Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.
©2011 Cherie Priest (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I would change the authors tendency to overexplain things.
Good ending, I assume it will tie it in with the next one.
A good performance of the characters in a book can bring it alive. I think Ms Ross gave it a good shot, made the book good. A little flat in places, and her cuban/mexican accent needs some help.
Right now vampire books are popular, so a lot of authors go where the money is, as is evident in this book by Cherie Priest. I have loved her steam punk books and was a little disappointed with this book tho it was better than some I have listen to in this category. Probably won't read more in the series, but it wasn't a total waste of money.
It wasn't bad, but I kept wondering if the character really was supernatural. She seemed to have retained all of her human qualities, but few of the supposed vampire improvements. She got tired, made rookie errors, and didn't drain the bad guys when the opportunity arose and she needed sustenance.
But it was well- written and funny.
I'll think about listening to the next book in the series, but only if nothing better comes along.
Ms Ross did a good job.
This book started out slow and I had just about given up on this book altogether before it picked up a bit. It seemed as if the main character was even bored with the story of her life. By the end I started to care what happened to the secondary characters but the main character still seemed cold and not very likable. I really wanted to like this book but in the end I don't think I will continue any further with this series.
Cheshire Red is a vampire and an acquisitions expert (thief). Raylene likes that many people assume Cheshire Red is a man and she’s not about to dissuade them, enjoying working in the shadows as she does. Ian, another vampire who is oddly blind, has hired her to track down his medical records from his enforced stay at a secret government complex. Yet before she can dig into this case, things start to unravel in her cushy little life in Seattle – someone breaks into her warehouse and someone else blows her well laid cover. She drops it all to follow a thin lead in Atlanta. As Raylene continues to snoop into Ian’s affairs, things get more and more risky. Before you know it, her best defense is a military-trained drag queen and her best offense is one seriously ticked off blind vampire.
This book was a lot of fun. Raylene definitely has a fluid sense of morals with few hard sticking points. She takes pleasure in her work – removing the priceless and rare from the rich and pretentious. She’s used Seattle as the base for her operations for a few decades now; hence, the warehouse where she stores (or hoards) some of her collection as a financial safety net. There’s also two homeless kids, Pepper and Domino, who she lets live there. She doesn’t really like kids but for some reason keeps the heat and electricity on in one section of the building for them. Oh, and makes sure they have a cell phone to call her. And she checks in on them regularly. Perhaps she brings them food. Not that they’re pets or anything. As you can see, Raylene has this tough exterior and this gooey caramel soft center. I really liked all the snark and Ray’s enjoyment of her own sexuality and being a vampire. I also like that she’s prone to panic attacks and that her powers don’t make her invincible – just really hard to kill.
Ian is a bit of a quandary. It’s very unusual for a vampire to have any debilitating injury that becomes permanent. So Ian’s loss of sight is disturbing. If it can be done to one vampire, it can be done to another. He also uses a ghoul, Cal, which Raylene doesn’t like. However as she gets to know the two of them a bit more, she starts to reconsider her views on ghouls. Cal obviously still has a mind of his own and Ian treats Cal with respect and it’s obvious he needs some amount of help being blind. Still, there are plenty of unanswered questions surrounding Ian and he is indeed very reluctant to elaborate on what little he has already told her.
Then we toss in a military-grade highly driven mad scientist and a large number or highly-trained military ‘acquisition experts’ that want Raylene and perhaps even want Ian back and everyone has to scatter to the four winds. Raylene ends up in Atlanta chasing down a lead. This is where my second favorite character, Adrian (aka Sister Rose), comes into the picture. Sister Rose is a drag queen and great at her nightly performances. Adrian is ex-military and has some specialty training. He initially becomes Raylene’s unwilling ally. Adrian was great with all the glitz and fringe and yet muscle and sensible behavior. I like that we never find out whether he’s straight, gay, or bi, or celibate. Raylene is too polite to ask.
There’s plenty of action and interesting characters in this urban fantasy. The ending was solid. We lose a little and gain a little and have a ton of questions for Book 2. Ian definitely has some some things to follow up on. I’m hoping Adrian will continue to be a part of the series. While Raylene and crew took out several of the questionable military bad guys, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them.
Narration: Natalie Ross did an awesome job with this book. All the characters are distinct and her male characters are great. She does this remarkable thing with Adrian’s two personas (Adrian versus Sister Rose). There’s also various accents that she does well. It’s just a very, very good performance.
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The book itself was okay. The main character I could have liked, although I had a hard time believing her character. She was supposedly a bad ass, but every time you turned around she was having panic attacks and was screwing up her hide outs. I didn't quite understand the part in the beginning with the intruder at her warehouse. First off she didn't find out what he wanted, then she drank him to death like she had no self control which she had been professing she had in abundance during the beginning of the book. I didn't like how she killed him and then it was like it was no big deal. I had thought earlier in the story the author was trying to convey how much Raylee secretly cares about people but with an I don't care attitude, then she pulls this crap. I also didn't believe the drag queen/navy seal character. Really? Even if I believed there was one actually in the world (which I don't) I think this character was just in the story for convince without the research there to be believable. There was plenty of action, but yet I was still not pulled into the story overly. The second half is better than the first. So while this story was good enough to finish, I won't be reading the next. Narrator is good, I have enjoyed her in the past.
The characters. The story was engaging, but the characters made it much more interesting. An OCD vampire thief. A blind vamp. A homeless urchin who can hide like anything and seems braver than any eight year old has a right to be. And a post-service special forces soldier who works as a drag queen.
While I do really like Cheshire Red, I gotta give this one to Sister Rose/Adrian DeJesus. I know drag queens, and not one of them is a simple person. Adrian/Sister Rose is a great combo of machismo and grace.
Excellent reading and characterization. It's a first person narration and her voice has become "Cheshire Red" to me. She gets the snark in her voice just right. It's lovely.
The climax, of course. But there are several "tense" moments.
If you enjoy Dresden, you'll like Cheshire Red.
She repeated some things a little to much. I guess if you read the book a little at a time then you wouldn't notice it but because I use mine for my walking buddy, I found it a little repetitive. I would have liked a little more romance in the book. she was checking out the guys but the romance didn't flow into the book.
Yeah. it was okay. If I remembered it.
I didn't have a problem with her telling me the story. I liked her different accents.
Easy, and entertaining story. Smooth narration and storytelling from a lovely voice. Loved it! I imagine I'll be checking out more from Cherie and Natalie.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
I like the characters, they are oddballs and eccentrics...in a paranormal world of SEATTLE. I especially like Adrian, and am on the fence about Ian. This series has potential, I hope Cherie is able to keep the pace. Bought it on sale and well worth the $5.
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