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Night Rising (Vampire Babylon #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,699 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while inve
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published February 6th 2007)
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Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dawn is a really strong MC. Her stunt woman qualities make her a super kick-ass heroin who takes no crap. What I loved about her was that she was kick-ass but not emotion less. She felt for others even if she didn't show it much, and she absolutely rocked the house if she entered.

The characters in the book in particular were very thorough and the way in which the they developed was fascinating to watch. They grew closer and found out very important secrets about themselves, which helped me as a
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard vampire fans
I'm having a hard time formulating my thoughts on this book. I did like it and will read the next one, but there was just something off about the whole thing. Maybe because there were a bunch of loose ends at the end of the book than was necessary, but who knows. I didn't get the whole promiscuous thing, mostly because it didn't feel like it belonged in the book and really came out of nowhere; it felt like it was added for the whole "sex sells" concept. I mean that thing with "the Voice" was jus ...more
Jul 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, did I not like this book. The main character comes across as a humorless, nymphomaniac version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer who, upon meeting one of her future allies for the first time, drops into a martial arts stand for no reason. Even a sarcastic sense of humor would have benefited this book more than the nonexistent one. So, you go through 300 pages or so of an unlikeable protagonist who's destiny is to do something neat, but she's remarkably slow to pick up on obvious clues while at the ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I was completely unprepared for the decent quality of this story. Definitely not like most of the vampire oriented para’s I’ve read lately! A funky, gritty paranormal LA mystery, this story kicks off a great new and refreshingly different series which this reader fully intends to complete!

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Ruth (Wealie)
Couldn't get beyond a third of this book, tried print and audio, just couldn't bring myself to care for the characters or situation.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
4.5 stars

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Dawn Madison is a stuntwoman laying low after a humiliating “incident” on the job. When she is contacted with the news that her father, Frank, has gone missing while investigating the sighting of a child actor that was supposed to be dead, she is drawn into a supernatural world she never knew existed.

Night Rising is just a fun, sexy ride of a novel. Dawn is tough and resilient, yes, but she’s also broken, and feels lik
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. (or did she?) Still, Frank is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting of a supposedly long-dead child star Robby Pennybaker, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him.

Working with his odd colleagues at Limpet & Associates, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the sc
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I'm feeling really, really generous as I write this review, so I am giving this book two stars.
I will skip the plot recap because it was wierd, but not in an interesting way, and I'm not really sure what the point was.
Essentially, the main character is a stunt woman who returns to Hollywood to search for her missing alcoholic father with the help of his former PI coworkers. The catch is that the PI form he worked for specializes in paranormal investigations and it looks like her father made have
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool book! The vampire myth is taken to a completely different level in this book, and we're thrown deep into the underbelly of Hollywood and the many secrets that exist there. It was amazing! And there are so many wonderful and intriguing characters. One of which is Frank - the father that has gone missing.

Dawn is an excellent, real character with an attitude to boot. I knew I'd like her because Chris writes fantastic heroines. But don't get me wrong, even the secondary characters are interest
Gemma Newey
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
This was an interesting book to read, I wasn't sure at first as the beginning seemed a little confusing and slow but that soon changed. I liked the vampire version of 'Charlie' from 'Charlie's Angels' - interesting twist that he's got a thing for Dawn and the same goes for her. Sex, lust and celebrates that want to live forever ... lost of twists and turns!

Its definitely a worth while read, with lost of action, adventure and the occasion sexual scene!
Probably really a 4 star, but I'm finally a little burned out on urban fantasy. It was quite a good book. The characters are different (a stunt woman, little person/actor and telenova star/science geek, plus a mysterious employer) and the vamps and creepies have an original concept. Leaves a lot of questions to be solved in the next books.
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
I had trouble staying interested in this book. I really didn't understand the vampire hierarchy. Dawn's "Mommy issues" were offputting to me. I'll not continue with this series.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
Why I only gave 1 1/2 - 2 stars:
Even thou it's fiction, the main character could have been depicted as realistic in their reactions & personality, or at least reasonable, stable &/or likeable. Every relationship the female MC, who is the narrator in the book, has is extremely hot & cold. She likes the person platonically/sexually (to the point where she wants to cry/tear their clothes off) then she hates &/or mistrusts them (& wants to kill/hurt them). She overreacts ALLOT, f
Just completed three chapters. Can't read anymore of this ridiculous story. I seriously haveto ask who would go to some strange unknown plane because some nobody called and says your father is missing, with whom you don't have study relationship.? This I would like to know on what bases anyone do that in that position. Then characters introduced on these chapters? who are those people?
Then some faceless person mind raping you yet you readily agree to do anything, I mean anything to know more ab
Steve Martinson
This could be a very good series; but it will have to ramp up the supernatural a bit for me. We are introduced to vampires, but in this first book, I didn't feel like they were used enough, for a book about vampires. Hopefully, this gets better because I have the first 5 books of this series.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Originally posted at The Book Nympho


Disclaimer: I DNF Night Rising with about 4 hours left in the audio.

I've had the Vampire Babylon series on my radar for a few years now, even before I started blogging. I ran across the series in one of my Shelfari groups back in 2010. I marked it as "s0me day" series to read. Once I saw that the series was released on audio and narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Khristine Hvam, I knew I had to finally try Night Rising.

The best part of Night Rising

May 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one I liked.
Recommended to Jam by: amazon, the sadists.
Shelves: notworthit
I bought this book off amazon based on the blurb and my expectations weren't that high. I was looking for a fun read and I liked the idea of a stunt-woman heroine, so I was midling hopeful that I'd enjoy the book.

