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13 Bullets (Laura Caxton #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  3,630 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Arkeley nailed the last vampire, in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise. When a state trooper named Laura Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment. Who else? He's been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows ...more
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Published January 1st 2006 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Mar 04, 2009 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire killers
Recommended to Matthew by: Saw the third one in a book store
Shelves: horror, vampires
If you like vampire stories because they show vampires in a sympathetic light, make them lovable, understandable, marriageable or sparkly, this is not your book.

If on the other hand, you appreciate the more subtle attractions of a race of beings that never die on their own, are obsessed with eating their favorite food all day night, are only interested in their pre-vampire friends is as an entree or as a new recruit, and who repeatedly draw the negative attention of hunters who have a visceral d
Jul 21, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gruesome-horror
I can sum up this book and my review in one phrase - the author's imagination exceeds his writing ability.

The book is full of contradictions, usually one after another and I was extremely annoyed by this. For example, near the beginning, "Every one of his teeth was sharpened to a point. It wasn’t like in the movies at all." And in the very next paragraph, "We all knew what we were getting into, he told me; we’d all seen plenty of movies before."

The dialogue was boring and flat. People do not ta
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
I have not, hitherto, considered myself to be a reader of horror fiction - mostly because I'm a wimp and I don't want to have nightmares. But I really enjoyed this one.

To be honest, it's gory rather than scary, per se. Body count in triple figures, mostly courtesy of vampires who are actual monsters. These are not your wishy-washy sparkly vampires: these are predators. (Admittedly, I have a few minor quibbles with the way Wellington does vampires, but really, it's his train set and he can play w
Mily Lou
Apr 05, 2011 Mily Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mily by: NO ONE
Date April 17, 2011

Great book!!!!

Date April 18, 2011


13 Bullets

I had a hard time rating this book. I wanted to give this book a 5 star,then looking through all the book, I finally decided on a 4 star. I always try to give these authors an honest rating. I usually try to take about one day to look over the book, and write down why I giving this book this rating.

Here's my April review.

This book is pretty interesting. I saw some of the reviews for this book, and I sadly disagree with a few
Ally Armistead
Jul 03, 2007 Ally Armistead rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chris
A very graphic vampire/crime/thriller tale, that--despite having very two-dimensional cop and vampire characters and too many plot twists to keep up with!--contributes quite a lot to the vampire genre. Namely, (1) the method of becoming a vampire is one of hypnosis and willing suicide instead of traditional bloodletting and exchanging, (2) vampires are hideous, not the beautiful aristocratic creatures of modern society, (3) vampiric ancestors are brought to life when their descendents feed on hu ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Brainycat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of monster horror, supernatural action/thriller
I started the first 20% 13 Bullets a few weeks ago but had to put it down for a while. I picked it back up and finished it in a couple of hours. It's a great horror/thriller in the classic "old warrior/new recruit" vein.

Special Agent Jameson Arkeley (shades of Arkham Asylum show up all over this book, and not just in the alliterative sense) is America's foremost expert on the discovery and eradication of vampires. The vampires in this story are not the classically romantic, emo twinged rockstars
Apr 17, 2012 Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Durante veinte años he creído que estábamos a salvo, pero ahora me doy cuenta de que tan sólo estaba tomándose su tiempo para reunir fuerzas.»

Si hay algo que tiene este libro es acción. Acción de la bien hecha, de la que te hace sentir que estás viendo una película más que leyendo una novela, de la que te hace concentrar y compenetrar hasta tal punto en la historia que cualquier ruido externo te hace saltar hasta el techo.

Comenzamos "oyendo" una grabación hecha hace 20 años por el agente Arkel
Oct 31, 2015 Jim rated it did not like it
I just couldn't take it any more halfway through. In many ways, it was a very good story. The author has come up with very unique, nasty vampires & helpers that were great; seriously innovative & perfectly gruesome with excellent history. The main characters were interesting & likable. The supporting ones were well done & there was a great balance among them, too. The plot was excellent. The narrator was very good. I'm very impressed by all of this.

