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Death Becomes Her PDF, ePub eBook The UnknownWorld is about to suffer change. For a thousand years, it has felt stifled by Michael's strictures, the rules they must follow on pain of death. As the first and most powerful vampire in existence, he has the power to keep the power struggles under the radar from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately that is changing. Someone has found the serum to make intelligent The UnknownWorld is about to suffer change. For a thousand years, it has felt stifled by Michael's strictures, the rules they must follow on pain of death. As the first and most powerful vampire in existence, he has the power to keep the power struggles under the radar from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately that is changing. Someone has found the serum to make intelligent nosferatu, a type of vampire little better than blood sucking beasts who can change the power struggle significantly. Michael thought this serum safely lost in the bombing of Japan in 1945. The third effort to overturn Michael's decrees is about to take place, the problem is Michael is tired. After a thousand years of fighting and keeping the peace with his Family, the Unforsaken and the known supernaturals he is world weary and ready to sleep a final time. He needs to find a way to bring another to take his place, someone with the will and desire to make a difference. He finds Bethany Anne. The daughter of a General, she excels were others fear to go. She accepts the offer but doesn't realize she won't be transformed like any other vampire in history, even Michael. The problem? Even he didn't realize exactly how he was transformed and it completely throws the understanding of vampires and why they were created out the window. When she wakes up, nothing is going to go like she thought. The UnkownWorld is going to change, it just doesn't know whose beat they will dance to, yet.

30 review for Death Becomes Her

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    It's not hard to categorize this book, even for all the little quirks that creep in that is not all that standard for our UF craze. You named it: Vampires. Werewolves. Love-interest between the two. Oh, my. Don't get me wrong, it's good for what it is, a fast-paced stereotype-laden action romp that tickles most of the fancies even as it fails to nourish. In other words, it's fast food. Some of the dialogue reads out of a cliché manual, but the energy is bright and there seems to be real love from It's not hard to categorize this book, even for all the little quirks that creep in that is not all that standard for our UF craze. You named it: Vampires. Werewolves. Love-interest between the two. Oh, my. Don't get me wrong, it's good for what it is, a fast-paced stereotype-laden action romp that tickles most of the fancies even as it fails to nourish. In other words, it's fast food. Some of the dialogue reads out of a cliché manual, but the energy is bright and there seems to be real love from the author for the world he's building. It's right out of Vampire Masquerade, only the names have changed and the number of houses decreased, but that's fine, too. We're here to focus on the Underworld chosen one syndrome... and her name is Bethany. :) BUT, let me tell you what it does right: Pace, high-energy characters, willingness to introduce some wacky SF elements, and the obvious build-up to some really Big Happenings later. Wanna change the world, one torn throat at a time? This is probably your book. :) I like it well enough, but I suspect that I like it more because I listened to the equally high-energy narration within the audiobook. I also suspect that any number of editing sins can be swept under the rug this way, too. :) No matter. I enjoyed it. I'll probably enjoy tearing through the rest of the series, too, because it's all a very light read that doesn't much challenge us. We can just roll with the action and the spunky (aggressive) heroine as she discovers just how much damage she can do to the world around her. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 3.44 *** "... “We are the ones who protect the protectors; we are the ones who nightmares fear.”..." This book was much better than I expected! Let's start with the genre - it is a typical Urban Fantasy with some Science Fiction mixed in. We are thrown in the middle of a Black-Opp gone wrong and the following is a result of a major member of the North American Vampire Family being killed and the Patriarch Michael being awakened. The situation is dire and a new recruit for the family is neede *** 3.44 *** "... “We are the ones who protect the protectors; we are the ones who nightmares fear.”..." This book was much better than I expected! Let's start with the genre - it is a typical Urban Fantasy with some Science Fiction mixed in. We are thrown in the middle of a Black-Opp gone wrong and the following is a result of a major member of the North American Vampire Family being killed and the Patriarch Michael being awakened. The situation is dire and a new recruit for the family is needed fast, only the candidate has to be well vetted, well trained, and have a condition which would kill him or her soon, since the rest of the world needs to think of them as deceased and they could never contact their old life once brought over. Lucky for them, the ex CIA and current Black Opps agent with a blood illness and a life expectancy of 2-4 months Bethany Anne is just what they need. If they could only make her and her General father see that it is the perfect fit... "... “Michael believed in the old biblical philosophy of cut down the tree, burn out the roots and then salt the ground so nothing ever grew there again.”..." The UnknownWorld is full of Vampires, weres and other creatures, all being kept from us regular people, and all of them living under the strict rules reinforced by Michael for generations. However, he is getting old and he feels he needs new blood to take over the mental. Bethany Anne, whose name is not representative in the least of the person wearing it, since it sounds so girly and genteel, while she is one tough as nails kick-ass chick, with the vocabulary of a sailor full of piss and vinegar, and with the temperament of a keg full of dynamite rigged and ready to blow up with the change of the breeze, is a very good choice for "enforcing" anything. Once she is brought over, her blood-thirsty nature makes a rabid grizzly look like they prefer gluten-free vegan diet. A worthy replacement for Michael indeed. "... “One should know truth, and truth was taking the time to know oneself. Not to lie about your actions, your feelings, your thoughts and beliefs but accept yourself for what and who you are. Once you understand those things, your future is more assured as you won’t subconsciously be fighting both your enemies and yourself to accomplish your goals. ”..." We get to meet some werewolves, werebears and some other, more extraterrestrial creatures, all of it making for a non-stop action party and promises much more of the same to come. If you are looking for high-prose and literature, or something that challenges your intellect, this is not it. The prose is very every-day conversational and the point of the book and the subsequent books, the way I see it, is to have a high-octane adventure and battles TV Series in the form of a book series. If you leave the other expectations behind and come to it for the entertainment value, this could be a very pleasant quick read in between your more serious daily grind. Just read it for the fun:):):)! Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Death Becomes Her (The Kurtherian Gambit #1) by Michael Anderle is a very interesting and exciting book. I enjoyed it. A military gal, grown up under a military family, finds she has only 6 months to live, has a chance to live but has to work for the ones that help her. Those are vampires. Those vampires are working for the government. Only a few know. Pretty cool story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Rodaughan

