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Charlaine Harris' Anthony Award-winning Sookie Stackhouse mysteries have become a fixture on the New York Times best-seller list and have inspired the acclaimed HBO series True Blood.

In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

But there's an even greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings - older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves - is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.

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©2009 Charlaine Schultz Harris; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Jennifer
  • Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 05-31-09

LEAST favorite of the series

This book barely answered any of my questions.. I really wanted Sookie and Eric to solidify their relationship but in the end if was the same Eric vs. Bill debate. I feel like this book was rushed.. when I finished it I just wanted more!

Bummer :(

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  • Melisa
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 05-14-09

Loved It!!

To begin with I am a big fan of Charlaine Harris. I have read all her sookie novels and this one is just as great..I am so happy that sookie and eric are somewhat of an item now..I think they are so meant to be together..I also loved the cliffhanger at the end..Cant wait for the next one to come out..

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It could have been better.........

I love the Sookie series and like all true die hard fans, I will continue to read/listen to the series. But, I have to say that I am not liking it as much as before. What happened to Sookie's character development? With each book and new drama/heartbreak, Sookie was maturing real well. In "All Together Dead" Sookie appeared to have grown a backbone and was able to stand on her own with "some" class. Now she sounds more like a backwards shrew. Especially with her reaction to Quinn's question. (He did have a valid point). Also, Where's the growth in her telepathy? Shouldn't that have gotten an extra boost by now. Overall, she is becoming my least favorite character.

Not a lot gets answered. Some issues just get more complicated. I loved that Eric plays a bigger part as does Bill. That little triangle is promising to be a real page turner. Her cousin Hunter was introduced in the last book but nothing happens in this one. The plot in this book is very intense and rough on everyone. I liked that a lot. The Were's coming out was a little anti-climatic. That was a little disappointing. Overall, the book was good but I am hoping the next one is longer and more enlightening. There are way too many questions left hanging.

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Eric! Eric! Eric! I love Eric!

Okay so I've been a Team Eric member and waited a bit unpationly for Him and Sookie to get a relationship going. Color me happy!

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Fantastic!

My favorite books in the series will always be 6&7 but, this one really delves into Sookie's family tree and clears up some some long running mysteries in the saga!

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I love Sookie's world

What made the experience of listening to Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9 the most enjoyable?

The narration by Johanna Parker is superb. She captures Sookie's essence perfectly.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This whole series does because all of the precarious situations Sookie finds herself in.

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

Sookie, but they're all good.

Any additional comments?

I've been watching the tv series too. I like it but it's not near as good as the books. Not even close.

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These books never disappoint

It's so interesting to reread all the series long after the True Blood HBO series is over. If you pay attention to the details in the books you see where the HBO writers took little threads from the book series and created the 'enriched' story lines for HBO. I always thinks of all the spin offs that could be done. Hunters story continued...more detailed backstory on Claudia and her brothers...Amelia, Bob, Octavia and the witches of Orleans story, so many potential stories.
The books that have been written since the end of both series ( Book & HBO) on characters are just silly. The Midnight Series were fantastic. The occasional intertwining of the Vampire characters was great. I just wish Ms Harris would continue Midnight or come up with a new series. Thank you again Ms Harris

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Poor Sookie

Ok she really cant catch a break. If this is the price for all that mind blowing sex she gets, no lets say its the perk. The girl NEEDS that ecstasy.

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Good addition to the series :)

3-3.5 stars

This was a good addition to the story. Sookie and Eric finally get together but because of the feelings tied up in their blood bond, Sookie feels like she should hold back from getting too deep. Jason's wife does get killed and Sookie feels the need to try to help find her killer. On top of that, the fairy issues brought into her life by her great-great-grandfather come to a head. Niall's enemies end up going after Sookie and she goes through some really bad crap before the end. There's a couple of losses so expect some mixed feelings.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I liked Eric and Sookie finally getting together in a relationship but some of their encounters/conversations seemed...awkward. Still pretty good but sometime there were small points or sentences that just didn't seem to fit. And Bill...he has to go and basically get hurt really bad for Sookie and now she seems to be thinking about him a bit too much IMO. Regardless on any issue though, I thought this was a good story and enjoyed it overall and will be continuing on with the series. :)

FYI, the last 30 minutes of the audio version is actually a preview of the next book.

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I love this series. I have enjoyed listening hour after hour after hour. Worth the purchase.