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Vampire Zero

(Laura Caxton #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,473 ratings  ·  89 reviews

U.S. Marshal Jameson Arkeley - the country's foremost authority on vampires - taught police investigator and vampire fighter Laura Caxton everything she knows about monsters. After a bloody war visited upon Gettysburg by an army of vampires. Arkeley gave up his own life to save others. Except he didn't exactly die...

Arkeley accepted the cur
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, action, vampire
“It was over.
Nothing was over.”

The most action packed Caxton novel yet! Running down a vampire that knows everything about hunting vampires is a tall order.

I especially enjoyed the background on Arkeley and this alternate America. The ending was a kick in the gut and I’m looking forward to someone in shiny shoes eating crow in the next book!
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been about three years since I read the last book in this series, 99 Coffins, and I read the first book, 13 Bullets back in 2012. LOL...I feel like I need to go back and re-read those first two books again cause there was a lot of stuff that happened which I realized I forgot during the course of reading this book.

I really do love this series. I've said this in reviews of the previous books, Wellington's vampires are Nosferatu meets 30 Days of Night. However, I had to give this one three s
Oct 25, 2008 rated it liked it
(Subgenre alert: This is not the sort of vampire book in which dishy goths sink delicate fangs into the protagonist's neck during hot sex. This is the sort of vampire book in which shark-toothed monsters rip apart fragile human bodies to get at the tasty tasty blood inside.)

(Sequel alert: Although the plot makes sense on its own, the characterization probably works best if you've read the two preceding books in the series, 13 bullets and 99 coffins.)

...I think the parenthesized notes and the s
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A consistently well-written and entertaining series. I'll read anything Wellington writes. ...more
Oct 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This may actually be the worst book I have ever set out to read. I'll read anything, ketchup bottle anything but this I set down after 30 pages of annoying whineyness and extremely poor writing skills. I love vampires books and still couldn't hold out. Not a book I would recommend to anyone. ...more
C.V. Hunt
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I so badly wanted to give this 5 stars, but I just liked Jamison too much as a character. I know that the story is not 1st person POV, but I felt more connected to his character than any other. As dumb as it sounds, I felt that his character would have handle several situations much differently in his new mindset.

I don't want to go into heavy details and spoil the story, but the person he confided didn't seem like his style to confide in anyone at all. I know with this series, as a pers
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Vampire Zero is the third book in Wellington's vampire/Laura Caxton series. For those familiar with epidemiology, you will recognize that the title is borrowed from the study of disease outbreaks. To stop the spread of an epidemic or pandemic you must find the first person to contract it, so you can figure out how it spread and the speed with which it spread.

Arkeley and Caxton managed to reduce the vampire population to one, the mission now consists of finding this vampire before a new generatio
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I Wellington's vampire series and it is a ride. Laura Caxton, our heroine is now cast in the shadow of her former mentor, Arkeley. He has been turned, doing so to save Laura. What unfolds is a race for Caxton to catch him before he returns to attempt to change his remaining family into willing vampire servants. This book is filled with frantic energy and a raw desperation that makes it hard to put down after you really get going with it. All three of these books have been ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
My final "zero" book, this one is actually the 3rd book in a series about vampire hunter(s). It was a rather interesting tale about a girl who is hunting down her former mentor, who became a vampire to save her life (that story probably makes sense if you've read the first 2 books, but isn't actually explained in this one so I have no idea how becoming a vampire saved her life). I enjoyed reading this book, but not enough to go and find the first 2. ...more
Sammy Loves Books
This is horror at it's best and it was a nonstop rollercoaster ride. Not as gruesome as the 1st book but there was plenty of action and suspense. Poor Laura Caxton has been promoted to Vampire Hunter. I think it drove her mad but she was very thorough. The ending was somewhat predictable but very much enjoyable. I can't wait to read the final book of the series

This series must be read in order as each book picks up just where the previous one ended.
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this third installment of the Laura Caxton vampire series, the intrepid and fearless Pennsylvania State Trooper is on the trail of her mentor, Jameson Arkeley, who became a vampire in the previous book in order to save her life. But now Caxton must hunt him down...before he finds his family members!

David Wellington writes a fast-paced, gripping and relentless horror novel, tinged with a cool modern noir feel. Highly recommended!
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Aug 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Definitely gruesome but oh so good. Laura is still a vampire hunter but she's hunting Arkeley now because he is one. She has basically turned out just like he was before he turned. She's letting the job consume her and doing nothing with her personal life. Once she was a good State Trooper now she's become obsessed with hunting down Arkeley and destroying him no matter what the cost. ...more
Ziggy Nixon
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vampire story fans looking for a kick ass story
Though a very entertaining read, I found the third 'Laura Caxton' vampire series book to be the weakest of the set so far - relatively speaking naturally (all still worthy of the 4 star ratings)! To whit: Maybe this is because the first two books were just that awesome or maybe its because I'm just a little burned out after a month of seriously hard-core Halloween Horror reading. I just found the book got bogged down a bit more than its predecessors even if the ending was fairly exciting
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caxton is still going and this time it's all about her old boss and mentor.

