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by Stephen Leather

  • ISBN: 1612181473
  • Author: Stephen Leather
  • ePub ver: 1720 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 300
  • Publisher: 47North; 1St Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Formats: rtf mobi lrf lit
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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Though one might think that ONCE BITTEN is a recent creation, it actually pre-dates the writer's Spider Shepherd series. ONCE BITTEN isn't a thriller in the conventional sense. And it's neither scary nor very bloody

Though one might think that ONCE BITTEN is a recent creation, it actually pre-dates the writer's Spider Shepherd series. And it's neither scary nor very bloody

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Sharp, witty, and deliciously sinister, Once Bitten is a satisfying paranormal thriller from bestselling British author Stephen Leather.

Sharp, witty, and deliciously sinister, Once Bitten is a satisfying paranormal thriller from bestselling British author Stephen Leather.

So this book was a bit predictable but well written. The vampires were not the vampires of any book I've ever run into.

There's a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can't believe his ears. So this book was a bit predictable but well written. And for the most part off.

I don't know if this is the first time that's happened but, even if it isn't, congratulations to Stephen Leather on his success. com site: Jamie Beaverbrook is an English psychologist working for the Los Angeles Police Department

Stephen Leather (born 1956) is a British thriller author whose works are published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Stephen Leather (born 1956) is a British thriller author whose works are published by Hodder & Stoughton. Early in 2011, Leather's books The Basement, Hard Landing, and the vampire novella Once Bitten occupied the top three places in the UK Kindle bestseller list, a feat matched only by Stieg Larsson with his The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy Awards and recognition.

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There’s a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can’t believe his ears. The innocent-looking girl in the interview room doesn’t look a day over fifteen, yet the cops say Terry Ferriman was discovered in an alley off of Sunset Boulevard, her mouth smeared with blood as she crouched over the body of a man whose throat was torn out. A basic psych evaluation convinces Beaverbrook of Terry’s sanity and yet he can’t ignore the evidence that seems to point in one extraordinary direction. He tells himself he doesn’t believe in vampires, but after some digging, the good doctor begins to realize that the shadows of L.A. conceal a world where girls like Terry never age and where blood is more valuable than gold. Sharp, witty, and deliciously sinister, Once Bitten is a satisfying paranormal thriller from bestselling British author Stephen Leather.

Comments (7)

Arcanefire
I am giving this book a 3 star rating for the ending. I was very shocked and disappointed about the ending. Had it ended better I would have given it a 4, possibly a 5. Still worth your while.
This book took me awhile to get into. It kept my attention enough to to read it, but I was well over halfway finished before I became invested in the characters. The book was a mystery and even after finishing it, some of it still is. Not your traditional vampire story. I loved the spin of the vampire world and by the end I was invested in the two main characters.
I don't want to spoil things, but I will say that things started to get really good and I realized the book was almost over. I concluded that in order to get all of the answers to my free book I would have to purchase the next book to follow it all up and decided I was willing to do that....wrong. I was so disappointed in the ending. Maybe because I was expecting another book, or maybe because it wasn't a typical ending. It got my hopes up for one of my two predicted outcomes and I was way wrong. It left me stunned looking at the words THE END for several seconds. After thinking the whole thing over I understand the ending and that it could be a realistic ending, but I definitely would have ended it differently.
It was still a good read and I am very disappointed there isn't a follow up...That I have found anyway. Give it a try, all the twists are great and I think you will enjoy it!
Ygglune
Another free book from one of my subscriptions. I not going to sum up of the plot, as BookList has already done it. Also FYI, I generally don't read urban fantasy with exception of the "Monster Hunter " series. The hero finds himself involved with one his clients which a big no no for head shrinkers . Is this girl a teen age vamp, a womanly vamp or a thousands plus years old vampire. What ever she is; she is taking the middle age doctor for a ride. The doctor's messy divorce does play into his thinking and the author does write this well so I did feel sorry for the hero. The changes in how vampires work gets the author a bump to 4 stars. The various twists in the book bump to 5 stars.
roternow
What would you do if you met someone who would never age and die? Who needed to consume blood.... but was certainly not a vampire? For thousands of years a beautiful woman has been avoiding detection but now, with our society so documented and wired together by computers and the internet it is virtually impossible to be "invisble." She can no longer hide. The government wants her and any others like her in order to study the genetic mutation that keeps her healthy and free from aging. Would you help these people? Would you want to live forever? Who would be allowed to live on and on if the researchers found the key? Not the average citizen. Society would collapse without workers. Think about it.
Dainris
I heard that Leather's writing style is like Ken Follett's, but if Once Bitten is anything to judge by, it's not. Not at all. However, this was my first venture into his work, so perhaps whoever said that wasn't completely off the mark. I reserve judgment.

