An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
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I WAS WORMING MY way through a mass of parents and children with a tiny clown hat clutched in one hand. In my navy blue skirt suit I looked like a dozen other mothers who had had to come straight from work to the dance recital. My hair was a little curly and a little too black for all the blond mothers, but no one gave me a second glance. The one saving grace as I threaded my way through the crowd of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and siblings was that I wasn’t one of the parents. I was just here as moral support and last-minute costume rescuer. It was just Monica Vespucci’s style to leave part of her son’s costume at her house and need an emergency save. Micah and I had been running late with client meetings so we got to ride to the rescue, and now since the vast majority of the performers were female I was the only one safe to go backstage without scandalizing the mothers. What did little girls who only had male relatives do at things like this? My dad would have been at a loss.
A little girl and her mother damn near knocked me down the stairs in their rush to get up past me. The little girl was knocked into me so that my suit jacket pushed back and she was staring at my holstered gun and U.S. Marshal badge. The child’s eyes went big as she met my eyes. The mother never noticed, dragging the silent child up the stairs. I let them get ahead of me, the little girl’s huge, dark eyes following me until the crowd hid her from sight. She couldn’t have been more than five. I wondered if she’d even try to tell her mother she’d seen a woman with a gun and a badge.
I started pushing my way up the stairs, keeping the hand with the clown hat in it close to my jacket so I wouldn’t flash the gun by accident anymore. I was going to try to keep my occupation a secret from the screaming children and their frantic mothers. They didn’t need to know that I hunted bad little vampires and wereanimals for the preternatural branch of the U.S. Marshals Service. They certainly didn’t need to know that I raised zombies as my day job. I blended in as long as no one figured out who I was.
I got to the upper hallway and there was one lone male over the age of twelve being herded by his mother. She had an almost embarrassed look on her face, as if apologizing for not having a girl. I knew there were more men up here, because some of them were mine, but they were safely away from the estrogen-rich room of little girls.
Monica’s son was under five, so he didn’t count as male yet. He was just a generic child. Now if I could only find the generic child, hand his mother the hat, and flee to our seats where everyone was waiting for me, I’d count it as a win, though knowing Monica she’d need something else. I didn’t like her at all.
Copyright © 2010 by Laurell K. Hamilton
Like her adrenaline-fueled vampire hunter and the supernatural beings in her orbit, Laurell K. Hamilton knows that some thirsts must be quenched—like her fans’ non-stop hunger for ever more Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels! For the first time in more than a decade, Hamilton satisfies that demand with the release of two Anita books in the same year: first came Flirt, and now comes Bullet.
The triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude, necromancer Anita Blake, and werewolf Richard Zeeman has made Jean-Claude one of the most powerful vampires in the United States. He’s consolidating power in himself and those loyal to him, doing in America what the seductress Belle Morte—the original holder of the ardeur—did in Europe when she was at her height of power. She almost owned the continent, and there are those who are determined that Jean-Claude won’t do the same in America. His motives may be kinder, but as any lawyer will tell you, motives matter, but you’re just as dead.
Assassins are coming to St. Louis, and Anita knows they’re coming. Yet being forewarned doesn’t mean you can win. Do Anita and her master vampire possess enough power to dodge this silver bullet?
Hardcover Book : 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley Pub Gp./Mbr of Penquin Putnam ( June 01, 2010 )
Item #: 13-122700
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I love her Anita Blake series. I've read them all. i have ordered the one that comes in July. Can't wait.
I have been reading Ms Hamilton's books since her first, and now I'm calling it quits. Her first Anita books were wonderful-tons of action with some sex. But now they are tons of sex and little or no action. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the sex. But I loved the action that kept me on the edge of my seat. Anita has slowly evolved into a worn out and boring character now, and I can't see myself trying to endure another one of her books, Bullet was really a waste of my money. It was consumed with tiring descriptions of a character's hair, body parts and clothes. I put this book down after reading about 100 or so pages for about 3 weeks. I picked it back up to try and finish it and was still bored out of my mind. My question is: Where is the action?? I'm sorry to say that this will probably be my last purchase of the Anita Blake series. I've been buying each new book hoping for a turn-around from constant sex to a good story. But with each new book, I don't see that happening.
I've read all of the series, Anita Blake, except Bullet. The first few books were great. I'm not going to buy Bullet because I already know how it will read. Now I'm not a prude by any means, and a little erotica is fine throughout a book. But the last several books I've skipped page after page, until the sex scenes were over. They'll all the same. Ok, maybe a different guy, or group of guys, but still the same old, over and over. Today I'm going to buy the first in the Merry Gentry series. I'm only going to buy the first book to see if it's something fresh and new. Too bad, I'm a fan Ms. Hamilton but please let's change
Reviewer: Blue M
I haven't bought "Bullet" yet and Iprobably won't. After reading the reviews of other readers I can't help but feel the same way reguarding all the bed hopping and sex. I enjoy Anita's character but, come on, nobody has that much sex in one book. Please Ms. Hamilton get back to writing like you used to. More story please!!!
Reviewer: Lisa S