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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.

posted by 3420418 on April 24, 2010

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Another Page Turner, Leaving You Waiting for the Next Book in the Series

    Iris continues to deliver on the Eve Duncan series. She does a wonderful job at adding new story lines that can continue this series of characters while introducing new ones for future books. If you have read the Eve series you will be happy with this next page in her journey. I will say, if you have followed the series she leaves a few things open that make you wonder. They do not relate to the true story line but reference past relationships from other books in the series. You will not find it distracting from the story line.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

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    Love the Eve Duncan Series

    This was a good additon to this series! Also liked how Iris is starting to bring in the supernatural in and explaining more about Bonnie's life and her death. Can't wait for the next installment in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Sick

    Mutters about something. Sorry gtg bbl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Ice

    Dipped her head to Thistlefang and padded out to hunt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Toxin and Bad Co. (Every evil cat ive rped)

    Toxin- *he stood in the main part of the deadly group, standing out from the other because only him, Metal, Screw, and Atomicbomb are the only ones without black fur*<p>
    Juggernaut-*he towers over everyone*<p>
    Fear-*he looks around, he remembers being a young kit here*<p>
    Deathbat- *yawned, showing his fangs*<p>
    Thorn-*he licked his claws*<p>
    Metal- Hmm...<p>
    Buriedalive- *looks grimly at the others*<p>
    Atomicbomb- *he looks up at everyone*<p>
    Suicidekit-*nervously looks up at the fearsome group*<p>
    Kill-*sighs*<p>
    Hate- Nothing much... *he said to Broken*<p>
    Fallout-*he thinks about something*<p>
    Diablo-*he looks around with his fiery red eyes*<p>
    Maniac-*crazed*<p>
    Insanity-*twitched*<p>
    Killjoy-*looks at the others, listening*<p>
    Metalgrind-*he breathed heavily*<p>
    Slime-*looks at the others*<p>
    Shadowforce-*shapens his claws*<p>
    Screw- *thinks of something*<p>
    Cujo-*he looks around*<p>
    Beast- *he huffed*<p>
    Heartless- *mutters something under his breath*<p>
    Guillotine- *he eats a mouse*<p>
    Massacre- *he looks up at the sky with black eyes matching his fur*<p>
    Toxin- *he talks amongst his group of companions*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Creepy

    This book cept me on the edge of my sea and couldn't put it down untell i fell asleep reading.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Blood Game

    Eve Duncan what an amazing character. The story kept me interest to see what was around the next corner. It was missing something for me this time, the ending I was looking for more from all the characters, it just ended. Left me haning!

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Lydia Moore grew up in the Appalachian region before the Civil War and married Mark McQueen shortly after it began. Her husband went off to fight for the Union while her father and brother fought for the Confederates. While the men were gone, outliers raided Lydia's mother's home, assaulting her and stealing the livestock. A pregnant Lydia returned to her old home place to tend to her mother and brothers and sisters. When her labor began, the doctor was too inebriated to come, so Lydia's Aunt Tildy delivered the baby, who was turned the wrong way, causing brain damage. After the war, when Mark returned, Lydia learned he had been imprisoned. Her Mark was a changed man who dealt with demons from the war and harbored a deep hatred for the men who had raided Lydia's mother's home, blaming his son's mental problems on them. Through the years, Lydia had more children while dealing with her husband's alienation and cynicism, hoping that through her love, he would become the man he used to be. Times were rough in their mountain region, but Lydia worked hard, trying to do her best for her children and their small community.

    Lydia McQueen is the epitome of a strong Southern woman. She never let challenges daunt her and plowed ahead, trying to do the right thing and persevere through. The Tall Woman tells one woman's journey through life and the lives she touches as well as the changes she leaves behind.

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