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Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20) Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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About the Author
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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On the positive side, I felt like Hit List was a step back towards the roots of the series. Yes, the zombie raising work as a Necromancer has been replaced by "monster hunting" as a US Marshal, but the book wasn't forcing sex and Anita's "harem" down my throat every five pages. There was also a good bit of Edward in this book, who I happen to consider one of my favorite characters in the series. And despite some issues I'll touch on in a moment, the book did a fairly good job of building tension steadily towards a climax.
On the negative side, the book definitely seemed to be a filler, bridge book in the series, and even in that light it had failings. Gone were the forensic and investigative details. Gone was any semblance of depth to the plot. And by the end of the book, the climax was not only anti-climactic but also seemed to be rushed and disjointed with far less depth of description of the action.
Overall, I can't hate on this book like many other reviewers are, but for all but the most rabid fans or completionists I would say wait for this to go on clearance or come out in paperback.
So from the standpoint of reading this as a stand-alone book, I'd probably have to rate it 1 star. Rating it as a part of a series where I use to be so anxious to get my hands on the next book, I'd have to give it a 3.
The story seemed to wander all over the place. The reason Anita and Edward are in Seattle is due to the apparent serial killings of weretigers. All of those occur before the book begins, so there are no crime scenes for the reader to witness. They can't tell anyone that they know the Harlequin are behind it and why, including when it becomes obvious that Anita is the target. So the plot drifts around to who is in charge of the warrants, how to track the killers, people in charge believing Anita sleeps with everyone but them, she's still upset over having to kill Haven and her need for security. And of course since Edward is on scene so is Olaf and all of the fear and contempt that come along with his presence.
Some things weren't planned very well. We never saw a reason for why Anita should still be upset over having to kill Haven. We were told he was her lover but never saw it. What we did see was her lioness' attraction to him, but as a human she didn't particularly like him. So why is she still having problems over it? There's also a conclusion for another character that just comes out of thin air. Something needed to be mentioned at the beginning of the book at the very least, or mentioned in a prior book for a more realistic outcome.
And I believe a number of women could be offended at Anita's belief that she has the perfect type of figure that God intended a grown woman to have.
What I liked was the continuing story, the new setting, how Anita dealt with a couple of issues and the action was good. It's been awhile since sex hasn't dominated the story and the one and only sex scene was appropriate and actually written better than any the author has written in a long time. One new character is added to the stable, but I actually like this guy AND the fact that before feeding the ardeur on him, they had a conversation so he would know the possible consequences to him. And I liked how she handled the major threat at the end. I wondered when that particular power would be used as a weapon. Anita doesn't acquire any new powers this time.
There's a great deal of dialogue throughout the book, but thankfully we aren't seeing things talked to death before action takes place.
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. her strength and convictions help her to survive. Interesting read.