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Preview — 13 Bullets by David Wellington
13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale, Library Edition (Laura Caxton / Vampires #1)
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 even
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
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 ...more
Comenzamos "oyendo" una grabación hecha hace 20 años por el agente Arkeley, FBI, especializado en vampiros. Nos cuenta con lujo de detalles gráficos y sangrientos su enfrentamiento con un vampiro llamado Lares, y lu ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Date April 18, 2011
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There is action and excitement. The characters are interesting and one of the main characters is even (gasp) a strong female character. Which is ...more
If you're looking for ...more
In this world, there are true vampires with skin that is stronger than steel (kinda dumb, I know, and it should make killing them absolutely impossible), and half-deads, which are the literary equivale ...more
A warning for those that are into the Twilight/Anita Blake vampires, these vampires are not sexy or romantic. Wellington has cast them as vicious animals that have more in common with Cujo than Dracula.
Update: Although I'm a fan of Wellington's zombie books, I just could never get into this story.
His career began in 2004 when he started serializing his horror fiction online, posting short chapters of a novel three times a week on a friend’s blog. Response to the projec ...more