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Blood Pact: Blood Series Book Four (Victoria Nelson) Paperback – 2 Dec 2004


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493596
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.3 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An entertaining blend of warmly idiosyncratic characters, cinematic pacing and sharp-fanged humour' LOCUS 'The perfect vehicle for a diverting evening's entertainment' MYSTERY SCENE 'A fine mix of the detective story with the supernatural' SF CHRONICLE

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The fourth book in a razor-sharp series of supernatural thrillers.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gina Louise Brown on 3 Dec. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started reading Tanya Huff's Blood series to fill the gaps between Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake novels. Blood Pact is the fourth in the series of five and I highly recommend that they are read in order. Tanya Huff's style is all her own but those who enjoy Buffy, Anita Blake, or Sonja Blue (Nancy Collins) will love these books.
This novel once again revolves around the volatile relationship between Fitzroy, Vicky, and Celluci, with the bickering at it best.
Sadly Vicky's oft mentioned mother meets her demise at the beginning of this tale, and Vicky struggles to come to terms with her death, it doesn't help when one of your boyfriend is a vampire!
With time it appears that events surrounding her mothers death are far from normal and the guys turn up to help Vicky 'Victory' Nelson solve another case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 15 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
The fourth book in Huff's Victory Nelson series, this one is notably different in focus from the first three. While Vicky struggles with the shock of her mother's death (which happens in the first few pages, so I'm not spoiling you here), she moves on autopilot through her usual investigative motions.
It's really the interaction between Fitzroy and Celluci that makes this book worth reading: Vicky's emotional distance leaves the two men to fill the void. They do their best, showing more dimensionality than in the preceding volumes.
The fourth book in Huff's Victory Nelson series, this one is notably different in focus from the first three. While Vicky struggles with the shock of her mother's death (which happens in the first few pages, so I'm not spoiling you here), she moves on autopilot through her usual investigative motions.
It's really the interaction between Fitzroy and Celluci that makes this book worth reading: Vicky's emotional distance leaves the two men to fill the void. They do their best, showing more dimensionality than in the preceding volumes.
The bad guys are, as is constant through this series, flat and obvious. There's no real mystery element to these novels; you know whodunnit from the get-go. I was also disappointed to discover that Huff barreled through the final chapters like she couldn't be done with the book soon enough. A pity, that, as the ending to Blood Pact wraps up threads carried through the remainder of the series.
While worth reading if you're a fan of the series, this isn't the book to introduce you to Victory & Co
The bad guys are, as is constant through this series, flat and obvious. There's no real mystery element to these novels; you know whodunnit from the get-go.
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Vicki Nelson, Private Investigator, is having a difficult time dealing with the men in her life. During the day there is Mike Celluci, a Detective-Sergeant with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department. During the night there is Henry Fitzroy, the vampire who had once been a prince, a duke, an earl, and a Knight of the Garter. Normally Vicki answers her mother's phones calls; even when she dreads to. Then comes the night that Vicki has had more than enough drama for one day. When Marjory calls at the worst time possible, Vicki simply cannot deal with listening to her mother too. So for once, Vicki does not answer the phone. This means the guilt hits Vicki hard the next morning, when she is informed that Marjory has died.

Vicki travels to Kingston without telling Mike or Henry anything. Of course, when the two figure out where Vicki went and why, they follow. To offer comfort, if nothing else. Vicki's guilty conscious keeps her dry-eyed as she moves through the necessary process of dealing with her mother's funeral and estate. When Vicki opens the casket to find Marjory's body missing, Vicki is livid! Vicki shuts everything out of her life except the need to find the person or persons who had taken her mother's body. The next time Vicki sees her mother body, it is standing at a window looking in at Vicki. The body is dead. But part of Marjory is trapped within. Before Vicki can get outside, the body snatchers had already grabbed Marjory and left. Someone is responsible for turning her mother into Frankenstein's monster. More than likely, the culprits are from the university. And Vicki will not stop until she finds out who is responsible and can finally put her mother to rest.

**** FOUR STARS! This episode Vicki has to deal with mad scientists trying to reverse death.
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By A. L. Rutter on 11 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the fourth book in the series about Vicki Nelson, PI in Toronto. In this novel she receives extremely bad news in the first few chapters concerning her mother's death - the news gets worse when she travels to Kingston and realises that her mother is being used in an appalling series of experiments. It is the tale of Dr Frankenstein brought bang up to date in a gruesome manner. While Vicki tries frantically to find out who is behind the molestation of her mother's corpse, she is ably assisted by Henry Fitzroy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII - and a vampire - and Mike Celucci, cop. Both men love Vicki and are trying to win her heart, but all of this is put aside when the three band together against a common foe.

I had my complaints about the last book in this series, feeling that it dragged a little, used a ludicrous plot and made two dimensional cardboard cut-outs of characters that had been powerful in the first couple of books. Sure, here the plot is no less ludicrous - dealing with an insane but brilliant scientist and a university admin chief with desires of riches and glory who are attempting to resurrect the dead - but the characters are richly drawn and very real. For me Mike is the standout - especially in the last third of the book when he and Vicki are racing to find Henry before it is too late. His love for her; his determination and bravery; his wry sense of humour - and, eventually, his ability to sacrifice the woman he loves to another man in order to save her, are just tremendously written.

I won't spoil the ending for those who haven't read the book, but it is explosive and heart rending, and leaves plenty of questions for the fifth and last book.
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