Unfortunately, there were too m
Nov 15, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
This tale introduces us to Jameson Arkeley, a U.S. Marshal and well-known vampire hunter, and Laura Caxton, a Pennsylvania state trooper and apparently a person of interest to vampires. The two meet when Caxton stops a car during a routine road check and finds 3 corpses in the trunk. The driver escapes but Laura quickly realizes something is wrong. Arkeley is determined to wipe out any vampires still in existence. Caxton quickly becomes his protege, although their relationship is not very friend ...more
Huge fan of this series. I thought Monster Island was great but that the sequels fell short of the promise in their rush to be gonzo-- this vampire series manages to walk that knife edge with deftness. Character driven, with escalating confrontations: the X-Files as done by Guillermo del Toro. --MK
Mike (the Paladin)
Hummm, well this was a pretty good book. It's violent, gross, bloody and so on. Still a pretty good plot.

As is common now in many if not most vampire books/stories we get a "new" take on vamps that doesn't stick with the traditional or Stoker-esque model of vamps. These are more like the younger vamps in Storker's model, but with the strength and often the cunning of the older vamps. These are not the sweet, kind, romantic vamps. There's no overt sex appeal here. Neither do we exactly have the s
Clark Hallman
Wellington’s vampires are quite different from the vampires you may have experienced in Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot or even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They are not as stealthy or sophisticated as Stoker and King portrayed them to be. They are not a stupid and easy to kill as the vampires Buffy battled. Wellington’s vampires are almost impossible to kill with a wooden stake in your hand, or even with firearms and other weapons. They also are not affected by crosses or garli ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten what real vampires were like until I got my hands on this book.

Wellington's vampires are a stark reminder of what vampires are supposed to be. Granted, they aren't as romanticized as their predecessors, but I can't hold that against him, sometimes you need a villain who is purely evil.

The novel has something I've never experienced before in fiction: a sense of doom from page one. You pick up this book and realise that something is going to go horribly wrong at some point. And i
Noe Crockett
Feb 23, 2009 Noe Crockett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I would give this book three stars because the storyline was a little silly at some points, but I decided to go with four stars because it was so completely addictive that I finished it in record time.

So here's the story, an old FBI agent and young lesbian (I don't know why that's important enough for me to put in here) highway patrol trooper are hunting down some vampires who have run amok in rural Pennsylvania (or Pennsyltucky as referred to in the book).

The coolest thing for me abou
When the lesbian Pennsylvania Highway Office left for work, she didn't know her life as she knew it was over. *Spoiler* After a night dealing with the undead, the only known Vampire Hunter in the US, and a depressed girlfriend, she should have guessed it was all the girlfriend's fault- it's always the girlfriend when it isn't the butler!

This book was so gory that I could only read during daylight hours. Never have vampires seemed so unlikeable! Part of series, I doubt that I'll finish it. In fac
Donna Tallent
Oct 18, 2016 Donna Tallent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great vampire novel for my library!! Caxton was a great character, it's nice to see a strong female character that didn't go soft. I also thought the vampires in this novel were different than in most novels and provided more scientific research as I would normally expect to see for a book set in modern times. The only thing that kept this book from being a 5 is Arkeley, I thought his character was flat and most of the times just annoying.

"Evil is never satisfied. Evil has no ending, no
Mar 17, 2009 Tressa marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, vampires
Been in a reading slump, and what I have read has just been eh. Husband raved about this book and I've always wanted to read the series, so here I am. Starts off with a bang! and I'm really enjoying it.

Update: Although I'm a fan of Wellington's zombie books, I just could never get into this story.
Dec 26, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by David Wellington. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I thought this was excellent. And I'll certainly read more.
Nov 24, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good attempt at moving vampires back to horror. We need more books like this.
Sam Bowring
It was all right. I liked the completely unromanticised portrayal of vampires. We don't really get to know them much as individual characters, though, and it kinda feels like we should, because each part of the book is named after a different one, plus we learn a bit of their human history. As the vampires we meet, however, they're pretty much all just HI I'M EVIL and that's it. The story is told from a traffic cop turned rookie vamp hunter's POV, so I do realise she's unlikely to find time to s ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 4 days

