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Bad Blood (Crimson Moon) [Mass Market Paperback]

L.A. Banks
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1 Feb 2009 Crimson Moon (Book 1)
Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal-and that the government would like to keep it that way. As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who-and what-she really is are only just the beginning.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; paperback / softback edition (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312949111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312949112
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.8 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"L. A. Banks takes on werewolves and makes them her own...A blast to read."
--Kelley Armstrong

"An action-packed thrill ride!"--Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Shadowy, sexy, intense." --Cheyenne McCray


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood, Good Book 29 Sep 2008
By Stephie
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world in unaware of the existence of the paranormal - and that the government would like to keep it that way.

As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who - and what - she really is are only just the beginning...

Bad Blood is a book I really enjoyed. It began innocently enough but by page twenty I was hooked.
It is book one of a series so there was a far amount of setting up the world and introducing the characters and there are some parts that are left open at the end of the book which are obviously for the sake of the following novel.
The only thing that I could find to complain about is that sometimes the perspective switches between Sasha and Hunter without much warning. But once it has happened once or twice you get used to it.
The romance is hot but doesn't feel repetitive or sleazy, just sexy. The characters are interesting and some are charismatic where as others you just love to hate. They have pasts as well and don't feel like the author has just pulled them out of the air. The demon-werewolves are strong and frightening adversaries and I liked the shadow-wolves too.

Bad blood is an interesting new take on the werewolves with great characters and a good plot. Even if you are not a fan of L. A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great paranormal read! 9 July 2013
By zoe
Format:Kindle Edition
Complex, intricate and intriguing are the descriptive words I can think of for this story. You have to pay attention to follow it, not a sleepy read! The characters are diverse, with detailed personality's and emotional depth. The settings and atmosphere are palpable, it creates a whole range of sensations for you to be drawn in to. Really great paranormal read, with enough hints of reality to keep it "what if?". I couldn't put it down x.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on werewolves 11 Jun 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sasha Trudeau is a highly trained Special Ops soldier, part of a team of survivors of werewolf attacks working for the American government to prevent the world from discovering the paranormal. But when Sasha returns from a solo mission to discover her team has mysteriously disappeared, she knows something isn't right. Turning to the mysterious Max Hunter Sasha uncovers dramatic secrets, government conspiracies and shocking realities about her own nature.

This is the first book in the Crimson Moon series and one that I've been looking forward to reading as I enjoyed books from the author's other series Vampire Huntress Legends. The narrative is grittier than I expected which took me a little while to adjust to and I was a little disappointed with how long this book took to get going. It suffers a lot from first-in-a-series-itis and there is plenty of info-dumping near the beginning which meant I struggled to get into the book itself.

That said, the book picks up about halfway through and once the world has been laid out the info-dumping subsides rapidly. The world building is complex, albeit poorly handled, and is very unique. Rather than just having werewolves there are three distinct species of wolf: shadow wolves who can literally move through shadows; demon wolves who are crazy and infected with a demonic virus; and werewolves or familiars who just have the basic wolf gene. There is also a demonic realm running parallel to our own with gates that allow demons to cross over.

The military angle is well handled and reminded me somewhat of Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series. Adding a military aspect can derail a narrative, but in this case it runs alongside Sacha's personal journey and gives her a fascinating background and interesting skill set.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Romance Masquarading as Urban Fantasy 25 May 2011
By emimar
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What annoys me about this book is that the author can't decide whether she wants it to be a paranormal romance or a military-style take on the werewolf genre. The paranormal romance aspect of the book takes over to such an extent that the main character, Sasha, fails to rescue her team-mates (which are rescued by someone else) and ends up spending all her time fantasing about a male werewolf she encounters. Gone are the days it seems of strong female characters with a brain like Sarah Conner, Sam Carter, Captain Janeway, Princess Leia and Susan Ivonova.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Introduction to Shadow Wolves! 9 April 2008
By Chantay W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As Bad Blood by L.A. Banks begins, we meet Sasha Trudeau and her fellow team members. She is a part of a unique group of 'beings' who are all soldiers for the U.S. government in this fictional world. Sasha and her team members are all connected to one another because they were supposedly attached by werewolves at some point in their lives; thus, becoming contaminated with werewolf virus. Being a Special Ops soldier for the government, Sasha is used to taking orders from her superiors and fully obeying them to contain the level of paranormal activity around the world. When her superiors send her on a mission without her team, Sasha does not understand why she has been separated from them but she still fulfills her duties. What happens on mission in Korea and once she returns home, will forever change her perception of the people she once trusted and obeyed.

Bad Blood is book one in the Crimson Moon Novels by L.A. Banks. Bad Blood is science-fiction meets paranormal and what a great combination the two make! This story continuously builds and lets the readers learn as main character, Sasha Trudeau learns of whom she truly is and of the dirty backhanded deals of the government. If readers are looking for a series that is exactly like Banks' Vampire Huntress Legends, then they will not find it here. The Crimson Moon Novels focus on werewolves, shadow wolves and the government. Though, there is one thing the two series have in common, besides the author, both are equally well-written and stunningly intriguing. Banks pulls the readers into the story throughout the book but towards the end, when certain secrets are revealed, readers will be left on the edge of their seats panting for more. With characters like Sasha Trudeau, Max Hunter, and secondary character currently known as Shogun, they definitely throw in some spice, kick, and punch.

