Blood Riders

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The Western Territories, 1880. For four years,Civil War veteran and former U.S. Cavalry CaptainJonas P. Hollister has been rotting in a prison cell at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His crime: lying about the loss of eleven soldiers under his command . . . who he claims were slaughtered by a bandof nonhuman, blood-drinking demons.

But now a famous visitor, the detective Allan Pinkerton, has arrived with an order for Hollister's release. The brutal murder of a group of Colorado miners...

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Overview

The Western Territories, 1880. For four years,Civil War veteran and former U.S. Cavalry CaptainJonas P. Hollister has been rotting in a prison cell at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His crime: lying about the loss of eleven soldiers under his command . . . who he claims were slaughtered by a bandof nonhuman, blood-drinking demons.

But now a famous visitor, the detective Allan Pinkerton, has arrived with an order for Hollister's release. The brutal murder of a group of Colorado miners in a fashion frighteningly similar to the deaths of Hollister's men has leant new credence to his wild tale. And suddenly Jonas Hollister finds himself on a quest both dangerous and dark—joining forces with Pinkerton, the gunsmith Oliver Winchester, an ex-fellow prisoner, a woman of mystery, and a foreigner named Abraham Van Helsing, who knows many things about the monsters of the night—and riding hell for leather toward an epic confrontation . . . with the undead.

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Former U.S. Cavalry Captain Jonas R. Hollister somehow survived the Civil War, but more recent memories torment him still. The slaughter of eleven men from his unit killed by a renegade band of quasi-vampires left him embittered and aching for revenge. That opportunity arrives when Detective Allan Pinkerton arrives with an assignment. That's just the beginning of a vampire western by Michael Spradlin (It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies; Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill) that features apprearances by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing and Oliver Winchester. A mass-market paperback and NOOK Book original.

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Spradlin (Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery Rhymes) makes the Wild West of 1881 truly rambunctious. Det. Allan Pinkerton dispatches disgraced Army captain Jonas Hollister on a covert assignment to destroy renegade quasi-vampires called Archaics that destroyed Hollister’s unit five years before and are now targeting small towns. Dissension within Archaic ranks pits Shaniah, who’s concerned for her people’s survival, against brutal Malachi, who is breaking Archaic laws by attacking humans. Hollister’s intrepid and colorful team grows to include Shaniah, Chee (who boasts of “Cajun, Chinese, Creek, and Negro” ancestors), engineer Monkey Pete, and valiant town whore Sally. Abraham Van Helsing, in a cameo appearance, supplies comic relief and James Bond–ish special protections for Pinkerton’s steam train. Romance alternates with mounting peril as a sleazy senator’s evil, cologne-drenched henchman pursues Hollister, and exciting encounters with Archaics lead to spectacular firefights. The final showdown convincingly resolves all the plot threads and provides fans of the vampire western genre a delightful read. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. (Oct.)
James Rollins
“Strap on your six-shooter and saddle your horse, you’re in for the ride of your life.”
T. Jefferson Parker
Blood Riders is a novel like you’ve never read before — part Western and part horror — and one-hundred percent sweet excitement. It’s vivid and high-velocity, too. I couldn’t put it down!”
Teresa Medieros
“BLOOD RIDERS by Michael P. Spradlin is a thrill ride of a novel! I was turning the pages so fast I barely had time to catch my breath. Spradlin’s bold, fast-paced and engaging style makes BLOOD RIDERS a new classic!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062023094
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,389,770
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Spradlin is the author of the New York Times bestseller It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, and Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, as well as several children's picture books, the novels and manga volumes in the Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels. He lives in Michigan with his family.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Would love to see what happens next!

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    In the year of 1876 Jonas Hollister was a captain of the U.S. Cavalry. He and his men came across a camp where all of the inhabitants had been slaughtered. Jonas had a sick sense that something was wrong, and before they could even begin burial duty, the bodies start to rise and start killing Jonas’s men and drinking their blood. Jonas barely leaves the scene with his life; being saved by the rising sun that sent the creatures running.

    When Jonas reports to his superiors on what happened, they don’t believe him and they arrest him. Four years later Jonas is still in prison, when famous detective Allan Pinkerton calls upon him. What happened to Jonas and his men has happened again and they want Jonas to help destroy the monsters responsible. Jonas will be granted his freedom and a hefty salary if he complies. After Jonas makes a few demands of his own; raising his rank to Major and freeing a fellow inmate, Chee, to assist him on his mission, he is on his way, possibly to his own death.

    Armed with a specially designed train full of unique weapons specifically designed to fight vampires, and after speaking with vampire extraordinaire, Abraham Van Helsing, and receiving his journals. The men are as ready as they will ever be. But the men are being followed by a couple different parties and only time will tell if they are friends or foes.

    At first glance, I was wary of this book; it looks like a typical ‘boy’ book featuring a heavily armed cowboy in a trench coat on the cover. And, the synopsis doesn’t do much to dispel that theory as it mentions the book taking place back in the 1800s, involving the military, and the old west all together. But I ended up enjoying the story. I thought it was interesting how Spradlin interweaved real people and events such as General Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn (I really enjoyed the confrontation between he and Jonas), with his fictional characters. Not to mention bringing in Dracula’s nemesis, Van Helsing, to help fight the fanged enemy. It was an entertaining mix to say the least. It wasn’t always riveting, but it was never boring.

    I also found the Archaic race to be interesting. They are close to vampires, but not quite. There were just so many facets to them to hold your attention. I’ve read a lot of vampire books, some of them turning to goo when they die, others disappearing completely, and some going back to their human form, or what it would be if they had continued to age. So I found it to be pretty interesting that the Archaic’s age dictated what happened to them when they die. It was also interesting that they have to be alive 1500 years before they become immortal.

    The romance between Shaniah and Jonas was fun. I want to say it was predictable, but it really wasn’t. Part of me thought they would get together when I was reading the synopsis, but as I read the story I thought the races where just too different for it to work, but yet there it was.

    I usually don’t comment on the grammar or editing in a book especially when reviewing an uncorrected proof as I was in this case. But I have to say that beings as this book is an upcoming re-release I was a bit shocked at seeing so many editing mistakes. With that said, I don’t feel that they detract from the story, although I hope they are corrected before the book hits the shelves at the end of September.

    Continued on openbooksociety dot com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Good story

    Keeps a nice pace. I'd read a sequal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    One of the best

    This is one of the best vampire books I have read and I have read most of them. I love the characters (especially Chee and Dog) , the plot (new vampire background, the Old West, suspense. Well this has it all. I originalyy read this when itfirst came out on Nook and just reread it again. I felt the need to write a review for two reasons--one is because it really is a great book. The other is because after two years I am still (not very patiently) waiting for the next book whether sequel or (I hope) the next in a series. So please, Mr. Spradlin, giddy yup and write!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Best Vampire Book since Dracula.

    I love vampire lore. There have been a lot of angles but this is by far the best yet. I read it cover to cover in one day. Literally every page was great. Everything develops, including the characters, at a pace that will leave you wanting more more more. I cannot wait for the series to continue and hope the sequel doesn't take too long. This is one of those rare occasions that the book was worth more than I paid for it.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Steampunk-Vampire adventure

    Civil War veterans Jonas Hollister and Sergeant Chee find their calling in life, entering into a rip-roaring adventure with a "Souped Up Hot Rod" train. Too bad the train doesn't have a name as well because it stole the show several times during the story. Are you a train buff? Great story for ages 17-and-up. Somewhat R-rated. If you like the old "Wild Wild West" television show, you'll love Blood Riders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Great read!

    Give it a go..

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