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99 Coffins: A Historical Vampire Tale Paperback – December 31, 2007
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99 Coffins is better than 13 Bullets (the first vol.) -- Caxton does a great deal less screaming than she does in 13 Bullets and acts more in accordance with her tough girl description. Her girl friend in this book is a more stable and interesting person than the one that Caxton had in 13 Bullets.
In 99 Coffins, Caxton is dealing with an emergency outbreak of vampires who date back to the Civil War era. The book is told largely from Caxton's point of view (POV). The narrative flow between Caxton's POV and entries from several Civil War journals is smooth and easy.
The story was fast paced. I got so into it that I had to finish the book, and ended up reading it within the same day that I started it. The vampires were intriguing and the Civil War angle interesting. Some things you saw coming, but on the whole this was a fun read, and I look forward to more in this series.
For those who are not familiar with Wellington's vampires, picture a Mack truck on steroids. They're not the double-fanged classic vampire but gory blood suckers who rip and tear their victims from limb to limb. Gore galore.
13 Bullets spent a fair amount of time introducing you to the world of Wellington's vampires, their powers, their limitations and who the characters were / are. 99 Coffins takes the reader into the world that knows about vampires and someone who is still haunted by the experience of having to hunt them and destroy them. This book is fast paced and was a quick read. And I can say that there's going to be another book in the series without giving anything away.
A fun gory vampire read.
Caxton is a good character, but not having read "13 bullets", I didn't know much about her past. We are given pretty solid background information on her, but it's not a huge focus. I liked this; I got a sense of who she was, but the story revolved more around action than anything. She's clearly one tough broad who deserves many, many more books in this series.
Wellington is a great author. I finished this book in 2 days on a business trip. I picked up "13 Bullets" and just finished "Monster Island", the first in Wellington's zombie series. I will be reading all of his books. (And yes, I'm a more than a little biased because he's a Pittsburgher!)
I will give you the gist of the tale without giving the book away. A group of modern day archeology students are digging in Gettysburg and uncover a cave with 99 coffins in it. When they open one of the coffins they find the skeleton of what clearly was a vampire. Our heroine from "13 Bullets", Trooper Claxton is called in to investigate and finds that there was a 100th coffin that was smashed and has no skeleton. You guessed it. A vampire is loose in Gettysburg. But how could a vampire possibly still be alive without blood for over 160 years? Answers to those questions and more as the story picks up a lot of steam from there. I do not wish to give away any more of the fun. If you like alternative historical tales, this is a great one because you get constant flashbacks to the days leading up to the battle of Gettysburg and the possible existence of a vampire with southern sympathies.
Several great tie ins to the previous book. I found it to be even better than 13 Bullets. Judging from the ending that I will not reveal, I suspect we have a third book in this line coming soon. Enjoy!
The storyline is very good and the action keeps on coming and coming. The by-storyline explains why this is happening now but it does not interfere with it. I usually don't particular care for stories that have another story going on at the same time, but the way Mr. Wellington does this, is very subtle. It is easy to follow and compliments the main story.
All in all this is a great vampire story and for anyone who is a vampire fan, this is a must read! Hopefully there will be a sequel to this book!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done interesting book. Loved the location Gettysburg, PA. Story telling was almost believable, next time I visit Gettysburg I will watch my back for vamps. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Mason
A fun read that's hard to put down. The vampire genre is completely overused (in my humble opinion), but this story provides a nice twist on the subject.Published 20 months ago by Walrus63
This book picks up pace fairly quick, and keeps it right to the end. There were surprises, and things I could still see coming down the pipe, but I love this novel. Thank you Mr. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Pikes
I really enjoyed this story! I have been getting into the civil war lately and I love vampires, so combining the two was fun!Published on June 2, 2014 by akstout06
not your regular vampire story...this is a story of war against vampires. the conflict is at once gruesome and moving as you see the flawed of human kind come together to fight a... Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This was a very interesting concept in the use of vampires. I'm really enjoying the Laura Caxton Series ... A very surprising ending by the way ... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by C. Piazza
Man. How many times I got to keep saying it? Amazing story. Should be made into a movie. Well, no, then the movie would suck the whole entire series out just like HP or Ender's. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Mark E. Sandiego II