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Bloodlist (Vampire Files #1)

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Flavoring the hard-boiled detective story with a taste of the supernatural, this is the first book in the highly entertaining Vampire Files series. "I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was--get this--a vampire. But did I listen? No. "Before you know it, I'm being chased by an ugly thug with a gun, and a bullet ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1990)
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Jim
Another fun adventure with Jack, newspaperman turned vampire in 1930's Chicago. It was well read by the same guy who still seems to think a Boston accent is the same as an English one, but that was the only rough part.

The story has plenty of twists, turns, & action in it. The characters are likeable or not, as the case may be, but are pretty well drawn & interesting. The world seems quite authentic, although I'm no expert. It's fun reading about the old cars & such.

I'd listen to the
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Dane
Oct 09, 2012 Dane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that does exactly what it sets out to do. It's a 1930's detective story where the main character happens to be a vampire, and... well that's what it is. It's straightforward, and it's enjoyable. You've got guns, and gangsters, and murder, and mystery, and a love interest or two, and it's all just fun. I wouldn't say it's great writing, and the characters aren't that deep, and the plot isn't really that clever, but it gets the job done, and if you go into it knowing the basic idea, ...more
Karissa
Bloodlist is the first book on the Vampire Files series by P.N. Elrod. They all feature newly turned vampire Jack Flemming. This book was okay. A bit different from what I was expecting based on the few short stories I've read featuring Jack Flemming. I listened to this on audio book; and the audio book was very well done.

Jack Flemming wakes up dead on a beach, or should I say undead. Someone has murdered him and, because of his association with a female vampire in his past, instead of dying Jac
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Anne
Sep 21, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Jack Flemming, is a reporter in Chicago during the Depression Era. He wakes up one morning with no memory of the past week...oh, and he is also a vampire.
I think the story was suposed to be a mobster mystery with a little dash of paranormal thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. The characters all felt flat, and I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to them. The whole vampire angle didn't help the plot along at all, either. Toward the
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Heidi
Nov 16, 2009 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this. One of the worst books I've ever attempted to read.

Edit: I gave it another shot and finished. Still possibly the worst book I've ever read.
Jodi
Dec 22, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Fleming, a reporter in 1930's Chicago knew that he would become a vampire after he died, he just didn't think it would happen so quickly. Unfortunately, after awakening undead, he doesn't remember who killed him or why and he'd really like to know. He ends up becoming friends with a private agent who takes Jack on as a client. If Jack can keep them both from being killed in the process of solving Jack's murder, it will definitely be a win for the good guys. I'd read Elrod's Gentleman Vampir ...more
Hester
While its protagonist is a vampire, it does not feel like part of the recent vampire trend, probably because it was written twenty years ago. Set in the 1930s, it is an interesting twist on the typical noir story in that the protagonist is an amnesiac vampire who has to investigate his own recent murder. The other male lead seems to be a British version of William Powell. I found myself mildly nauseated by the vampire sex scences, which when you think about it, is really how it ought to be. Whil ...more
Jessica
Apr 17, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire, paranormal
so yeah... I couldn't finish this. its possible the plot and character were utterly enrapturing but the writing was so tedious I just failed to notice redeeming qualities. the author gave crazy detailed passages to seemingly insignificant things yet barely any mention at all of the big one. I mean it was like page twenty before I even found out the main characters name. by page sixty where I quit I knew that he had been a journalist, had a vamp girlfriend who disappeared five year before, and so ...more
Petula Darling
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This book had a different take on vampires than the usual lore, which was interesting. However, overall, it didn't do much for me. The story wasn't bad, it was just kind of boring.

