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Death's Rival Audiobook

Death's Rival: Jane Yellowrock, Book 5

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.
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Publisher's Summary

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross - especially if you’re one of the undead....

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes...and maybe even to war.

©2012 Faith Hunter (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Donna United States 03-11-13
    Donna United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Death's Rival in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting! Fun! Exciting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cast of characters, lead by Jane Yellowrock, are complex and interesting. The story grabs you from the beginning and you just hang on for the ride.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She breathes life into the characters...even the undead ones.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!`


    Any additional comments?

    This book made my 2 hour commute fly by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Randers, Denmark 03-07-13
    Michael Randers, Denmark 03-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "she does it again"
    If you could sum up Death's Rival in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, exciting, entrancing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bruiser, you know why :)


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her voice does amazing things for the characters and bringing them to life, what keeps amazing me the most is her ability to put different inflections on different characters so you can tell them apart just by her voice even if the text weren't obvious as to who is speaking


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it is indeed if ever i had the time...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 03-01-13
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2015

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "Hunter makes rape victim culpable"

    Jane is raped, tortured and betrayed by everyone she held dear. Beast was raped, tortured and betrayed, and is now enslaved. And you people think this is good? The total annihilation of yet another strong female character?

    Hunter did a crap job in this one. Leo sent her to Ashville to do a job, she protected herself from death, and protected his scions also, and she was punished for it.

    A man breaks into her room in a hotel while she is sleeping, naked, and shoots at her, TWICE, before she responds, so SHE is guilty of starting a war, NOT him. Yet she is punished by the most vile rape scene I have had the unhappiness of witnessing in an author I used to respect.

    And then, Hunter has Leo give and take Jane's blood - - - which, remind me if I am wrong, turned the last Skinwalker into a raving lunatic. So, she is going to use the vaunted next three novels she was just awarded for this stupidity into us watching Jane turn into a raving lunatic, killing and eating humans until she is hunted down and destroyed?

    Hunter has lost my respect, and my money. I am sickened and disappointed, not only by the turn the books took, but by the number of people who found this sort of rape and destruction of a once strong character both exciting and wonderful. Where are your minds, people? I don't know what is worse - the fact that I am so deeply sickened by the people that liked this book, or the fact that I am so deeply HURT by Hunter's betrayal of her character - and her betrayal of me, as a reader.

    I liked and admired Hunter's portrayal of Jane Yellowrock. She has known more pain in her life than any one person should have to stand. She lost her life, her friends, her self respect, and yet still she helped people, she met her responsibilities, and she gave of her heart, her body and her soul. Everyone. EVERYONE. Betrayed her. And yet she soldiered on, only to be demeaned, raped, and tossed aside like a used come rag. And everyone read it and called it good. I suppose I feel so deeply betrayed because I, like Jane, have been so brutally betrayed through my life. I too was used, betrayed, and thrown aside. Brutalized and yet I still tried to do my best. I Identified with Jane's strength and caring. Only to have her turned into a broken mess, with even Beast ripped from her, chained to Leo, a prisoner in her own mind. Her life, her very soul, is destroyed. Sort of like mine.

    I suppose I shouldn't allow myself to become so tied in with a character in a book. But with my own life of pain and betrayal, I had fond a friend in Jane. Through Hunter's betrayal of her character, I have again been betrayed. It hurts. I sit here, crying, once again being reminded that my world is nothing but pain. And knowing that, not even in books, can I ever escape.

    Go me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Birmingham, AL, United States 02-25-13
    Jackie Birmingham, AL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to Death's Rival again? Why?

    The Jane Yellowrock series was wonderful. I am truly hoping that series will continue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Breast is my favorite character.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is excellent. Her voice bleeds life to each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were many times that I laughed out loud. This book is definite worth the credit.


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting anxiously on the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kari CHAMPAIGN, IL, United States 02-01-13
    Kari CHAMPAIGN, IL, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "Great addition!!!"

    I have truly enjoyed all of the Jane Yellowrock books and this one is no different! Very fast paced and entertaining! I find Jane to be one of my favorite female characters in paranormal fiction, her internal monologuing and beast crack me up!

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    Mary 12-12-12
    Mary 12-12-12
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    "Jane and Beast are the ultimate pair!"
    What did you love best about Death's Rival?

    I love the character of Jane Yellowrock. She is every hero you ever had.


    What other book might you compare Death's Rival to and why?

    There is no comparison. Jane is the ultimate.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only heard her with the Jane Yellowrock series, and she is a master! She is a perfect Jane and also perfect for all the other various characters in the series. No one else could do justice to the series, and I hope she continues to be the narrator for future Jane Yellowrock books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to. Listened to part of it on a 400 mile trip and then more on the return. Although my rule is to listen to audio books only in the car, I could not help myself, and I finished listening when I got home. (as I did with Jane #4)


    Any additional comments?

    Write faster Faith--we need the next installment!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lisa AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 12-11-12
    lisa AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "As good as it gets!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's so good, without all the gross romance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death's Rival?

    All of it was amazing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    She is the female version of Harry Dresden! If you love the Dresden files you will love Jane yellowrock!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Mckinleyville, CA, USA 12-07-12
    Rita Mckinleyville, CA, USA 12-07-12
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    "series did a mountain lion leap from good to great"
    What other book might you compare Death's Rival to and why?

    Well, the obvious in Mercy Thompson (by Briggs) (skin walker, mixed hertitage native american, Vampire killer etc.), There is also some aspects of Jane's personality that remind me on Anita Blake (Hamilton)... and maybe a little bit of Elena Michaels (Armstrong) in ther too.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I finally made my peace with the "beast" sections-- I don't really enjoy this POV, but it's growing on me. The romance in these books has never really do it for me... but the plot of this installment made up from any weak points in the lovie-dovies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 12-05-12
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Book yet"

    The picture on the front doesn't do justice to the story. This is the best book of the series so far. Beast plays a larger role and does more thinking. Jane learns more of her past. don't want to gie away too much. Weres, vampires, skinwalker, and other supernatural beings, besides plenty of humans. A really old vampire from a special older sect leads much of this story. Excellent all the way around.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mitch California 12-01-12
    Mitch California 12-01-12

    Lawndart

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    "Wonderful engaging story"
    Any additional comments?

    Totally kept my attention throughout the story, I found my self truly caring for Jane and Beast. I found it very interesting to see Beast reveal more of herself also as the story progressed. The ending left me stunned. I want more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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