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After a huge break from my vampire books of choice (Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton), my sister told me she had had the newest book in the series (the one I was waiting for luckily!) from her partner for her Christmas box, unfortunately (for her at least!) she has still got to read the 15 books that go before this one, so she donated it to my "to read" pile, though I read it so quick I have only had it for two days!
The book in question is - "Bullet".
The book starts with a now slightly more relaxed Anita Blake due to her assuming the mother of all vampires "Marmee Noir" has finally been destroyed without her taking her entire line of vampires with her.
Trouble soon strikes when it becomes apparent that her spirit has taken residence in some of the older vampires sitting on the council (so-called impartial members!) and is trying to become invincible, but this time with an actual body of her own!
Anita has to come up with a plan that will not only secure her own power base with her triumvirate (three strong love triangle), but soon finds to win this battle she will have to become master of tigers too, will she succeed?
This synopsis will confuse the hell out of you, I know this so I will explain the basics (or at least try!).
Anita is what is known as a necromancer, this is someone who can legally raise the dead to question them after questionable deaths, or for insurance claims.
She is un-affectionately known as the "executioner" by the vampires, and much worse by her work colleagues!
She has (throughout the previous books in the series) gradually become linked with the master of the city, vampire Jean-Claude, ulfric of the local werewolf clan Richard, partner to the leopard leader Micah, sweetie to Nathaniel, another leopard and has various lovers due to her being the only non- blood drinking vampire in existence, and instead having to feed her power base by having sex....lots of it, to feed what is called "the ardour", which is as real a huger for Anita as eating to you and me.
Clear as mud isn't it! Though after reading the other books you do have slightly more understanding of the characters and why they are doing what they do.
This book, out of all the previous one's is entirely hinged on the sex content, with almost every deal being made or broken by the sex, for the vampire side this is gratuitous with there being a great deal of homosexual sex included, but for the were-animals it is described as such, animalistic sex with the "people" acting as there were animal dictates, his part is actually quite interesting to read, if somewhat rude at times!
I have gotten used to the sex element in these books, it does in fairness get introduced quite slowly through the series, with the first few books being much gorier in content with no sexual content at all, but these books are literally full of it, though not always a fan of so much detail (I am a Mils and Boon fan at heart), I do appreciate the fact that the main character is a strong female character, and is at times portrayed as a male, so do wonder if it would be as shocking if it were a man character as the lead in these books.
To be honest there is very little else in this book, the storyline creeps along at a snails pace, with the next book (I hope!) explaining what is to happen next, this being the case however I did really enjoy the book as a compete polar opposite to the cutesy offerings such as Twilight and the new wave of vampire books available, this is what I would deem as a vampire story for the grown ups!
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for around £7.99.
If you are a fan of the more extreme elements of vampiric stories, and you are not easily offended by gore and sex this would be a really good series of books to get stuck into.
Thanks for reading x