13 Bullets Kindle ´ Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 323 pages
  • 13 Bullets
  • David Wellington
  • English
  • 20 February 2018
  • 0307381439

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13 BulletsWow 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 isthan just the one vampire flitting around the city of Pennsylvania and they have to learn to work together if they 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 isthan just the one vampire flitting around the city of Pennsylvania and they have to learn to work together if they want to elminate the threat of the vampires that have taken over the city The vampires are out for blood and they will do whatever it takes to feed their thirst along with trying to stay one step ahead of Arkeley and Caxton Arkeley takes Caxton under his wing so to speak to teach her the fundamentals of how to kill vampires I really enjoyed how the character, Laura slowly comes to terms with the vampires as the story moves along In the beginning of the book she is in total denial that a vampire is causing the killings in her city, but as the story rolls along she finally comes out of her shock and realizes that vampires are walking the earth The character, Arkeley reminded me of Van Helsing as he is a hardened vampire hunter which knows the ins and outs of how to deal with the vampires Both characters mesh really well through the book and the story moves along at a fast paced clip The book has action galore with guns blazing, edge of your seat suspense, thrilling action scenes, gore flying, and bloody corpses The first part of the book takes off with a bang and the action doesn t let up as it moves along at a fast pace There are fourbooks in this series and I am looking forward to reading them Five stars for one hell of bloody ride There Are OnlyBullets Between the World You Know and the World They RuleAll the official reports say they are dead extinct since the late s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him But the evidence proves otherwiseWhen 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 of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don t there is one left In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead canCaxton is out of her league on this case and than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want than just her blood They want her for a reason, one she can t guess a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won t say a reason she has to find out or die tryingNow there are onlybullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires There are onlybullets between us, the living, and them, the damned 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 thesubtle 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 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 thesubtle 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 dislike of the vampire lifestyle, then you will truly appreciate 13 Bullets.I read this book after completing the Twilight series which I also liked , and the contrast between Stephanie Meyer s and David Wellington s idea of vampires is pretty stark In David Wellington s universe, there are no vegetarian vampires, they all need human blood, and lots of it His vampires are pale, but they aren t beautiful think Nosferatu on steroids You wouldn t want to kiss one because of all the extra teeth they develop and the fact that they usually are biting you with said teeth They re indestructible, super strong, fast healing, bald as cue balls, have funny looking ears, and unruly dispositions They live forever, just like the Cullen family, but one of the wrinkles about being a Wellingtonian vampire is that as you get older, you needblood, so that by the time you are a hundred years old you re never going to get enough of your favorite drink with out making somevampires to help you satisfy your appetite by collecting blood for you It s sort of an undead pyramid scheme, except that no one who is recruited gets to leave the Amway clan once they join.And how do you get recruited Well, you don t get bitten Instead, you get psychically invaded by the vampire, who leaves a portion of his evil soul in your mind, that then tries to convince you to accept the Curse of the undead by killing yourself This vampiric Trojan horse never goes away, even if you manage to kill your attacker So, have a bad day at work or start feeling a little down on your life, and you re starting down the slippery slope to an all liquid diet.So if the vampires are the bad guys, who are the good guys Like Twilight, this book has a heroine who is the focus of the book However, she is almost entirely unlike Bella Swan in every way Laura Caxton is a grown up whose parents are dead, as a result of sad but mundane causes She is a Pennsylvania state trooper, and is a lesbian in a committed relationship She is driven to succeed in her life, but unsure of herself because she doesn t realize her worth and her inner strength She is also, for reasons she doesn t understand, a vampire magnet As a person with real strengths and flaws, she is a sympathetic character, and one that the reader hopes will persevere, and survive until the next book at least.Her boss is less sympathetic, but just as flawed Jameson Arkeley is a Special Deputy in the US Marshals Service who has dedicated his career to rooting out and destroying the vampire menace He s grouchy, uncompromising, esoteric, and rude He doesn t tell Caxton his