Night Rising

Night Rising

Book - 2007
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In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.
Publisher: New York, New York : The Berkley Publishing Group, published by the Penguing Group, ©2007
ISBN: 9780441014675
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,21 cm


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Jan 01, 2011

Dawn Madison is a stuntwoman who has returned to LA to find her estranged father, a PI who went missing. In order to do so, she teams up with his firm, Limpet & Associates. In doing so she finds out that there is a whole other part to LA, one filled up with vampires, psychics and invisible forces. Dawn must learn to navigate this new world if she is to find her father in time.

Author Chris Marie Green has created a very confusing book. The bones of this story are very good. Our angry heroine who is the less beautiful daughter of a famous, and tragically dead, Hollywood starlet. There is a very interesting (and someone unique) system of vampire creation. The boss of Limpet and Associate is a very mysterious voice who can do amazing things. I particularly like the three portraits that could act as guardians.

The problem is how Green brings all these individual details together. There is something missing. Maybe it is because the author has a very sparse style. Which can be nice, because it leaves a lot to the imagination, but it is also troublesome because you don't have all the details. Maybe it is because she leaves so many questions unanswered, clearly setting up for the next book. The problem with that is there are story threads started that she doesn't finish. Maybe the problem is her story telling speed. Dawn just meets the mysterious boss, and the two are doing it before the end of the book.

Overall the book felt rushed, like the author was running us from exciting moment to exciting moment, in order to get all her great ideas into the book. In doing so, she left out the gentler story telling bits that usually weave the exciting bits together. Had she chosen to do less this book or been given another hundred pages, she would have had a much stronger book,

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