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Hard Times

A Sam Harlan Novel, Book 2
Narrated by: David Loving
Series: Sam Harlan Novels, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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"It's amazing how life goes back to normal, how the world keeps spinning, even after you do something so terrible that it can never be forgiven. You get up in the morning. You eat. You shower. Shave. Use the toilet. And the dream. Always the same dream. There is no escaping it. In my dream, I plunge the knife into a little girl's chest.” - Sam Harlan

Six weeks since discovering the truth behind his family legacy, Sam Harlan has worked with Sister Callie Calahane to learn how to kill vampires, desperate to make them pay.

The woman's voice on the answering machine was intriguing. “Jack, it's Mary Kate. I've got your newest order and.... I need to talk.” Jack Harlan, the legendary vampire killer, was Sam's distant relative, but Jack Harlan was dead. Sam had seen to it himself.

Will investigating the source of the message push Sam and Sister Callie beyond their limit, or will they survive the hard times?

©2015 Kevin Lee Swaim (P)2017 Kevin Lee Swaim

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Interesting Vampire Hunter story

Despite this being book 2 in a series and me not having read the first one, I found this book to be an accessible and enjoyable entry into the series with references to the first book being fairly self-explanatory.

The book focuses on the adventure and troubles encountered by the new vampire hunter Sam Harlan when he is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young woman by a friend of his former mentor, the main member of the supporting cast is a former sister of the church.

The mechanics of vampires and vampire hunting in this book's world has some interesting little tweaks such as silver being a primary weapon, crosses having the potential to be a more offensive weapon rather than simply a means of defending and the vampire hunter gaining power (and darkness) from the act of killing vampires.

One crucial thing that power gain didn't also include was greatly accelerated healing, that is one of the more usual ways that books often seek to level the playing field with the stronger supernatural creature and the author does a good job of conveying how much the hero was getting steadily more worn down and battered over the course of this book.

I thought that in general the narrator did a pretty good job with this book, but he mainly did best with the main two characters, the various supporting cast were clearly voiced rather than being given fully distinctive voices.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely look out for subsequent books in the series as well.

[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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