- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 494 KB
- Print Length: 111 pages
- Publisher: Abaddon Books (3 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0080G7GSA
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bad Blood (Double Dead Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 2 in Double Dead (2 Book Series)
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[Warning: There are some minor spoilers for the previous novel in the series, Double Dead.]
As the story opens, Coburn and Gil are in San Francisco, and in the middle of a zombie-attack. Coburn has been injured in the ambush, so our pair of heroes decide to split up - Gil is supposed to head to "the lab" while Coburn seeks out (relatively) fresh blood to heal his wounds. Both find their plans disrupted by more traps and hazards, not to mention awkward and potentially-deadly run-ins with the locals, living and undead.
I really love the way Wendig writes characters: they are very real and even endearing in their way, never feeling contrived and always displaying a slight twist to standard character types and tropes. Even Coburn, the vampire who thinks of humans as little more than happy meals on legs, feels real. A real a$$hole, true, but real nonetheless. That being said, the events at the end of Double Dead have had a lasting, positive impact on his character. He's less critical of humans, for a start, and his outlook on life is just a shade sunnier (perhaps a result of his newfound ability to walk in the sun...).
"Creampuff" remains a delightfully silly name for the pet of a vampire, even if he is a rat terrier. He also provides some of the more amusing moments in the novel. As with all of his characters, Wendig has imbued the dog with a lot of personality.
Kayla's influence on Coburn is pretty strong and, at times, manages to soften the vampire. But only slightly - when he's blood-starved, there's little that can keep his impetuousness in check. He remains reckless and almost a slave to his baser, more animal urges (food), but Kayla's innocence and good nature is bleeding through. You see, she's riding shotgun in his head. It's a weird development, but he kinda likes it, for the most part. Having taken up residence in his subconscious, though, she's dredging up painful memories for Coburn, which circumstances don't help (sorry to be cryptic, but I don't want to spoil some of the surprises).
The writing is superb and very tight, as is the story's plot. It's visceral and pared back, and didn't have any moments that felt self-indulgent or over-the-top. The author has definitely improved since Double Dead, which was already an expertly crafted novel.
Action-packed and fast-paced, Wendig really puts Coburn through the meat grinder in this story. He is assaulted from almost every side throughout the story, as he pinballs from one hazard to the next. He comes face-to-face with hordes of zombies, another super-zombie "hunter", a weird death-worshipping cult who have disturbing designs on our undead hero, a group of barely-surviving "apocalypse children", and a deadly acquaintance from the distant past.
Bad Blood is another superb example of zombie-apocalypse fiction done right. If you have any interest in SF/F/H, then you should be reading Wendig's fiction. Pure and simple. I'll be reading Blackbirds next of his, pretty soon. This is irreverent, darkly funny, and playfully twists a few genre tropes, while retaining an obvious fondness for them.
If I had just one complaint? I wish it had been longer.
After the events in Double Dead, Colburn in in California looking for medical facilities that can duplicate his blood. He thinks he may have a cure for the zombie apocalypse.
If you've read Double Dead, you definitely need to pick this book up and see where the story goes. If you haven't read Double Dead yet, get both books.
Chuck's style and voice carry over into this novella. Can't wait to see where he takes the story with the next book.
And I want to know what the secret Gil shared with Coborn really means for to the entire series.
This is not a vampire story in the traditional sense. It is a story about a vampire who wakes up to find that his food supply (humans) have largely bean replaced with the walking dead. The hunter must now become the protector, and the struggle that Coburn (the vampire) has with this change in his lifestyle plays out awesomely across the two Double Dead books (both of which you should read).
Coburn and his flock run into a range of awesome post apocalyptic characters, and battle it out with zombies and super zombies (the origins of which you learn about early on in book one).
I've read all the books in this series, and found them to be quite entertaining.
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