Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Vampire Hunters

The Vampire Hunters is the first book in the Vampire Hunters Trilogy by Scott M. Baker. You won't find any cuddly, sparkly vampires in this book. These vampires are monsters.

The story takes place in Washington DC. I'm not going to say anything about that city already being filled with blood suckers. The joke is too easy. I do wonder why Baker chose that city. Our heroes are a couple of ex-cops who discovered the existence of vampires while working a serial murder case. At the end of that case, they are recruited by an unknown benefactor to hunt down and destroy the nest in Washington.

It's a decent story. Nice to see vampires as evil again. It's also interesting to see the heroes dealing with the aftermath of fighting vampires in a world that doesn't believe they exist.

As usual, I do have a few nitpicks.

The head vampire is a man named Ion Zeilenska. The name bothered me because the character was supposedly Bulgarian. Historically, Bulgarian names have different suffixes depending on gender. Zeilenska is female. I had to stop and re-read the chapter because I was confused. His name should have been Zeilenskov.

The second nitpick has to do with holy water. Supposedly religious places or symbols do not bother vampires. Holy water, on the other hand, can hurt them quite a bit. This makes no sense to me. You can't pick and choose - okay, you can because it's fiction but it's not logical. Water is only holy in connection to religious places, symbols and ceremonies. If none of those things bother vampires the water shouldn't either.

The last nitpick has to do with vampire hunter Alison Monroe. She refuses to take any weapons other than a couple of stakes. It's stupid and dangerous. She almost gets killed twice. The second time she's only saved by having put holy water on her neck. Which shouldn't have worked. Having a person like her on a team is dangerous.

Is it just me or does Alison on the cover look like Olivia from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?

I recieved a review copy of this book.