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Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1 | [D.B. Reynolds]

Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.
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Publisher's Summary

Malibu, California, - home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich...and vampires.

Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough, and sexy - a private investigator and former cop who's tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn's happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.

Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and getting betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.

©2009 Donna Beltz (P)2014 ImaJinn Books

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    Kindlegirl howe, TX 07-31-14
    Kindlegirl howe, TX 07-31-14 Member Since 2012

    Lori Smallwood

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    "Excellent Narration, Great Series!"

    I have read (re-read) all of the Vampire in America series.... and they are excellent reads. Raphael is the first in the series and have characters that you will find in most of the other books. Be warned that to me Raphael ends in a "cliffhanger". When I read the Kindle book I was able to immediately purchase Jabril (crisis averted)..... which is what you will want to do. Amazon has it. The author has stated that Jabril for audible is in production. This a series worth the time invested.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-07-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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    "I want more!"

    This is a popular series on Amazon, with many, many books already available, which is very exciting provided Audible records them all!

    This first book was an intriguing mixed bag for me because I both hated and loved the h, Cyn or Cynthia. Mostly because her dangerous and pig headed actions made me nervous. I shouldn't have worried. She's every bit the bad ass she thinks she is, so I look forward to reading more about her and her relationship with Raphael.

    Traci Odem's performance of Cyn's voice, while good, bordered on strident at times. I found myself turning down my ipod because of the sharp pitch of her voice. This may have impacted my overall opinion of the character, at least until the end.

    The main criticism I have is that although we've all been trained to accept that the vampire love interest is A. gorgeous, and B. powerful, aside from a few cliched descriptions, I really wanted to SEE Raphael in my mind, and I didn't feel that D. B. Reynolds did justice to her character in this book. It was a bit disappointing to realize at the end that he was never fully fleshed out. That being said, I'm hoping that this is remedied by the many, many books to come.

    It also bugged me that if Cyn had only told Raphael one name, so much of the situation would have been solved. It felt a little silly that she wouldn't have told him, but then, that's the nature of these kinds of books, so whatever.

    I am excited that the action scenes, in particular, are well done. Spare and easy to envision, there is nothing cliched about them! The villains are interesting and scary, and the resolution was nicely executed. The world is interesting and big enough to make a series worth my time.


    The sex scenes were what you'd expect -- hopefully, they'll get a bit hotter.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine 11-08-14
    Nadine 11-08-14
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    "Great Listen"
    Where does Raphael rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book so much I had to buy the eBook to continue the story when I couldn't listen to it. Worth the credit. Hot vampire, spicy heroine and it's a series, Yay.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Duncan a quiet, powerful, charismatic vamp. Can't wait for his listen. Of course, Raphael and Cyn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene when Rapheal entered Cyn's house and found her on the steps after she escaped the blood house.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither I just couldn't get enough of the story and was elated to find the story continues.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how it is written in real talk, common everyday language.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-12-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"

    Just when you think you've heard the last of a good vampire book BANG this series hits Audible's vast Library and you dare to hope that it's going to be good. Well I can happily tell you it's not only good..…. it's positively great.

    The dark, handsome, sexy and very Alpha Lord of the West Coast Vampires Raphael needs the help of a P.I. and Cynthia (aka Cyn) is more than capable at what she does but isn't prepared for the raw power that oozes out of Raphael he rules, he orders and all obeys him but although Cyn is frightened she is also fearless. Their attraction slowly simmers in the background then all of a sudden it erupts and the sex is frenzied, powerful and memorable and the sexual tension becomes intense. The romance runs alongside the other main plot of kidnapping, spies, murder, Russian vamps, a take-over bid, intrigue and some tense nail-biting times as the well described plot of who, when and why plays out with characters that are loveable, likeable, interesting and some that are just plain evil.

    Worth a credit? It was exciting, fast-paced, addictive, action-packed, fresh and I couldn't stop listening (being desperate to get to the HEA part) BUT shock and horror, no it's not a cliffhanger, it's a 'to be continued' listen which was equally a 'rip you hair out and scream' moment and very frustrating. However, very credit-worthy and an auto download for book 2 and I only hope that the wait is going to be a short one….. because I want it like yesterday!!!!.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 07-06-15
    Robert 07-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amateurish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Needs more description, I wasn't drawn into their world.


    Has Raphael turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Once again: Characters needs more description


    What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good Narrator, is what it is... THE STORY


    Could you see Raphael being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 05-11-15
    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2011

    Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.