The part that was bad was the audiobook's narrator. His manner of speech was so robotic at times that it was almost comical.
Ambyr
You know, I tried really, really hard to like this book. It didn't happen. From the "I'm bored even thought it's happening to me" tone to the "hey, would you look at that, I've a giant hole in me. Huh, whaddaya know?" bit... I just couldn't get into it.
Yodamom
Jun 30, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
written for the time period after the depression, a detective novel with a vamp twist. Not you typical Vamp book. It reads like the ol' gum shoe books, interesting and cunfusing because of the different type of living/speech then. The characters draw you into the story well and carry it well.
Kathy Davie
Aug 30, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1930s noir and a vampire with a heart who interacts with the mob.

P. N. Elrod is amazing in her depiction of the time period. You can see, smell, feel, and hear it as you read.

Mob wars in Chicago complicate Jack's life.
Gothika
Mar 19, 2014 Gothika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-list
This book is really slow.
I'ts basically the good guy,turned into a vampire,keeps being good,and fights the bad.
No twists, the flattest plot I ever read.
Miriam
Oct 19, 2009 Miriam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
I know I read a couple books in this series when they first came out, but I don't recall which ones, or much beyond the identity of the main character.
Matt Schiariti
As usual, I'm late to the party. A friend recommended I read this (and the series as a whole) as its one of her favorites so I gave it a shot. I'm a fan of mysteries and vampires/urban fantasy so it seemed to be right up my alley.

Overall, I felt the book to be pretty solid. It didn't knock my socks off but I enjoyed it.

Jack Flemming wakes up on a beach in depression era Chicago. His memory of the past few days is hazy. Why's he on the beach? Why are his clothes all torn up? Most importantly, why
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Jami Zehr
BloodList by P.N. Elrod as read by Barrett Whitener (08:39:59), was the first eaudiobook that I listened to on my new SmartPhone after I discovered that my library carried a wealth of eaudiobooks that I could listen to for free. It was the first book I saw which was available and so I downloaded it based on the description and a brief sample of Whitener’s reading of it.

Jack Fleming, is a reporter in 1936 Chicago who is trying to find his own murderer after coming back to life. While he knew the
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Joel Neff
Nov 24, 2013 Joel Neff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read Bloodlist, it was brand new on the shelves in my local B. Dalton Bookstore. It was, in other words, a long time ago. However, it was also one that I re-read several times, along with its sequels, as I got older. I loved the then-new and still uncommon, setting of Chicago in the 30s, with gangsters and radio stars and, oh yeah, vampires. I loved how different it was from other major vampire series out at the time, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. I loved the main character, J ...more
Gareth Otton
This novel had a great many pros and cons and strangely it was some of the pros that led to some of the cons.

Set in the 1930s, the author has done an excellent job of catching the feel of the period. It felt as though I was reading a story actually written at the time as more than just the dialogue and description had been written for the period, the narrative had as well. Therein lies the paradox.

In doing such a good job of capturing the era the author has also captured the pitfalls of that e
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Paula
Dec 14, 2015 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Man...this is the worst vampire book ever. And it had such promise. Newly minted vamp, 1930s setting in Chicago, charming gangsters, potential for romance... I gave it two stars because Elrod did do a good job of capturing the atmosphere of the time, and I found that kind of interesting. But the rest? Meh. The writing is pretty flat and we're given copious amounts of tedious detail on everything but the things we're interested in. Like what kind of entertaining mischief could you get into if you ...more
Jill Dunlop
Mar 25, 2011 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Flemming wakes up wet, with no recollection of how he got that way. His clothes are torn and bloody; his body is badly beaten and bruised. As he is running away from a man and is shot with a bullet amazingly he is unharmed. Turns out Jack died and is now a vampire. Jack knows his death was no accident but he doesn’t know why he was murdered. Now he is on a mission to find out what happened with the help of his new friend.

