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Night Life (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425214826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425214824
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 12.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,719,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winters Kiss on 24 Nov. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
'He returned from death...
Venerable pharaoh and ancient god of the Nile, Adrian King once sat upon his throne and led his people nobly, only to be betrayed. But a sacred ritual has allowed him to reawaken thousands of years after his death-as a vampire. Now the owner of the Royal Palace, a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, he is haunted by dreams of a beautiful woman-and by the dawning of an evil presence.
...and brought her fantasies to life.
Egyptologist Christine Day is drawn to the Royal Palace by its breath-taking authenticity. She is the woman Adrian has been dreaming of, the only one who can evoke real sensual passions in this fierce warrior and leader. Compelled to share his well-kept secret with Christine, he puts her at great risk. For others have awakened who will not rest until Adrian is destroyed again, even if it means taking the only true love he's ever known...'

Night Life is an engaging, exciting novel and the first in a new vampire series. I love the intriguing plot, with it's various twists and turns. The pieces of Egyptian information that are spread throughout this book are not only thoroughly interesting, but add to the overall historic atmosphere beautifully. The relationship between Christine and Adrian (Merneptah Seti) is sensually compelling and makes the reader hope for a happy ending for the two lovers. It was a delight to enter this world. I eagerly await the sequel 'Night Hunger' in 2008.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not enough talent to attack such an ambitious plot 29 Jun. 2007
By Lirazel - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The reviewer who wrote that this book is filled with plotholes is absolutely right. I've never seen a less cohesive plotline. One dimensional and poorly thought out characterization (especially of supporting characters), bad dialogue, and nonsensical storytelling outweighs bonus points for a promising premise, an interesting take on vampirism and quasi-New Kingdom history. The book really falls apart after the main characters fall into bed together as if the author realized she had nothing more to say and hastily tied all the plot threads together haphazardly. In this way we are left with several key questions that remain unresolved and undermine the entire structure of the book . . .

How did any of these ancient Egyptians turned into vampires? What was the point of the bizarre elixir Adrian drinks in the forward if everyone he knew as Pharoah turned into a vampire without drinking the same thing? What is the Soul Gatherer and how does it affect our main characters (other than as a super convenient way to scare off the rather pathetic villain)? Then there is the question of just who is Christine to Adrian? Did they have a past life together? Is she some Egyptian goddess, is she really She-Who-Must-Be-Feared?

Throughout the novel we are told time and again that Adrian senses great evil but once the villain (irrationally) reveals himself, he is disarmed quite easily and even calls out to his mama as he is destroyed. Even if I could get around the plotholes, I can't forgive such a useless villain. There was no sense of urgency, no sense of peril. I found myself rolling my eyes instead of enjoying the suspense.

This novel truly had potential but needed someone of Susan Squires' or Meljean Brooks' caliber to pull it off. I think Elizabeth Guest bit off more than she could chew with this book. She wanted epic but produced cheesy. I know she plans this book to be the first in a series. It makes me shudder.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing after a strong start 14 April 2007
By Walker - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Reading this book was a unique experience for me. I've never enjoyed the first part of a book so much, only to be so disappointed by the end. I blew through the first half - I couldn't put it down. Then I started to get frustrated with the story. This is the first in a new series about (dead) ancient Egyptians awakening in their tombs to become immortal, vampire-type creatures. I kept waiting for some explanation of how and why this happened to these characters. I guess I expected some legend- and world-building. As well as I can tell, these characters become immortal because (thanks to some trivial twist of fate) they were lucky enough not to be embalmed and mummified when they died. That's it? That's the explanation? The premise is great, but the execution is weak.

Finally, I had to force myself to finish the last few chapters after the confrontation with "the bad guy." This not-so-climactic climax was foreshadowed throughout the book by the hero repeatedly sensing (or smelling) evil. When the confrontation does occur, the evil turns out to be something of a spoiled, petulant child. Not very scary at all. And the final confrontation is won thanks to a few incantations (I think. I went back and re-read it for this review, and I'm still not sure how, exactly, good and love triumphed over evil.) Oh well.

I love a good paranormal romance, but the problem with paranormal stories of all kinds is sometimes writers try to get away with stories, plot points, or conclusions that don't make sense simply because they can use paranormal elements to explain something away. (It's paranormal; it doesn't have to be logical.) I think that happened a lot in this book.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic beginning to a series with an interesting vampire concept - "Pharaoh's Rising" 5 Jun. 2007
By Leslie Tramposch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
He had been a warrior and a king. He'd had many wives and children. He'd been revered as a god and had more wealth than most men could ever imagine but he had gone to his tomb without the one thing he desired most....his soul mate, the "beautiful one" who had haunted his dreams, dreams never to be realized. The great pharaoh had been betrayed by one of his own.

