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13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale | [David Wellington]

13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale

All the official reports say they are dead—extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can. When state trooper Laura Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment.
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Publisher's Summary

All the official reports say they are dead—extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can. When state trooper Laura Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment. Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess…a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say…a reason she has to find out—or die trying. Now there are only 13 bullets between the living and the damned.

©2007 David Wellington (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“In 13 Bullets, David Wellington focuses his ample powers of imagination on modernizing the vampire legend. The result is a charming, funny, bloody, and best of all, thrilling adventure. FBI vampire hunters Caxton and Arkeley make an electric duo. Thwarting them at every turn from within the walls of a maximum security prison, ringleader Malvern is a diabolical cross between Hannibal Lecter and one of Anne Rice's ancients.” (Sarah Langan, author of The Keeper)

“Lace collars and kerchiefs are nowhere to be found in this breakneck, blood-spattered, totally original vampire novel. Breathless, exciting and totally kick ass.” (B. H. Fingerman, author of Bottomfeeder)

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-26-10
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Pleasant Time-Killer"

    Some decent twists on the vampire genre. Overly long in parts, but well-imagined. Entertaining.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roger P. Moore Los Angeles, California United States 07-09-13
    Roger P. Moore Los Angeles, California United States 07-09-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Early season X-Files kills Twilight!"

    This is an unstoppable Horror Thriller! If you loved the investigation of early season X-files get ready to ramp it up to 11 with unspeakably violent vampires. They don't want to kiss you, they want to eat you.

    This is the first book in a five book series by David Wellington. Wellington tears away all the "beautiful" from the vampire mythos and keeps the savagery. It's honest and refreshing. All the vampires are terrible blood junkies and weren't much better in life.

    I love this book the most of the five because Caxton, the lead, is so raw and new here. The relationship between her and the US Marshal define the book. He is just as unlikeable as a vampire.

    One more thought... The narrorator for this audiobook is ACES!!! She has excitement in her voice and great nuance between the characters. Give it your best ear!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan red lion, PA, United States 04-25-13
    Dan red lion, PA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Waste of time. Could not finish this book."

    David Wellington's Overwinter and Frostbite were great. This read like someone else wrote the book.Save your money.

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    Mary Alberta, Canada 01-21-13
    Mary Alberta, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally Enjoyable from front to back!"

    I have listened to all of the Vampire stories in this series and was drawn in to the series without a hope turning the story off. The discription of the characters both alive and undead were well done and storyline moved along beautifully.

    Bernadette Dunne did a bang up job of narrating and i was very glad the lead character's gender preference was as balanced as one could get considering she saw her lover cut to pieces on the bedroom floor then had to fight her when she had become a vampire (how's that for a relationship ending badly)!

    I would have preferred to give more than a 5 star rating but unfortunately we all have to work within limitations at times.

    Listen to the stories in this series and you will be glad you did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luvzhorses Hutto, Texas 03-31-10
    Luvzhorses Hutto, Texas 03-31-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Great listen!"

    This book is a great "read" and I enjoyed every minute of it. The reader Bernadette Dunne is outstanding. If you like paranormal stuff this is for you. Be sure to read this before you read 99 Coffins.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sweetppp Englewood, OH, United States 09-30-10
    Sweetppp Englewood, OH, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Okay"

    The story would have been much better without the Lesbian relationship (yuck). Don't care to hear about women attracted to each other in my horror stories.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    amanda United States 01-31-11
    amanda United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "NOT FOR SENSITIVE EARS!"

    I love a good horror, drama, mystery and other books some with a little off the wall refrences, but between the lesbian couple at the center of this and the MENSTRAL art, (yes as in monthly cycle), I was put off this book. I will not give this author another chance to benefit from my money!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Book Fan Virginia 05-08-10
    Book Fan Virginia 05-08-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Decent story, not a masterpiece"

    Story was 'ok'. Starts off pretty good, then gets plain silly. A lot of action throughout, but the overarching feminine focus of the book gets old fast (and is very annoying). Did not like the narrator either...her voice did not fit the story. Therefore, I lost interest and ran out of steam at the end.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 06-16-10
    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 06-16-10
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    "Maybe I expected too much"

    I was all prepared for a dark, gritty vampire story, and indeed, this is a dark, gritty vampire story.

    That said, I was put off by some combination of the narration and the writing. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but I bought the book more than three months ago, and have been completely unable to force myself to finish the story.

    It might be unfair to rate the book, since I haven't finished it, but that said, if it's so bad I can't MAKE myself finish it, I suppose it's worth one star.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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