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Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21 | [Laurell K. Hamilton]

Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 21

When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.
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When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them.…

©2012 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2012 Penguin

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    Yvonne 06-11-12
    Yvonne 06-11-12

    Vonne

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    "Kiss the Dead: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter"

    Kimberly Alexis is, in my opinion, a Top Notch Narrater! I was a bit disappointed with the story. Seemed like a recap of the 20 previous books. I mean if you have read the books you dont need a recap on every person, sigh. I think out of 11 hours maybe 3-4 was actually spent on new things. I love the series but hope that the next book has the essence that the previous books had. I almost wish she had ended the series with Bullet. To me it would have been the perfect ending.
    If you are the die hard fan I have become over the years get the book, and enjoy revisiting the characters with a twist here and there.
    I hope Kimberly continues to read for her in the future as she has all the characters down pat and brings them to life. 5 stars to her!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 06-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Same o, Same o....."

    I've always loved the Anita Blake books, but lately, they have just gotten boring. This one has to be the worst so far. She spends most of the book, telling us all about Anita's lovers, what they look like, and background on them, then she has some kind of imaginative sex with them. If you follow, the series, then it's just a repeat of things you already know. If you haven't followed the series, it would be too much to comprehend in one book, and you wouldn't get enough of a bond to the characters, to care anyway.
    There is a small story that starts out in the beginning of the book, and is quickly solved in the end of the book.
    Most of it though, is Anita tooting her own horn,as to how tough she is, and tired of her job, and how much she loves her partners, then having sex with the previous mentioned.
    No romance anymore, like the early books, when you couldn't wait for her to give in to Jean Claude, (he's not even interesting anymore, with his cameo appearance)
    In my opinion this series is over, it has just become repetitive info, with lackluster characters and no plot.
    I do like the narrator to the story, except for Micha having an Irish voice, and Asher doesn't quite cut it for me. But the Anita voice is perfect.



    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Tallman Eugene, Oregon 06-12-12
    Shirley Tallman Eugene, Oregon 06-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Anita Blake novel with NO PLOT!!!"
    What would have made Kiss the Dead better?

    Giving it more plot. Most of it feels like fill, fill, and more fill. I'm so sick of hearing about AB's lovers, and how she's such a bad-ass cop "just one of the boys." PLEASE go back to giving your poor, long-suffering readers a real story -- with plot and lots of action -- to read!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurell K. Hamilton again?

    Probably not. It's a waste of good money.


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

    She's a good reader. What a shame she wasn't given a better written book to demonstrate her talent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three. Some of the scenes -- like the ones blabbing away over nothing with the "guys" made me just plain furious! Where is the plot!


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Hamilton, I beg you to have more respect for your readers and give us something decent to sink our teeth into. You used to be the best in the business. Now it feels as if you're just throwing out a new AB book every year because you know you're supposed to. Your once devoted readers aren't going to put up with this forever. Please, take a little time and give us something fun and exciting to read again.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    trish dallas, tx 06-15-12
    trish dallas, tx 06-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "3.5 stars"

    i like this series the story was good but, i'm getting tired of having all these sex scenes.it seems that LKH is using the sex as fillers for the stories. wish there was more plot and story and less sex.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 06-09-12
    Andrew CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointment"

    I gotta say this book was a serious disappointment, it seems like half the book was nothing but sex scenes and the plot itself was half hearted at best. The entire plot was basically what would have been a only a small scene in many books. I saw some of the other comments and have to agree that this really did feel like an "abridged" book. If things don't change, I'm seriously considering calling it quits on the series.

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    jonathan 05-11-15
    jonathan 05-11-15
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    "Well written"

    I found this novel one of her best laurel k hamilton is a profound writer and visionary

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. TERRY SR. VICTORVILLE, CA, US 03-02-15
    K. TERRY SR. VICTORVILLE, CA, US 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    I did not enjoy this book it was more like a cheap dime sex novel then the usual Anita Blake stories that I prefer. hopefully the next book or the next series will be more than a lust in the dust, on the bus ,on the floor, in a door, everywhere throughout the whole story . In my opinion sex is G R E A T although ;sex in a novel three and four times in every chapter gets to be boring, repetitive, mundane ,and unnecessary . I understand that Anita Baker has issues, problems and powers although; this story in my opinion shows the author's inability to write a story that would not only have sex but captures the readers interest without throwing sex on every page.

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    Amazon Customer 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    This was a great story Anita at her best love the narration love the gunshots going off the voices different accents makes the story come to life

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    dana monroe, NC, United States 01-03-15
    dana monroe, NC, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "kiss the dead."

    excellent book. great addition to the series. I'm amazed at the people who want every book in a series to be exactly like the first one with no character development or growth. some just don't seem to except that because of the Aurora anita has been forced to grow emotionally and become more comfortable and accpting of her sexuality. it seems there are those still uncomfortable with their own that they don't want to read about it. I find it bizarre that some are more accpting of violence and gory murders in a story than any discussion of the exploration and self discovery of a characters sexuality. that can be the main focus of a plot just as much as the violence. Remember it's called Character Development. I enjoy that just as much as the paranormal crime fighting. Hamilton as created a world with depth, scope and detail from the characters to the universe they inhabit that is very rare. obviously for those who like static unchanging characters in a predictable and limited universe with out adult subjects being mentioned, then sadly this book series isn't for you.

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    Elise Pawcatuck, CT 08-07-14
    Elise Pawcatuck, CT 08-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I used to love this series"

    I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job, not to mention in the middle of a crisis? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
    My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
    There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.

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