    DNF at 5%. That was easy, looks like the marketing of this book is where the real skill lies. Not rated on policy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    This is a fun, action packed, mainstream paranormal/sci-fi series. This is actually the first non lesfic/LGBT book I have read all year. But I enjoy mainstream if the main character is a strong, kick-ass woman, and that fits this book perfectly. It is rare to find a paranormal book that is also sci-fi. Yet when it does come together, it is normally pretty good. This is a really long series. I bought this book on sale, and picked up the second for my free KU book of the month with Prime. I enjoyed This is a fun, action packed, mainstream paranormal/sci-fi series. This is actually the first non lesfic/LGBT book I have read all year. But I enjoy mainstream if the main character is a strong, kick-ass woman, and that fits this book perfectly. It is rare to find a paranormal book that is also sci-fi. Yet when it does come together, it is normally pretty good. This is a really long series. I bought this book on sale, and picked up the second for my free KU book of the month with Prime. I enjoyed this enough, I will be reading the next right away. I will not be knocking out this series all in one go though. It is too long, and I have too many other books to read. But if this series keeps up like this first book, I will come back to it periodically in the future. If you are a fan of vamps, weres, and a lot of action, this book will be for you. It is pretty violent, but you don't feel bad about it. Bethany Ann, has been turned into one of the biggest, baddest vamps ever, and you can't wait to see her take everybody on. This book got better and better as it went on. I have to be to work in a few hours, but could not stop reading all night until I was done. P.S. Jane, now I know why you like this series so much:)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    I have not been one to read books dealing with vampires and werewolves. That said, I found this story compelling even though it was choppy and jumped around a bit. I didn't care and stayed engaged in this "righteous violence" story involving a main character named Bethany Anne. The name! Bethany Anne. It's like "Becky Sue" or something and totally doesn't fit with the subject matter and the usual exotically named heroines. It stopped me every now and then but with a smile. The book has frequent I have not been one to read books dealing with vampires and werewolves. That said, I found this story compelling even though it was choppy and jumped around a bit. I didn't care and stayed engaged in this "righteous violence" story involving a main character named Bethany Anne. The name! Bethany Anne. It's like "Becky Sue" or something and totally doesn't fit with the subject matter and the usual exotically named heroines. It stopped me every now and then but with a smile. The book has frequent alternating viewpoints and Bethany Anne is not present enough to be labelled a real main character but I hope that changes. The author creates a changed world wth vampires and werewolves but with a fresh take involving vampire creation I found intriguing. This was a fresh-faced story which had me turning pages rapidly then ordering the sequel at 2:00 am in the morning. I am excited to see what happens.

