Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She's a US marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.
It's wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass - to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she's still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.
Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother her. But the women being victimized aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.
It's the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita's own soul may not survive unscathed....
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Good performance; book's a mess
I partially read the book and partially listened to the audio. I didn’t feel either was helped or harmed by the back and forth.
I was so excited for this book and the beginning of the book was good. Good enough that it prompted me to buy the audio as well so I could listen at work and not have to wait ten hours before I could get back to it.
Unfortunately, that only makes my disappointment in it that much more palpable. Dead Ice is so dissatisfying mainly because the potential was there to actually be great.
The problem was the story went off on too many tangents. Too many storylines left the book too bloated and scattered and, for a book this long, it should have had closure to the sub plots. Instead I was left with a bunch of questions that were never answered. And you could see the ending coming a mile away. It was glaringly obvious, which is super annoying.
What’s even more annoying is the repetition Hamilton uses to describe characters or past events. Look, this is Book 24 – if you haven’t kept up with a serial series and you are just popping in now – you’re a moron. Go to the back log and start somewhere before the series got to double digits.
Anyway. For the first time in ages the story wasn’t completely bogged down with sex. Unfortunately the sex scenes that actually were in the story were pretty boring or eye roll inducing. A first for me.
There were more stupid and unnecessary power struggles. Between Anita and her men, Anita and her woman, Jean-Claude and Asher, Narcissus and the werehyenas, the other characters who are jealous/resentful of Anita…blah, blah, blah.
Also - WTF? Jean-Claude is now the vampire king in the United States, but he is still acting like he’s just a Master of the City, and a bad one at that. And why is he still allowing Asher to manipulate him? I wish someone would just kill Asher and get it over with already.
You know what pissed me off royally though? Rafael, the wererat king, was almost killed and his sub-plot was just dropped. I have absolutely no idea what happened to him.
There are way too many characters, and too many new characters being introduced for no good reason, to the detriment of the ones already there (where's Wicked, Truth, Damien??)…and I just can’t find it in me to care anymore.
I am so tired of the polyamory. Not because of any moral opposition or anything…I just do not believe anyone can have legitimate relationships with more than eight people and have the whole group be satisfied. Sorry, I don’t buy it. I can see three, or even four or five people, but after that it just leaves me shaking my head because who has the time or energy? Maybe if all you did was have sex, but everyone has multiple jobs. Hell, Anita is a vampire executioner, animator, US Marshal, queen to Jean-Claude’s vampire queen, leopard queen, master of tigers…it’s exhausting. Who has time for all that and carry on loving relationships with a half-dozen (or more) people? Not. Buying. It. And nothing in the story sways that opinion otherwise.
Still, the story wasn’t as bad as the last few have been. Though it’s still a far, far cry from the wonder and joy these stories used to bring me.
The more I think about this story, it's potential, the plot holes, the dropped storylines, and all the bullshit...the more ragey I'm getting.
I will give Hamilton one more shot on this series. One more time to get this train back on the tracks. If the next Anita Blake story doesn’t get better, I’m dropping it.
This will be my last Anita Blake book
- Amazon Customer