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13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale (Laura Caxton / Vampires #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  2,884 ratings  ·  273 reviews
The official reports say the last vampire was killed by a fed named Arkeley in the 80s. But tonight, it looks otherwise. When state trooper Laura Caxton calls the FBI for help in the middle of the night, Arkeley gets the assignment.
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Published March 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2007)
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Matthew
Mar 13, 2009 Matthew rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire killers
Recommended to Matthew by: Saw the third one in a book store
Shelves: vampires, horror
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
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Ally Armistead
Jul 17, 2007 Ally Armistead rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Brainycat
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
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Debbie
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
Lau
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 Arkeley, FBI, especializado en vampiros. Nos cuenta con lujo de detalles gráficos y sangrientos su enfrentamiento con un vampiro llamado Lares, y lu
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Allison
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
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Kathryn
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
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Noe Crockett
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
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Emily Liz
Date April 17, 2011

Great book!!!!

Date April 18, 2011

Hello,

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
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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
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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
Jennie
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
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Illise Montoya
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. Jame ...more
Justin
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
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Shelly
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
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Sherry
I read this book because I saw a positive review of it somewhere else and thought I'd give it a try. In all honest vampire fiction has started to bore me to tears. This book changed all that. It was fast paced and interesting. Not an anemic, romantic twit of a vampire anywhere to be found. The vampires here are monsters like vampires are SUPPOSED to be.

There is action and excitement. The characters are interesting and one of the main characters is even (gasp) a strong female character. Which is
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Cassidy Niemeyer
I really enjoyed and burned through this one. It's fast paced and constantly full of action and gore. No, it's not the most developed cast of characters and you don't feel particularly attached to any of them. BUT, I think it's meant to be hard and unfeeling, a departure from most vampire books. There are numerous twists that kept me reading long into the night and I still had no idea how everything came to together until the end. It's a fun read and has a few laughs in it.
If you're looking for
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Meri
The story was fast paced, scary, and not filled with hot, sparkly vampires. These vampires will rip your head off and suck your blood faster than you can say "I have no head". I'll probably read the next two novels in the series, just to see what happens, but I'll be honest - the writing is not good at all. It's almost like Wellington is so eager to get to the action that he throws in the crappiest sentences and hopes you won't notice. He succeeds in that to a point, but at times I would go back ...more
Matt
13 Bullets is how I like my vampires. They are ruthless killers that are superhuman, cunning, with no regards towards human life and almost impossible kill. Essentially they are monsters. Not some love struck pretty boy who needs to sort out his feelings. Forget the wimpy two fangs thing; these vampires have an entire mouth full of sharp teeth. Kinda like Langoliers with bodies. Our heroes, fresh faced trooper Caxton and grizzled old veteran Arkeley must find a way to kill off the vampires befor ...more
Lionel
Full of scary epic that makes me want to read more and more. And i adore the writer's way of thinking where the vampire which has been created was far more scary than i thought and furthermore it's logical way of developing those vampire character was realistic,brutal and gore. And i like it during Laura Caxton lean down and grab Arkeley's Glock 23 with 13 bullets on it to kill those Vampire and half dead. This book is totally awesome.
Rod
It was an interesting re-visioning of the vampire myth. This book is certainly not for everyone but I enjoyed the quick read. I will probably pickup the next one in the series.

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.
Jenna Watt
Completely different from other Vampire stories i have read, or even seen on TV. Wellington mondernized the legend of vampires and shows a creative side to how vampires may be. Vampires, Blood, Mystery, Death, and lesbians.. how much more could you ask for in a such a thrilling bloodbath. Vampires do not seem sexy in this non stop read
Tressa
May 07, 2013 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.
Dan
A good attempt at moving vampires back to horror. We need more books like this.
Mike Cavosie
Fun read! I'm new to the lesbian vampire hunter genre.
Phillip
Let me preface this by saying that I love vampires. I love everything vampire. If vampires existed, I would love to be one...that is, until I read David Wellington's portrayal of vampires. Now, I'm not sure so. I've truly enjoy Christopher Farnsworth's President's Vampire series (when are you going to come out with the next book Chris?) and his vampire is THE type of vampire I'd love to be...smart, fast, loyal, strong, good looking :). Wellington's vampires, quite simply, are revolting creatures ...more
Hud-c
2 stars - it was ok.

Okay sums up what I felt upon subjecting myself to reading this book. I wasn't wowed or appalled by the plot. There are several points of this book that stands out as well. First, vampire are portrayed as horrifying and deadly creatures, not those beautiful & stare-at-human-prey-for-hours type from some novels. Second, the way a person becomes a vampire in this story is something new, you must be depressed with no family and the final act should be suicide. It's an inter
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Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Rien ne vaut un bon roman d’horreur par ces chaleurs pour avoir des frissons bien rafraîchissants !! Et côté frisson, ça commence sur des chapeaux de roues avec des massacres bien sanglants et gores dès les premières pages. Si c’est du vampire à l’ancienne, vous avez frappé à la bonne porte avec 13 balles dans la peau. Mais ce n’est pas très étonnant lorsqu’on sait que David Wellington est un des maîtres de l’horreur outre-atlantique depuis maintenant 10 ans.

Tout début dans les années 80, dans u
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Lisa
Regrettably this book did not live up to the cover art. Which is bangin', by the way!

I really liked the way David Wellington portrays vampires in this book though; they are not sexy, glittery and gorgeous - as some make them out to be; rather they are unnatural, an abomination, with rows and rows of sharp teeth and pointy ears, pale, asexual. Love that! It makes them much scarier actually and I like a good scare in my books.

I disliked the main heroine, Laura, however, and that made it a lot hard
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Natalie
I checked out 13 Bullets from my library's online audiobook program several weeks ago (for some reason, audiobooks always take me longer to get through). This was my first encounter with David Wellington, and I hadn't heard much about him, but the book sounded interesting, so I thought I'd give it a go.

The vampires in 13 bullets are NOT the kind found in a lot of YA/paranormal novels. They're basically bloodthirsty animals with human intellect. They're pretty much evil, with no conscience, and t
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David Wellington is a contemporary American horror author, best known for his Zombie trilogy as well as his Vampire series and Werewolf series. His books have been translated into eleven langauges and are a global phenomenon.

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
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