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Moon Dance Audiobook

Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

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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 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.

Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.

©2009 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 10-20-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 10-20-12 Member Since 2015

    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)

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    "A solid 4 star, too short for 5 stars"

    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.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    YaYaMamaSara 03-31-12 Member Since 2013

    Sara A :)

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    "Highly Enjoyable Vamire Series!"

    If you are looking for an exciting Vampire Series, this one is very entertaining. I enjoyed them all. The narrator did a great job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-26-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "Different twist on vampire theam"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A.B. Normal 07-27-14
    A.B. Normal 07-27-14

    Yeah, that's what I think. Live with it.

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    "Good character, horrible writer,"

    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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-07-12
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-07-12

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "REMEMBER, EVEN VAMPIRES HAVE FAMILY!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Dance to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Dance?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "great read. "

    i cant wait to read the next book i. this serier. I hope she kills her husband!♡

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    Becky Bernauer 04-13-17
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    "Great book!"

    I really enjoyed this book and audible performance was awesome! Loved the humor and the plot.

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-17
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    "wonderful book"

    I've been reading vampire for hire series for years and keep waiting for the next one to come out. each one is great. the only thing I would change in any of them is the length, I would make them longer. I hate when I come to the end wishing that it was longer. but I wait for the next and then when it's about to come out I will start the whole series over from book one to the new one. plz keep them coming.

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    Dwight Hicks 03-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "supernatural mystery"

    a little slow but definitely very cool to mix the twist of a murder mystery with a supernatural vampire story. bonus, female antagonist

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    TVNerd95 02-03-17
    TVNerd95 02-03-17 Member Since 2016

    I listen as I commute everyday and travel for work.

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    "Great New Series for Me !!!"

    I love the Jim Knighthorse series so thought I would give this book a try. J.R. Rain did not disappoint. Samantha Moon is a normal person just trying to survive life even though she isn’t technically alive anymore. The character is very well written and J.R. Rain does a great job of describing a normal life while at the same time weaving a mythology of werewolves and vampires into the mix. The mythology of the paranormal is so well written it doesn’t seem out of place in the modern story or too farfetched to be believed.

    The imagery and scenery is very well described and helps paint a picture so much you could almost see Samantha’s office and house in your mind. I love Samantha’s relationship with her sister and was glad to see her sister love her while still wanting to be creeped out by the vampire thing. Her relationship with her husband was heartbreaking to read and you almost felt Samantha’s pain as the relationship deteriorated. I admire how Samantha did not lose her humanity or her motherly instinct – she truly loves her children and they are her anchor to the reality.

    The mystery seems a little too easy and doesn’t add much to the story but that is okay because the focus of the book is on getting introduced to Samantha Moon’s world.

    There were two downsides to the story to me and the first one was the werewolf thing was totally predictable and not surprising at all. The second one was the love story. I didn’t buy the love story though – it did not resonate with me at all. I totally felt like she had way more chemistry with the vampire hunter and the police detective than she did with Kingsley. Their romance just seemed like the author threw it in there at the last minute.

    The narrator Dina Pearlman is fabulous and did a wonderful job with the voices so much so I never got confused about who was talking.

    Overall a good story and kept me interested in continuing the series. Well done Mr. Rain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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