Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.
Now in American Vampire, the sequel to Vampire Moon, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources, including her growing supernatural abilities, to locate the missing girl before it's too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front.
Now, with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death. And through it all, she discovers the identity of one mysterious man... a man she has grown to love.
Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.
©2011 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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In this second installment in the Samantha Moon Vampire for Hire series we see more of the PI and woman to add to the dimensions we've experienced of the mother and vampire.
At this point her code of honor is more visible and we are privy to her internal motivations which aren't always benign. She is growing into a full character and her conscience is evident.
This story has her fighting crime concurrent to solving a mystery. It's now evident that she knows more about her kind and other immortals. She shares candidly without the fear of judgement as she considers the outcomes worthy of the questionable actions that precede them.
Dina Pearlman gives a good vocal performance and achieves identifiable diversity with new characters while cementing those from the first Moon tale.
The story, acting and total package are worthy of four stars and a future purchase of the next installment.
I enjoyed the story but there are little blurbs of narration that change from one narrator to another which is most distracting.
Another excellent entry in the paranormal mystery series. This book picked up right where the last one ended and the secret identity of the online persona knowe littn only as Fang is revealed to be...sorry, no spoilers! As Sam is dealing with the shock of the revelation, her son falls gravely ill. At the same time, she becomes involved in a search for a kidnapped little girl. As a mother, both her son's and the little girl's predicaments put huge strains on her emotions as Sam fights to save them both.
The story is interesting. The audio recording has numerous irregularities where it fades, sounds like the narrator is talking from a different room, or the equipment has been adjusted as the actor is speaking.
Book series starts off a little longer at 6 something hours. Now they are under 5 hours and the price of the average 9-10 hour audio book. I understand it's a business, but I don't believe I will be buying any more of this series. The reader is good and the story is entertaining enough, but the 4.6 hours of listening is not worth the price. 5 good books could have taken the place for the 9 or 10 in this series.
Wanted to listen to the next book to see what her final decision was.
Half and half
Got tired of listening to how curvy she was or how great her other form was. Didn't really care for how she reacted to her son's illness. Just seemed to be more descriptions than storyline.
Yes because I've read the next couple and the author has improved.
Most interesting was Samantha's situation as a mother who was turned into a vampire and still has to take care of mommy stuff.
Least is the author's word padding.
I love her delivery actually.
There are several more in the series but J.R. Rain really needs to make novels instead of what are essentially paperback shorts.
Don't let the 3 star rating discourage you from reading the series. The stars are more about some annoying tendencies of the author to rehash things repeatedly. (see how I did that? :D)
The book is short and I still think the author pads words like a freshman English major. Still, I love the premise of the vampire who has to take care of her kids. Tragedy is hitting her hard and she is finally running into others of her kind. Of course, another cliff hanger ending.
I enjoyed the first two books in this series as light-hearted entertainment to listen to while driving and working. The narration is excellent, and I do recommend Dina Pearlman as a narrator. In this book the inconsistencies and bizarre decisions by the main character are really off-putting. I finished it, but do not find myself interested enough in the cliff-hanger to go on.
In reviews for the previous two books, I saw that people commented on a man writing from a woman's perspective, and this may be the problem I had with the inter-personal relationships in this book especially. While I know that sexually appreciative descriptions of the opposite sex are the norm in this detective-style genre, they struck me as excessive in this book. This was especially awkward in her relationship with the older detective, which came across as creepy rather than endearing, crossing the line between fatherly mentor and sexual object with Sam's weird descriptions of him.
I hate to leave a bad review, but I was very disappointed that I used my credit for this book.
I would most likely try the 4th book in the series, but will not finish Book 3 and I'm no quitter! I downloaded it when I purchased the third book. I'm hoping for storyline improvement
No, not at all
Her performance was fine
Here is a woman who has been a vampire for over a year (a former government agent) and who has been maintaining her work at home mom life. All of a sudden she loses her mind, takes justice into her own hands, divulges her utmost secrets to a complete stranger AND although she states multiple times she knows her son is VERY sick, leaves him with her sister because "there is a little girl out there" who needs her! Seriously? I admired her for having common sense and a working brain. It appears both have failed her in Book 3.
This series is a delightful surprise and I'm really enjoying it. American Vampire is well written, and the character of Samantha Moon is entertaining and unique. Samantha is coming in to her own as a vampire and her character is really beginning to grow and develop. I'm looking forward to seeing how her relationships with Fang and Kingsley will turn out. As well as finding out what happens with her children and ex husband. The only problem I have with the book is that Mr. Rain has not fully embraced his female side. I don't know many women (If any) who would leave their fataly ill child in the hospital to go to work or visit with boyfriends. Other than that this is a very good book. I bought the next book in the series before I finished this one.
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