Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1)

Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1)

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by Marcus Pelegrimas
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Seattle video game designer Cole Warnecki takes an extreme vacation in British Columbia and ends up hunting supernatural monsters in this campy, action-packed paranormal debut. After Cole survives an encounter with a nasty werewolflike Full Blood, he lands a job with the Midwestern Ectological Group, whose Skinners act as cops for the local supernatural population. They bring him to Chicago and pair him up with experienced Skinner Paige Strobel, who gives him sound advice like "Don't gawk at a woman's ass when she's carrying a shotgun." Paige drags Cole into the front lines of MEG's war on insane vampire Misonyk, who infects people with vampiric spores and encourages them to drain victims dry, stealing their souls. Plenty of cinematic gore and wisecracks will keep readers coming back for future installments. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061984105
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Skinners , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
85,667
File size:
770 KB

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Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1)

Chapter One

Seattle, Washington

"What the hell is that thing supposed to be?"

Cole Warnecki squinted and leaned forward as he tried to come up with words to describe what he was seeing on the monitor. Drawing a complete blank, he shook his head and replied, "I don't know. Some sort of monster?"

The man next to Cole didn't take his eyes from the thing that had caught his attention. He shook his head, but not in the vaguely bewildered way that Cole had a second ago. "A monster or maybe some kind of alien?"

Cole snapped his fingers. "A demon! That's what it is."

"What kind of demon?"

"The kind that . . . wait a second . . . maybe it's some sort of guardian spirit."

Jason Sorrenson shifted his eyes away from the thirty-two-inch screen, swiveled in his chair so he could face Cole, then reached for a pair of glasses. He slid the dated wire frames into the grooves they'd worn over both ears and onto the bridge of his nose before asking, "Isn't this your game, Cole? Shouldn't you know exactly what every one of these things are?"

Cole kept looking at the monitor and the image frozen on it. In his hands he held a controller that was connected to a black video-game console on a table beside Jason's desk. Finally, Cole set the controller down and pressed his fingertips against his closed eyes. "Shit, you're right. You know how crazy things get when we're this close to going gold."

"Going gold? We're barely through play testing and you think we're ready to start manufacturing disks?"

Letting out a breath, Cole flinched as if someone had just blown pepper up his nose. "A Cerberus! That'swhat it is!"

"What?"

"You know, like one of those demon dogs from Greek mythology. But it's different than those other ones that showed up in..."

"Save it, Cole." Jason was in his mid-forties, but carried himself as if he had sixty years of grief on his back. Leaning back, he sunk into the expensive padding of his chair, clasped his hands behind his balding head and stared at Cole through the dated wire frame glasses. His office matched the chair in comfort and had enough windows to fill it with whatever light the gray Seattle skies could offer. In comparison, the rest of the offices in the building seemed like dungeons. Outside, a stiff breeze blew in from Puget Sound; all the bare branches in the nearby park swayed in a slow rhythm. Winter hadn't arrived quite yet, but the city looked plenty cold already. "What's going on with you lately?" Jason asked with more concern than might be expected from someone so high on the corporate ladder.

Cole was about ten years younger than his boss, but he let out a sigh as if he was the older of the two. Working his way through the ranks of Digital Dreamers Inc. had been a labor of love, but times like this didn't feel so romantic. "I don't know," he said before his pause became uncomfortable.

"Do you want to abandon Hammer Strike?"

Glancing back to the monitor, Cole looked at the pause screen displaying the game's title and options. "I've been working on Hammer for over two years. Giving it up now would just be . . ."

"Lazy?"

"I was going to say stupid, but I guess both are pretty close."

Jason got up and sat on the edge of his marble desktop. "I'd hate to lose you, Cole," he said while picking up his own controller and hitting a button to put the game back into motion. "You're anything but lazy, but you do seem sort of distracted."

"That's putting it nicely. It feels more like I've had my head jammed up my ass."

Chuckling under his breath like a preteen boy too nervous to follow up his friend's swearing with a bad word of his own, Jason let his fingers drift effortlessly over the game controller. He moved his muscle-bound, onscreen avatar to one of the Cerberus-type creatures and used the titular hammer to pound it into a mess of pixilated gore.

Cole pinched his chin between a thumb and forefinger while watching Jason maneuver through the game. "Do that combo I showed you."

"The killing move?"

"Yeah."

Jason's fingers flew through the prescribed set of motions, causing the digitized character to perform a jerky dance. "It's not working," he said while shaking his head.

Cole took the controller from Jason's hands and went through the same motions, only a bit faster. After a few more attempts, he bounced the controller off the floor and turned his back to the screen. "God dammit!"

"Maybe you need to take a vacation. You know . . . relax a little?"

"I can't take a vacation this close to the release date."

"So we'll push the date back. It wouldn't be the first time."

Letting out a breath, Cole straightened up and turned around to face his boss again. He knew he might not have been in the best shape of his life, but with his natural athleticism, he held up better than most guys his age. Considering how much time he spent in front of a computer screen, his lack of a gut was even more impressive. He chuckled at his own expense and dropped back into his chair. "I don't think a vacation is what I need, Jason."

"I'm not letting you quit." Lighting up like the power button on his game console, Jason said, "I know! What about Nora?"

