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  • Mass Market Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441006604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441006601
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the blood lust of the vampires of Los Angeles begins to take over, it is up to the Enforcer, Selim, to keep them under control, but his life and the life of Siri, his mortal love, are threatened by a would-be betrayer who is out to violate his community's most sacred law.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 May 2004
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The Hunt is the first novel in Susan Sizemore's notably unusual Laws of the Blood series, and she melds romance alongside horror to create what some might be called a work of sensuous dark fantasy. Sizemore has published novels in a wide range of genres, and I have to admit I had some doubts about this series going on; it's not often you encounter a romance writer treading the darker paths of literature. Sizemore obviously knows what she is doing, though, and the end result in this case is a refreshingly different take on the subject of vampires.
Vampires do have rules to live by, embodied in the Laws of the Blood. The laws are for the vampires' protection as much as the teeming millions of humans who unknowingly occupy the vampires' world. If word of the vampires' real-life existence got out, mankind would not rest until these "monsters" of the night were destroyed. Of course, vampires roiling in the overpowering desire of bloodlust can't really be depended upon to play it cool in all situations, and that is why there are Enforcers in each area. The word of the Enforcer vampire is law and must be obeyed. This is especially important during periods of the Hunt. Vampires are not permitted to kill humans according to their whims, but they must hunt and sate their bloodthirst periodically. It is up to the Enforcer to name the number of victims, identify them, and set everything up for the Hunt. In the Los Angeles area, the Enforcer is named Selim. His job is not an easy one. A couple of the local vampires resent his power over them and seek a means to overturn the ancient Laws and feed when and where they choose.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2003
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Even vampires have laws. Humans have police to uphold their laws. Vampires have "Enforcers".
Enforcers are an elite group of vampires. Selim is the Enforcer in Los Angeles. Much time has passed since the vampires in the city last tasted fresh human blood. A hunt is needed ... and soon. As Enforcer, it is up to Selim to name the time, the place, and the prey.
Because ONLY Enforcers kill other vampires, Selim's job does not make him popular. He can never waver or show any weakness whenever he gives the Laws. To do so could easily cost him his life and the life of his mortal love/companion Siri.
**** A very solid beginning for this series! When an Enforcer must go hunt another of his kind, one of them WILL die. It looks as though this will happen at least once in each of the books in the series.
This series is NOT for readers who want a vampire like the one Stoker created, nor for the ladies wanting a vampire hero to dream about. You should ONLY consider this book if you like the idea of vampires living among us in the world today, in clans. Recommended reading. I hope the second book is as good as this first. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1999
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In Los Angeles, Selim the Enforcer rules over the local vampire community. Selim makes decisions when the brood can hunt, decides disputes between the undead, and enforces the community's laws. The prime directive is to keep secret the existence of the species from humans except those mortals who are engaged as companions.
Selim faces several crisis and minor nuisances. The group is hungry and it is time for Selim to approve the hit list. However, his human Siri learns that an innocent is condemned as fodder for the undead. She pushes Selim to change the list so that only evil humans are consumed. However, Selim must contend with rebel vampires that scoff at his authority and plan to hunt outside the law, a violation of the second most sacred directive. He also learns that a script for a documentary about vampires is being written that appears so close to the truth that it has obviously been scribed by a renegade bloodsucker. As his troubles mount, evidence grows that Selim's time as the Enforcer appears to be near an end because his enemies have added him to their list.
LAWS OF THE BLOOD: THE HUNT is a magnificent debut of a new series starring vampires living in LA. The exciting story line will arouse the blood of readers with its non-stop action and genuine feel of the community. The characters seem real to the point that the audience will believe that Susan Sizemore has broken the prime directive by revealing another species lives amongst us. Fans of supernatural tales will want to sink their teeth into this novel and subsequent books in what is clearly going to be a thrilling series.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "jhezsalin" on 13 July 2003
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Alright, I'm an avid roleplayer and a great fan of Vampire the Masquerade. This book is set in a world very similar to the World of Darkness represented by White Wolf in their books, although the author has choosen to obscure this a bit. Not by much, though. Add a bit of the TV-series Angel and you've got Laws of the Blood.
The main characters are well-defined, but the setting and the supporting cast could be more detailed. The story never really gripped me.
If you like Vampire the Masquerade and Angel, then this story might be just what you are looking for. If not, then try Charlene Harris' Southern Vampire stories or Laurell K. Hamiltons Anita Blake series. Both of them are much better written and have a far greater potential to keep the reader enthralled.
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