The all-new novel in the number-one best-selling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.
The triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude, necromancer Anita Blake, and werewolf Richard Zeeman has made Jean-Claude one of the most powerful vampires in the U.S. He's consolidating power in himself and those loyal to him, doing in America what Belle Morte did in Europe when she was at her height of power. She almost owned Europe, and there was those who are determined that Jean-Claude won't do the same in America. Jean-Claude's motives may be kinder, but as any lawyer will tell you: motives matter, but you're just as dead. Assassins are coming to St. Louis to kill them all. Anita knows they're coming, but even being forewarned doesn't mean you can win.
©2010 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2010 Penguin
First, I would like to say how glad I was to find that Kimberly Alexis, is once again the narrator. Her take on Jean-Claude's french accent is perfect. She makes the story much more enjoyable. She IS the voice of Anita Blake, in my opinion.
Having said that, now I would like to comment on the story. What there was of a plot, was over shadowed by the very explict sex scenes. One after another. I think it is safe to say that, "Bullet" contains the most graphic sexual content, of any of the prior "Anita Blake" books.
So, if you are not comfortable with M/M, BDSM, F/F or group sex, then you will find this book, well..... more than alittle upsetting.
WARNING: These books are addicting. There is something about the whole, OMGosh, they didn't just do that, "SHOCK FACTOR", that keeps readers, like me, buying book after book.
FYI: The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is written for adults only.
This story is missing basic editing ans well as a plot. I've been a fan of the series but this is the last book for me. Bullet is one of the worst books I've ever read. When the heroine refers to her breasts as "Mounds of creamy goodness" and makes a post orgy declaration that she is "wearing more samples than a CSI episode" it is time to say good bye.
I really love the first several books in the series. I female detective like story with plot and paranormal activity, very interesting to read. Very likeable main characters and good crime stories. Then they turned into romance novels where Anita just whines about the men in her life. I love good sex scenes, its okay for the book to be full of sex also; but the whining about relationships gets real old real fast when that becomes the focus of the story intead of the crime plots that started the series. It seems to me that instead of coming up with actual plot that new and more perverse sex scenes are added to shock the reader--I do love the sex scenes but I read books for plot and entertainment. I love the Skin Trade book, was hoping the books would get back to that style. Not the trashy romance novel it has become. Anita was one of the first female detective characters that I have read, along with the science fiction/horror/mystery genre it created. It was a great series for awhile, I am sick and tired of Anita whining about the men in her life instead of hearing about her work as a detective/necromancer. I am actually rooting for Richard's death, along with every other man in Anita's life.
The story has gotten side tracked with too much of a good thing. It is like there were two writers for Anita. The writer that writes the action and one that writes the sex scenes. The writer of the action has taken a long vacation. I hope that one comes back.
All the reviews have been pretty right on about the two major points,no plot and all sex.
I remember a time when the Anita Blake books had an actual plot, and the sex scenes were there to enhance the story. In the last couple of books, the plot is pretty much gone and in it's place is chapter after chapter of sex scenes. I remember the golden years of Hamilton developing an interesting paranormal plot, complete with diverse characters, and interesting subplots. Apparently those days are over. In it's place are essentially Letters to Playgirl.
Any time Anita has a problem, the solution every time now is sex. Problem with bad vampires, fix it with sex. Can't figure out what clothes to wear, just add a little sex and the answer will come. It's become a little comical. Add to this that Anita has essentially grown very little as a character emotionally, but is the return of Jesus as far as her Paranormal powers are concerned.
Alas, my biggest gripe comes from all of the male characters in the story. I can no longer differentiate between any of the men in her life. They are all written the same, which really sucks. They've all become neutered man slaves that bow to Anita's every whim. Their every thought is how they can please Anita. Even poor Richard has jumped on the bandwagon, which is kind of bitter sweet. He always bugged me the most out of all the characters, but now he's part of the Anita Chain Gang. Now I kind of wish his stubborn dumb self was back.
This book has a lot more MM sex then ever before. It's kind of ironic that Anita doesn't like FF sex but is totally ok to have major MM orgies. I've always enjoyed Laurell books, but this was pretty graphic even by her standards. While listening to this while driving, I was always afraid that someone would hear it and wonder if I was listening to some gay porn, LOL.
All in all, this book has almost no plot.It's essentially entirely sex, with weak efforts to throw in a story every now and then.
I am so disappointed in this book. I don't mind the sex scenes but they are so long and drawn out that I actually fast forwarded through 7 chapters of this book. Not only is it that Anita is so weak it makes me a bit sick but has she really lived as Jean Claude's human servant all these years and yet she is still arguing over what she will wear, who she will have sex with, and who she will kill?
If you used to like Anita Blake and have been disappointed with some of the past few books you will be sorely ticked if you buy this one. Save your money and start reading the Dresden Files. Not only are they way better with a genunine character - the reader doesn't make you want to claw your own eyes out!
For the price of this book and how short it was this was very disappointing. Laurell Hamilton is a much better writer then this, in a way im glad i bought it here instead of the book due to the fact that I love to read. I think that this is one of Hamilton's worst books that she has written. At the end I was expecting something and I kept checking to see if I missed a download cause it just ends. For some reason its more important to talk about the "deeds" they do together instead of the bad guys that are around them. I will always read/listen to her books but I have to say this was a waste of money and time. :(
This is awful. The narrator is flat and the creepy new age music playing behind certain scenes is at the least distracting and at the most painful to the ears. I can't even get through the whole book because the endless sex scenes are just embarrassing to listen to and the repetitive calling and soothing of Anita's beast bogs the "plot" down so that it moves with the speed of frozen molasses. I'm sorry I used a credit up on this one.
I was really disappointed in the story line for this book. Despite the popularity of this series, I won't waste my money on any more.
Hamilton used to be one of my favorite authors. I started with the Anita Blake series and fell in love with the stories...and then the sex started and seemed to open some kind of pandora's box for sex thereafter. I kept thinking every time I bought her new books for the series "Maybe this one will be different...maybe she'll have some amazing twist and get back to the main story here." Then I read it and fight not bang my head on the desk. I mean seriously, is she going to add another sex partner EVERY book?! I think Anita has plenty, enough already! And I agree with some of the reviews, the men are starting to act like Anita's male-harem.
The narrator didn't help either. She made most of the men sound like unintelligent surfer wannabes. The only saving grace was the men with french accents. I really liked how she actually gave them the accents and really brought out the character.
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