Publisher - Piatkus

Pages - 373

Blurb from Goodreads

All the official reports say they are dead-extinct since the late '80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.
When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment-who else? He's been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs
Illise Montoya
Oct 14, 2010 Illise Montoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, lgbt
Laura Caxton is an ordinary state trooper.  She believes in the work she does, and works hard to earn the approval of her superiors.  One night, during a routine sobriety check, a driver rolls up, then veers around in an attempt to avoid troopers.  Officers chase the driver down, and it becomes a foot chase that leads into the woods.  The culprit gets away, leaving three mangled corpses in his trunk.  It’s what’s found discarded in the woods, however, that leads the troopers to call in the Feds. ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Summer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alright, I'll be upfront with this. If you don't like (view spoiler) you won't like this book. Up until that happened, it was a pretty good book, with innovative vampire worldbuilding. The ending ruined it for me, but in case that's something you can look past, here are the good parts of the book:

Big bald hard-as-stone Nosferatu-looking vamps that have to be killed with jackhammers. They're refreshingly unromanticized and awful.

The vampires fight clev
Dec 18, 2010 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good horror story and Wellington has the writing chops and loopy, off-kilter imagination required to provide one. His Monster Island zombie books offer twists and turns and strongly developed characters that truly feel fresh amidst a genre revival that is already rapidly tiring, only a few years after its birth.

With 13 Bullets Wellington takes aim at a genre that has also enjoyed a strong revival in the last decade or so, but for my money with much less satisfying results than the zombi
I stumbled across David Wellington by pure fluke, but I think I'll keep reading him.

This is what vampire stories should be... vampires who don't care about humans, who just want to rip pieces of our bodies off to get at our blood. Vampires who raise half-dead minions to do their bidding, who can hypnotize with a glance, who are ugly and vicious and, and and...

This is actually the first book in a series and introduces us to Special Deputy Arkeley and Trooper Caxton, the first touted as the uber s
Mike Kazmierczak
Dec 11, 2013 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action in 13 BULLETS starts from the very beginning and only lets up long enough for you to catch your breathe. It then starts again and sucks you into all the excitement and suspense. This pace keeps up until the very end where it ends a little suddenly. Despite the build up and satisfying climax, I still wanted more. Through the entire book, Wellington keeps you highly engaged and interested in what is happening.

A routine drunk checkpoint starts events on a roll with Trooper Laura Caxton a
Nov 02, 2009 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I read Vampire Zero A Gruesome Vampire Tale accidentally first, so have gone back and started from the beginning with 13 Bullets.

I found this book far more gruesome than Vampire Zero, and was seriously grossed out in parts (which takes some doing!).

What I really like about these books is that the vampires aren't all pretty, shiny, misunderstood creatures; they are monsters who lust for blood. The vampires in these stories remind me of the ones in the movie 30 Days of Night where the vampires are
Neil Carstairs
Jan 15, 2017 Neil Carstairs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Proper gory horror with rip-your-head-off vampires who gorge on blood and an interesting take on the re-animation of "dead" vamps. The main protagonist, Laura Caxton, stumbles her way through most of the story and pulls a few get-out-of-jail cards that were a bit hard to take towards the end. The vampires in this story get by with plenty of help from the half-dead (zombies) they get to create in ever increasing numbers. These guys are easy to kill and only last a week before they rot away but pr ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had written a review for this book but it somehow doesn't show on my feed. This is an excellent book of hunter versus vampire. Strong characters and a dark and really twisted take on the eternal evil of the undead. Jameson Arkeley and his partner Laura Caxton are searching for the cause of strange deaths. Arkeley carries the wounds, missing fingers and all from fighting vampires. He is shunned and ridiculed by his government coworkers in the job he does, until he starts producing res ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
The writing within 13 Bullets was a marked improvement over that of Frostbite, but there is still something a bit disjointed and awkward about Wellington's style. It seems to lack a certain natural flow. I also find his use of metaphors to be just plain odd.

I was somewhat ambivalent about the characters involved in the story. I think Wellington would benefit from placing a little more emphasis on his characterization. None of the characters felt authentic. They read like caricatures.

However, Wel
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