  7. 4 out of 5

    angela

    Intriguing It didn’t grab me from the very beginning, however once it did I was a goner. I didn’t want to have to stop reading for nothing. I found this story very good. I’m getting very attached to the excellent characters, that are coming together, friendships are being made, Bethany Ann is starting to get her gang together that will help her in her endeavors. Bethany Ann is certainly going to stir things up in the family and different fractions. This book was really good, but I have a feeling Intriguing It didn’t grab me from the very beginning, however once it did I was a goner. I didn’t want to have to stop reading for nothing. I found this story very good. I’m getting very attached to the excellent characters, that are coming together, friendships are being made, Bethany Ann is starting to get her gang together that will help her in her endeavors. Bethany Ann is certainly going to stir things up in the family and different fractions. This book was really good, but I have a feeling it’s just going to get better. I’ve been looking forward to reading this series and am so happy I’m finally getting to read it. I’d certainly recommend it as of now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    Wow,this book really took cliffhanger to another level. It legit stopped as she was about to go shower.Who does that?! While I enjoyed this book it was a bit hard to get into. I liked the premise, it was something different from all the other vampire origin books out there. I also liked that the MC was female. However, I did not like the multiple POVs, it seemed as though every character that made an appearance had his/her own POV, POVs that basically lead us no where. Why do I have to spend time Wow,this book really took cliffhanger to another level. It legit stopped as she was about to go shower.Who does that?! While I enjoyed this book it was a bit hard to get into. I liked the premise, it was something different from all the other vampire origin books out there. I also liked that the MC was female. However, I did not like the multiple POVs, it seemed as though every character that made an appearance had his/her own POV, POVs that basically lead us no where. Why do I have to spend time in someone's head when he/she is not integral to the story. I almost stopped reading because it got frustrating. Luckily it picked up towards the end. I can't wait to see more of Bethany in action.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jane Shambler

    Vampires, weres, humans. What more could you want? I loved LL Raands Midnight Hunt series. A friend of mine suggested I read this book. She even went as far to say that if I didn't love it she would buy the coffees for the next month. Hell, it was too good an offer to turn down. So, I went into this book with the attitude that I was gonna hate it. What? Don't judge I love my coffee. But Damn it! It was not only good but bloody good. Ok, so it had one obvious exception to it from Raands series but Vampires, weres, humans. What more could you want? I loved LL Raands Midnight Hunt series. A friend of mine suggested I read this book. She even went as far to say that if I didn't love it she would buy the coffees for the next month. Hell, it was too good an offer to turn down. So, I went into this book with the attitude that I was gonna hate it. What? Don't judge I love my coffee. But Damn it! It was not only good but bloody good. Ok, so it had one obvious exception to it from Raands series but it didn't matter I loved it anyway. I have read many supernatural books and it's a genre I adore especially when written well. This is way outside what you normally expect. You experienced the transformation of an actual vampire and her immediate interactions with humans and weres. The basic story is that these vampires work closely with human governments to ensure that all are protected. They go where even black ops fear to go. The leader of the vampires wants to create a vampire who can take his place. Bethany Anne is his choice for two reasons. First she is a black operative at the top of her profession and only has six months to live as she has an incurable blood disease. The perfect candidate. The book is well written and keeps you turning the pages. I felt a little like a sponge. I couldn't get enough. I'm off to read book two. All are available on kindle unlimited so I'm guess I'm gonna be reading one a month if I can wait that long. Enjoy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bill Krieger

