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Laurell K. Hamilton
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8 Nov 2012 Anita Black Vampire Hunter 21

Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton returns with another exciting, thrilling and addictive adventure for her vampire hunting heroine Anita Blake.

I knew without doubt that if any more of the vampires tried to attack us I'd kill them, too, regardless of apparent age, race, sex, or religious affiliations. I was an equal-opportunity executioner; I killed everybody.

My name is Anita Blake and I am a vampire hunter and necromancer, as well as a US Marshal. So when a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to me to find her. And when I do, I'm faced with something I've never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving their vampire master. And where there's one martyr, I know there will be more... But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And I'm one of them...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 075538900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755389001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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'Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field' (Charlaine Harris)

'Anita Blake is one of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara' (Publishers Weekly)

'What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel' (USA Today)

'A hardcore guilty pleasure' (The Times)

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The sensational new novel from the New York Times bestselling author featuring her vampire-hunting heroine Anita Blake.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The end of the line 14 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
I must start this review by admitting that I only got half through before giving up in total horror but I can sum up that first half in just three words: Utterly boring drivel!

This novel is a long list of Character Bios and little else, or at least the first half is. From what other reviewers have said the second half is mostly sex scenes and it was midway through the first of those that I gave up. The sex doesn't bother me, I rather enjoy it in other books, it all just seems too clinical from LKH. It reads more like a list of instructions rather than a sex scene. (So it seems to me).

The breakfast scene 'back at the ranch' after super Anita killed the 'bad guys' (and mused much on her own monster'ness' on her way home) was sooooooooooooooooooo boring I almost gave up there and then. Everybody bickering over who gets to hug and kiss Anita first! OMG! It could have been written by a 5 year old. The first sex scene develops after they all enjoy their yummy breakfast so I really could have stopped with the bickering children and wish I had.

The main theme of this book is Anita bemoaning her situation and rethinking everything in her head: Should she do something, why did she do something, maybe she's overthinking it, sure she is but that's not her fault, it's everybody else, they are all so jealous of her, blah blah blah.

If you have been bored by this review then I would recommend that you skip 'Kiss The Dead' because my review is totally riveting in comparison to LKH's latest horror!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Maybe it is time for the Anita Blake books to either take a different turn in the road or Hamilton should consider laying her to rest. It is almost as if the author doesn't want to say goodbye to the characters, because they mean so much to her.
How about a side series with just one of the characters?
Anyway despite being an avid reader of the Blake books I have been underwhelmed with the last few offerings. Some of them have been very short. This story is repetitive and lacks Hamiltons original spark.

Although there are glimpses of the original feisty vampire hunter unfortunately they are lost between the usual 'think, think, think' dilemmas Blake usually has.
You would think by now, book 21 she would have figured out whether she is indeed a monster or just a monster killer. She spreads so much loving around it is a wonder the woman can stand up in the mornings. Although saying that there are less naughty scenes than usual.
Where is Olaf? He is one of the most oddball interesting characters and I believe Skin Trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 17) was one of the best in the series.
I like Hamilton and her creative ideas, so I will still buy her next offering. I just hope she will either clean the slate and start fresh with a new concept or take Anita back to the vampire hunter we love to read about.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bland and blah 28 Aug 2012
I keep doing the stupid thing of hoping that the Anita Blake books will get good again or even get back to not being train wrecks of porn, porn fight, complicated emotions, porn fight, fight and maybe some porn. Every time I'm disapppointed. That kinda makes me the fool I fear for continuing to buy these books when there are better ones out there.
I finished the book in about four hours and can honestly say, I have no wish to read it again which I used to get with the Anita Blake books.
Anita is now standing up for vampire and lycanthrope rights and is still being the monster for everyone, Ahhh poor girl. And even though I've just put down the book I can't think of much more to say. The plot of ANOTHER bad vamp in town has been done so many times now its getting hackneyed.
Please Ms Hamilton either get something new into the mix or just leave it, I don't think I will be buying another of your books, and frankly wouldn't reccomend anything above book 8 to anyone wanting a decent novel
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No more Anita Blake for me 19 Nov 2012
By Gr8p
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I very rarely read books with a female protagonist because for some unknown reason, authors can never get it right. The character is usually so unlikeable/unsympathetic and antagonistic, which some authors seem to mistake as 'fiery, fiesty' that I find it hard to believe that every male in the book would find her attractive let alone intriguing or interesting. I never do and I have even more insight into the character as I get the privilege of reading her inner monologue, yea, which is filled with all sorts of idiocy.

Enter Anita Blake. From around Book 7, this turned into a series about a short, angry, half Mexican woman (this description of Blake is given repeatedly) who:
*has sex with and metaphysically bonds with lycanthropic and vampiric heartthrobs
*and feels bad about having sex
*then makes her peace with having sex by falling in love with the heartthrobs
*but feels like she can't love all the heartthrobs
*but then questions whether they love her or the aurdor/odor
*but then decides they love her but she can't love them
*but then ...

You get the picture. If it annoys you reading my description, think how you'd feel reading the book! I'm more annoyed with myself as I should have given up long ago on buying these books and not given this author my money. This is my last Anita Blake book.

Shame that a good series turned out so badly. But as my mum always says, if you don't like something, vote with your feet. So, I'm walking away from this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG excellent
every time i think the Anita blake series couldn't get any better it does. can really lose yourself in the world created in these books, adn i have come to think of anita et all as... Read more
Published 9 months ago by laura king
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love laurell k hamiltons work and she never fails to provide a gripping story and As always loved the book brilliant author can't wait for the next one
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Published 12 months ago by hazelnut
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I thought that this story brought Anita back to a story arc that i originally enjoyed while still staying true to the more recent events.
Published 12 months ago by John Steele
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter rubbish
Laurel K Hamilton really should have ended this series about 8 books ago. The first 12 or so books were really good and I was hooked on them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs L K Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake!!!
As usual the novel is exactly as promised would recommend to fantasy lovers :-) Anita Blake series number 20, a must have!
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