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13 BULLETS

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 minor characters who make a brief and very intriguing appearance.

Although a great fan of the vampire genre I did not find anything to like about the ones in this story. To be honest, I found them disgusting and must give credit to the author for his use of gruesome imagery and his ability to provoke such a reaction from me. I prefer to be frightened rather than disgusted and unfortunately I did not find myself looking over my shoulder or avoiding dark places while reading this.

The story did engage me though and I continued reading because the promise of a good fright was always there although from my perspective it was never fully delivered.

I thought the book concentrated a little too much on what the author referred to as half-deads and I would describe as zombies. The half-dead element was probably the major reason why this story didn’t really work for me, the other being that I enjoy a more sophisticated gothic style of vampire.

Don’t get me wrong, the story is well written and if you like your horror Hannibal Lecter crossed zombie style than it is certainly one of the better ones available online. The site is easy enough to navigate and the posts are in easy to digest sections. Although I am awarding it 4 stars I am sure that fans of horror and zombies will think it worthy of more.

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