Before you know it, I'm being chased by an ugly thug with a gun, and a bullet blasts its way through my back, and, believe it or not, nothing happened. I survived! How? You guessed it. I, Jack Fleming, ace reporter, have been transformed into a vampire, which has its advantages. You never die, you never grow old, you sleep all day, and, best of all, you can hunt down your own murderer.
Bloodlist is the first novel in an exciting vampire adventure series.
©1990 P.N. Elrod; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The pace is fast....Intriguing....An updated version of the old pulp novels." (Science Fiction Review)
"An entertaining blend of the detective story and the supernatural." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
I am really mixed. The main two characters are very likable. It could have been great if while solving "his murder" there were a couple other mysteries going on at the same time. The more interaction between the two main characters could have had some great sardonic humor. Throw in the girl interest, she could have added some dark humor also. It is like a film noir but...... It is not too hard to get through but at the end..... There were only a few events that carry the whole story. It was along long story to solve one mystery. My least easy critic.
I might. His characters were great. He needed more story.
The narrator was very good. I don't think someone else would do better.
I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next in the series. The narrator really does a great job with the main character. The story kept me wanting more the whole time I was listening.
its in my personal top 20 audiobooks.
I really liked the relationship between esskit and the hero of the story wish there was even more of them. esskit was a neet character
I haven't listened to Whitners other performances but he does really well here.
I took just one night to listen to it the first time couldn't turn it off, I have listened to it so much I can talk in time with it.
flemming and esskit make an interesting pair could of seen them become partners in a private investigator type crime series.
boring is a kind description, narrator was fine too bad the book was so bad. Very predicable and boring
Not a bad story but not brilliant by any means. The characters were good but there was certainly no nail-biting tension. The narration was excellent and suited the story well.
This is not really a bad book, lame in the vampire genre, but pretty good in the dime detective genre...until the ending. I will not spoil it for you here, just suffice to say it is SO WEAK, that I think the writer just gave up at the end, maybe he was tired, or ran out of ideas. I am always willing to give a writer another shot, so will try #2 in the series, but am not holding out much hope.
Yes. Ms. Elrod is an articulate and intelligent lady, and while Mr. Whitener sounded a little wooden in this portrayal, I don't think he was bad.
Yes. In the vampire-saturated, post-Twilight world we now inhabit, it was incredibly novel to find a series written about vampires that actually took into account the older legends, such as the inability to see their reflections and the need for grave dirt.
His cadence was stilted at times, especially when he was in long tracts of inner dialogue or narration. His individual character voices were pretty good, if a bit lacking in variety.
I know it has follow-ups. To be honest, I will probably pick them up when I have run out of other things to read.I was nearly halfway through the book when I realized I was still waiting for the plot. This was because most of the book was about Jack Fleming discovering his new situation.
That, itself, was not a bad thing, but it did serve to let my mind wander from the narration. Jack went through so many cycles of sleeping at waking, it made me wonder if there was any urgency to the story at all. The night-time of Chicago in the 1940s should have been rich with atmosphere, people, and things, but it just felt deadened. The setting didn't feel realistic because the setting didn't matter. It could have been set in modern-day New York, for all I would have known from the context. Aside from the occasional reference to a 'Speak' or 'Speakeasy', I wouldn't have been able to keep in mind what time it was supposed to be set in.
Don't get me wrong, some of the lingo worked, but in some ways it felt forced.
At the end of the day, the main issue was the struggle to take a character concept and morph it into a living, breathing thing. Jack was engaging, if reluctant. Escot was strange and endearing. Shoe (I hope I'm spelling these right) was full of character and entertaining. The bad guys were bad, with little redeeming qualities. That made it hard to engage with the story - I've never been one for the Snidely Whiplash type of villain.
Considering it is the first of this series, and an early effort from this author, I will be likely to continue Jack's story. It entertained me for eight hours, which means it did its job.
I usually do not give up on any book, but the writing here reminds me of the contests for the worst prose.
There is so much better in every genre. this is not worth the time.
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