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A Game of Blood by [Dawson, Julie Ann]
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About the Author

Julie Ann Dawson’s love for the horror genre began at the age of thirteen, when she found a copy of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot in the Bridgeton High School library. She earned her B.A. degree in English, Liberal Arts from Rowan University in 1993. Her short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in a variety of both traditional and digital publications, including Gareth Blackmore’s Unusual Tales, Black Bough, The New Jersey Review of Literature, Lucidity, Happiness, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and others. Her other works include the dark fantasy The Doom Guardian and the horror short story collection September and Other Stories.

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  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ELAN62
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,287,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on April 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
The prologue to Julie Ann Dawson's A Game of Blood opens with Vampyre Night at Club Decadence, but the vampires in question are costumed party-goers and really don't seem worth the effort Rachel went to to get a fake ID. Then she sees that one perfectly handsome stranger...

The cops assigned to find or save Rachel when she goes missing aren't impressed with vampire wannabes either, but clever detective work and wise intuitive leaps offer surprising leads. Soon Mitch is obsessing over rich guy Darius while Rodney wonders if he's just deflecting depression at the absence of his wife. The case is solved, but the hero can't rest and continues to dig, backtracking and finding out more.

What Mitch finds should be unbelievable, but the author ties it together convincingly, carrying the reader along into an enthralling game of cat and mouse. Darius pulls strings. Mitch pulls a gun. And the mystery deepens relentlessly with every turn of the page. Which one's the cat, the reader begins to ask, and who's the mouse?

A Game of Blood is filled with entirely believable characters and a well-designed mix of prosaic and otherworldly situations and dangers. Kids in school argue free speech. Technology delivers ambivalent results. Police follow standard procedures. Meanwhile Darius and his butler perform their dangerous dance, and Mitch is drawn inexorably onto the floor. Decadence meets duty. Redemption meets protection. Good and evil intertwine, skipping along to their own tune. And the perfectly handsome, oddly alluring stranger remains distinctly strange.

It's to do with identity. "What does your antagonist need?" asks a friendly writer. But how can mortals grasp the needs of immortals? And how is the impossible Darius drawn to see what Mitch might need?
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Darius Hawthorne is the new Lestat. Bored, decadent, and homicidal, he a 300 year old vampire that selects detective Mitch Grogan to be his personal Van Helsing to bring some excitment to his current existence. This is less a true horror novel than it is a twisted crime thriller with a cast of supernatural characters. My one gripe is that while the male characters are incredibly fleshed out and interesting (even the secondary characters like the mayor and DA have distinct personalities), most of the female characters are either victims, love interests, or people that need protecting. I almost subtracted another star for it but I have read another book by this author that featured a very strong female protagonist so I don't think it was a particular slight just the way the story went.
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