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13 Bullets

(Laura Caxton #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,045 ratings  ·  380 reviews
All the official reports say they are dead - extinct since the late '80s, when a fed named Jameson Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.
Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Graeme Rodaughan
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who hates sparkly vampires filled with teenaged angst
Shelves: horror, vampires
Everything you might want in a vampire book (except for an ending - sequels baby...)

Pure predator bad-ass, bald, pale, heavily fanged vampires who can mesmerize you to a standstill. [Check - any youngish vampire].

Young MC character out of her depth who has to wise up or die. [Check - Laura]

Much older vampire hunter who is a total curmudgeon and may or may not be using Laura to advance his own agenda [Check - Arkeley]

Decrepit Vampire stuck in their coffin and kept as a science experiment by a
Wow! This was a great action packed vampire thriller!

FBI Special Agent Jameson Arkeley a/k/a vampire hunter teams up with a state trooper Laura Caxton to take on a vampire. Laura Caxton doesn't believe in vampires at first until they come up against one in action then her mind does a 360 degree turn when she realizes that vampires do exist. As they both soon find out, there is more than just the one vampire flitting around the city of Pennsylvania and they have to learn to work together if they
Mar 04, 2009 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
J. Gowin
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts, zombie, vampire, horror
"Here there be monsters."

There is a tendency of late to write vampires as world weary eurotrash, who feel conflicted by their unnatural desires. These Mary Sue fops rue and bemoan their way across the stage, leaving me with a deep desire to carry out extensive experiments to determine which type of wood makes the best stake. (I wonder how many toothpicks it would take?) The leeches in this work are a refreshingly nasty form of beasts, who make me crave a good hunt.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, vampire

“Evil is never satisfied. Evil has no ending, no bottom.”

Sharked tooth gorible vampires of ceaseless hunger!

Oh yes, give me more. These were vicious unapologetic baddies.

I also like our MC hunters. Arkeley, a near two dimensional pillar of vengeful dry masculinity. He contrasted well with the young Caxton, a serious feminine figure who had to learn to hold her own.

It’s a short, fast paced, entertaining story with a firm ending that leaves you needing book two!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not pretty vampires at all.

This was a fun, fast read full of action. These vampires are very mean, not pretty and no longer human. The story was good and flowed at a fast pace. The characters were like able. I would continue this series.
Jul 21, 2009 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
As far as horror goes, this is a very well-written representative. The story keeps flowing fast, it's got twists and turns, believable characters and some gore.
The story follows a man who killed a boat of vampires twenty years prior which somehow turned him into a vampire expert. The thing is, one vampire survived and legally became a person, therefore nobody could kill her without facing a nasty trial. She is kept barely alive so that she doesn't wreak havoc anywhere but when vampire murders
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
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good attempt at moving vampires back to horror. We need more books like this.
Mily Lou
Apr 05, 2011 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
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
Aug 12, 2010 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
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
3.5 / 5

This is gonna be another short review because I'm just not feeling like delving too deep.

This was kinda perfect for a Halloween-month read. It was gross and scary and unnerving and pretty dang well written.

I absolutely loved our main character Laura, she just seemed like such a cool person, if a bit isolated. She lives with her girlfriend and a handful of rescued greyhounds, works for the Highway Patrol, and honestly is just completely and refreshingly normal for a main character. I
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
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 ...more
Ally Armistead
Jul 03, 2007 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 ...more
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 ...more Publishing
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
Nice spin on the whole vampire tale. Nothing romantic here! Very brutal and intense.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this cover. It just had terror all over it. I was unfortunately not as impressed with the book itself. I am not sure if it was the audio experience or the writing itself but it was hard for me to like the characters, Arkeley in particular.
State trooper Caxton runs into a nightmare when she is doing a sobriety check and runs into a half dead, the creation of a vampire, but vampires should be extinct. Arkeley is assigned to help Caxton and her small town. Why are the vampires so interested
Ash (It's a Word Vomit World)
I have to say, I enjoyed this book up until about 20% of the way through. Then, it was almost as if the author got bored and just tried to pump out the rest before he lost too much steam. Other than the very last sentence that is. Which I have to say, I loved, and it aaaaalmost made it worth reading the rest of the book...almost.

Yes, I like my horror books to have gore, and I feel that most of the gory scenes were done well. IF you like that sort of thing. As I said, I do, so that wasn't an
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
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 ...more
Noe Crockett
Feb 23, 2009 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
Apr 30, 2016 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 ...more
Sep 18, 2009 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.

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
Donna Tallent
Oct 18, 2016 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 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 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.
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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

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