complete plan, until it s nearly too late He serves as the Van Helsing of this dark tale, providing the backstory, and describing the ways of Wellington s vampires He is also knowingly and unknowingly enmeshing Trooper Caxton in his crazed quest to destroy evil.The story is set against the backdrop of rural Pennsylvania, and anyone who has lived there will instantly understand the author s characterizations of the peculiarities of that state, especially the backwater areas where the stranger people Pennsylvanians dwell.This was a good story, so I won t wreck it for you by sharing much of the plot Just watch out for the unexpected plot twist at the end that brings everything into a much sharper focus I m looking forward to the next book, which is going to give a new twist to the bizarre history of Gettysburg, PA.By the way, the fundamental difference between Twilight and 13 Bullets is that the former is a love story with vampires in it, while the latter is a vampire story, period 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. Evil is never satisfied Evil has no ending, no bottomSharked tooth gorible vampires of ceaseless hunger Oh yes, give meThese 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 twoEvil is never satisfied Evil has no ending, no bottomSharked tooth gorible vampires of ceaseless hunger Oh yes, give meThese 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 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. 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 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 talk like the characters in this book I also did not like any of the characters I mean, I REALLY did not like any of the characters And here are my new least favorite sentences You are a lesbian, aren t you I made the assumption based simply on your haircut.Too many times to count, I paused out of complete confusion because something a character said or did made absolutely zero sense And I m repeating this the author contradicted his own material so much, I m surprised that an editor did not catch and fix things After saying all of that, the idea for this book is excellent and one of a kind The action was better than the dialogue and I love that the vampires were truly horrific creatures The body count is excessive and the scenes are intensely graphic, blood and body parts in abundance If the writing had been better, I would be rating this 4 stars As for now, I will not be picking up anyof Wellington s books 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 st 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 start to occur in the area around where is is kept, it s almost sure she was the cause But how can a decomposing thing which doesn t move much kill so many people Only one way to find out..What I liked best about it was the refreshing take on vampires these are unlike anything I ve read before They gorge on blood but needandto the point of no return in which they start losing their prey because there just isn t enough blood around to keep them sated so they slowly turn into living skeletons The younger vampires listen to and almost fetishize the old ones who speak from their coffins and manage to affect and mesmerize Add in a few of their servants who easily fall apart and you have a really beautiful bloodsucker horror 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 w 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 with it however he likes and minor quibbles did not significantly detract from my enjoyment during daylight hours of the story Laura Caxton, highway patrol trooper, makes an unpleasant discovery at a routine traffic stop and gets conscripted as junior van Helsing by the United States best only vampire hunter Special Deputy Arkeley There must be something special about Laura, beyond the fact that she s the only one who s read Arkeley s report of his last only vampire killing mustn t there The narrative follows the confused, scared Laura as she struggles to meet Arkeley s expectations if she can figure out what they are and to work out why he wants her at all And why the vampires seem to want her, too I have never hunted vampires, but Laura s reactions seemed to be pretty realistic she goes through the gamut of this is cool horror fear despair terror etc that a real person thrust into such a situation might do, rather than instantly becoming some kind of superpowered vampire killer This was a nice change And I did like the twist at the end Some might find it disappointing, but I thought it gave the whole book a new layer You end up looking at the whole thing from a slightly different angle, and thinking yep, that s life Thoroughly recommended A good attempt at moving vampires back to horror We needbooks like this.


About the Author: David Wellington

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 project was so great that in 2004 Thunder s Mouth Press approached David Wellington about publishing Monster Island as a print book His novels have been featured in Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and the New York Times He also made his debut as a comic book writer in 2009 with Marvel Zombies Return Iron Man Wellington attended Syracuse University and received an MFA in creative writing from Penn State He also holds a masters degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.He now lives in New York City with his dog Mary Shelley and wife Elisabeth who, in her wedding vows, promised to kick serious zombie ass for him.