And wow, was I disappointed. The first few pages in and I wanted the author to get her narratorial voice sorted out. She doesn't distinguish clearly between Dawn (or any other character's thoughts) and the general omnipotent narrator. Powering through that, and there were some potential
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire Lovers (even though there is a Vampire Hunter aspect to it)
Shelves: vampires-read
Great plot, Multiple Mysteries, Bizarre & Endearing Characters, Relevant to Current Hollywood Stereotypes/Lifestyles and Intriguing World - Worth Reading...But...
I gave this book four stars because it was difficult to get through the first 60 or 70 pages (which is less pages than any Anne Rice book where you have to get through at least the first 150 pages):O). The author spends a lot of time on 'world building' in the beginning - it is always necessary to give the reader some background and
Jan 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The other one and two star reviews hit the nail on the head. There are so many things wrong with this book that I had to give it a one star rating even though I finished it and enjoyed a bit of the beginning. First, the heroine. As others have said she is not very likable, she's a bit slutty, and she is very hard to relate to. She is forced to investigate the disappearance of her father after being summoned by a investigative agency. I say forced because I don't believe that she actually wants t ...more
Dawn Madison is a stuntwoman who has returned to LA to find her estranged father, a PI who went missing. In order to do so, she teams up with his firm, Limpet & Associates. In doing so she finds out that there is a whole other part to LA, one filled up with vampires, psychics and invisible forces. Dawn must learn to navigate this new world if she is to find her father in time.

Author Chris Marie Green has created a very confusing book. The bones of this story are very good. Our angry heroine
This book is about 24 year old, stuntwoman Dawn Madison who returns to the Hollywood town she grew up in to find her missing father. In order to do so she teams up with her father's co-workers at the PI agency where he had been employed. Only it turns out that this PI agency deals in the supernatural, a world that Dawn never knew existed. There is Kiko,a little person with psychic abilities and aspirations to become a movie star, and Breisi, a techno geek and former telenovela star who has aged ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stunt woman Dawn Madison is the daughter of the late movie star: Eva Claremont. When her father goes missing in L.A., she flies there and joins forces with the mysterious Limpet and Associates whom her father had worked for, to try and find him. L&A is nominally a paranormal PI business, but has an underlying secret mission.

There are three members of L&A. Limpet himself whom Dawn only knows as ‘the Voice’ since he’s never seen. Kiko Daniels: a little person with the dream of being a star
Lindsay Paige
WARNINGS: Just a few precautions to anyone who may want to read the book: There is cussing through out the book. There are a (read the book and you'll understand the question mark) scenes in the book, but they aren't that bad, in my opinion of course.

There was one thing that I absolutely loved about this book: the tone changed from serious, funny, sarcastic, happy, sad, whatever, but you get my point. The book didn't seem...hmm...monotone during the course of the book. It was alive wit
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series opens up with a mystery. Dawn Madison (former stuntwoman) returns to L.A. because the firm her father Frank works for (Limpet & Associates, a P.I. firm) has contacted her about her father's disappearance. He has been missing for over a week and Dawn decides to temporarily join up with Limpet & Associates to find him. She meets a techno-geek/weapons enthusiast named Breisi (pronounced Breezy) Montoya and a "little person" named Kiko Daniels who is an aspiring actor. Dawn meets ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does not disappoint—it is a page turner from page 1. Those of you that like reading stories on Vampires this series is for you. The first book introduces us to Dawn Madison, who has returned to Los Angeles, CA to help find her missing father—Frank Madison—nobody knows what happened to Frank and have not been able to locate him. This first book also introduces us to the Underground—the world of vampires—what goes on in their world below LA. As Dawn, Breisi, and Kiko (a psychic) start lo ...more
Dawn Madison is a tough stuntwoman and the daughter of a famously beautiful (and famously dead) movie star mother. She comes back to LA from a location shoot when her estranged father disappears. She hooks up with his P.I. associates on the case: a psychic-slash-actor little person; a former telenovela starlet/'tech geek' (it's a rule--every series must have a 'tech geek'); and their boss, a mysterious, disembodied Charlie's Angels-style Voice. Together, they fight vampires!

The plot is weak at p
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book 3 stars. The idea the story is built on is a lot of fun, and despite uneven characterizations, Kiko is an intriguing character.

Unfortunately, among other problems, the main character is unlikable. The ways the author tried to show us how damaged she is, at times made it seem like she had borderline personality disorder - asking questions as if someone had asked (I didn't) then answering them in defensive, hateful ways. At times, it was just absurd - SHE had to tell
Oct 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, vampires
I didn't get very far with this book so I'll cut to the chase of why I didn't like it.Our heroine Dawn is looking for her missing father who has been working with a paranormal agency. So she is summoned by the agency boss who has some questions for her and the interview begins with him subduing her and looking into her mind by sexually assaulting her with his mind powers.We get a lovely description of how horny she is getting while he quizzes her and then when The Voice with no body has had his ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOOF! This was a pretty exciting start of a series and I highly look forward to reading the rest of it.

That said, it took me a bit to like the main character, Dawn. Her daddy and mommy issues bugged me at first, but I realized I couldn't really hold that against her and I moved on. Glad I did.

The premise of the story, especially the vampire lore, was unique. It's part of why I love reading paranormal/supernatural books. Each one has a new bead on the lore.

The grit and grime of Hollywood added
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The characters were engaging and the storyline kept you turning the pages...but...the emotional imagery was a little too intense-not really akin to how real people emote in my humble opinion. You get the feeling that the writer is a bit inexperienced in how to convey real human feelings and goes a bit overboard in the explanations. I can't count how many times the lead character was smacked/hit/capow-ed in the chest with some sort of gut wrenc ...more
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