Book 1 in the best-selling Bite Back series "Vampires are the flickering illusions of Hollywood. They don't exist. We do. We are the Athanate."
For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She's been hit by a truck. She's being sued by a client. Denver's newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it's only Tuesday. Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous - a tough businesswoman who's known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. Someone's trying to sabotage her new resort and destroy her company - and she wants Amber to find out who. The answers lead Amber past Were and Adept, right back to the Athanate - and a centuries-old war that could threaten not just Denver, but the nation that Amber swore to protect and serve. And all sides want to claim her for their own...
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A good entry into Urban Fantasy
I was in the mood for some urban fantasy and thought I'd take a chance on this based on reviews on Amazon. And I am glad I did. Its not a ground breaking book and some some cliche's to it, but it works very well and is a page turner. The author starts out with something unique, which is he gives us a competent female lead. In too many books with female leads they characters tend to start naive and make bad choices, the main character here, Amber, is competent and collected. She deals with some wild changes but doesn't seem to make too man off the wall choices.
The world building is also well done, familiar enough to think you know it, but with enough uniqueness to make it interesting. A number of super natural beings are introduces, some of which would be considered 'traditional' but without a huge amount of explanation. Instead of being annoying this leaves you wanting more and looking forward to more detail in the following books. The pace seems good though I do feel the end was slightly rushed, but not badly. The ending also clearly leads into a new books, which since this is listed as 'book 1' is to be expected. But I would have like a little but of closure as I wait for the following book.
If I were to complain it would that the author uses Amber's military background too much. I wish he would have chosen a more realistic military background for her and then used it a little more sparingly. I like the weapon depictions in the book, which are mostly accurate. While wildly not practical I liked seeing the HK MK23 used in a book like this. All and all I was happy with it and look forward to the next book. I hope it gets better, second books can usually go either way. But I look forward to seeing more of this world and it's characters.
- J. W. Mullins
Awesome Detective/Mystery with touch of Paranormal