On his deathbed the man now known as Adrian King had performed a special ritual thus insuring his return to life. He had awakened and is once more a man to be reckoned with in a new desert kingdom as owner of the Royal Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas. But eternal life had its price, even for a pharaoh.

Egyptologist Christine Day has had "waking dreams" of ancient Egypt since her childhood. She believes this to be some form of genetic memory. Her grandfather had spent his life searching without success for the tomb of the great king and warrior Merneptah Seti. As he'd approached the end of his life Christine had promised that she would someday find his king for him.

Asked to share her knowledge at an international conference in Las Vegas, Christine finds herself exploring the Royal Palace. She is highly impressed with Adrian's collection of Egyptian antiquities even though many are reproductions. While wandering through King's domain Christine has another one of her "waking dreams" this time of herself and a mystery lover. Her dream is disturbed by none other than the enigmatic casino owner Adrian King, who inexplicably resembles her dream lover to a tee.

Adrian has been drawn to the woman's perfume, a secret recipe he'd created for the soul mate he'd met only in his dreams before his untimely death. He is puzzled as he is unable to read her emotions as he can with other humans until she smiles and he recognizes her as his "beautiful one." How ironic that he should find her now when he cannot have her. Adrian has already felt the urges that edge him ever closer to becoming what he most dreads, an Eater of Blood and a Breaker of Bones a.k.a. a vampire. Others have arisen as well, his trusted friend General Rahotep, Maya the instrument of his betrayal, and Seth the betrayer himself. He must keep his beloved safe even if it means sending her away. Fortunately Christine Day has always been a great believer in fate.

Though the vampire genre is currently in vogue, this tale was a true original. The world building is phenomenal. The vampires are woven into the intricate plot rather than the other way around. Christine is not the traditional alpha heroine either. She is strong, intelligent, and devoted but doesn't go around kicking vampire butt and instead relies on faith and love to rule the day. This story held the reader in its thrall from the first page straight through to the very last. Tears will flow as the mighty warrior is forced to choose between his rightful destiny, to lie in the arms of his beloved, or to sacrifice all to save the soul of his twisted betrayer. Ms. Guest has proven herself to be a gifted storyteller. I look forward to the next installment. I highly recommend this read.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
More like 4 1/2 stars; interesting approach to vampires.... 30 May 2007
By Deborah Wiley - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pharaoh Merneptah Seti was determined to live, even if he had to risk the invocation that turn out to be as much of a curse as a blessing. Now, in modern day Las Vegas, Seti lives as Adrian King. He catches the scent of a perfumed oil he created for a woman he dreamed about over thirty centuries prior. Christine Day, renowned Egyptologist, has also dreamed throughout her life of Merneptah Seti. Will their love be strong enough to defeat the forces gathering against Adrian?

Elizabeth Guest has put an interesting spin on the vampire theme. The Egyptian storyline is one I don't remember reading in other vampire books and it is refreshing to see such a unique approach. The overall ambiance of the tale was quite enjoyable and really upped my appreciation for NIGHT LIFE.

The romance between Christine and Adrian is rather briefly set up. Elizabeth Guest relies on the concept of their lifelong dreams of one another as the basis for such quick development. Fans looking for more of a drawn out romance may not be as appreciative of NIGHT LIFE as those who are more interested in the paranormal angle. The last portion of the book was one wild ride as Ms. Guest pulls out all the stops for a thrilling ending! NIGHT LIFE is a quick read but vampire fans should not miss out on this tale, if only because of the creative approach taken by Elizabeth Guest.

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous new voice in paranormal romance!! 12 April 2007
By sgun73 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An ancient pharaoh is betrayed by those closest to him. As he lays dying, he performs a sacred ritual that will allow him to live again. And, boy, does he! Now he's Adrian King, billionaire owner of a Las Vegas hotel and casino and a modern empire builder. He has everything a man --- or a super man --- could ask for ... except for the woman he has dreamed about for thousands of years.

Enter Egyptologist Christine Day. She's smart and beautiful and she has a special connection to all things ancient Egyptian. She, too, has dreams. Dreams that are about to come true. Adrian only hopes her dreams and his don't become nightmares for there are others who have awakened from his previous life and they intend to finally finish the king off.

Two things really stood out for me about this book. The powerful love story between the hero and heroine, and the incredible Egyptian mythology and background material. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I've never read a book like this before. The author is truly a fresh and original voice in paranormal romance. I can't wait to read the next book in her series!
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