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 first got hooked on Elrod's adventures about Jack Flemming, an average decent guy who becomes a vampire, in my late teens. My aunt had them on the bookshelf, it seemed a short read for a time killer, but ended up being so entertaining that I added all of Elrod's books to my collection and am finally to the point where any newly released novels I end up getting in hardback.
The setting of the books is in the 1920's-30's, in the height of the mob's power. The series is written in first person, which is refreshing in itself, but Elrod takes a story with the standard "dime novel" detective cliche's and dresses them up into something that's really interesting and doesn't feel rehashed at all.
Give this one a shot, I doubt you'll regret it, and more than likely you'll end up picking up the rest of them before they can pump out the audio books.
While I was totally new to this series, I decided hey, what the heck; and I'm glad I did. What a fun little ride. Is it a great work of literature, no. Will this be a timeless vampire story, again sadly no, but it is worth a read. It's fun, unique, and totally different than anything in this genre, it is much more a film noir sort of story than a vampire tale, but it is enjoyable. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but then I find that the ending of a book, no matter how good, is still the end, and if you like a book, then you hate to see it coming. It was a little trite, but still enjoyable enough for me to go on and read the rest of the series. Wonder why audible doesn't have at least one or two of the others in this series?!
What a fantastic series I have read the first three on my own I wish that audible would get the whole series, really original and keeps you on the edge. Yes you must stretch your imagination but don't you have to do that with most fiction. More Of this series PLEASE
Another most have for any sicfi fan.I have listen to this one over and over again.
More than just another vampire book. IT take you there and ask you what you would do if you woke up DEAD.
I love this series in print and was thrilled to see book 1 in Audio. In the past I have been let down by the audio version of a book I really liked as a result of narration quality or simply a narrator who's voice talent does not fit the topic. I am thrilled to say that neither is the case here. Whitener has taken the persona of Jack Fleming as his own in a way that truely brings the tale to life. My only complaint is that with 10 books so far in the series we have not seen any more of them here in Audio.
I've read this book several times in print form, and I never stop enjoying it! I was ecstatic to find the first two books in this wonderful series in audio form, and I quite enjoyed the performance. I look forward to hearing the readings of the rest of the books in the series.
Like many of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audiobooks allow me to keep up with my favorite authors. I am currently listening to 'Undead and Unstable' by MaryJanice Davidson, because 'Yours, Mine and Ours' is still not available. Grrr.
In Bloodlist, Jack Fleming is a reporter vampire trying to solve his own murder in Capone's Chicago. His main source of help comes from an actor/private investigator and this leads to some dryly funny scenes. If you are a fan of film noir and vampires, you will like this book and this narrator. While Jack Fleming is similar to Sam Spade or Mike Hammer, he is not jaded. He is a nice and honest vampire who loves his family. Bloodlist is Casablanca infused and the narrator completes this effect with dry delivery in the style of Humphrey Bogart without parroting Bogart's voice. This is a first rate novel and the narrator is fantastic. I can't believe I have waited this long to read a book by Pat Elrod. Now, I want to listen to all of her books. I hope to see them on Audible soon.
Loved this story because of Elrod's spin on the legend. Her vamp isn't a slavering beast overcome with bloodlust, but an average guy trying to work out how to survive within the limitations that his 'condition' imposes on him. A very good tale. Can't wait till the next book is on audible.
Its existence. It is completely superfluous to both genres.
The book is a rehash of Dashiell Hammett cum Strahd, except it lacks the experience of the former and the charm of the latter.
I dunno... narrate?
He did manage to read OK for the main characters, without confusing them, which is a plus.
But he was so obviously bored with the story -- for which I do not blame him one bit, it kept me yawning throughout myself -- that he just made it even worse.
Yeah... to return the book. Still not sure if I will. Probably will.
Go read original Hammett instead - the Falcon, or the Thin Man, or the Continental Op stories.
And don't miss out on both Elrod's "Strahd" books - they are excellent too.
Bloodlist is the first of an eleven book series. I found this first one at Audible, liked it, and read the next ten in the series. I'm looking forward to Audible getting the rest on line. Some of the plot twists can be a stretch, but on the whole the characters and plot lines are great story telling.
This turned out to be an entertaining read. FOND AS I am of all things vampire, this seemed a must-try. It's gripping, and the main character's voice comes through loud and strong in the first person narrative. I could have wished that the hero had fought back a bit more, and I wasn't overly keen on the heroine, but this is still a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys mystery and the supernatural. Let's hope there will be more titles from this series on audio soon.
Well written and great people who thankfully are not some silly high school kids.
"Fun vampire detective"
Zips along, very appealing main character, nice twist on the familiar genre. Well written and well read. I'm waiting for more.
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