    I don't want to be Debbie Downer here, but Death Becomes Her doesn't meet the 3 bill-star standard of worthiness. The writing is stilted and herky-jerky. Everything is a notch below what you hope for in reading a book. I understand that this is a serial and not literature, but still, I didn't feel a connection with the characters or what they were going through. Also, I'm not a vampire guy. Or a mafia guy. I've been hit with too many vampire and mafia stories over the years in books, TV shows, a I don't want to be Debbie Downer here, but Death Becomes Her doesn't meet the 3 bill-star standard of worthiness. The writing is stilted and herky-jerky. Everything is a notch below what you hope for in reading a book. I understand that this is a serial and not literature, but still, I didn't feel a connection with the characters or what they were going through. Also, I'm not a vampire guy. Or a mafia guy. I've been hit with too many vampire and mafia stories over the years in books, TV shows, and movies. It's a tired genre. That said... I admit that everyone else on the planet (pretty much) love vampires and the mob (hence all the stories). The reviews on Goodreads for this series of books are about as high as I've seen. So, don't listen to me. Listen to the people who like a good vampire story. I don't think the book is terrible. For me, there just wasn't enough to reach the 3 bill-star mark. QOTD Although her hair was jet black, her personality could be straight from a red-head at the best of times. - Death Becomes Her I really enjoy reading independent, smaller authors like Michael Anderle. It's a nice side effect of the internet. Prior to sites like Amazon and Goodreads, how would people have ever have found a book like this? The author notes at the end of the book are fun to read. Very positive! He notes some of the software and websites that are part of his writing. It's interesting to get this glimpse into his process. * He used Scrivener as a text editor++: www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php * He got images for his book cover at: www.photodune.net/. And it sounds like he played with the images he bought using this editor: www.pixelmator.com/mac/ *And, of course, he has his own website: www.kurtherianbooks.com/ and www.facebook.com/TheKurtherianGambitB... Not a good enough read for me. But I will say this - I might try Kurtherian Gambit #2 some day. The reviews for the series get better and better with each book, so who knows.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Meeks

    What do you want me to add to the start of one of the most awesome series in recent history (I am not just throwing out superlatives, when you start getting around 1500 reviews and still have over a 4 Star average you have joined a very elite club). Let me just throw out this is going to take a direction for vampires and shifters nobody else has ever taken that I am aware of and to me has elements of some of the best authors in the history of urban fantasy and science fiction. Bethany Anne becomes What do you want me to add to the start of one of the most awesome series in recent history (I am not just throwing out superlatives, when you start getting around 1500 reviews and still have over a 4 Star average you have joined a very elite club). Let me just throw out this is going to take a direction for vampires and shifters nobody else has ever taken that I am aware of and to me has elements of some of the best authors in the history of urban fantasy and science fiction. Bethany Anne becomes one of the most amazing heroines I have ever read about, I am not going to give you a repeat of what is already in the synopsis so let me share this little bit of insight, I have NEVER EVER read 15 books in a row by one author in 1 series but I stopped every review and book I had in progress to read this whole series and then signed up for his Facebook page to beg for more. I even read one of the spin-off series AND the follow-on series (which I have been assured will end with a LONG awaited HEA. So if you love to see evil get faced with justice this is your series but I wish he would get a real editor to go through these books so if you are OCD about the editing (editing about a 7/10) then you might have to miss this outstanding series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    I noticed a lot of my friends enjoyed this one, but I was in the minority. I'm sure it was just one of those "it was just me" things. I found the writing and plot to be a little scattered and I never connected to any of the characters. In addition it needs an editor. There are currently 12 books in this series was a deal breaker for me. I tend to lose interest in a series after 5 or so books. It wont be a series I personally continue, but I do appreciate it being offered as a kindleunlimited.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Quite entertaining in a Ninja Babes From Outer Space way. Just two things... 1. Men don't write women well...I mean the author mentioned how long her legs were 3 times. I get it. She has long legs. 2. The ending. Well the lack of an ending. It kind of just stopped. I guess they want me to buy book two. Maybe I will...it was entertaining. Maybe I won't...it really annoys me when books don't conclude satisfactorily.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ☺~Tina~☺

    I did not like this at all. Every thought was told, every step was told, repetitive and took to long to get going. I stopped and started and had to make myself read it with hopes that it would get better.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Harris