I think it's pretty clear from the start of this book that things are falling apart for Caxton, her boss is a vampire who she now has to hunt down but he knows all her tricks. She has to try and protect his family whilst keeping her own men safe, other police forces safe and somehow fitting in her girlfriend.

On top of this shes now a Special Deputy and has a new boss monitoring her every move.

This is a real fast paced boo
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and gruesome romp of a vampire book -- I'm not sure if the author is really doing anything new with the role of the literary vampire, but I enjoyed this read, because it takes place in my homestate of Pennsylvania and I recognized many of the places in the book. Added bonus: the end of the book takes place in Centralia, a place famous for its underground mine fire. I should also admit that I didn't realize that this book was part of a series when I picked it up to read it, and it did inter ...more
Draven Buffington
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I personally enjoyed reading this thrill seeking, vampire teeth seaking, neck biting, bullets thriving, and bodies flying thing of a book, besides all the gore in this book. I liked everything about this book, from the gangs fighting off the hordes of vampires, to vampires killing people. My favorite part of this book is when a horde of vampires circle around some civilians and the people respond to them by blowing them all to shreds with there guns ands what not. If your a big fan of horror, an ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The heroine is a cop in a special anti-vampire police unit. Her partner taught her everything she knows about hunting down and killing vampires before he went over to the dark side himself. Now he needs to be hunted down and killed. I probably wouldn't have picked this up if 'Laura Caxton #3' was visible on the cover, but it turned out to be pretty good. I liked the visit to my home town, Syracuse (realistically in the middle of a heavy blizzard).
Ben Tuthill
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast moving and a quick read. Laura continues to succeed despite stumbling through her investigations and continually making the mistake of getting trapped in places with one exit.

I like the premise and how it was carried out. It is unfortunate that the police and marshals can’t seem to secure a sniper team and or S.W.A.T. Team with high caliber weapons to solve the pesky problem of fast moving targets in armor.
Veronica Buckler
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow!!!! Didn’t really see that coming! The characters are growing and developing. Caxton is a total bad ass vamp hunter/killer. Still plenty intrigue, gore, blood, battles, new weapons, insane’s crazy. I’m tearing through this books in a day or two now! On to #4
John R. Dailey Jr.

Hello, this story was okay. No totally weird stuff other than the lesbo cop. Mighty expensive for a kindle book. Thanks.
Peggye O'Neil
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true horror novel. Wellington has created an original vampire canon. No pretty-boy vampires here.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
3.5 stars!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, vampires, adult
Damn it! I can't with this series. At this point, I'm rooting for the vamps. ...more
Sammi Wulfe
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
As much as I enjoyed this, the ending was lacking. It's like the way the first book ended. Otherwise I really did enjoy it ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!
Jeff Jellets
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror

A vampire tale tour de force!

Vampire Zero is the third book in the Laura Caxton series, and like its predecessors, it’s good. Damn good. In fact, it’s one of the best horror books to hit the shelves in quite a long time and might just eclipse the first two books in this series, 13 Bullets and 99 Coffins, which were already well above the high water mark of most horror fiction.

The focus of Vampire Zero is, of course, on Pennsylvania state trooper Laura Caxton, and her inevitable showdown with … a
Aug 18, 2010 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 find 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 friendl ...more
Finally got my hands on the third installment of the series and boy was it a kicker. Not as 'suck you in and not let you go' as the first two were, but still a good read.

Caxton has to hunt down and kill her mentor, Jameson Arkley, using only the skills and tricks that the man himself taught her. At the same time Arkley seems to be setting himself up as the next Vampire Zero; offering members of his family a choice... take the vampire curse or die.

So, this book seems to move a lot slower than th
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
The third book in Wellington's vampire trilogy was, like the second, not nearly as gory as the first. I'm OK w/ that. Every other chapter, I thought, "Wow, this is a bad situation, how could things possibly get worse?" Then I guessed, and my guesses were usually right on the money. I'm don't mean the book was overly predictable, but there's only so many ways to make the main character more and more isolated from any sort of sanity.

The only annoying part is that a couple of the characters were un
Clark Hallman
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampire Zero is another entertaining chapter in the life of state trooper Laura Caxton. She and Jameson Arkeley continue their relationship, which began and has been sustained by vampire activity. However, those who have read 99 Coffins know that relationship has changed drastically. Wellington's vampires are ruthless creatures, but they are also clever, conniving and able to work together with their “half deads” to carryout their nefarious plans. This book has plenty of bloodthirsty violence, b ...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 projec

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