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Seven Kinds of Hell: Fangborn, Book 1 | [Dana Cameron]

Seven Kinds of Hell: Fangborn, Book 1

When archaeologist Zoe Miller’s cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She is a werewolf and a daughter of the "Fangborn", a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles. Zoe’s attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts - including Pandora’s Box, an object of world-ending power.
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Publisher's Summary

When archaeologist Zoe Miller’s cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She is a werewolf and a daughter of the "Fangborn", a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles.

Zoe’s attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts - including Pandora’s Box, an object of world-ending power. With the fate of humanity in the balance, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against a dark and nefarious foe.

At once captivating, deftly worded, and character-rich, Seven Kinds of Hell expands vampire legend and werewolf noir in both intensity and charismatic bite.

©2013 Dana Cameron (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Seven Kinds of Hell is a great adventure. Dana Cameron’s supernatural heroes are refreshingly different, and the action is astonishing." (New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris)

"Dana Cameron can pull me into a story like few other writers. Wildly creative, thrilling, and fun, the Fangborn series is one you won’t want to miss!" (New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen)

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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 03-23-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "A beastly Lara-Croft-Lite series first"

    I read a lot of paranormal fantasy (well, I read a lot of scifi of all types) and I had a hard time getting "into" this story. This is the first in a new series by a young author, and is reasonably well written. However, the characters are a bit immature. The book is not YA, per se, but the characters are in their 20's, fresh out of grad school and all seem rather puerile, both in their reactions and dialogue. The protagonist, Zoe, is also a bit too 'whiny" in much of the novel for my tastes ("oh, Will can't find out about my beast side...)

    This book does have a lot of good action scenes and globetrotting, which makes it worth the member's list price. The addition of archeological history (the protagonist is a professional archaeologist) is a positive addition for me as well as the world-building aspect of the "fangborn" (those of beastly, vampiric or oracular bent.) I will more than likely check out the 2nd volume in this series to see where Cameron takes her world building and in hopes for some better character development and a thicker plot.

    The narrator does a fair job with the male and female characters.



    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 03-13-13
    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.

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    "Can't wait for the next one!"

    I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files and the Iron Druid Chronicles and enjoyed this just as well. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-14-14
    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Meh..."

    I purchased this book during a recent sale of books first in a series. I am a big fan of the supernatural genre and I really enjoy a good series so I usually purchase a few sale books each year to see if there are any that I have been missing. The reviews of this book weren't great but it had an interesting story line so I decided to go for it.

    Unfortunately, what really ruined this book for me was the reader. She has an odd way of annunciating her words, sort of clipped like she's almost swallowing them, and she was over the top on the drama. I might of liked the main character better if the reader hadn't made her sound so whiney.

    That being said, the book wasn't great either. It started out slowly and just never really got off the ground. The action scenes were predictable, none of the characters are very likeable, the supernatural world is way over the top, and the ending was really a lead in to the next book. On the plus side it wasn't heavy on sex and the main character did seem to grow as the book progressed.

    If you are a fan of the supernatural genre with action I would highly recommend the Monster Hunter International or Iron Druid series. Both have excellent readers and are fun, exciting, and entertaining. If you are into the supernatural strong heroine type of series try out the Jane Yellowrock series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 07-08-13
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable start to a new series."
    If you could sum up Seven Kinds of Hell in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed this novel. Zoe Miller is a likable protagonist. The story is fun, light and well done. I loved Cameron's colonial noir short stories and the Emma Fielding series. Paranormal is not my favorite genre but Cameron pulls this off and I liked the archaeology theme.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. The pathos in her voice should have been dialed down.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Weatherly Belgium 02-15-14
    N. Weatherly Belgium 02-15-14

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    "Painful"
    What would have made Seven Kinds of Hell better?

    A different narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dana Cameron again?

    Probably not. Her idea was a good one, but her execution left much to be desired.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice she chose for the main character was annoying and at times painful. It was like watching a car crash. You want to look away, but you can't.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The idea of the story was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Just when I thought I would be able to overlook the poor narration the storyline became unbelievable. I Ike stories with strong female characters, but this books main character just seemed needy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cat Derby, CT, United States 04-14-15
    Cat Derby, CT, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Friends, enemies, fur and fangs"

    A slightly different way of looking at werewolves, vampires and the like. A bit of treasure hunting and lost loves thrown in for good measure. Who to trust? Not even sure about yourself? Lots of action and yet I must rate it good, worth a read but can't rave and not sure why.....
    The reader had some odd cadence to her voice at times that was distracting and you felt she wanted to do a don Diego impersonation, but other than that was a good match to the character. One thing I liked about her was the pacing- Not too fast or slow.
    I am going to try the second book, so I liked it well enough to follow-up the story. It feels like this author may develop more strongly as you get into the series.

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    barefootlove 03-21-15
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    A slightly different spin on shape changers, great story keeps the plot moving and narration is well done, enhancing the story rather than distracting from it.

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    Susan Sunland, CA, United States 03-01-15
    Susan Sunland, CA, United States 03-01-15
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    "Action Packed with the perfect amount of Romance"

    This was a non-stop adventure, with a lot of on the edge of your seat scenes. I enjoyed every minute of this book and look forward to the next one with great anticipation!

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    Katharine 01-07-15
    Katharine 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good listen"

    listened while driving Chicago to Newport, RI and it kept me awake! interesting story

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    A. Sunmonu 06-13-14
    A. Sunmonu 06-13-14 Member Since 2015

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    "a good "listen""

    The narrator was good, but kept distracting me with wrong pronunciation of words....like pronouncing "provenance" as 'provenance', or "shards" as "shirds"....
    I also didn't like the 'whininess' of the heroine at times....perhaps it was the narrator's portrayal or perhaps the writer's doing, it is hard to decide...but for someone who supposedly grew up street savvy, has a werewolf side and is supposed to be pretty intelligent, it was a little jarring listening to the whiny, helpless emotionally overcharged character that surfaced often....
    The good news is, it is enough of a good read and a feasible plot to make it a worthwhile listen.

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    "Bit slow"

    This story is a bit slow, and has whole sections where you find yourself zoning out for a while. I also didn't like the narrator. Her voice is annoying and her British accents are dreadful. Don't think I'll bother with any of the other books in this series.

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  • Paul Harrison
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    "Decent Story, frustrating Narator"
    Where does Seven Kinds of Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an story, this is not a bad tale. It's a little bit like a book aimed at teenagers but throw in some swearing and say it's for adults. The storyline is good and sets the scene for subsequent books and I'll probably have a listen to them as there is enough of a hook to make me want to find out what happens next.


    What other book might you compare Seven Kinds of Hell to, and why?

    I can't think of a specific book to compare this to, but it's an interesting take on the Werewolf / Vampire (and now Oracle) genre. Think Underworld without quite as much violence and throw in a bit of shooting around Europe.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    Now this is the sticking point with this Audiobook. It's like listening to a Text-To-Speech program. Kate's voice has a very distinctive choppy style where she seems to think that every syllable of every word MUST be pronounced, which makes it very unnatural. And as another reviewer has commented the word is "SHARD" with an "A" not "SHIRD", along with other plainly wrong pronunciations. You can excuse the French train stations, but not simple English words.


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

    The story does keep you wanting to listen, (despite the pronunciation), so I guess as a reaction the story made me feel excited to find out what happens next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
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    "Highly Recomended"

    Great narrator and very good story, looking forward to the second one. The story moves along and a high pace keeping the listener glued to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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