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Vampire Hunter D Volume 3: Demon Deathase

Vampire Hunter D Volume 3: Demon Deathase [Kindle Edition]

Hideyuki Kikuchi , Yoshitaka Amano , Kevin Leahy
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The novel that was the basis for the hit motion picture Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlustis available in English for the first time!

The third volume of the popular Japanese series Vampire Hunter D comes to America in Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase. The vampire hunter known only as D has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to find his daughter, who was kidnapped by the powerful vampire Lord Meierlink. Though humans speak well of Meierlink, the price on his head is too high for D to ignore and he sets out to save her before she can be turned into an undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12090 A.D., finding Meierlink before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just Meierlink to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of four brothers and a sister who don't care who they kill as long as they get paid. Beautiful illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano complement the post-apocalyptic plot, filled with chilling twists.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595820310
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (9 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7H2H4S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far! 25 May 2006
This book is nothing short of an epic in the series. Hideyuki Kikuchi pushes his imagination to the limits in writing this book, and not a single character is the least bit boring. This is so memorable for the great action, good characterisations and drama!

The bits with the Marcus clan, the growth of Leila and the three Barbarois all make for a great read whether fighting between themselves or facing off against D.

This is the best action novel I have ever read, and I am really looking forward to the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bounty Deathchase . 21 Dec 2006
Set in the future where the existence of vampires and monsters is a fact of life . a man hires vampire hunters to save his daughter from a noble vampire who abducted her.

The hunters are , the marcus clan .a team of five siblings , four brothers and one sister, who will do anything , like killing their rivals , to get their bounty. the other hunter is a dhampir , Half man , half vampire . who goes by the name D. and the hunt is on.

My second vampire hunter d novel after volume one . In this volume , hideyuki kikuchi delivers a strong , breathless and chilling tale of hunting ,duels ,romance and horror . unlike the first book . where creating and setting the rules to kikuchi's troubled future , took it's toll on the story line.

The back cover of the book says there are five illustrations by vampire hunter D designer yoshitaka amano. There are six actually.

Be careful if you're giving this book to a minor .the story describes a short incest scene.

What about the film adaptation?

The original story is better and a lot scarier than the film adaptation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars V. Good 25 Sep 2012
By Kreia
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A very good book. I purchased it after reading that the film, Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, was based off it. While a the book differs somewhat from the film, especially the ending i found it to be just as good as the film. There are some unusual or awkward phrases, no doubt due to the translation but thoses are to be expected and did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. A fine story, unusual and orginal comapred to more recent vampire stories. I managed to finsih it in two or three days. There is a preview for the next book at the end of the book. All in all a good read. I would recommend it to the fans of the Anime films based off it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book vs. the movie . . . 7 Mar 2006
By MildCritter - Published on
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Having seen "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" long before this book became available, I have found it difficult to judge the book on its own merits without comparison to the anime. "Bloodlust" was a masterpiece: great characters, artwork and animation among the best ever, tremendous action, tragedy, pathos, imagination; it had it all.

Not unexpectedly, the book contains quite a number of differences from the film. Quite a number of scenes from the movie simply are not there: the confrontation on the bridge is missing; the scene where the father asks D to find his daughter is radically different, but much creepier; the ending is different and more tragic. Much of the book would not have worked as well visually and much of the movie would have been less effective in print.

The book, though, was the original, and it deserves primacy. It is a bit more lurid, creepier, and perverse in places. The movie is more of an adventure story with horror elements, but it is more true to the air of Kikuchi's series, steeped foremost in the horror tradition. As with the first book, many questions are answered that were never quite explained in the movie, including the nature and origin of the face in D's hand.

Comapared to the other VHD books, this one is an easier read; the translator is doing a good job, and seems to have a better grip on how to handle Kikuchi's sometimes overrich descriptions and mood-setting. The first book was not an easy read, but there were many connections to the first movie that made it easier to follow; in fact, the book cleared up a huge number of ambiguities and questions left over from the movie. The second book was lurid and dense; it took a fair amount of effort to read, and the pure horror quotient was stronger. Even so, it was still a good read.

This third installment is worthwhile both for its connection to the movie and for its differences. You get much more of the true mindset of its author, and it's definitely more of a pure supernatural horror story. Differences from the movie aside, it's simply an excellent horror novel and is unquestionably worth the time and effort. The excerpt from the fourth book at the end already has me anxiously waiting for its August release; it looks like quite a different story tack and has a very different style of opening than any of the other stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I prefered the movie 30 Nov 2011
By VampireNovelFan - Published on
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a much looser adaptation of this book. There are numerous plot changes and character personality shifts.

D has been hired by a wealthy ailing man to find his daughter whose been kidnapped by vampire, MeierLink. We soon learn that the two are actually in love and want to escape together to a planet leaving the planet.

D isn't the only one on their tail. The father's also hired the mercenary Marcus brothers (with 3 brothers and a sister) for the same mission. It's a race to the finish for who will rescue her first.

Normally, I prefer the books to the movie, but for this series it was the opposite. The movie was visually stunning a the time with great action. I also much preferred the family dynamic of the Marcus brothers compared to the book as well. In the movie, they at least come off as somewhat likable. I didn't feel MeierLink and Charlotte's (though she is unnamed here) love shine through quite as much compared to the movie. Leila's not quite as badass as she was in the movie and feelings for D are more pronounced here. She does come off as more sympathetic though.

Overall these books are fairly short read. If you've seen Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, I would recommend reading the book. It's very interesting to see what the movie changed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series 27 Jun 2008
By Joseph McNeely - Published on
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I like the Vampire Hunter D series and it's a solid title, some of the differences between character powers/abilities seems kind of odd but overall i like the series and if you liked the first two books you will enjoy this one as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars So good! 6 July 2014
By Thee Amazing RandO - Published on
Great book really enjoyed the story. I loved the characters, felt really old school.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable... 20 May 2014
By William Del Pilar - Published on
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...but there are some translation issues which hurts the overall writing. That said, it was a great book to read as I'm a fan of "Vampire Hunter D" after discovering the character through the two movies. The books tend to be repetitive in certain aspects but the stories are always enjoyable. I purchase the Kindle version but do believe the books are slightly overpriced. More along the lines of $3.99 is what they should cost.
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