For those interested in reading Bad Blood, which I recommend to all readers, I strongly suggest visiting the website for this book and the others that will follow in this series at [...] The website will explain the terminology used in the series.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say, same old, same old with different names, different title. 18 Jun 2008
By Silence Dogoode - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My very favorite book of LA Banks work is "The Bitten." In that book, I felt like she achieved the perfect pinnacle of good vs. evil, and embraced the ambiguity of characters that are neither good nor evil but instead were a mixture (ie, more real). The books which came after "The Bitten" in the VH series struck me as being too aggressively good vs. evil; and I mourn the loss of chemistry between the "good" Carlos and Damali. That said, and I apologize for starting off this review of "Bad Blood" with a synopsis of the VH series but it ties in to what I have to say about "Bad Blood." If you really LOVED every single one of the VH books, then this book is for you! You will like the ways it reminds you of VH and the new powers and mythos it introduces. However, for me, this book fell short. In fact, very quickly it got off into the same old take on the vampires/werewolves that LA used in the VH series: Evil is Evil and the only answer to it is destruction with blessed weapons or hallowed earth bullets, etc. NOTE -- SPOILERS ahead!!! In fact, at the end, there is a future glimpse that indicates Sasha's new man will eventually become one of the evil, uncontrollable "shadow" wolves. I also felt that the action scenes of the book moved too quickly, without the important buildup of the scenes to show why things were happening. Particularly, the scenes where her lover's pack chooses to "shoot-up" with the drugs that turn them to pure evil "shadow" beasts, half-wolf & half-human, uncontrollable animals. This really did not make sense to me & the explanation given in a few words by one of the packmembers before Sasha and her man blow them to pieces was not enough of an answer. The pack wanted to be "bigger and more powerful," but this does not sound like a good enough reason for the werewolves that grew up with the Indians and spirit guides to just suddenly decide out of jealousy to stick a needle in their veins and mainline pure evil into their bodies. The other part of this is that once the pack members have "shot-up" even once, they are evil permanently, so the only rescue is to shoot them dead. So, I found this book to be a disappointing return to a world where the good blow the evil to bits.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for die-hard Banks fans :/ 13 April 2008
By Girl Friday Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of Banks' VHL series and was eager to read her take of werewolf lore and mythology. On the bright side, Banks does make the werewolf her own and as always, she has excellent, unique ideas that are easily understood. Unfortunately, the very things that plagued the first book in the VHL series, Minion (original version, not the revised mass market edition), plague Bad Blood--namely, little character arc, shaky world-building, and awkward action. For all the great ideas packed into this book, Banks hasn't managed the skill of proper world-building. The first half of the book feels like an info dump, and when the action is finally introduced, it's buried once more in chapters of internal ramblings from Sasha, Dr. Holland and other secondary characters. Because of the shaky world-building, the characters suffered and I could never feel truly connected with them, and the disconnect made my reading experience even more lackluster, I'm afraid. I won't write the series off entirely as the first two books in the VHL series left me wanting, but I couldn't recommend this book to any readers new to Banks' style of writing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on romance, light on fantasy 8 Dec 2008
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is categorized as Dark Fantasy, the description on the back
cover makes it sound like an Urban Fantasy. After reading it, I'm
classifying it has a Romance novel with paranormal elements, emphasis
on the romance. I was looking for an urban fantasy with some romantic
elements thrown it, not the other way around.

While this book takes a new spin on werewolf mythology that is
interesting if a little confusing, it is mostly a romance novel (70%
of the book is devoted to romance/sex). The writing was sub par as
well, especially in the first few chapters. I got pretty tired of
reading about someone's 'sexy eyebrow', or 'sexy smile', or 'sexy
grin', or 'sexy glance' etc. Beyond that, the plot could have been
more interesting had it been told in a different manner. As it was
the story took a number of rather pointless "sex breaks" that
detracted from the overall narrative. I'm going to take a pass on the
rest of this series and probably on any other L. A. Banks novels as
well.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Check it out from the library 2 Jun 2008
By G. Gavin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wouldn't advise anyone to buy this book. If you really want to read it then get it from the library. I find I'm in complete agreement with NoirFemme's review who listed her reasons much better than I'll be able to do. In short, I don't connect with (or even particularly care about) the characters, the book seems like an info dump and NEVER draws me into it and, the story feels stilted and even a bit pretentious. In fact, it's taken me a couple of weeks to read because, bored, I keep putting it down and reading something else. This is my first L.A. Banks book and I was expecting much better. Based on this book alone, I'd never buy another by this author but, given that she's published so many books, I'll probably give her one more try on the theory (hope) that this may be a deviation from her normal style.
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