    Don't waste time reading my review - just read the books. Highly recommended. Read the first one as an Amazon freebie and so glad that I did. It sucked me in and I immediately bought and read the next 5 in the series. Now the wait is on for the follow-ups which I understand are being released in short order - thankfully.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shanna Matheo

    Strong and wonderfully suprising start! I'm really looking forward to the rest!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Not nearly as good as Justice is Calling or Claimed by Honor.. I’m giving this 3 stars for the last 40% of the book, because the first 60% was as boring as hell. There were so many characters and very little of the heroine Bethany Anne, until the last 40% of the book. That was a big disappointment. However, I’m hoping Queen Bitch will be a lot better. This is a little sci-fi, since Michael takes Bethany Anne to Romania and leaves her there and she wakes up in a spaceship after seven months in sta Not nearly as good as Justice is Calling or Claimed by Honor.. I’m giving this 3 stars for the last 40% of the book, because the first 60% was as boring as hell. There were so many characters and very little of the heroine Bethany Anne, until the last 40% of the book. That was a big disappointment. However, I’m hoping Queen Bitch will be a lot better. This is a little sci-fi, since Michael takes Bethany Anne to Romania and leaves her there and she wakes up in a spaceship after seven months in stasis, and with a computer named T.O.M. attached to her spinal cord, and Michael nowhere to be found. She had to learn as much as she could from TOM before heading out to return to the town nearby, only to meet up with Nathan the werewolf, Alexi the brown bear and Ecaterina the human, in a battle with 5 or 6 other bad werewolves. After the battle with the bad guys they went after Petre and his evil vamps and killed all of them. And then they were heading back to the United States. I can’t wait to see what trouble Bethany Anne starts there. There was no sex but the F-bomb was used 31 times. As to the narration: Emily Beresford was just ok for me. She did ok with the voices and ok with some of the emotions when she read. She just doesn't have a memorable voice. Several times the book said “someone laughed” and EB did not. Laughing and whispering is the two most important things for a narrator to do when reading, at least to me it is.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Snarktastic Sonja

    I read this one for a Pick it for Me challenge. It was a freebie from Kindle Unlimited. I chose to read this because the person selecting it for me has very similar tastes to mine and she really loved the series. And, she said she frequently laughed out loud. I needed to laugh out loud. The first half of the book, there was no laughing. It was a very slow build, introducing characters, and the world in which they lived. We were hopping all over the place, following several different characters an I read this one for a Pick it for Me challenge. It was a freebie from Kindle Unlimited. I chose to read this because the person selecting it for me has very similar tastes to mine and she really loved the series. And, she said she frequently laughed out loud. I needed to laugh out loud. The first half of the book, there was no laughing. It was a very slow build, introducing characters, and the world in which they lived. We were hopping all over the place, following several different characters and what they were doing. It was all just a teensy bit confusing. Because of aforementioned recommendation, I persevered. I also understood that the world was being build and shown me and we had to get through this to get to the meat of the story. But, it was a little drudgelike. At about the 40% mark, things took off. Finally, our main character met her destiny and the real story took off. And, the promised snark became evident. I never laughed out loud - but I definitely smirked a time or two. I did really enjoy the characters. The romance that was built was a bit abrupt and eye rolling - and not really much of one. The powers that Bethany grew into were a little over done and over the top. She was a little *too* much for me. And, there still wasn't a whole lot of character development or nuance. I will say that the way and the manner and the powers of Bethany surprised me a bit. I really enjoyed that little twist on the urban fantasy theme. I would give this book 4 stars - I will definitely move on in the series. But, I really think the book would have greatly benefited from a good editor. There were several misspelled words (asses - not assess - two entirely different words!) which were distracting. But, truly, I think a good editor could have help tighten the plot and the story flow. So, that takes it down to 3 for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ocean .

