There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.
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"Anita's usual supporting cast is missing, and she's taking time out from her complex love life, but there's plenty of bloody action, vampires, werewolves, and Aztec ritual. Plus a lot more about Edward. Fans will find this installment similar to the earlier books in the series, particularly The Laughing Corpse." (Amazon.com review)
"[A] monstrously entertaining read." (Publishers Weekly)
great suspense thriller mixed with crime solving and preternatural horror. The perfect mix to have a villainous hero! The only annoying side to this performance is the cheesy music that pops in at predictable times. its obnoxious enough to distract from the seriousness of the story. other than that, this book excellent!
First let me say, I loved this book and this narrator. Unfortunately I HATE the narrator they replaced Kimberly Alexis with in the more recent releases. Audible in it's infinite wisdom will not set up a way for me to get those books out of my "recommendations based on previous ratings". Because I rated the early books so highly they feel that they HAVE to recommend the later books in the series based on those ratings. I've emailed Audible asking for a fix for this and got no response. At this point I don't think there is one book in my recommendations that I haven't already read/purchased someplace else or that I cannot stand the new narrators. So in order to get some new recommendations had to go back and trash a whole bunch of books that I love. This truly sucks and is something I did NOT want to do. I'm blaming this on Audible.
Nice blend of girl gone bad and hero at the same time. Enjoyed the book!
Ms. Alexis is a fantastic narrater!
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
This has all the great elements from the series without some of the more tedious parts. I confess that I sometimes grow tired of the never ending vampire power plays from some of the other books. While there is still some of that in this book it never gets so long and drawn out that you want to skip ahead. This book also introduces another great adversary for Anita who you can't wait to hear from again. In the first few books in the series I was not a fan of Ms Alexis but over the course of the series she has developed a real sense for Anita as well as the other characters in her universe. Sadly the producers of the books still insist on adding unneeded and overdone music and sound effects. At one point they actually drown out her performance.
This novel is the last Anita Blake novel to have a good plot until book 20. I'm not going to pretend to be morally or culturally superior like a lot of LKH's reviewers.... I own all 20 and have read them more than once. I really like almost all of the characters in this series and will undoubtedly buy them as long as LKH keeps writing them, but books 10 through, oh..18? will probably stay on the shelf from now on.
It seems like the books featuring Edward are much more slanted towards violence and away from porn, and as a by-product they end up with a pretty good plot. Lots of mystery and action away from the bedroom. This one is interesting from start to finish, largely because Anita is away from her "home" and all the attendant angst.
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I enjoyed knowing more about Edd.. it was a great story I hope there's more to come about Edd and the family.....Anita gets on my nerves sometimes with her attitude and how she acts all bad ass she's a softy too and doesn't like it,, she can be stubborn as hell for no reason but it is what it is
This was my first introduction to Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake and I tell you I'm totally hooked. I"ve already read a couple of the books and have purchased several others and can't wait.
I am in the process of re-listening to all of the Anita Blake books. I think all these books are great. However, Cynthia Holloway is the MUCH better narrator. The sound effects in books 1-9 are distracting and really get on my nerves.
This is another terrific book in the Anita Blake series. Getting to know more about Edward (Ted) was great. I can't get enough of Kimberly Alexis' narration. I just LOVE her. When the heck is the unabridged Narcissus in Chains ready by Kimberly Alexis coming out??? I need MORE!!!!!!!!!!! I listen to these audio books constantly!
The only thing that is bothering me in this audio book is that there is a missing chapter in Part 3 of the download. Chapter 58 is missing. One minute Anita is in the hallway ready to infiltrate the office and the next she is with Edward avoiding gunfire in a different scene... Hello? Where is the office scene and the entire chapter 58??? Can we fix this please?
I love all the Anita Blake books, and Kimberly Alexis does an excellent job reading them. I don't like the added music, it distracts from the book to me. And I really don't need to hear sound effects for blood spurts or gun fire, I understand what she means when she says she fired the gun or the blade went into someones chest. And the chapter missing is very off putting and frustrating, I thought I had broken my ipod.
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