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Blood Blade by Marcus Pelegrimas
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Blood Blade

by Marcus Pelegrimas

Series: Skinners (1)

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I did like this book a lot, I am waiting to buy the next one! Its a different type of story for me! ( )
  BrideoftheFox | Sep 5, 2010 |
This book was absolutely great. blood & gore mixed w/the right amount of intrigue & comedy. main character is a video game designer who finds that real life is scarier than any game & he's the hero fighting an army of vamps & shifters. bk1 of newseries ( )
  fairygrl117 | Jul 21, 2009 |
I'm not sure why I picked up this book. I usually avoid series books like the plague. I guess seeing it was a horror novel by a first time writer* helped me overcome my doubts (and the super-pulpy cover promised lots of fun).

Anyhow, I'm glad I picked up the book. The Skinners series is action/horror, very similar to Blade or Underworld. There's not a lot of real originality in Blood Blade, but the book is entertaining nonetheless (and I do have to give Marcus Pelegrimas credit for crafting a unique spin on vampires).

In an opening that is very reminiscent of Algernon Blackwood's The Wendigo, video game designer Cole Warnecki decides to take a vacation in the Canadian wilderness when he and his party are attacked by a gigantic creature.

This leads him to a loosely organized group called The Skinners who secretly protect 'the normal world' from vampires, werewolves and assorted supernatural beasties.

While there's nothing especially new here, Marcus Pelegrimas is a very good pulp writer. The book flowed right along, never dragging and not taking itself too seriously. There is a good dose of humor here. At times the book is very funny, though never so slapstick that it hurts the story.

He has a good ear for dialogue which is believable (well, in a T.V. show kind of way) and snappy. Most of the characters are pretty flat, with no real depth or history being given for any of them, but Cole is at least sketched out enough that you can empathize with him. Hopefully the other characters will gain a little more background/motivation in future books.

I do think the author needs to work on his action scenes. It's important that they be well written in a book like this, but I thought that in this book the description of the action was kind of muddy. Also, he never actually described what Cole looked like. I just assumed that he looked like the guy on the cover, but it did bug me as I read the book.

I hope in future books he goes into a little more explanation of how the Skinners work as an organization. It all seemed very vague and chaotic here, though since Cole is sort of brought in while he was under fire, that may have been intentional.

So there's not a lot that's new here, but I did enjoy the book enough to keep reading the series. While it isn't a whole lot more than a distillation of a bunch of stuff we've seen before, the personality of the writing makes it worth a read.

*I was wrong there. He turned out a bunch of westerns under the pen name Marcus Galloway. At least that explains why the writing was so polished in this 'first novel' ( )
  jseger9000 | Feb 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061463051, Mass Market Paperback)

Welcome to the nightmare . . .

There is a world you don't know about, inhabited by supernatural creatures of darkness—vampires, werewolves, and all manner of savage, impossible beasts that live for terror and slaughter and blood. They are all around us but you cannot see them, for knowledge of their presence—so close and so hungry—would surely drive any ordinary human insane.

But for centuries a special breed of hunter has kept the monsters at bay, preventing them from breaking through the increasingly fragile barriers protecting our mortal realm.

These guardians are called skinners.

But beware . . . for there are very few of them left.

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"There is a world you don't know about, inhabited by supernatural creatures of darkness--vampires, werewolves, and all manner of savage, impossible beasts that live for terror and slaughter and blood. They are all around us but you cannot see them, for knowledge of their presence--so close and so hungry--would surely drive any ordinary human insane. But for centuries a special breed of hunter has kept the monsters at bay, preventing them from breaking through the increasingly fragile barriers protecting our mortal realm. These guardians are called SKINNERS. But beware...for there are very few of them left."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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