The characterization was good. Although the book is one of innumerable vampire tales, the occult story line served as more of a backdrop for the plot, which involves LAPD psychologist Jamie Beaverbrook's discovering that vampires exist and that he's fallen in love with one of the ageless creatures, all in relation to his fear of aging.

The book had some problems with grammar and word use, which can yank me out of a story and make it difficult to like. There weren't so many that it became too horrendous, though: improper subjunctive construction throughout, "hone" instead of "home," etc. It didn't keep me from enjoying the book.
Windworker
After years of resisting a piece of twenty-first century technology, an e-reader, I finally purchased a Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology. And ONCE BITTEN was my first download. It doesn't rank up there with First Kiss, but it was a watershed moment nonetheless.

Author Stephen Leather used to give ONCE BITTEN away for free on his website, but I understand that he had to cease and desist after such liberality ran afoul of the contractual obligations made with a commercial distributor of the story, which perhaps lends truth to the adage that no good deed goes unpunished.

Though one might think that ONCE BITTEN is a recent creation, it actually pre-dates the writer's Spider Shepherd series.

ONCE BITTEN isn't a thriller in the conventional sense. And it's neither scary nor very bloody. Rather, it presents the reader with a different interpretation of the vampire creature of legend and, perhaps for the contemplative reader, poses the question "What if?"

Jamie Beaverbrook, a clinical psychologist, is the hero of the story, although attributing to him any actions even faintly heroic would be an overstatement. Jamie works for the Los Angeles Police Department; he interviews murder suspects upon their arrest to determine their sanity prior to their cases going to the DA's office. As an indication of the high esteem in which he's held by the cops, they ridicule him unmercifully as "Batman" because he drives the "Batmobile", a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Mark IV.

Beaverbrook himself is currently damaged goods; he's being sued for divorce by a vengeful wife who blames him for the death of their severely deformed daughter soon after birth. So, he's emotionally vulnerable when ordered to interview a "throat-biter", the young and beautiful Terry Ferriman, caught in an alley off Sunset Boulevard crouched over the slashed throat of the dead victim. The LAPD cops now begin to call him "Vampire Hunter" and hang toy bats and garlic from his car's radio antenna. Jamie hates that.

ONCE BITTEN is conspicuously low-key when compared to fiction's other sensationalistic vampire tales. Jamie's role is to act as Terry's foil. Perhaps even fool. In any case, the story's chief effect upon me was to cause me to rethink the consequences of never dying. I mean, it's said that money is the root of all evil. Yet who wouldn't want to put that to the test by winning the lottery? I would. But immortality? No, I think not; I suspect it would wear thin after the first couple hundred years, especially if so much effort would have to be spent in remaining anonymous and under governmental radars.

Other reviewers have opined that ONCE BITTEN doesn't have an ending. Indeed, it doesn't in the sense that Leather could write any number of sequels would he care to do so. But, I'm almost certain he won't. That said, the conclusion to this episode, as unsatisfying as it might be to some - and I don't include myself in that crowd - is probably all that could be expected all things considered.

Leather was thinking outside the box. I like that.

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