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Vampire Zero: A Gruesome Vampire Tale Paperback – October 14, 2008
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Caxton has been promoted from State Trooper to Deputy U.S. Marshall and put in charge of the vampire-hunting task force based in Pennsylvania. Luckily, after the events of 99 Coffins, there are only two vampires left in the world. One is so old and decrepit she can't even leave her coffin. The other is a man who was once Caxton's mentor, the man who taught her everything she knows about fighting vampires. It's not just that he's a vampire now that's worrisome, nor the fact that he can anticipate all of Caxton's moves because he taught them to her himself, but rather the fact that he's a vampire zero, intent on spreading the curse and turning others into his kind. In particular, the members of his family. And that's what makes this the best of the series, to me at least. The personal element of the ticking clock plotline elevates this one to the status of a damn fine, and damn fast, read.
The Laura Caxton series gets better and better with each book.
David Wellington's vampires are not Edward Cullen. They are, in fact, at the far end of the spectrum, past Stoker's Dracula and Whedon's Buffy. These vampires are vicious, inhuman and utterly without remorse. Wellington's vampires quickly lose what connection they once had to humanity, and when not feeding on us, find slowly torturing us quite amusing.
This book is the third in David Wellington's Vampire Tales, and is the most terrifying and suspenseful of the series so far. Laura Caxton is a state trooper who was inadvertently cast as a vampire hunter just over a year ago, when Jameson Arkeley recruited her. Arkeley was a federal agent who, over 20 years, made it his personal crusade (obsession?) to obliterate the last shark-toothed, rotting, throat-ripping vampire in existence.
Noone knows vampires like Arkeley. During his career hunting them down, he learned every trick in their book and every strategy for catching them and killing them. Arkeley taught Caxton everything she knows about killing vampires--which is unfortunate, because now he is one.
Jameson Arkeley is the smartest, strongest, most vicious vampire Caxton has ever faced, and now she faces him alone.
This book kept me on my toes, defying my most confident (and usually correct) predictions as to where the story would go.Read more ›
The focus of Vampire Zero is, of course, on Pennsylvania state trooper Laura Caxton, and her inevitable showdown with ... ah ... if you haven't read book two ... well I'm not going to spoil it for you. Suffice to say, series author David Wellington delivers like a roundhouse kick on the setup that ended the last novel. He also continues to evolve the personality of Laura Caxton, toughening her up now that she's been through a few supernatural scrapes, but balancing her experience with a deepening psychological exhaustion and pragmatic isolationism that real-world therapists would probably identify as post-traumatic stress.
While still driven by her job, Wellington also shows the toll vampire hunting has taken on his lead character. Caxton's interpersonal relationships are rapidly deteriorating and, in one of the more poignant illustrations, her dog kennels, which held her rescued greyhounds in books one and two, are now cold and empty. Wellington also returns a number of characters from past books to the fold, mixing them with some wonderfully wrought new faces - Jameson Arkeley's ex-wife Astarte stands-out -- but don't make the mistake of getting too attached to anyone. Wellington's world is realistically dangerous and deadly - and there are quite a few folks who don't make it out of this one - either living or undead.
And while Wellington's subject matter may be horrific, his prose is anything but scary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read the series from the beginning,with 13 bullets. I liked that the vampire was the bad guy or gal.Published on July 7, 2014 by JOe Keith
Another great book in this series! I hope there's more of Laura Caxton to come! I love her toughness and wit!Published on January 14, 2014 by C. Piazza
This dude is sick! Nice story though. Sorry Jameson had to die. Frickin' shameful, he was so badass. Well, C'est la Vie, eh?Published on December 21, 2013 by Mark E. Sandiego II
This book is about vampires that get weaker the older they are. It makes no sense at all. The detective is not good at killing vampires she is just lucky. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Justin Silva
Exciting combination of vampires, action, and detective-work. I've read every book in this series, twice. (With the exception of the last book, which I haven't gotten yet.)Published on October 16, 2013 by Jordan K.
I am a huge fan of Mr. Wellington's Zombie series and vampire series. Vampire Zero does not disappoint. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Disciple of Poseidon
This is a good read, kept my interest in the story line
Twists and turns, would recommend to any and
everyone who enjoys vampire books.
I'm a fan of the Vampire series by David Wellington and this was another solid entry. I will say that I wasn't a huge fan of the very end (the last scene), but it sets things up... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by P. Eddy