"I haven't seen her for a while."

"She works one door away from the programmers' lounge. You must see her every day."

"I mean I haven't seen her . . . like that. Not for a while."

Jason nodded slowly. "Why not?"

"Not just a boss, but a relationship counselor too? I think you should prescribe me some painkillers. You know, the good ones that put you to sleep for a while?"

Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1). Copyright © by Marcus Pelegrimas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Marcus Pelegrimas graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Criminal Justice as research to become a maniacal super villain. When too many of his plans were thwarted, he went back to his first love: writing. He is also an active member of the Nevermore Paranormal ghost-hunting group. That one worked out much better than the world domination thing.

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JC_Rubio More than 1 year ago
First book I read from this author and it was really good. A different twist to the creatures we already know: vampires, werewolves, etc. The action is non-stop and the creatures just keep on coming... I really had a lot of respect for Cole and Paige at the end of this adventure. I'm really looking forward to book 2 of the series.
VampireRanger More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! I read some of the other reviews that didn't give this book enough credit and I have to disagree. This book is a perfect start for a series. It doesn't give away every thing right from the begining. As the main character learns about the situations and other characters so do you. This book is very entertaining and also allows for allot of growth throughout the rest of the series. The hero of the book doesn't go from zero to hero in three pages, as this book ends he is still the new guy on the block with allot to learn.
effingvampires More than 1 year ago
Buy it. Read it. Love it. It's what I did. Satisfied me on many nerd levels - gamer nerd, horror nerd, sci-fi nerd, Midwest nerd. Yes. I have a nerd level referred to as "Midwest nerd." It's the part of me that gets a little excited when a book, movie, or whatever takes place in the Midwest. Especially when in my birthstate of Wisconsin. The only nerd facet that wasn't addressed in this book is the music nerd. But I've been assured by Pelegrimas himself that the itch of my music nerd will be scratched in the third book. Awesome. If you share the same nerd facets as me, read this book. You won't regret it.
LuvsBooks More than 1 year ago
I picked up Blood Blade on a whim and I'm glad I did! The action is almost non-stop and has the feel of a well done action movie. It's easy to sympathize with Cole. How would any of us react after finding out the monsters under the bed are real? Paige is hard scrabble and tough with enough glimmers of softness to be fully dimensional. The book is so well written that it's not hard for the reader to believe that events in the book could be for real.
GVillegas More than 1 year ago
If you like dark seedy "gentleman's clubs" sprinkled with Nymphs and blood craving vampires. Very smart Humor sprinkled between very gory imagery this book is for you. Blood Blade is one of the BEST books I have read in a loooong time. M.Pelegrimas has become my favorite author and I am always on the look out for more of his writings. Pick this up and be prepared to fall in love with it. Oh and PAIGE is HOT!!
ABCand123 More than 1 year ago
While the frightening prologue of Blood Blade made me question if I could handle dipping my toe into the urban fantasy/horror genre, I was pleasantly surprised by this book's creativity, humor, and fast pace. I found the human characters to be likeable and real, not afraid to show their vulnerability but compelled to put the colorful, supernatural creatures in their place. Pelegrimas set a pace that kept me going and clearly answered my - and the characters' - questions with good timing. His wisecracks and occasional sarcasm kept me entertained. I'm looking forward to the second installment in this series and am eager to see where Pelegrimas takes this ongoing battle! "Crazy but effective," Walter said with a shake of his head. "That's a Skinner for ya." (p. 278)
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book was very fast paced with a linear but interesting plot. If you like bloody encounters involving werewolves and vampires, then you'll probably like this story.
IslandGL More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader, I unfortunately or fortunately judge books by their covers... This cover caught my eye and I quickly snatched it up. I read the back cover and decided to purchase it... It was a very good purchase. The storyline was interesting, and flowed easily. The characters were likable and I felt at ease with them immediately. The book was a fast read because it had no slowness to it. It started interesting, flowed well, and closed interesting. I look forward to reading book two in the very near future.
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Hard to get through.
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A fun, fast, furious work of fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is that start of one of my favorite series. It starts a bit slow but sucks you in an doesn't let go...through all of the books.
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This book should have been good i mean it had vamps werewolves and fighters but some how it never came togther for me i found it boring and hard to get into wont be gettg the series you do better watching super natural on tv
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Good storyline. This series is going to br fantasic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit I only purchased this book when I saw it was $0.99 and reccomended by Paul Goat Allen from B&N. I had never come across it before that. I am glad I decided to purchase it. The story started a bit confusing, but after thzt I loved every page! I highly reccomend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal fantasy or horror novels. Mr.Pelegrimas develops the characters well. I now own all 6 of the books in this series and look forward to more to come. If you are looking for a good read with an interesting twist on Vampires this book is for you! I do not know why it is compared to Twilight though. These Vampires are not sparkly. They are super-human killing machines.
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Pym More than 1 year ago
Between the near constant action and the singularly gruesome monsters this one is difficult to put down. Add two great main characters and this is a great first entry to a horror saga.
abejita803 More than 1 year ago
Lots of action, great dialogue and even better characters! Looking forward to resign Book #2.