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A Rush of Wings: Book One of The Maker's Song by [Phoenix, Adrian]
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Set in the brooding New Orleans area long established as the best location for all things vampiric, Phoenix's lively debut has it all: Rogue [FBI] agents, Bureau-ordered hits, mad-scientist experiments in psychopathology, vampires and fallen angels and a slicing-dicing serial killer. Smart, sexy FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace has been trying to catch the Cross-Country Killer for three years when the trail leads to New Orleans and Club Hell, where Dante Prejean performs with the Inferno, an industrial/goth rock band. Dante is a Cajun and a born vampire whose memories of his terrible past have been erased, leaving him vulnerable to the psychopathic killer, E, who knows all that Dante has forgotten. As E begins targeting Dante's loved ones, Heather must swallow her skepticism and work with Dante's vampiric friends and family to save him. Phoenix alternates romantic homages to gothdom and steamy blood-drinking threesomes with enough terse, fast-paced thriller scenes to satisfy even the most jaded fan. (Jan.)
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"A Rush of Wings is a dark, rich, sensual treat...Adrian Phoenix uses a perfect blend of suspense, romance, and lyrical prose to keep readers up until late, late at night turning the pages."
-- Jenna Black, author of Secrets in the Shadows

Product Details

  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2008
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00125L844
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By Laura on January 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at the airport, and was immediately sucked in. So I bought it (despite the outrageous airport prices) and pretty much finished it off in the day I was traveling.

The first third of the novel is quite good: the crime, police involvement, the introduction of our two protagonists, as well as various other plotlines, are deftly woven in.

Both of the leads are about as cliched as they come; one gorgeous but determined police detective - check; one stunningly sexy, dark and mysterious vampire male - check. They are, at least initially, saved by the complexity of their backgrounds, characterizations and motives.

Unfortunately, about the second third of the book, things go downhill.

Heather Wallace is supposed to be an FBI profiler who is heading the investigation into an infamous serial killer - but damned if I can figure out why. I'm honestly not sure how a profiler is heading a case, instead of a detective; but the point is, she's not a field agent. So what she is doing hot-dogging it around solo is beyond me. It also becomes clear that she is far too young (and oh so coincidentally gorgeous) to be doing this job.

She makes several very stupid mistakes; her gun magazine is stolen and she doesn't even realize it; she walks into a fight with her purse; etc. There is also the fact that she hooks up with her main subject after two days; this despite knowing he is a possible pschopath.

As for Dante Prejean, he has a fascinating build-up. But he also makes some very stupid mistakes, at least one of which resulted in the person he was trying to save being killed. There's a definite angry teenager here rather than an actual adult, complete with massive amounts of melodrama and angst.
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LIGHT SPOILERS, but no plot summaries. Recommendations included.

HIGH LEVEL: Disjointed story-telling, emotionally stunted, lacking in plausible romance. Had to force myself to finish because I felt a poor review wouldn't be fair otherwise. Writing style is highly descriptive and the mythos, while nothing really new or innovative was provocative. I have LOTS of issues with this book, but there were two MAJOR FLAWS that turned what could have been an intense, noir-ish crime driven urban fantasy into nothing short of TORTURE. Although, if you find Goth teenage boys attractive, you might like this more than I did...

FLAW # 1: It fails to grab you and the pacing is painfully disjointed. The story is told using a shifting perspective, which CAN BE a great tool to make sure the reader sees what is going on when the characters don't. However, in this case there were NINE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES- heroine, lead male, supporting good guys, ALL the bad guys... everyone! Basically this prevented any kind of momentum from building up. As soon as it got interesting, you were forced away from the action and into a different character's head clear across the damn country. If I had been reading this in paperback, I would have skipped ahead. Reading it on a Kindle meant I was trapped and forced to suffer through the author's poor sense of timing and fragmented story-telling. I didn't appreciate it

FLAW # 2: Romance was just plain baffling and occasionally made me queasy. Can anyone explain to me how an intelligent, successful, 31 year old, career FBI agent could POSSIBLY fall in love with a 23 year old, angst-ridden, sickly, Goth smash metal singer who behaves like a cranky teenager?????? I'm sorry, but this entire story centered on a character, Dante, who needed a MOTHER, not a lover.
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Bad characters. Bad story. Bad writing. Just plain bad all around.

The writing is confusing and convoluted. The character each has more than one name, often switching back and forth between all of them in the same paragraph so I wasn't really sure who's talking to who about whom. What makes it worse is that, for this writer, each different name for the same character was a different personality. What a mess - how can get to know a character enough to care about them when the author doesn't even know who that character is?

Between the different names and different personalities for the same character, I just couldn't follow the story, which in and of itself was too twisted to follow easily to begin with. Part psychology experiment, part murder mystery, part love story and none of it fully developed - ouch.

And while I realize that this is the first in a series, there's absolutely no closure or resolution to this story line. I was left with too many unanswered questions and frayed & dangling story threads. But I wasn't left wanting more, just scratching my head wondering what in the world just happened.

I'm sorry that I bought this book and plan to delete it from my kindle.
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For the past three years, FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace has been on the trail of a sociopath serial killer known as the Cross Country Killer (aka the CCK) , but when a body turns up outside a local club, Heather follows the CCK's path of destruction straight into New Orleans and Hell itself.

Club Hell is New Orleans's popular Goth club for vampire wannabes. Because after all, everyone knows that there are no such things as real vampires. Right? The only problem with that theory is that at Club Hell, it's not only the wannabes that hangout there. Dante Prejean rules supreme at Club Hell. He's also the lead singer of the popular Goth band, Inferno, and his hordes of fans adore and worship him.

In an attempt to find out more about Dante, Heather begins to investigate his past, but things just don't add up. Dante has a juvie record a mile long, yet no social security number, no known birth date, and no license. It's almost like he doesn't exit, or so it would seem. To top things off is the mysterious man who always seems to be in Dante's shadow -- Lucian DeNoir. What exactly is his connection to Dante? Lover? Close friend? Something...more?

I loved this first book of Adrian Phoenix's as-yet-unnamed series. I found that not only was the chemistry between Dante and Heather sensual, but also profound. Due to Dante's horrendous upbringing and his subsequent inability to trust others, he's taken aback when he looks into the depths of Heather's eyes to find she is sincere in both her claim to not only want to protect him but also to befriend him. Having experienced a tragic loss of her own, Heather finds she can relate to Dante's pain.
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