    Plenty of action Okay, so you take a kick-ass, sassy woman, turn her into a vampire, but a good one that has to fight against the evil ones. Toss in an alien. Mix it up with some were-wolves. And… you have an awesome story. You, the reader, get tossed into a strange world just like the main character does and you’re left thinking, “What the hell’s going on here?”. If you want a fun, easy, entertaining read that’ll make you forget real life and immerse you in a world where pretty much, anything ca Plenty of action Okay, so you take a kick-ass, sassy woman, turn her into a vampire, but a good one that has to fight against the evil ones. Toss in an alien. Mix it up with some were-wolves. And… you have an awesome story. You, the reader, get tossed into a strange world just like the main character does and you’re left thinking, “What the hell’s going on here?”. If you want a fun, easy, entertaining read that’ll make you forget real life and immerse you in a world where pretty much, anything can happen, this is your book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I don't like this writer's style. The scenes are short and choppy, there's not much detail, and he moves around all over the place.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leo Laursen

    The story is entertaining, but the writing is pretty awful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy T.

    Well this story is kind of Meh. I listened to Justice is Calling and Claimed by Honor, (which is the spin off series to this series) prior to listening to this and really enjoyed those both much more than this book. However, I do understand it is the beginning of a long running series, I just thought it was a bit boring to be honest. It did get better towards the end and I like the direction the series is going. I have already started the second book Queen [email protected]_h and am really enjoying it a lot. Well this story is kind of Meh. I listened to Justice is Calling and Claimed by Honor, (which is the spin off series to this series) prior to listening to this and really enjoyed those both much more than this book. However, I do understand it is the beginning of a long running series, I just thought it was a bit boring to be honest. It did get better towards the end and I like the direction the series is going. I have already started the second book Queen [email protected]_h and am really enjoying it a lot. This book seemed more like a prologue and world building that has lots of potential and I am looking forward to more. I do hope the rest of the series ends up on audible I would definitely get them all. As for the narration, its very good. Emily Beresford does a great job with the men's voices and reads with emotion. She has a nice reading voice too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Soo

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Every once in awhile you come across a new series that just blows you away. Surprisingly this series is not from one of the big publishing houses. Not since I discovered Kristen Ashley and most recently Scarlett Dawn, has an author's writing so just perfectly fit with my love for escapist storytelling. Kudos to Michael Anderle, I will be reading every book you write and look forward to being thrust into your amazing world building and outstanding characters. I will absolutely be binge reading Th Every once in awhile you come across a new series that just blows you away. Surprisingly this series is not from one of the big publishing houses. Not since I discovered Kristen Ashley and most recently Scarlett Dawn, has an author's writing so just perfectly fit with my love for escapist storytelling. Kudos to Michael Anderle, I will be reading every book you write and look forward to being thrust into your amazing world building and outstanding characters. I will absolutely be binge reading The Kurtherian Gambit. My Rating: 5 stars FAVORITE Written by: Michael Anderle Series: Kurtherian Gambit (Book 1) Paperback: 270 pages Publisher: Lmbpn Publishing Publication Date: November 3, 2015 ISBN-10: 1642020184 ISBN-13: 978-1642020182 Genre: Urban Fantasy Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Becomes-... Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deat...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    Loved it! Could not put this one down! Bethany Anne's character was wonderful to read about. The author did a nice job making her one kick-ass female without ruining her feminity. I loved reading Nathan Lowell's thoughts and his character also kept me turning the pages. Other characters that I enjoyed in this story were: Ecaterina, Ivan and Alexi, Carl, Bethany Anne's dad and Michael! There was the usual story building at the beginning, but I found it moved right along and there were some laugh- Loved it! Could not put this one down! Bethany Anne's character was wonderful to read about. The author did a nice job making her one kick-ass female without ruining her feminity. I loved reading Nathan Lowell's thoughts and his character also kept me turning the pages. Other characters that I enjoyed in this story were: Ecaterina, Ivan and Alexi, Carl, Bethany Anne's dad and Michael! There was the usual story building at the beginning, but I found it moved right along and there were some laugh-out-loud moments. Bethany Anne's character reminded me a lot of the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (Cat). Kick ass and take names type of character with a good heart. Bethany Anne was not a whiny, crying female, but a woman that was formely with the CIA, then moved into black ops before events that I will not tell about in this review have her smack in the middle of the vampires, werewolves, werebears, zombies and even aliens (Kurtherian's) world. Felt the writing was not as polished in places and it looks like this was a self-published book. Not that there is anything wrong with a self-published book. This book had quite a few mistakes (wrong/missing words, both tenses of a word here and there) and I don't believe it adds to the story to continue with titles to idenfity the location when the location hasn't changed. It looked like start and stop points for writing that should probably have been removed. Hopefully, the author's writing will improve and I'm looking forward to reading the next in this wonderful series. Amazing read! This could be turned into a Netflix mini series, like Van Helsing or the Walking Dead! 5 Star Favorites from This Reader!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    I am conflicted. On one hand I found storyline entertaining , but on the other hand the writing was rather mechanical and left me feeling like an observer, not as a participant. I will give next book a go and will see from then. P.S. Mr Anderle should brush up on his geography - when talking about flying to Europe Michael talks about Baltics and then tells that destination is Romania. Baltics( tipically Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania ) are at the North, while Romania is in the South, almost the w I am conflicted. On one hand I found storyline entertaining , but on the other hand the writing was rather mechanical and left me feeling like an observer, not as a participant. I will give next book a go and will see from then. P.S. Mr Anderle should brush up on his geography - when talking about flying to Europe Michael talks about Baltics and then tells that destination is Romania. Baltics( tipically Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania ) are at the North, while Romania is in the South, almost the whole Continent across, on the Black Sea, close to Balkans

