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13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale Paperback – May 22, 2007
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—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
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The vampires in this book are a whole new species of undead that Wellington created. Not content to have minions fetch blood for them, vampires create half-deads, cackling sadistic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Boon
book one in this series by david wellington. found his books by reading a review of another book (not related to this series). Read morePublished 8 months ago by sue
This book was amazing. The characters in it were unforgettable and well-written. They were truly three dimensional. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Seth A. Tucker
Trying to find a book on the supernatural nature of vampires while maintaining a believable and interesting story line is tough; this book nailed it. Enjoyed every bit of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rachel
The author portrays vampire as killing machines nearly indestructible if they've recently fed. I don't fully embrace this take (they are too powerful I think), but I much prefer... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Exquirentibus Veritatem
It was an actually good vampire novel. The trooper made great rookie mistakes and paid for them. A great read for a boring snowy sunday.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
The sort of book you just can't put down. Just love the Laura Caxton Vampire Series. Not the usual vampire stories...these are mean and merciless vampires.Published 17 months ago by KatD
I absolutely loved this rendition of vampires bloody and awesome great book I couldent put it down!Published 20 months ago by james garica