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13 Bullets by David Wellington

 

Special deputy Jameson Arkeley stopped a vampire rampage 20 years earlier, during which he whittled down all known bloodsuckers to a single survivor, Justinia Malvern. Kept alive at a sanitarium in rural Pennsylvania by minimal life support and bizarre laws preventing her extermination, wispy Justinia seems a threat to no one—until a series of vampire killings in the area suggest that she has found a secret way to spread her taint. Convinced that Justinia’s minions plan to spring her and revive her to full power, Arkeley commandeers state trooper Laura Caxton to help him find their lair and wipe them out before they can get their vampire queen the blood she needs.

Note: 13 Bullets contains pervasive graphic violence; also, some harsh language.


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Something Wicked this way comes…

By G.S. Williams, editor, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

Dec 13, 2008: The opening chapters of 13 Bullets are a visceral, gory thrill ride. It’s rare that I get an adrenalin rush from a book, but it honestly had my blood pumping, and I’m not being hyperbolic.

I am not a big fan of vampire stories beyond Dracula. I think they’re a waste of a writer’s time, because it’s been done, re-done, and over-done. I think good writer’s should use their energy creating new stories, instead of building on the bones of old foundations and trying to make it "new." You know what I mean, making vampires genetic mutations, like in the movie "Underworld," or extra-dimensional alien/demons like in Buffy. That’s not being "creative," that’s filing off serial numbers and trying to make an old idea pass as something your own.

But David Wellington doesn’t need to impress me with his imagination by creating a whole new type of story. He writes this one so well that I don’t mind at all that it features vampires. The action is so fast-paced and well-described, that I don’t really care about anything else. I can’t look away.

I’m giving an initial rating of four stars, because the opening chapters thrilled me. I intend to come back and read the whole thing. If it’s as good as I hope it is, it will be a four and a half star story. I might want to give it five, but like I said, I hate vampire stories after Dracula. That very small "hate" means part of me is always going to wonder what Wellington could do if he sat down and tried something entirely original. I need to save a five star rating for the day he does that.

Because, everything in these first few chapters indicates he’s capable of greatness.

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Gore Fest

By Miladysa, editor, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Dec 18, 2008: One of the best things about Thirteen Bullets is that it is a completed book and there is no wait for the next instalment.

The story is told from the perspective of the two main characters Special Deputy Jameson Arkeley and State Trooper Laura Caxton and their hunt for serial killers who just happen to be vampires. Although both the main characters are well written and likeable they did not impress me as much as Urie and Vesta Polder two [more . . .]

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No Sparkling — Guaranteed.

By eikasia, author of Akumu Love Panic!

Aug 27, 2009: The following review will go as follows: First I’ll cover the story’s website and the features it offers. Then I’ll give a very brief rundown of 13 Bullets, my first impressions, overall story comments, and the final verdict. So here we go . . . 

THE SITE:

13 Bullets is published on David Wellington’s domain Brokentype.com, which houses all of his other serials as well, none of which are listed at Web Fiction Guide. The [more . . .]

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13 Bullets

By Sebs, member

Jan 22, 2009:  . . . is the number of bullets held in the magazine of the glock 23, which is issued to FBI agents on graduation from academy (unless they want a 22).

13 Bullets is also the book that David Wellington feels is his best work. It’s a vampire action/horror novel. Mr. Wellington claims to be reacting to the Anne Rice vampire archetype wherein the vampires are smooth characters in lace collars, and intensely sexual beings. This is the current norm in the genre, but [more . . .]

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