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scrubb

    As I reviewed somewhere else, this book (and series) is one where the sum is much greater than the parts. So, to begin—the critiques 1. The writing improves as the series continues, but there's still enough problems to pull a reader from immersion. From strange paragraphing at times to comments that doesn't seem to flow and out-of-sequence scenes in a couple of places (not just going back to tell a story, but scenes that feel as though they were left in the wrong spot after editing), expect to ge As I reviewed somewhere else, this book (and series) is one where the sum is much greater than the parts. So, to begin—the critiques 1. The writing improves as the series continues, but there's still enough problems to pull a reader from immersion. From strange paragraphing at times to comments that doesn't seem to flow and out-of-sequence scenes in a couple of places (not just going back to tell a story, but scenes that feel as though they were left in the wrong spot after editing), expect to get pulled from immersion 5-10 time a book. The sad thing is, a good final editor can fix most of these issues. 2. The author repeats himself too much. Sentences contain echoes of previous sentences, and certain phrases are repeated to the point of frustration. "A tear in her/his eye" comes to mind rather quickly. 3. Character voices. Although certain characters have good voices, there are unique phrases in the book that any ol' character can spew, or methods of saying things that should be unique to a certain group, but get way overgeneralized to water down character voices. 4. Not knowing when to stop. A joke's funny once, maybe twice if played well. But too many characters push a joke or something "funny" to the point of mind-numbing frustration. 5. Too many character POVs. Any named character in the story—and there's a ton of them—is apt to get the story told from their perspective. The problem is that a number of these characters have little to do with the main storyline and really, I couldn't care less about them. Furthermore, telling the story from their POV is often a repeat of something either already seen, or will be seen from a more central character and thus, is really not even necessary. It comes across as filler, rather than furthering the story line. Are those harsh reviews? Yes, and I write them with hope the author may read and think about them, because as I said, the sum of the story is much greater than the parts. Despite what I've written above, there's also many good points to this story. 1. It grows from a small, almost underground group of people to an epic tale of world-wide survival, and he does it staying true to the narrative logic of the story. Nowhere did I find myself saying, "But that's not even true to the story!" or "But, that character wouldn't act that way!" 2. The main characters are fun and often put a smile on my face. The relationships between them feel real (although a few character-stereotypes are employed to make it happen). 3. Another very positive element of the story is a mature world-view. No nation is painted as the bane of society, nor is any one nation pure an innocent. The interplay between the two is well-done. 4. Characters speak the way I'd expect them too, for the most part. I expect a Spec. Ops. Sargent to have a potty-mouth at times, much more than I'd expect, say, a young Japanese female computer hacker brought up in a traditional home, or a US General. The author does well in tempering language in certain places and letting it go in others. Sometimes, the humor behind it falls flat, however (see the overly repetitive complaint above). Beyond anything else, I just wish the author would slow down and hone his work a bit more. What is now a fun jaunt could have been a very well done series with just a little patience and editing (and investment in writing/editing software). Nevertheless, pick it up and read it. I can't give it more than three stars because of the problems listed above, but it's a solid fun jaunt that is enjoyable from beginning to end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    This is not your everyday book about vampires and werewolves. Sure they cannot stand sunshine (most of them at least). They regenerate. The are strong and fast as hell. They eat iron and shit bullets. But they are not supernatural beasts. Although most of this book reads pretty much as your everyday supernatural vampire story (a pretty good one though) there is a science fiction story lurking underneath. A story that has the promise of making this a very interesting book series. The story is perh This is not your everyday book about vampires and werewolves. Sure they cannot stand sunshine (most of them at least). They regenerate. The are strong and fast as hell. They eat iron and shit bullets. But they are not supernatural beasts. Although most of this book reads pretty much as your everyday supernatural vampire story (a pretty good one though) there is a science fiction story lurking underneath. A story that has the promise of making this a very interesting book series. The story is perhaps a somewhat light kick-ass style action/adventure story but I think it is a good one. I rather quickly started to like the main character a lot. She is a seriously powerful, foul mouthed, kick-ass vampire. She also surrounds herself with equally likable kick-ass characters as the story progresses. Actually, so far, there has been very few characters that I did not like and the ones that were not supposed to be likable, well let us just say that they are either only hinted at and not really presented … yet or they quickly becomes extras in red t-shirts when Bethany Anne gets pissed off with them. The story? Well it is really difficult to say much about it without revealing to much. This is the first book in the series and there is of course a lot of introduction and world building going on. As I wrote above it shows quite a lot of promise of becoming a great story arc. I guess I have to say something about the language used. The author is dead on when he states that Bethany Anne has nothing against cussing, only uninspired cussing. I guess that is one of the reasons that I like Bethany Anne. If you care more about which words that are used and not so much about the story then this is not a book for you. Personally I do not care if the author uses words like “fuckface” or whatever as long as it is not done to cover up sloppy writing and in this book it is not as far as I am concerned. I have already read the second book in the series and started on the third one and I am pretty much hooked on Bethany Anne & Co.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suz

