best vampires I've read in a book ever. I've seen a few reviews complaining about the vampire weakness, but honestly I had no problem with it at all. The author does a great job of explaining the vampires powers and motivation seperating the "fact" from "fiction", of the world created in the book. Unfortunately, it seems as though that is all he felt the need to establish in any significant detail. At a some point in the book Arkeley says something to Caxton along the lines of, understating the situation is as bad as embellishing it; I think that sentiment perfectly sums up the Government in this book. We learn early in the book that this world knows vampires exsist, everyone knows it, and there is no point in the book where an authority figure ever disputes that established "fact". Yet, at no point does the Government decide "hey maybe we should do something about that vampire situation". In the opening of the book one single vampire takes out an entire SWAT team with minimal effort. Later, again one vampire, ravages small town basically killing every person it found. Vampires are strong, fast, smart, tough, immortal, can raise armies of half-dead servants, and are contagious. The government knows all of this, and does absolutely nothing at any point to counter this significant threat. The excuse of "everybody thinks they're extict" goes flying out the window fairly early on when Arkeley flat out states that everytime a vampire attacks everyone is surprised because they thought they were extinct. Everytime Arkeley? How many times in this world's history has a vampire ended a whole town, and the government ignored it because that ONE was killed?Read more ›
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