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    "Good premise gone awry"

    It's hard to make vampires unique, so I can't knock the author for bumping into some clichés. I like when a story can clash worlds together and iron out conflicts, but this one failed to deliver on that. If you want to read a story about a human PI who gets the hots for a big bad vampire lord because, well, he's hot, this is your story. Outside of that, there wasn't really much to their "relationship." (Quotes because outside their professional need for each other, you don't get a sense that they're doing much more than indulging in attraction. Their interaction certainly never grows beyond that.) Pair this with poor world building, canned dialog, two-dimensional side characters, a jack-in-the-box antagonist, and a poor vocal performance (narrator could handle female voices okay, but her Raphael sounded too much like a woman trying to sound like a man by over exaggeration and stereotype. Made me a laugh in several places where I surely wasn't meant to), and all in all a disappointing audiobook. Also was really annoyed by the portrayal of Malibu (she made it sound like a small coastal community, when it's a nearly 18-mile long stretch of coastline).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 03-09-15
    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I really wanted to like the book...."

    I really-really wanted to like the book, especially since it has such high ratings... but I just did not. Just as another reviewer said, I could not relate to the characters at all. All of the characters feel too shallow for me and not exciting at all. I did not like the voice of Rapahel, it was pronounced as Rafiel by the narrator which also drove me crazy.

    And Puskin character? Really? Looks as author just simply was out of ideas.... If the author is going to use the individual that revered by millions of people in the book, it makes only sense to develop a special character. As such, in my opinion it brought the value of the story down.

    I am not sure if will continue with this author... Off to revisiting BDB, Night Huntres, Mercy Thompson, the books that make me to forget about everything in the world...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 12-28-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 12-28-14 Member Since 2011

    I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

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    "DON'T PASS THIS LISTEN!"
    What made the experience of listening to Raphael the most enjoyable?

    The author wrote a freaking wonderful read....and the chosen narrator did a great job... The 2 made this a non-stop listen for me!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cyn.... Now that is a woman with power.... She is a rich but would rather work for herself type of girl. She is a take charge, no B.S type. And what made me love her most....Her life does not revolve around Raphael!


    What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Traci did a great job breathing life into each character. Her narration of each scene, whether funny, scary or dramatic was spot on and kept me entertained!


    Who was the most memorable character of Raphael and why?

    I would have to say Cyn all the way.... One of my favorite parts was when she bolted from Raphael's house trying to get to her house..When she got to her house, she finds that Raphael has one of his guards - Tony - watching the place. Her reaction when he told her he was going to check in & make sure she should be in HER OWN house was priceless... Most people would try to talk their way out it but not Cyn..She SHOT Tony in the leg.... The patched him up...drugged him... and left him outside her house for the other guards to eventually pick him up!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had purchased this earlier... This has been in my wish list for at least 2 years if not more.... It's a different take on the world of vampires...It has a strong female character who is a perfect match for a strong and definitely badass vampire king! It's not all perfect all the time...Cyn & the vampire world she walks into is as real as I could imagine my reaction were I to find myself in her shoes...Just the right combination of brain, heart and brawn!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Shreveport, LA, United States 10-30-14
    Patricia Shreveport, LA, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this series!"
    Would you listen to Raphael again? Why?

    Have listened twice already


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raphael?

    Enjoyed all of it -the action and romance were well written the humor and relationships engaging - when they first met was interesting but favorite part was detective work cyn did - she rocks in strength and courage


    Have you listened to any of Traci Odom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None til now and I love her delivery and hope the other books in this series are offered by audible and performed by her


    Who was the most memorable character of Raphael and why?

    cynthia Raphael and Duncan


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy every one of these books right now really hope audible is planning to offer them-please please please soon !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 08-06-14
    Monica 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story , cant wait for the next !!"
    What did you love best about Raphael?

    The action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raphael


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene , it keeps you hanging


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up and release the next books please

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hampshire U.K.
    10/21/14
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    "GREAT VAMPIRES"
    If you could sum up Raphael in three words, what would they be?

    Strong alpha male


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raphael?

    When he and cyn start to realise that they are falling in love


    What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I have read all of this series of the american vampires
    The stories are great and as soon as i read one book i bought the next one to read .
    It is a hard book to get the characters right .
    But traci seems to have got into this book and got the personalities right .


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This series had me holding my breath ,making me frightened ,cry and laught


    Any additional comments?

    I would of liked to have been able to buy all of this series in audible. as having read the whole series in paperbackSo i am looking forward to seeing more of these books soon on audible

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    4/15/15
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    "Good but not overwhelming"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Raphael to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I have never read the print version.


    Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favourite?

    I liked Cyn. The character would not have worked so well if she didn't have money. Traci Odom was good but took some getting used too as I recently heard her read another series which I loved and I found it initially difficult to hear her as Cyn and the other characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very end when they were both at the airport unbeknown to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, not to aggressive or sexual. The author has developed a detailed world which includes vampires etc. I will definately be buying the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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