Blood on the Ice

Blood on the Ice

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by Ian Healy
     
 

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When a talented new player joins the perennially-losing sub-minor-league hockey team, the Fighting Aardvarks, it marks the beginning of a winning tradition. But things aren't as they seem, and players begin to change. First line center Hammie learns the truth: the Aardvarks are becoming vampires, and it's up to him to stop them before the infestation spreads

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When a talented new player joins the perennially-losing sub-minor-league hockey team, the Fighting Aardvarks, it marks the beginning of a winning tradition. But things aren't as they seem, and players begin to change. First line center Hammie learns the truth: the Aardvarks are becoming vampires, and it's up to him to stop them before the infestation spreads beyond just the team.

"Healy's snickering, boyish humor is a highlight of this novel-from the characters' postmodern comments on vampiric pop culture to the hockey teammates' constant good-natured trash talking to the wry snarkiness of the "narrator" (a lovely twist as to the identity of the narrator I won't spoil for you, but wait for the delightful punchline) pull us through this story with tight action and a keen series of cliffhanger chapter endings."--Jenn Zuko, Nerds in Babeland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615661469
Publisher:
Local Hero Press
Publication date:
06/22/2012
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Meet the Author

Ian Thomas Healy dabbles in many different genres. His superhero novel Deep Six: A Just Cause Novel was a Top 100 Semi-finalist in the 2008 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award. He's an eight-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he's tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

His goal is to become as integral to the genre of superhero fiction as William Gibson was to cyberpunk and Anne Rice was to urban fantasy. The first book in his Just Cause Universe series, JUST CAUSE, is available now from New Babel Books.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy. His ebooks can be found on Local Hero Press, Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, iBook Store, and other online retailers.

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Blood on the Ice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
djabko More than 1 year ago
A fun read. Ian has a way with hockey and violence...A ton of fun.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Calling "Blood on the Ice" Urban Fantasy might be a stretch. Not because it doesn't have the elements of this genre, as I understand them, but because calling Fort McWilliams urban feels like it is pushing the definition. However, it isn't rural or suburban, so what else is left? Urban Fantasy fans with a sense of humor should find it to their tastes, but if vampires would normally send you running, don't run yet. If you could take away the vampires, "Blood on the Ice" would still be a funny story. Much of the setting is ripe for humor. Sports teams, especially those that aren't doing very well, are good fodder for comedy . The idiosyncrasies of small towns and the cluelessness of many young males are always good for a laugh. Healy takes advantage of each of these. Throw in the vampires (good for a laugh in itself, given the apparent need for so many books to have them these days), add Healy's approach to dealing with them, and you have a winner. Although there is plenty of tension and conflict in the story as Hammie Hamlisch, the protagonist, tries to stop the infestation of vampires on his hockey team, which kept the story interesting, what sets it apart from others is the humor. One thing in "Blood on the Ice" that I can't remember seeing before is a narrator who interrupts the story from time to time to comment, but whose identity isn't apparent. It is obvious early on that the narrator isn't Hammie and I quickly stopped wondering. I just viewed him or her as the all-seeing, all-knowing narrator. In the end, the narrator reveals his identity, and ties together a few loose threads in a very clever way. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
dknippling More than 1 year ago
Hammie's parents make him wear a mouth guard when he plays hockey for the Fighting Aardvarks. Why wouldn't they? They're dentists. The Aardvarks are going nowhere, until a new player joins, and half the team is sucking down raw-meat smoothies. It's up to Hammie, an incompetent vampire hunter, a hot librarian, and pair of dental extractors to save the team...and the world. There is nothing like a good farce like this (think Hudson Hawk) to put a smile on your face :)
Zuko More than 1 year ago
Three things Healy does especially well in this book: 1) his treatment of the female characters and the romance brewing alongside the action is not in any way sappy, but completely realistic: his women are strong yet feminine, Hammie's adorable-yet-not-cloying attention to his new love spot-on, and his inclusion of a Goth girl is perfect within the panoply of characters. 2) Healy's action sequences are exciting without being confusing, detailed without being weighty, and gory to the funniest degree. Of course, we should expect Healy to be good at action scenes, as it's a bit of a specialty for him. 3) the thread of the wry Narrator is gripping throughout-sort of a Chorus to the main throughline of the action. Overall, this is a thrilling, funny read, and I highly recommend it. (For full review, go to website Nerds in Babeland.)