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Blood Drive (An Anna Strong Novel Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jeanne Stein
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“A terrific tale of supernatural sleuthing . . . provides edge-of-the-seat thrills and a high-octane emotional punch.” --Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Once again Jeanne C. Stein delivers a jam-packed story full of mystery and intrigue that will keep you glued to the edge of the seat! Just like with the first book in the Anna Strong series, The Becoming, I could not put this book down even for a second. You will find yourself cheering Anna on as she goes after the bad guys. Jeanne C. Stein has given us a tough-as-nails heroine everyone will love!”
—Night Owl Romance

My name is Anna Strong. I’m a woman caught between two worlds—my past as a bounty hunter, my present as a vampire. I do my best to hold on to what makes me human—my family, my job, my lover. But the pull of the undead is a siren song that’s becoming impossible to resist . . .
Anna’s fragile grip on a normal life evaporates when she discovers that her long-dead brother had a child she never knew anything about. Now a young teen, that child—Trish—is caught up in the worst kind of human nightmare. In order to save her niece, Anna fears she might have to surrender to the animal side of her nature.
As she stalks Trish’s predators, the lines between good and evil are no longer clearly defined. And before long, Anna has to ask herself who is the real monster, the humans who prey on their own kind or herself, the blood-thirsty vampire doing anything she has to in order to save them.

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Anna Strong is a vampire caught between two worlds. She clings to what makes her human-her family, her job, her lover. But the pull of the undead is a siren song becoming impossible to resist. Then she discovers her brother, who was tragically killed fourteen years ago, had a daughter he never knew about, and Trish is a child caught up in the worst kind of human nightmare. To save Trish, Anna may have to surrender to the animal side of her nature. As Anna stalks Trish's predators, the concepts of good and evil are no longer clearly defined. Now Anna must determine who is the real monster-the humans who prey on children or herself, the vampire trying to save them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: ImaJinn Books (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KBJFREE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second in the Anna Strong Series. 30 Sep 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Blood Drive continues from where The Becoming (Book 1) left off. We join Anna Strong at Culebra's hideout as she is about to return to the normal world. She's determined to fit being a vampire in with her previous life. But things are about to get more complicated when Trisha, a girl who may be her long-dead brother's child, goes missing.

I found myself really enjoying this one, much more than book 1 of the series. The dialogue is witty and the friction between Anna and some of the other characters makes for a story that you want to keep reading.

"Ah you're talking to me. Good. I thought you'd called me here to impress me with your digs. Or the speed at which you shuffle papers. And, I must say, both are impressive."

The thing I like about Anna is that she is flawed and makes mistakes. She still relies too much on her gut to get her out of situations - but that is who she is. It's interesting that she had this bad instinct thing going before she became a vampire - it's how she ended up as one in the first place. By the end of the book she realizes though her vampire instincts are good, in some situations she must over-ride them. This makes for one of the most powerful scenes in the story when she finally understands what being a vampire means. All the way through she's been told she has to make a choice, but it's only at that moment that she gets it.

I love the relationship between Anna and Frey. He won't let her get away with anything, unlike the other men in her life who she has a tendency to walk over. In a way this book is Anna coming to terms with what she'll have to let go of, if she's going to survive. She can't maintain her human relationships indefinitely, her family and friends are going to age and die.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Drive 7 Oct 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Anna Strong is a bounty hunter. Both her personality and her abilities (somewhat special abilities) rather suit the job. Anna is assertive, inquisitive, and quick to uncover or smell out the smallest of details.

Two months before the action takes place, Anna's life had changed dramatically. She became a vampire. Most of her loved ones haven't yet realized that she has no reflection in mirrors and that is on a high protein diet. She's still trying to figure out the myths versus realities of her situation herself.

Now, yet another dramatic situation rears it's ugly head when Anna's deceased brother's ex shows up at the door. This woman claims that the niece that Anna never knew existed is in dire trouble. The young girl has not only run away but she may even be involved in the murder of one of her school mates. The truth of the situation is even worse, much worse.

Blood Drive is the sequel to The Becoming. Although I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the first book, I had absolutely no trouble understanding what was happen, differentiating between characters, or catching the various complexities and relationship nuances. However, reading this second book did make me curious about what had happened in the first book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slight improvement from book one. 24 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Marginally better the the first book. This series is really mediocre. There is just nothing about the series or its characters that makes it stand out from any other vamp/werewolf series. The characters are flat. The only thing that's really keeping me reading is that I'm curious about who the guys voice she keeps hearing belongs to. The one she calls Casper. That's about it. And I still hate the fact that it's written in present tense. So annoying! "I get up", "I walk to the door", "I get the book and throw it out the window" Gah!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel! 22 Feb 2006
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jeanne Stein has written yet another great vampire novel. This book is the sequel to THE BECOMING but can be read as a stand alone novel. Anna Strong's brother died 14 years ago so when his last girlfriend, Carolyn, shows up and says he has a daughter, Anna and her parents are excited but shocked. Unfortunately, 13 year old Trish is missing and Carolyn wants Anna to find her. Anna's search leads her to a teacher at Trish's school, Daniel Frey. Frey is a shapeshifter (a panther) and he begins assisting Anna both with the investigation and with her experiences as a new vampire. Anna is forced to confront the evils of child porn films and the horrors that a child can face when she lacks family support. Anna also begins to face that she needs to separate herself from her mortal ties. I enjoyed this sequel and look forward to the next in the series. Highly recommended!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Scatterbrained Heroine Messes Up Her Un-Life 10 July 2009
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book two is worse. I didn't like The Becoming (The Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 1) very much, since Anna Strong refuses to face her own vampiric powers and identity. However, I decided to give the second a chance, because sometimes it takes more than one book to tell a story. What I wanted was a story of Anna Strong being strong, accepting herself, and carving her place inside supernatural and vampiric society while remaining a caring human being. Didn't get it.

