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  • Mass Market Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441009840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441009848
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,342,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2007 08 Pages: 272 in Publisher: ACE Olympias has long reigned as the Enforcer of Washington DC. But now her devoted human servant is On questioning her command the With no Enchant - now. Olympias must stand-alone against those of bent on her destruction-no matter the personal cost.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2004
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Deceptions is a wonderfully entertaining novel, in many ways the best of the first four books in Susan Sizemore's Laws of the Blood series, yet there a few aspects of the story that weaken it a little bit, in my own estimation. I actually think the author had a little too much fun writing such an obviously crowd-pleasing novel, and this led her to extend the magic of coincidence just a little too far. There is more than enough exciting action to be found in these pages to make up for any flaws, however.
Deceptions takes us to Washington, D.C., always a dangerous place. This turf belongs to Olympias, ancient vampire and exceedingly powerful Enforcer of the laws; not only does she have to keep the local population of blood-suckers at bay, she has the added task of making sure no one in the government learns about the actual existence of her kind. After centuries of exercising vast power, she has begun to slip a little, entrusting a lot of authority (not to mention work) to her slaves, especially her secretarial slave Sara. Olympias has chosen a bad time to start nodding at the wheel because Roger Bentencourt, the Companion of a local vampire, is bent on revenge and the acquisition of power without having to wait around for his eventual transformation from vampire's Companion to actual vampire. Bentencourt sets in motion a plan to turn the local nests against Olympias, culminating in what should be unthinkable – usurping her power and replacing her with one of their own (one whom Bentencourt knows he can manipulate and control). Olympias indirectly plays into the usurper's hands by ordering all of the nests out of the territory and seemingly stealing a young fledgling's chosen mate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec 2003
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Let us hop on over to Washington, D.C. Hey, it is the capitol of the USA's mortals, why not for the capitol for the USA's vampires as well? Olympias has long reigned as the Enforcer of Washington, D.C. She is the one ultimately responsible for every strigoi in the country. With "the Enforcers' Enforcer" away on a long overdue vacation, Olympias has even more to deal with.
Sara, Maggie, and Gerry are Olympias's slaves. They are the ones that Olympias delegates most of the work to. Sara is the one considered to be Olympias's right hand person. And it is she that is sent to talk to Andrew, a suicidal vampire in the area wishing for Olympias to kill him. Why? Because Andrew thinks he is going insane. Andrew is convinced he is seeing ghosts.
The local vampires are upset at Olympias, who is demanding all the nests to vacate the area within a month. Rose, a local nest leader, is the most upset due to the fact that she has lived in that area longer than any other vampire. It is the only place she has ever considered to be "home". Her companion, Roger, sees potential and begins using everyone in an attempt to kill Olympias and eventually take over as leader.
Then there is Colonel Mike Falconer, who is over a government project, the Walker Project. His group are very "gifted" and walk the astral plane. And for the first time in centuries, Olympias is considering having a companion. It all adds up to trouble with a capitol T.
***** Excellent! Very well executed! (Pardon the pun.) Book 4 is even better than the last, and that is definitely saying something. I hope to see these main and secondary characters again in future books. With all that I am seeing, this is shaping up to be series that fans will want to keep reading about for years! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Newman on 23 Jan 2003
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Olympias is one of the oldest of the Enforcer vampires, and responsible for much of the administration and protection of the American sects. Her base of Washington DC is used to gauge how well the US government, in particular their more covert ops, know about them. As an experienced Enforcer, Olympias is a ruthless predator, protective of her kind but also a bit weary of the necessity of enforcing the laws. Michael Falconer is part of a study of Walking - astral projecting to covertly study / spy / rescue etc on behalf of the US government. He's also the object of lust of one of the junior vampires, and Olympias must check if he is suitable to become a love bunny. Oddly, for a woman who thought herself past such things, Olympias finds she wants the bunny for her own. And this 'weakness' gives a way in for someone from the under world to exploit the potential conflict.
The story is split between three central lines - Olympias and Michael, Sara (Olympias human assistant / slave) and the vampire that wants to die Andrew, and the human companion who wants to rule it all some day. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. I love the original concept of the series and the essentially predatory nature of the Enforcers and all the positives and negatives that brings into their relationship with mortal humans. There is an underlying dark nature to this series that I enjoy greatly. In this book, however, the split in concentration between the characters lead to me becoming less involved with them. I would begin to get into their story, and the focus would switch to another.
I've read and greatly enjoyed the previous 3 books in the Laws of the Blood series. The fourth is not as intense as the previous three books, but is certainly worth reading as a part of the series.
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