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Ten Good Reasons to Read David Wellington's Vampire Zero

This month, David Wellington's third vampire novel, Vampire Zero, will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. In this installment, reluctant vampire hunter Laura Caxton is faced with the unenviable task of hunting down her former mentor: U.S. Marshall Jameson Arkeley, now a bloodsucker himself. If you've read the first two volumes, 13 Bullets and 99 Coffins, you know how ruthless Arkeley was when he was living and breathing. Now that he's undead, Caxton is going to have her hands full if she wants to stop him from fathering a new generation of vampires.

I recently asked Wellington for ten reasons why readers should pick up Vampire Zero...

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1. You will not be able to put this book down. You'll be unable to bear not knowing what happens next.

2. It's a great standalone novel, and a good introduction to a continuing series, though--

3. Anyone who enjoyed 99 Coffins NEEDS to read this book, because the ending of 99 Coffins is played out here in graphic detail.

4. The main character, Laura Caxton, isn't a helpless damsel in distress, nor is she some inhuman killing machine. She's not some gorgeous but dumb ingenue in deepest darkest Louisiana. She's not an immortal vampire who nobody understands. She's a woman doing a job she didn't want but she has no choice. She's in way over her head, but she doesn't panic. She does the best she can to stop the horror, and then some. But is that going to be enough?

5. The vampires are scary! They don't want to read poetry to you. They don't want to call on you sometime if that's convenient. They want to rip your head off and suck blood out of your stump. You have never seen vampires like this before, I promise. These vampires are scarier.

6. The action! This isn't the kind of book where deeply conflicted monsters lie around on fainting couches talking for fifty pages about how desperately alone and forsaken they are. The cops in this book have a plan. They're out there every night trying to make it happen. And the vampires are always one step ahead of them. When they meet--it's fireworks, every time.

7. The research!  This is a work of fiction. Vampires aren't real. But the world they inhabit is as exhaustively realistic as the author could make it--every street is a real street, every gun is a real gun, every location is a place you can find on a map--and go to in real life. The realism grounds the story and keeps it from getting too over-the-top into fantasy land. And it makes the vampires that much scarier.

8. The drama! Laura Caxton learned everything she ever knew about vampires from her old mentor, Jameson Arkeley. Now he's a vampire, and she has to bring him in. She's learned her lessons well--but what if there are some secrets he didn't have time to teach her? What if he knows something, something that could get her killed, and he didn't share?

9. The mystery! Why would a vampire hunt down the members of his own family? What is his secret plan? There's only one way to find out.

10. The twist ending! See, Laura Caxton has gone a little too far this time, and--but no. I won't spoil it for you. You have to read this book to believe what happens at the end. I promise only that it's a surprise!

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Geez, how about good writing? I'm glad you're not being pretentious about writing great literature, but...

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