I am sure some of you might be wondering about this unusual choice of
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Nick
While suffering from several flaws common to the first book in a series, it's pretty good. The basic setup is that the main character wakes up outside Chicago and realizes that he's now a vampire. Oddly, the vampire bit doesn't faze him, because he'd been hoping to become one. No, really, he had this really unusual girlfriend and...well, you'll have to read that part for it to make sense.
No, the problem is that someone seems to have killed him in the first place, which is how he changed from an
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Sandra
This takes place in the 1930's and has a great old-gangster feel to a lot of it, without going overboard with respect to cheap cliches. I had listened to a modern times short story about Jack in Many Bloody Returns and enjoyed it, so wanted to check this out. Definitely worth it. Although I'm annoyed that the library has book 1 and than skips to book 6, I'll buy #2 and hope it continues to be just as good. All the characters are well developed, in particular Jack and Escott. And it has just the ...more
Cheryl
Bloodlist by P.N. Elrod is the first book in the Vampire Files series. The story is set in a gangster-dominated Chicago of the 30s, and revolves around Jack Fleming, a vampire. In Vampire Files #1, Jack wakes up and realizes that he is dead, and a vampire. He has to work out what happened, and why, and learn the new rules that govern a vampire's life. The tone is wry, the story is interesting, the premise is intriguing, and the supporting cast of characters add to the fun. This is a good twist o ...more
Twilight2000
Aug 16, 2010 Twilight2000 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Vickie
Oct 31, 2015 Vickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
I like paranormal books and I cannot lie. I love new-to-me premise paranormal books. Historical paranormal can be fab of ick, like any kind of genre I guess. It works really well here in a setting of the 1930s: mob bosses, memories of "speaks" during Prohibition, torch singers...and vampires.
It starts fairly abruptly with Jack Fleming, ace reporter, waking to find himself with little to no memory of how he came to be where he is and a strange feeling inside.
I liked his self-discovery of how to
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Jonathan Scotese
Back in the day Jack the journalist had a relationship with a vampire. She made it so he would rise as a vampire after he died. Jack just woke up, he'd been killed by mobsters. He has no memory of his last four days, and begins his quest to figure out what happened,who killed him and why.

More than anything else this reminded me of playing a video game using cheat codes. It seems like a regular noir mystery except that the main character is immune to bullets, can turn invisible and can move throu
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Olethros
-Noir clásico mezclado con colmillos.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. A finales de los años treinta y cerca de las orillas del lago Míchigan, en Chicago, Jack Fleming es atropellado y disparado con una pistola del calibre 45. Pero entre dudas, problemas de memoria y algo de desorientación, descubre que parece haberse convertido en un vampiro, lo que le puede servir de ayuda para tratar de entender qué le ha sucedido y tratar de aclarar la situación, mientras va experimentando sus
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Thalia
Oct 04, 2011 Thalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I read several of P N Elrod's Vampire Files books back in the early 1990's. Some may remember this as the pre-vampire-fetish era, before Twilight. Vampires were written about with fear, loathing, eroticism (hello, Dracula), and such, but not so much with massive "vampires are hot" fanbase.

In today's vampire-novel-ridden environment, people might pass these over. They are about a private eye-turned-vampire in 1930's Chicago, and they are quite entertaining, or at least I remember them as such. 3.
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Heather
Jul 16, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Full review on my blog: http://myfun-sizelife.blogspot.com/20...

Partial review (the part that gets to the point):
This semi-noir detective novel is fairly short at about 200 pages. It’s well-written with decent character development – not spectacular but good enough to pull you in and make you care. There’s humor, a bit of romance, and lots of 1930’s mobster action along with much of the standard vampire fare and some not-so-standard vampire tricks. The author does a great job of putting superna
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Wendy Perkins
Jul 23, 2009 Wendy Perkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
One of the early entries into the "good guy vampire" genre. It's more of a detective story than any other kind, which is fine because it's a good detective story. The main character gets to solve his own murder. How much more personally invested can one get? The characters are likable, and the story is engaging and very re-readable; though, the more I reread it, the more confusing the opening sequence becomes: How did the bad guys know our main character was going to be at the beach, and why wou ...more
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Patricia Nead Elrod is an American fantasy writer specializing in novels about vampires. Her work falls into areas of fantasy and (in some cases) mystery or historical fiction, but normally not horror, since her vampires are the heroes. -Wikipedia
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