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13 balas (Laura Caxton #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,445 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
Una escalofriante revisión de las leyendas de vampiros. Sólo 13 balas separan a Caxton de Arkeley y los vampiros. Sólo 13 balas entre los vivos y los malditos. Según la versión oficial, los vampiros se extinguieron en los años '80, cuando el agente del FBI Arkeley se enfrentó al último de ellos en un combate que a punto estuvo de acabar también con su vida. Pero, cuando la ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published January 2010 by Minotauro (first published January 1st 2007)
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Matthew
Mar 13, 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
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Kathryn
Oct 24, 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
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Ally Armistead
Jul 17, 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
Jim
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
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Lau
Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it really liked it
«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
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Brainycat
Nov 21, 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
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Mily Lou
Apr 18, 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

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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Debbie
Apr 16, 2011 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
Allison
Feb 24, 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
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Noe Crockett
Mar 03, 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
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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
Tor.com
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
Jerjonji
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
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Summer
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
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Lainy
Aug 22, 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
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David
Dec 30, 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.
Daniel
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
Dan
Apr 11, 2012 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.
Jennie
Nov 25, 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
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Illise Montoya
Dec 09, 2014 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. Jame ...more
Justin
Jan 05, 2011 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
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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
Jul 24, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2009 Cassidy Niemeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-tales, horror
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
Dec 30, 2008 Meri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrick Bättig
Jan 21, 2015 Patrick Bättig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
1983. Der Special Deputy Jameson Arkeley hat es endlich nach langen Ermittlungen geschafft den Aufenthaltsort des letzten Vampirs Piter Byron Lares herauszubekommen. Sofort wird ein SWAT Einsatzteam nach West Viginia bestellt. Dort vor einem24-Stunden-Diner lauern sie auf Lares. Doch wider Erwarten richtet er ein wahres Blutbad unter den Gästen und Angestellten an und kann danach in seinen geheimen Unterschlupf fliehen. Arkeley wurde von ihm paralysiert und als kleiner Bluthappen für Zwischendur ...more
Stephen
Dec 25, 2014 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading about a dozen vampire novels back in the '90s, so I guess they filled some sort of need in me at one time. This time around our protagonist is a fairly boring lesbian PA state trooper. She's teemed up with a gruff old fart from the Vampire Investigation Unit, or some nonsense.

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
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Matt
Dec 03, 2014 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2012 Lionel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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