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Blood Game (Eve Duncan Series #9)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

BLOOD GAME is a fascinating Duncan investigative tale.

Forensic sculpture Eve Duncan goes home after a complex mentally draining case that featured the murders of several children (see QUICKSAND). She opens her refrigerator to find a goblet with blood stains inside. It looks identical to a goblet found by the corpse of ni...
Forensic sculpture Eve Duncan goes home after a complex mentally draining case that featured the murders of several children (see QUICKSAND). She opens her refrigerator to find a goblet with blood stains inside. It looks identical to a goblet found by the corpse of nineteen year old Nancy Jo Norris; the blood had been drained from the U.S. senator's daughter.

Eve's lover FBI agent Joe Quinn apparently can now see dead people; at least two that is: Nancy Jo and Eve's daughter Bonnie. He assumes that he somehow obtained this paranormal skill from psychic Megan Blair (see QUICKSAND and PANDORA'S DAUGHTER). The ghosts thirst for blood so assist the human sleuths on a search for a wannabe Dracula copy cat killer.

This is an exciting Eve Duncan serial killer thriller that increases dramatically the paranormal elements. Eve remains restless, but Joe has proven to be a comfort for her as Bonnie haunts her emotionally and haunts him directly. The story line is fast-paced as Eve and Joe with help from beyond hunt a vampire killer, but gothic overtones detract from the suspense as the lead couple is too well known by fans for the pair to be overly melodramatic. Still BLOOD GAME is a fascinating Duncan investigative tale.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 17, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not up to par

I have loved reading the Eve Duncan novels in the past, but the last couple have been very disappointing, especially "Blood Game". Ms. Johansen has just gotten too much into "hocus pocus" type stories. It takes away from the strong characters and relationships that I ...
I have loved reading the Eve Duncan novels in the past, but the last couple have been very disappointing, especially "Blood Game". Ms. Johansen has just gotten too much into "hocus pocus" type stories. It takes away from the strong characters and relationships that I have enjoyed, and borders on just plain silly. I liked Eve Duncan novels because they were mystery-thrillers with complicated and interesting characters. I liked that she left it up to the reader to decide if Bonnie visiting Eve was a "ghost" or a dream. Now she has taken away that choice, and made the series something unenjoyable for those who don't want to read books with the occult in them. I will be unlikely to read any more of the Eve Duncan series unless I see an indication that Ms. Johansen is moving back away from this theme.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Good but....

    I actually liked this book. I've read others that didn't hold my interest too well but this one did. I didn't care for the blood drinking thing... but did enjoy the fact that Joe developed a new "talent". That made it interesting for me because I know that it will one, make Eve feel better about her being able to see & talk to Bonnie, and two, she'll feel obligated to expose this fact to him eventually, which is something she's been battling internally for a long time. I'm ready for that conversation to take place. All in all... good storyline, good plot, but no WOW at the end. As another reviewer stated earlier, it just ended. They killed the bad guy and that was that. I read these thrillers because I like for my eyes to be wide open and to be blown away at the end. This one lacked that excitement for me. Still good though.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    I've always liked Eve Duncan books. I like the cast of characters and what they bring to the story. This one didn't work for me as much. It felt very repetitive (I know some information needs to be repeated for those new to the story). And I really wish the author would have stayed away from what is so huge in pop culture right now. And yes, I'm talking about vampires. And this guy wasn't even a vampire in the traditional sense. The story gets warped around the idea of becoming a vampire just by drinking "worthy" peoples blood. And then the book brings in a new character who has a history with the vampire. He didn't fit into the story as well, and I didn't really understand who or what he was. I did like Joe's new "gift" and would like to see were this goes in the future. But, this story, I can take it or leave it.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Good Story - Minimal Content

    I am a fan of the Eve Duncan books and you should definitely read if you are reading the series. This particular book did not fail as far as the story line, but was short on content. It was a fast read with the printing spread out to cover more pages. I was disappointed because I have come to expect more from Iris Johansen, always one of my favorite writers. This was one of those books that felt like it ws cranked out to meet a dead line. I look forward to the next book and some of the charactors that were introduced and hope it will be back up to pare.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Joe sees the light?

    BLOOD GAMES begins immediately where QUICKSAND left off, and I do mean immediately. Joe is still on the previous case! Blood Games has s good enough plot, and Eve, Jane and Joe are good characters, but the conversations in this book are inane and take up too much space. Caleb is an interesting guy, but he is painted in broad strokes that leave you wondering, and not in a good way. I live in North Georgia, (I can actually pronounce Dahlonega) - and that adds to the tale for me, but overall it was too simplistic for my taste. You will enjoy Joe's new....talent... though! I'm looking forward to the next piece of the story, because I'm hoping for healing between Eve and Joe. A fun, easy read. Spring Break on the beach material for sure.

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