Anna Strong comes off as weak. I don't like emotional shallow, stupid heroines who are so scatterbrained they need a telepath to make sense of their own thoughts for them! Rather than finally buckling down and being a vampire, Anna spends the novel figuring out that were-creatures exist in her world, and so do other supernatural beings. Then she 'gets it on' with one, but without any description. If you are doing supernatural romance scenes, go for it, don't spend chapters building up around it and finish it by closing the curtains and moving on. Romance fail.

Not only is Anna still not accepting she's a vampire, she's let all her vampiric responsibilities lapse and the author is letting her get away with it. Thought fail. Compound this with one of the most stupid and farcical murder frame-ups/investigations I've ever read in a book... and you have a novel I hate. Child pornography and unrealistic motives form a huge gaping plothole. Whatever momentum the novel had going was simply killed by this.

But hey, if you liked this, you should read Real Vampires Have Curves (Glory St. Clair, Book 1), because it's another series I dropped for the exact same reasons. At least with Anna Strong, I lasted two books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unpolished storyline 13 Feb 2008
By sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really want to like this series, but the published books seem so unfinished. Seems to me she needs a new editor. Once again, character development is lacking as are development of relationships between characters. She turns her characters into lovers without giving the reader much of a reason for them to be falling into bed with eachother.

There are also some MAJOR plotholes in this story. In fact, this story has one of the biggest plotholes I have EVER read in a published book. I don't want to give too much storyline away but the plothole I am speaking of involves one of the police suspects for murder. The author tries to make us believe that the police would suspect a 14 year old girl for the brutal rape and beating death of her mother??
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What truly defines kinship? (4.5 stars) 17 Jan 2008
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna Strong's never forgotten her older brother, Steve, who died when she was in high school. And she never quite forgave his perky blonde cheerleader girlfriend who stole Steve's attention from his little sister--and then didn't have the decency to attend Steve's funeral when he died.

It comes as a big surprise to both Anna and her parents that the girlfriend, Carolyn, wants to talk to them. Carolyn tells Anna she needs help finding her missing 13 year old daughter, Trish, because Trish might be party to a classmate's murder. Then Carolyn really drops the bomb--Trish is Steve's daughter.

With her mother more than half believing, Anna must find Trish--before the murderers do. This takes Anna into the world of shapeshifters via one of Trish's teachers and the world of child pornography.

"Blood Drive" is the second book in the Anna Strong Vampire Series. It's very much a stand-alone novel. I know this because I inadvertently took Volume 3 on vacation instead of this book. Even reading out of order, "Blood Drive" held up very well.

The author writes strong, but reasonably real characters and gives them good lines. She's got a solid talent at depicting characters that makes them memorable and leaves either a favorable--or not--impression on the reader.

For 292 pages, Stein also manages to pack in a lot of action. She keeps things moving and manages to solve the main point of each novel, but leave some tantalizing threads hanging that make you want to read on to the next.

One caveat: if you don't like even the mention of child pornography, don't read this book. I believe Ms. Stein handled a difficult situation well, but to some, the subject matter could be disturbing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're all connected -- whether we wish it or not... 15 Jan 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Carolyn Delaney was the girlfriend of Steve Strong just before his death fourteen years ago. Carolyn has contacted Anna and her parents, claiming her daughter is missing and she needs their help because Trish is also Steve's daughter. It turns out that Trish is a new student at the school where Anna's mother is principal. Not only is Trish missing but her best friend Barbara Fanco is also missing. Soon the FBI is involved and Anna learns that there's a lot she doesn't know about her new world and the other creatures that inhabit it unknown to humans. But one thing she does know is just how vile and corrupt humans can be and she wants Trish safe no matter whose daughter she is -- but finding her and keeping her safe may cost Anna her family and maybe her new life.

It's been two months since the events in The Becoming. Anna Strong is learning to cope with her new dietary requirements by seeking donors chosen by Culebra. Chief Williams has been trying to reach her, but she refuses to make contact, preferring to keep her life as normal as possible. But as she searches for Trish Delaney, Anna finds that ignorance is not bliss at all, it can kill you and it can kill those you love.

I was dissatisfied with Anna behavior in The Becoming. She believed everything she was told by Avery -- even after she learned he lied. Then she cut herself off from the vampire world to go her own way. Now at last, Anna realizes that she can't go on -- that she must connect with others who have powers and learn about her new powers, how to control her hunger, and how the shadow world of other mythical but real beings works. While the mystery and its twisty trail of clues, deaths, and greed is satisfying, I think knowing that Anna has now faced her new status squarely and will be learning to live with her changed nature is encouraging for the continuation of the series.

I do have to warn readers that this is a dark book, not for the vampirism but for the crimes against children. It's a difficult book to read but these crimes do happen -- the details are minimal describing the horror of the realization that this is happening rather than giving graphic details of the actions the characters are viewing. Not off screen enough to approach cozy status but definitely, enough to take the edge off the nausea.
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