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Winter’s Mercenary by Drew Daniels

A story about Vampires, Mages, and Supernatural Pissing Contests 

Set in modern day America. James Damian has just recently been recruited by the Queen of the Winter Court of the Fae. His mission is to track Summer’s new recruits. However, the entrance of a beautiful hit-woman may bring to light some interesting new facts.


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A different type of vampire

By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Jul 19, 2008: Once upon a time, vampires were monsters.

Now, they are beautiful "people" who, much like Romeo and Juliet, frequently find themselves falling in love with their dessert and, once they find themselves in such a predicament, begin to loathe their monster nature where all and sundry are invited to their own special little angst ‘n’ pity party.

The whole theme is a bit old, and, honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything different when I began to read Winter’s Mercenary.

I was wrong.

I found a smart ass vampire who likes what he does. Who doesn’t angst and moan, and doesn’t mind throwing the occasional fire ball.

And, above all, it was entertaining. The writing made me smile more than once. Sometimes the prose could use a bit of a polish, but overall it’s pleasing to read. The plot continues to thicken and I am always looking forward to what happens next.

It’s popcorn lit—delicious and entertaining.

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Intriguing

By Miladysa, editor, author of Refuge of Delayed Souls

Nov 7, 2008: Despite several great reviews on the Web Fiction Guide and umpteen star ratings I very nearly missed out on this one.

I enjoyed the first episode and the next couple had me a bit perplexed as to the type of story I was reading. It is worthwhile sticking with though because it is a great read, the main character is a riot and the story is developing well.

Personally I found the [more . . .]

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Root for the "Bad Guy"

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Jul 4, 2008: We’ve all met the atypical brooding vampire. Vampires with souls. Vampires tormented by their bloodlust, striving to be better people. Vampires in love with mortals and deathly afraid of killing them, or turning them.

James Damian is not that kind of vampire.

Winter’s Mercenary is good old supernatural fun, with snark, action, and charmingly twisted undead romance. James has a job, and killing is its name. He’s not ashamed of it, and [more . . .]

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A Solid Supernatural-Action Yarn

By Kyt Dotson, author of Black Hat Magick

Aug 14, 2008: When I first encountered “Winter’s Mercenary”, I wasn’t too certain I’d be interested being that I understood the title was about a vampire who works for Queen Mab—for those not in the know, she’s got a lot of names in fantasy but is commonly the Faerie Queen of the Winter Court. Since I’m a strong reader of Irish and Celtic lore her appearance tends to lend a sense of gravity to anything I read.

Fortunately, this work held a bit more [more . . .]

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Crisp and Funny: Who’d a thunk?

By "K", member

Jul 27, 2010: I simply wanted to take a peek, but what I ended up doing was read until my eyes hurt. Besides the fact that the writing is crisp, this story is downright funny. Only a dark mind could find a way to make you laugh while plotting the horrible death of a character.

The action never stops. The writing is smooth. Makes you forget that you are reading a story. Descriptions are just enough to get your imagination thrumming.

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Modern vampire, solo assasin

By Belial666, member

Sep 30, 2008: I’ve read about monster vampires, slutty vampires, angsty vampires, indifferent vampires. We’ve all seen vampires hunted down by silly teenage humans in cheerleader dresses and vampires struggling with their bestial nature, always wanting to be human. Friendly neighborhood vampires so clean and piteous they squeak and undead abominations so monstrous no one would empathize with them.

So, what was missing from that list? Ah, yes, the Smart Vampire. That’s exactly what Winter’s Mercenary offers. James Damian is witty, practical, unscrupulous and [more . . .]

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