Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.
Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.
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©2009 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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 found it a little odd how the author added in so many "musings" about the nature of Sam's vampirism - not the source of it (that's not really disclosed) but what it means to be a vampire: if she's still human, if she's still alive, etc... these musings were sorta merged into other goings-on - such as a baseball game - which had no point in the story other than to provide a venue for these musings to be explored.
But this didn't detract from the story, which is a little bit of a mystery combined with a vampire-finding-herself story. There was a tiny romantic thread, but no sex (uncommon for this genre of book where the sex is usually quite graphic), and only the occasional bad word (also uncommon). I liked the story more than I thought I should - there is a bit of angst that develops out of the personal strife that Sam has to overcome, and the story's mystery was reasonable.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, even though it's a bit on the short side, and I'm going to start the next in the series right away. (It's not a cliff-hanger novel that makes you *have* to get the next one to see what happens, but if you want to find out how Sam deals with how her vampirism affects her life, you'll want to keep reading.) The narration was reasonable but a bit on the "breathy" side... I assume the narrator will settle into the role better as the books continue.
Sara A :)
If you are looking for an exciting Vampire Series, this one is very entertaining. I enjoyed them all. The narrator did a great job.
A married vampire with kids. Talk about your really screwed up relationships. However she's a good mom, and really tries. The story is really an interesting one and this is just book one of a series. I really did enjoy the story and narration by Dina Pearlman. Not that long of a listen, but it keeps moving. I'm going to try the next book in the series to see if J.R. Rain can keep up the interest and mystery.
Maybe it's me. Maybe I am obsessive compulsive but I have two perspectives on this series. The first is that the character, plot, flow varied, I can care about Samantha Moon, what happens to her I like many of the other characters, and find the suspense and drama compelling.
However- you knew there was going to be one - the writing or rather the editing of these books is horrible. It reads like a high school creative writing exercise. You know the scene in Amadeus where them Emperor comes to Mozart's first opera and complains that it has too many notes. Well it's kind of like that.
First, if you took all of the redundancies that Rain commits in these first eight works you could use that number to make a 9th book. There are the traditional "3:00 AM in the morning"and "continue on" kinds of mistakes that seem ubiquitous these days, but these are only a small portion of the redundancies, many so blatant ("descended down the stairs")one wonders how the cannot have jumped off the page and screamed "fix me, stupid!" I tried to track them for a while but finally just quit because the constant stopping made it impossible to read.
The use of "myself" instead of "me"', the unnecessary superlatives, the clichés scattered all through "naked as the day I was born" etc,,the unnecessary adjectives and adverbs; the word seemingly is seemingly used on every page, if not in every paragraph; these errors become excruciating after a while. Sometimes Rain combined the errors "rows upon rows of aisles that seemed endless" and even the occasional trifecta "row after row of endless shelving that stretched as far as the eye could see" cause cringe moments that almost make you feel sorry for the author they are so embarrassing.
The thing is, these errors may be acceptable (barely) for an author to make, Rain should be attending to the plot etc.,The fact that they made it through an editing process is both astounding and unforgivable.
And then there is the simple wrongness; for instance Rain consistently refers to blood as hemoglobin, which is only a component of that vital fluid. Worst of all is when Samantha Moon refers to her "super-secret identity". What is she "Vampire Girl".
Finally, good fantasy requires the suspension of disbelief. This is a commodity and cannot be abused by the author. Rain flogs it. First there are the basic questions: why, after six years, does all of this stuff kick off. It took her husband six years to get disgusted, why do her abilities start showing up now? Why has it taken Fang six years to fall in,live with her and look her up? Why after all of this time is she just know running into Sherbert? Why has she know nothing about the supernatural community.
The problem is that the writing is so bad that it detracts from the story, and so any interest I had in it was contaminated. The reader made it worse not better, her delivery was mundane, almost deadpan.
Overall the idea is a good one, the execution is horrible.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
I haven't read the print version of Moon Dance, but I don't see how it could be better than the audio version. The narrator in the audio version has the opportunity to flush out the plot, the characters and the heart aching situations that arrive better than to just see it in print.
The wife, through no fault of her own became a vampire and her husband began to judge her and pull away, despite how much she tried to maintain an attitude of a normal marraige.
I haven't listened to Dina Pealman prior to this performance, but felt she lent an extraordinary flavor to an other than ordinary occurance to a normal working woman.
Sam, the main character is very likeable. It is easy to root for her as she adjusts to her new life. She is not the typical new vampire of most stories who is young and unencumbered. Sam has a husband and family which is obviously problematic.
J.R. Rain's book Dead Detective also has a female protagonist who is going through a supernatural change and has husband who uses that as an excuse to act like a dick.
The story is told in a first person narrative resulting in Sam as the only character who is really fleshed out.
What happens to a mom who has her life turned upside down?
This story was a pleasant surprise, not great, but better than I expected. Nice narration.
Interesting start but felt unfinished. Limited character development, decent storyline & plot. Could have developed the love story angle...seemed sudden.
Current time. People don't believe in vampires or werewolves. Especially cops.
But 6 years ago, Samantha Moon was bitten and turned. Upside down. Had to leave her job as an investigator for HUD, and became a PI working from home. Now she loses her husband and 2 children. And she gains a werewolf/lawyer, a nosy cop, and has an online friend. Oh, and she learns to shapeshift and fly.
Still more sad than not. But engaging, and leaves you wanting to hunt up the next in the series.
Dina Pearlman is a good fit in her performance as narrator in this first person account. She gives further depth to each of the characters, including the mental mutterings.
Purchased on the cheap as Whispersync through BookGorilla.
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