- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: 47North (22 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612181473
- ISBN-13: 978-1612181479
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Once Bitten Paperback – 22 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992 and his bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television on such shows as “London's Burning,” “The Knock,” and the BBC's “Murder in Mind” series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. His ebooks have spent more than six months on the UK Kindle Top 100 and for several months he had four titles in the UK Kindle Top 10. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I generally like vampire and supernatural stories but this one has a nice twist on what makes a vampire.
I've only given four stars because, like some other reviewers I found it a bit short. I would have liked more...
I enjoyed the book, a not so typical vampire story that was well written, the characters were well described, thought out, and believable, and the story was an intriguing step aside from usual vampire stories.
I thought the ending was quite good, albeit as some have mentioned the "10 year" period was glossed over, maybe it was better that way, and you reached the conclusion of the story with a lot of questions unanswered, possibly room for a sequel.....who knows.
Well worth a read and I have already purchased the next Stephen Leather book for me to get to grips with.
Why only 4 stars? At only 250 pages it was too short for me personally, I think the "10 years" period (can't say more than this without spoilers) could have been more detailed which could easily have lengthened the book by another 100 or so pages. But this is simply my personal preference - I like long and detailed books - and the story itself certainly didn't require it and didn't feel rushed in any way.
A word of warning: if you like your books all neatly tied up at the end then you won't enjoy this book's conclusion as it is very much true to life in that there are a lot of questions left unanswered. This could be because the author intends to write a sequel but I suspect what is actually intended is to make you think a bit...
Setting: Los Angeles.
Storyline: I would not call this book horrific. Mr Leather uses the horror genre in the same way he uses the sci-fi genre in Dreamer's Cat: to give us a different perspective on something that has otherwise been done to death, hence creating an interesting and unusual story that has its roots firmly set in the thriller genre. This time, we become a middle-aged psychiatrist (who is depressed about growing old), working for the LA Police Department, who is nicknamed the Vampire Hunter and Batman, because of the bat mobile style car he drives. Jamie Beaverbrook uses a MacBookPro (more reasons for loving this story!) to run a profiling program he has researched and written and honed over ten years to pick out the crazies from the crimes of passion that occur with breathtaking and depressing rapidity in the city of Angels. He is doing just fine until he has to interview a twenty-five year old valley girl, Terry Ferriman, whom his program categorises as normal but whom his gut tells him there is something special about. He falls in love with her but then discovers all is not as it seems. Bit by bit, he ends up investigating Terry, and uncovers her frightening secrets, whereupon secret X file style government departments get involved and well, who could guess the ending. I certainly could not. Although once finished you will kick yourself.Read more ›
I have read other books by the author especially the Nightingale ones, but this was just plainly badly written. Every author is allowed a dud one, but this had put me off him permanently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and great story. Main character is really annoying constantly going on about his body breaking down at 30, although I understand why it was done it was laid on a little... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This had me hooked pretty much from the start...very enjoyable with a sprinkling of intrigue with the mysterious Terry...a fun, quick readPublished 9 months ago by Boxie