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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 in American Vampire, the sequel to Vampire Moon, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources, including her growing supernatural abilities, to locate the missing girl before it's too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front.

Now, with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death. And through it all, she discovers the identity of one mysterious man... a man she has grown to love.

Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.
©2011 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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excellent story but Audio irregularities

The story is interesting. The audio recording has numerous irregularities where it fades, sounds like the narrator is talking from a different room, or the equipment has been adjusted as the actor is speaking.

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Books getting shorter & shorter and more expensive

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Book series starts off a little longer at 6 something hours. Now they are under 5 hours and the price of the average 9-10 hour audio book. I understand it's a business, but I don't believe I will be buying any more of this series. The reader is good and the story is entertaining enough, but the 4.6 hours of listening is not worth the price. 5 good books could have taken the place for the 9 or 10 in this series.

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Series sale

Would you try another book from J. R. Rain and/or Dina Pearlman?

Yes.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Wanted to listen to the next book to see what her final decision was.

Was American Vampire worth the listening time?

Half and half

Any additional comments?

Got tired of listening to how curvy she was or how great her other form was. Didn't really care for how she reacted to her son's illness. Just seemed to be more descriptions than storyline.

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Short But Improving

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes because I've read the next couple and the author has improved.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting was Samantha's situation as a mother who was turned into a vampire and still has to take care of mommy stuff.<br/><br/>Least is the author's word padding.

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

I love her delivery actually.

Do you think American Vampire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There are several more in the series but J.R. Rain really needs to make novels instead of what are essentially paperback shorts.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the 3 star rating discourage you from reading the series. The stars are more about some annoying tendencies of the author to rehash things repeatedly. (see how I did that? :D)<br/><br/>The book is short and I still think the author pads words like a freshman English major. Still, I love the premise of the vampire who has to take care of her kids. Tragedy is hitting her hard and she is finally running into others of her kind. Of course, another cliff hanger ending.

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Fizzled

I enjoyed the first two books in this series as light-hearted entertainment to listen to while driving and working. The narration is excellent, and I do recommend Dina Pearlman as a narrator. In this book the inconsistencies and bizarre decisions by the main character are really off-putting. I finished it, but do not find myself interested enough in the cliff-hanger to go on.

In reviews for the previous two books, I saw that people commented on a man writing from a woman's perspective, and this may be the problem I had with the inter-personal relationships in this book especially. While I know that sexually appreciative descriptions of the opposite sex are the norm in this detective-style genre, they struck me as excessive in this book. This was especially awkward in her relationship with the older detective, which came across as creepy rather than endearing, crossing the line between fatherly mentor and sexual object with Sam's weird descriptions of him.

I hate to leave a bad review, but I was very disappointed that I used my credit for this book.

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What was she thinking?

Would you try another book from J. R. Rain and/or Dina Pearlman?

I would most likely try the 4th book in the series, but will not finish Book 3 and I'm no quitter! I downloaded it when I purchased the third book. I'm hoping for storyline improvement

Has American Vampire turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not at all

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

Her performance was fine

Any additional comments?

Here is a woman who has been a vampire for over a year (a former government agent) and who has been maintaining her work at home mom life. All of a sudden she loses her mind, takes justice into her own hands, divulges her utmost secrets to a complete stranger AND although she states multiple times she knows her son is VERY sick, leaves him with her sister because "there is a little girl out there" who needs her! Seriously? I admired her for having common sense and a working brain. It appears both have failed her in Book 3.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-03-12

I've been sucked in to a great series

This series is a delightful surprise and I'm really enjoying it. American Vampire is well written, and the character of Samantha Moon is entertaining and unique. Samantha is coming in to her own as a vampire and her character is really beginning to grow and develop. I'm looking forward to seeing how her relationships with Fang and Kingsley will turn out. As well as finding out what happens with her children and ex husband. The only problem I have with the book is that Mr. Rain has not fully embraced his female side. I don't know many women (If any) who would leave their fataly ill child in the hospital to go to work or visit with boyfriends. Other than that this is a very good book. I bought the next book in the series before I finished this one.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 08-01-12

Fun series with Female Vampire detective

Female married with children Federal Agent, gets turned into a Vampire. Messes with her work, her marriage, blah blah blah......But it really is an amazing series, has mystery, serious moments, and humor. I hope that this series continues to evolve. Every book just gets better and the narration is excellent Dina Perlman does great job

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  • Ann
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 06-19-12

Entertaining series

I've been a solid audio book listener for years, and have tired of several "sci-fi/fantasy" series that degraded amusingly enough into "too much sex and not enough violence". During my search for a new author I came upon J.R. Rain's first novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. I quickly opted for the 2nd and 3rd and have not been disappointed. As much credit as I want to give the author for the story, I don't want to short change the performance, which any listener with any experience knows, can make or break an audio book. So kudos on both fronts.

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  • Patricia
  • Boynton Beach, Fl, United States
  • 04-07-12

Another Great Book

Where does American Vampire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On top where it belongs!

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Vampire?

Can't pick out one particular moment, the whole book was great

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

Her voice is mesmerizing.

Any additional comments?

I wish there was more then 4 books to this series.