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.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I really enjoyed this book. When I finished it, I immediately did a search to see if there was another in the series, or at least with the same characters. It is uncommon that I enjoy a book enough that I will seek out others by the same author rather than continue through my current reading list...so that might be 'nuff said.
Naw... I'll add more. The main character is strong and independent and non-whiny (nice change for female leads in urban fantasy) and while there are men in the story, she is not dependent on them being around to save her. There are some decent supporting characters - none of which are stereotypical. In fact, it is almost like Priest thought about what *would* be stereotypical in this genre, and twisted them to something else completely.
The ending was not as resolved as I would have liked it to be, but it was not a cliff-hanger, and, of course, it is book one (of two at the moment)... so I suppose there has to be something to resolve to warrant book 2. And I will go out now and get it!
The narration is very good and it was not particularly gory or graphic.
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.
I don't want to purchase another book by this author by the chance its full of the same continual ramblings. The story line itself was interesting and the concept was a good one. But the inner ramblings became tiresome and i found myself hitting the forward button to get through it.
I enjoyed the narrator. Her voice was enjoyable and she gave life to the characters.
Possibly. With a series the inner monologues wouldn't go on forever and the editors would cut out the rambling and get to the point.
The concept was good but was buried in all the "filler".
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