    I thought this had a fairly rocky start. Some of the earliest dialog seemed contrived and things that happened were accepted rather readily by pretty much anyone who was experiencing them for the first time. That said, I think its weaknesses did improve by the end of the book. I'm a bit concerned that this is going to be another case of a heroine that has "bitch" confused with "strong" but I'm willing to see how it goes. I think the series has potential, and I'm putting my faith in the Goodreads I thought this had a fairly rocky start. Some of the earliest dialog seemed contrived and things that happened were accepted rather readily by pretty much anyone who was experiencing them for the first time. That said, I think its weaknesses did improve by the end of the book. I'm a bit concerned that this is going to be another case of a heroine that has "bitch" confused with "strong" but I'm willing to see how it goes. I think the series has potential, and I'm putting my faith in the Goodreads readers who have already read the later books and have helped the ratings climb with each book. They are fairly short books, particularly if they are sped up a bit on playback, and they have the potential to be another case of Mary Sue cheese goodness in much the same way that John Conroe's Demon Accords series is Gary Stu cheese goodness. I'm certainly willing to listen to more of them to find out if it works out that way, anyway.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Too many typos and errors to continue. I tried. I really did. But at about the halfway point, I gave up. After ignoring sentences that just trailed off without any ending punctuation, including one that stopped mid-word, and some kind of weird bolding issue where sections were set in boldface type for no discernible reason, I came to a sentence that made absolutely no sense, no matter how many times I read it. That was it, game over. I can count on one hand the number of books I've abandoned bef Too many typos and errors to continue. I tried. I really did. But at about the halfway point, I gave up. After ignoring sentences that just trailed off without any ending punctuation, including one that stopped mid-word, and some kind of weird bolding issue where sections were set in boldface type for no discernible reason, I came to a sentence that made absolutely no sense, no matter how many times I read it. That was it, game over. I can count on one hand the number of books I've abandoned before finishing and still have fingers left over. Now I have one more. Sad.

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