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Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease".
Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes....
Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
©2013 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 07-17-13

I am still a fan :)

I like the series, from the very first book all the way up to the current one. The first ones were like foreplay, the later additions are down to the nitty-gritty :) Anita just happens to indulge in a little more gritty than the rest of us. LOL

I know LKH has gotten a lot of negative reviews lately, but I liked the story. I got to visit with Ted/Ed who is one of my favorite characters. I always love her action scenes and with this rotten zombie, mini apocalypse, there were a lot of good ones. It is a little hard keeping up with all of Anita's lovers, but that is certainly not a complaint! :) Hot vampires and were-men are always a plus in my book. But then again I like a little erotica mixed in with my mystery :) I got to listen to Anita hunt the bad, kick butt, and save the day.

I guess I am confused with all of the negative comments about which direction the series is going in. If this is the direction that LKH wants to go and she is happy in her world, then stop using your credits for the price of admittance. The rest of us are just happy to be there. :)

Oh, and Kimberly Alexis I really enjoyed your voices. Your Anita voice was great!

This is a good, solid addition to the series. It was worth my credit!

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16 of 19 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Elise on 07-07-14

Ms. Hamilton appears to have burnt out

I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.

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