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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (5 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015603
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Night Rising" was only the beginning... Dawn Madison reluctantly came to Los Angeles in search of her missing father and found instead a world of murder and the living dead she never imagined existed. When a new vampire slaying lures Dawn deeper into the underground, her alliances in the sunlit world shift. Now she has only herself to trust and her new found skills as "a spunky vampire slayer" ("Publishers Weekly").

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. L. Lowery on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Hooked from the start, have now read all of the Vampire Babylon books that are out!!! Hoping that there are still more to come. Anyone who loves a vampire slayer with a twist will love this series, its for those who grew up knowing Buffy but now want something more grown-up (adult). Cannot recommend this book anymore highly, its just brillant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not a rush out and buy 29 Mar. 2008
By Amber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It has been a year since Vampire Babylon Book One 'Night Rising' was released. I read it back then and thought it was the start of a new series I could grow to like. However after reading this second part I still didn't love it.

Ok it isn't bad but it hasn't made me jump around in happiness either. I don't really care when the 3rd part will be released and I don't want to add it to my wishlist. I just don't find this series to be amazing. I found it hard to follow and I didn't like any of the characters at all.

Sure it has a new angle. Superstars becomming vampires hasn't really been done before. Although the whole story failed to capture my undivided attention and I found myself putting the book down every 20 - 30 pages and going off and doing something else. Which for a fast reader like myself isn't a good sign.

I am sure some people reading this book will enjoy it immensely and praise it. I can't. I don't usually give bad reviews because I don't usually give this kind of book the time of day and throw it to one side after 70 or so pages. With this book though I wanted to like it but in the end it just didn't convince me.

Would be interesting to hear what others think of this one. Seeing as it hasn't impressed me at all.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More like 4 1/2 stars.... 20 Feb. 2008
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MIDNIGHT REIGN picks up right where NIGHT RISING left off!

Dawn Madison still wants to find her missing father, Frank. The leads have dried up and she is questioning everyone around her. Just who is the mysterious Jonah Limpet? Her two closest allies, Breisi Montoya and Kiko Daniels, are trying to find Frank as well, but Dawn isn't used to having friends or relying on anyone for help. And can Dawn get past the creepy similarities in appearance between her new friend, Jacqueline Ashley, and Dawn's deceased mom, Eva Claremont? A new death occurs... but will it lead to Frank's return and the mysteries of the vampire Underground?

Chris Marie Green takes readers deep into the background and lore of her vampires in the second book of this fascinating trilogy. While the first book focused on Dawn's introduction into the world of the vampires, MIDNIGHT REIGN begins to give us glimpses into the history of how the Underground evolved. Where did the Master come from? What is the tie between the Master and Sorin? Chris Marie Green begins answering all these questions... while revealing some startling secrets in the process!

Character development is crucial to the success of MIDNIGHT REIGN, and Chris Marie Green does a phenomenal job at creating characters who seem real. Dawn struggles with relationships, stemming back to the issues over her parents. Who can't help but feel her anguish as her safe, comfortable world becomes so unsettled? And as for secondary characters... I just can't get enough of Kiko and Breisi!

MIDNIGHT REIGN is by no means your stereotypical vampire story. I have to admit the change of pace caught me off guard at first, but once I settled in, I couldn't stop reading! Chris Marie Green's smooth writing style makes MIDNIGHT REIGN a joy to read.

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 18 Feb. 2008
By Jessica S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Midnight Reign was absolutely fantastic! While Night Rising was wonderful in its own aspects, the second installment was just wonderful. It picks up where everything left off (somewhat) 1 month later. Dawn and the others are tense while they wait for the Underground's next move, but Dawn is still set on finding her father. Plus there's a vampire serial killer on the loose who might lead them to the Underground.

Nothing is what it seems in this story. We receive many many many!!! answers to certain events. I don't want to give any of it away, but Dawn discovers the identity of three people and one that is told to us, but not Dawn. For the three of them, only one is a "hidden" identity, they are who they are and Dawn just didn't know it. For the others, they're character has not been seen and suddenly they appear. That's all I'll say there!

