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Summary

When the human and the vampire worlds collide, there will be hell to pay.

Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council - the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world.

All that stands in their way are the conduits: humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit - and a target of the vampire assassin who's killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust - along with more passionate feelings - is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters - and salvage their own future together.

©2010 Linda Howard (P)2010 Random House

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  • Nadia
  • Fleet, United Kingdom
  • 29-07-10

Absolutely fantastic!

This was yet another gambol of mine that more than paid offf. I simply couldn't stop listening to this book and suffered sleep depravation as a result. Blood Born is packed full of intrigue, romance and action to sattisfy readers of many genres. The down to earth writing style makes for a story that sucks you in straight away and refuses to allow you to do anything else until you're finished. An absolute must for lovers of vampire fiction.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • TDot
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 10-05-12

What a great debut!

Too bad they have not gone ahead and written a sequel. The novel is really set up for a good series, especially at the end. I really loved the interaction between Nevada and Soren and was really looking forward to their story.

And Vanessa Hart...What a voice!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely loved this book

Loved this book. A great story, with multi dimensional a characters. A little spoilt by mistakes in the narration, but overall one of the best books I have had in a long time can't wait to recommend it to my friends

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Not bad

Not brilliant but enjoyable. Heroine slightly annoying for my liking only near the end where she becomes a stronger character
Shame there isn’t another follow up book saying that

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Plodded along

Because I have been a big fan of Linda Howard, I was so looking forward to the fast paced unfolding and heart pounding stuff I'm used to her crime /suspense /thrillers. This was unfortunately not that. The story never quite got there. I'm shocked there hasn't been a sequel in 7 years yet things are left hanging. I the description of battle was not quite what I'd hopped for. My expectations of what it means to be blood born wasn't quite reached. Although many had faith in L's ability he seemed to have an internal dialogue that kind of took away from the invincible strength I wanted to hope he had. The relationship with C was just not fully executed for me to feel they were meant to be, it was almost just a fulfilment of what one would expect of a hero and heroine yet their connection didn't jump off the paper and only truly became believable when she was dieing.
The narrator's voice took some getting used to and somewhat took away from the story.
There were funny crackling like sounds ever so often as if there was static on the line which I found irritating and though customer service said the file had corrupted when it downloaded and gave me help instructions on how to rectify it, it was too long winded to follow so I didn't attempt it so continued having the issue.
Overall not impressed but I respect the authors work.

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Loose ends- too many questions.

What would have made Blood Born better?

If we had a proper ending. We need to know whether they capture Regina and also does Nevada reverse the spell. Also how/what does Chloe tell her parents. The storyline of Jimmy? Nevada & Soran, the baby. This story was too long winded that in the end they rushed it.

What will your next listen be?

I will re-read my Sandra Brown and Nora Robert books

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Hart?

I think Joyce Bean

What character would you cut from Blood Born?

Too many to think of

Any additional comments?

Don't look at reviews follow your gut.

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  • RRWS
  • 21-06-10

Good start for a series

Humor, mystery, Sci Fi with alittle sex thrown in has made for a fun book to read. A great start for a series. The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger so I hope there will be more to follow.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • SassiKassi
  • 15-05-10

Not a fantasy fan but still LOVED it!

Even though I should have been studying, I could not stop listening to this book. I enjoyed it so much that I was glad the ending of the book had some loose ends that can lead to stories for some of the other main characters. I sure hope there are further stories in the works for Nevada, Sarin and the character hinted at in the ending of the book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosemary
  • 29-07-10

Good book, don't let the cover art fool you!

I didn't get this book for a long time despite the good reviews because the cover art was so cheesy. The old adage regarding books and covers has been proven to me once again. I found this book really entertaining, the world it is set in was interesting without being too complicated, and the characters were about as multi-dimensional as you get in books like this (with the exception of maybe the BDB series). Best paranormal romance I've listened to in a while.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • 10-05-10

Enjoyed Blood Born... a lot!

Wasn't sure what to expect with this book and it was a great surprise.. and ride. Luca was a yummy character and the story drew me in.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-11

Excellent story well told

Blood Born was a nice surprise. As "vampire" books go, this one is far more fleshed out than most. It's length and the writing style give depth to the characters and the plot which I often find lacking in some books of this sub-genre. While Blood Born is a complete book in and of itself, it leaves room for sequels, which I will definitely get when they come out. Vanessa Hart told the story well, her accents were adequate and not at all distracting. Overall a wonderful story, and well told.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Teleasa
  • 15-06-10

Great book!!!

I didn't know what to expect from this author but I was absolutely blown away by the book. I'm not one to write reviews unless it really captures my attention and this one did. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the second one in this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacqueline
  • 21-01-12

Waiting for the second book

If you could sum up Blood Born in three words, what would they be?

Great Book

What other book might you compare Blood Born to and why?

really don't know their Vampires and Warrior was so different from most Vampires & Warriors books and the 2 Linda had just got started on their story, I feel like they just left me hanging. Where is the second book?

Have you listened to any of Vanessa Hart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Vanessa is ok, and if the 2 Linda will do the second book and Vanessa read it, I will buy it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Blood Born

Any additional comments?

Please, Please do the second book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • 18-07-10

Great...Great....Great!

This book was a little slow at first, probably because it is a first in the series. Once it got started it was great. One of the best Linda Howard books ever. She did a fabulous job with this one. Keep listening if you think it is slow at first. It gets better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-12

TWO WRITERS MEAN TOO MANY WORDS

I read the good reveiws and purchased. What I missed where the reveiws that said the story was wordy. As you listen to the narrator you start to wonder when she was going to get back to the story and get off how a character feels or felt years ago that really did not move the story along at all. Just words and description that the writers wanted to add. It almost feels like they got paid per word, because there were alot of them that the story really does not need. Also, there were some parts of the story that were repetitive to the point of being completely useless to the story any longer.

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  • Skipper
  • 02-02-14

Good narration, weak story

Too slow. Not on par for Linda Howard. Despite the paranormal edge, not as engrossing as Dream Man or Son of the Morning. Narration by Vanessa Hart is quite good, but she had doubtful material to work with.

This plot has promise, and I liked the lead couple, but...a frustrating listening experience. With two authors, everything was repeated to the point of annoyance, at least 4x (as if I'm too stupid to remember that Luca can tolerate the sun, or that nobody has ever remembered his name, or that Nevada is worried about her family, or ...). Every key point was repeated, mostly in the meandering thoughts of several characters. Lots of scene shifting. Lots of head hopping, in 3rd person POV. Because of info dumping and redundancy, the pace is slow, and Luca doesn't even meet Chloe till about 25% into the book, approx page 100.

This could have been a much better book, without the annoying repetitiveness and the interminable inner monologues. It is also fairly predictable, but that didn't bother me.

There is no sequel, but this story felt finished. No big cliff hanger.

Great narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful