All the official reports say they are dead-extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.
When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment-who else? He’s been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.
Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out-or die trying.
Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.
I loved, loved, loved this book. It was fast paced, full of action, fantasically gory...just everything I love in a horror novel. The plot was interesting, and the twist at the end? I'm sad to say I did not see it coming. Maybe because I was flipping through the pages so fast!
Not only was the main character, Laura Caxton, surprisingly strong (and wonderfully human, which is something that's hard to come by in these types of books), but the secondary characters were built well also.
The one thing I hated? The ending. Not because it wasn't well written, but because it left me wanting to pick up the second novel immediately, and I didn't have it. While it's not a cliff-hanger persay, it's enough to make the reader go, "Oh, come on!"
I'm definitely going to be reading the rest of the series, as well as David Wellington's other novels. From what I can tell, he's a great writer.
My rating: 9.5/10