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These Vampires Bite
on 27 July 2010
I have to admit that I like a good vampire story once in a while. However, not the type that contain lacy cuffs and pent up emotions. I like the gory books that put action over feelings and in David Wellington's `13 Bullets', I got just that. The story is set in present day America where Vampires are a violent reality; there are only a few of them, but they kill efficiently and gruesomely. Special Marshall Arkeley has been a vampire hunter for 20 years and he sees something special in State Trooper Caxton and decides to use her as a partner. Their adventure will see them investigating the whereabouts of a clan of vampires and wiping them out.
'13 Bullets' is an impressive action novel that shows Vampires as they really would be; junkies with immense power. Wellington writes a good crime novel and throws in supernatural elements. His vivid descriptions make the violence hard to read, but compelling horror fiction. The characters are also well developed for a horror novel with Caxton in particular getting more depth than I usually see from the genre. The only issue I had with the book was the fact that it begins to lose its way towards the end as the world of unreality begins to creep into the story. What was an almost believable view of vampires becomes something a little too whimsical for the nature of the story. This is still an excellent book and will satisfy any fan of hard horror.