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The Dead Game, the first book of The Dead Game Series, brings fantasy and surrealism to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. It offers vampires, vampire derivatives, and a touch of romance to spice the motley mix.
The story continues in Prey for The Dead as The Dead vampires use an exclusive club in Disney World to infiltrate the rich and famous, a club based on Walt Disney's Club 33. As The Dead grow in power, not even the bright sunshine of Florida can weaken them. Linda and her friends join forces with human vampires--known as hybrids--to defeat the evil threatening to control their coastal town. A masquerade ball and a romp through the tunnels beneath Oasis lead to a showdown in Florida's swamps.
The Dead At Heart, the last book in the series, is Shana's love story. When Linda moves into Gregg's mansion, she suggests Shana bring William with her as he recuperates from his last battle. While Gregg, a vampire, has learned to live with humans, Shana doubts whether William can mend his evil ways. Shana watches the engaged couple with dismay as her arguments with William mount. After werewolves kidnap Linda, Shana flees with Sam, who believes William has been plotting with vampires and werewolves to overthrow the upcoming vampire summit in Quebec.
I am working on my fourth book. A seaside town in Maine provides the backdrop for murder, mystery, and romance. Will this book become a series? I don't know yet. But I'm eager to begin the journey.
- ASIN : B07PB9KG4P
- Publication date : February 27, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1508 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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- #1,582 in Teen & Young Adult Vampire Fiction
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- #30,594 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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“Prey for the Dead” picks up the story five years later. After a period of peace in Oasis between humans, hybrids and vampires, war breaks out again. Susanne has a knack for telling a captivating story that mixes together fantasy and the supernatural.
My memories of vampires date back to Bela Lugosi holding a cape in front of his mouth, and his piercing eyes hypnotically captivating his female prey, as in the classic “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
Thankfully, today’s vampires are equipped with a more profuse personality and power.
The story focuses on four main characters: Linda, Shana, Gregg, and Todd; Linda being the primary, a human, who is pursued by lover hybrids Todd and Gregg, Shana is also human and Linda's best friend. Their town, Oasis, and way of life is being threatened by a rogue group of evil vampires who want to destroy all the hybrids - half human / half vampire living there and the town itself.
As the story progresses, I am left wondering who was either good or evil several times as Todd and Gregg pleaded their case. Finally, all is clear with 25% of the book remaining. Now, it's a matter of survival and edge of your seat suspense.
The story is well written and edited with detailed descriptions thoughout the pages. I would, however, recommend reading book one before taking on Prey for the Dead to better understand the history and current storyline.
There are vampires, humans, and hybrids (mix between vampires and humans). The dead are coming back. They encourage Wolf, the leader of the Dead Vampires, to free his family who is trapped in tunnels underneath the town. A vampire hunter and a catholic priest are also trapped and looking to access a dimensional portal to prevent Wolf from succeeding.
Bookshop owner, Linda and her best friend Shana go undercover to find out what is going on.
Linda will get romantically involved with two opposing hybrid vampires who are battling against each other. Intriguing romance. Thrilling journey to find out who will Linda choose in the end.
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages until you reach the end.
Review by Author Roy Murry
The small oceanside town Oasis is not an Oasis. "I am sure Sean feels the same way. Vamps and hybrids...Elders and Watchers...this town is a crazy hotspot for the paranormal." Keith, a visitor, grunted, is a quote from PREY.
This novel is the second in THE DEAD GAME series, which I have read. THE DEAD and Wolf, a vampire, has returned to Oasis to save his family. A war is brewing.
Among the participating main characters are two humans, Linda and Shana. They have their infatuations with vamps and hybrids, which they pursue, and are in the warring center of two fractions lead by Todd and Gregg.
Both are in love with Linda. Shana has Sam, or maybe. Protection of the lady humans is the utmost concern of the vamps when the battle starts with many turns in the adventure.
It is a fun fictional book to read. In the end, the diehard reader of this genre will want more. Lucky for them, there is a third book in the series.
It is better to read the first book in the series THE DEAD GAME, which hooked me.
Top reviews from other countries
The vampires I encountered in this book are so far removed from Stoker’s original that I have great difficulty in accepting them as vampires. These vampires, including a new breed called ‘hybrids’ (half-vampire, half-human), are glowing, healthy, full of life and vigour and every one of them is an Adonis with smoldering good looks and physiques to match ... as, indeed, are all of the women, human and vampire. (Credulity stretched already, I’m afraid.) They eat enormous amounts of regular food (one loves ‘duck a l’orange’!!), indulge in copious bouts a alcohol consumption and live generally human lives. One was even surprised when a female lead didn’t know they prayed for their dead. (!!?)
Prey for the Dead does have a story. A group of evil vampires are about to rise from their dead zone under the ground and threaten the town of Oasis. Good vampires and hybrids engage in a battle to defeat them. This results in mayhem, blood and some levels of tension.
But it seems to me that this is a story written by a woman for women readers. There are numerous descriptions of fashion, hairstyles, and make-up. The dialogue is largely relationship-based (more often than not angst-ridden and argumentative). The lead male vampires are riddled with jealousy as they compete aggressively and angrily for the love of one of the human women. The tale is generally romantic (or, I should suggest, given the constant conflicts) aggromantic. For me, a male reader, I found this element of the story distracting.
However, much of the above is about my own predilections. How do I judge this book objectively without allowing my own prejudices to intrude unfairly?
All writers have an idea and an intention when they set out to produce a novel. They will please some readers; they will not please others. The question is, how well did the writer succeed in doing what she set out to do? In this book, Leist has created an entirely new vampire lore, peopled her story with lively characters, and pitted dark against light in a tense and exciting way. I have no doubt that many readers of this kind of story, familiar with the modern evolution of the vampire myth, will love this book.
Even suspending disbelief however, and accepting the author’s fantasy milieu, I did have a problem with the dialogue between Linda and her two vampire suitors. For me there were too many sudden switches of emotion, too may pointless and sharp rejections, too many bouts of uncertainty and mistrust. I regret to say that this element of the story was, for me, mostly unnatural and didn’t ring true.
All of that said, this is a story for people with specific tastes. There are many fans of this genre as is evident from other highly complimentary reviews, so the author is to be respected for her success in delivering the story as she intended. No writer can do more than that. Were it not for the problems with the dialogue, I would probably have awarded the book the full five stars.