The bad thing is that I can't seem to say what I want to without giving away any surprises, so I have to be vague. My apologies. Overall a fantastic book with an ending that I honestly didn't see coming. There are many many surprises in store for Dawn and not all of them are good. Countdown to September for the third book in the trilogy! Then comes another mini series so to speak!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dawn and the team are back 30 Jun. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dawn Madison is back. With her she brings her new friends - or family, as she is coming to think of them, to search for her missing father Frank. But Los Angeles has a secret - vampires. Lots and lots of vampires. Dawn has become a vampire hunter, preparing to use her skills as a stunt-woman to delve into the Underground to find her lost father. Kiko, the psychic midget actor, is still recovering from his back-breaking encounter with the last vampire they found, and his psychic powers don't seem to work well with the pain meds - especially, Dawn suspects, if he's become addicted to them. Breisi, Frank's girlfriend, seems to be accepting Dawn little by little, but the three of them have to trust one another in order to survive the search. But what about The Voice?

The Voice, or Jonah, runs the show. But Dawn has difficulty simply trusting everyone because they tell her to, so her relationship with Jonah is extremely complicated. Jonah has taken her in (by using Frank to bring her to LA) and given her work and even manages to help her contain her addiction to sex as an outlet for her anger and frustration. Breisi is learning to see her as a co-worker and possible step-daughter, and the two of them seem to be more comfortable around one another, and their mutual concern for their partner Kiko has helped with that a lot. Kiko and Dawn have become like brother and sister, which means a lot to Dawn, but she's still not used to having so many people to answer to. So when a new vampire killing is announced and the perpetrator that was caught after the first one is still locked up, Dawn and the team are back to a lot of footwork after a quiet month.

The mysterious Matt appears on the scene again once news of the murder leaks out, and while Dawn finds him persuasive and attractive, she tries to trust her instincts. When it appears that Matt really wants Eva, Dawn's dead actress mother, she skips. Hurt by that incident, she nevertheless can't help but listen to Matt's request - question Jonah and his motives.

The Underground is seething with activity, but is trying to stay low-key so as not to reveal themselves to anyone set on destroying their Eden-like existence. This new murder was not sanctioned and is drawing unwanted attention, so they must investigate the circumstances without drawing the attention of the vampire hunters.

It's difficult for me to describe my interest in this series. Yes, I like the paranormal, which originally drew me to it. But it is supposed to take place in this world, in this time, which throws me off track a little, I think. But Dawn is a compelling character who has insecurities and faults like everyone else. We watch her struggle with her loyalties and desires as she tries to find the father she loves, but doesn't like very much. But the storyline is deepening, with twists, so I think that I will be on the lookout for Break of Dawn when it comes out next year. The vampire followers will enjoy the books, with a little romance thrown in to confuse things.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Should be *entirely* Dawn's story 25 April 2008
By E. Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the first book in this series well enough to get the second, and will probably get the concluding book as well, but I think the series could be a lot better. First, the books are simply somewhat awkwardly written in spots. I expect this will smooth out as Ms Green writes more books and gains more experience, but it is noticable. Second, I'm not sold on the whole "underground" concept. It seems to me that there are too many holes both in the physical setting, and in the logic of recycling stars. We already have lots of actors who look a lot like other actors, and they rarely go on to anything. (Not to mention that it's repeatedly described as paradise, but the only descriptions we get sound like an orgy that might be nice to go to on Saturday night but hardly where you'd like to spend all week..) Third, I'm not sold on the Limpet associates as competent detectives.

I think though that the biggest thing I would change would be to put the story into the first person and make it entirely Dawn's point of view. It's her story anyway, and the vampire digressions don't add anything that couldn't be handled in another way. If she were the narrator, it would be easier to sell her multiple personality issues and make her likeable in spite of them.
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