Daylighters (Morganville Vampires Series #15) [NOOK Book]

Overview

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before,...
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Daylighters (Morganville Vampires Series #15)

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Overview

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

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"Narrator Angela Dawe imparts just the right amount of emotion and urgency to the tale. VERDICT This is a must-listen for fans of the series and will be enjoyed by those who like their vampire stories on the lighter side." —-Library Journal Audio Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101626894
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Morganville Vampires Series , #15
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 10,294
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 825 KB

Meet the Author


Rachel Caine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series, including Bitter Blood, Black Dawn, Last Breath, and Bite Club.  She is also the author of Prince of Shadows, a new spin on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet.



She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world as a communications executive. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.
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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.***

 Copyright © 2013  by  Roxanne Longstreet Conrad 

INTRODUCTION

 

Morganville, Texas, isn’t like any other dusty small town. It’s got secrets. It’s a company town . . . and the company is vampires. If you stay, you work for them, signing special agreements for Protection and paying a tax in earnings or blood for the privilege of not being, y’know, eaten.

It’s worked for a couple of centuries under the iron-in-velvet touch of the Founder, Amelie . . . but the past few years have been turmoil, trouble, and rebellion. Claire Danvers left to get away from it all, embarking on a special study program at MIT. But even if you can take the girl out of Morganville, you can’t take Morganville out of the girl—and she ran headlong into a menacing new enemy who knew way too much about vampires. The Daylight Foundation.

Now Claire’s returning home with her housemates (Eve, Michael, and Shane) and her allies (her bipolar mad scientist boss, Myrnin; Amelie’s ex-second-in-command, Oliver; Claire’s new vampire friend, Jesse) and Dr. Anderson, a captive scientist who was once a Morganville native, now turned traitor.

But home sure isn’t the way they left it. . . .

ONE

Claire stared at the creaking billboard that marked the town limits of Morganville, Texas, and thought, I ought to be crying. Her best friend, Eve, already was, in helpless, furious sobs. Claire held on to her and did all the sympathetic things right— murmured that it would be okay, patted her on the back, hugged her.

 But although she said all the right things, she felt . . . empty. Dry as the sand that blew through the desert outside the police cruiser’s windows. They were sitting in the backseat, behind steel mesh, and the doors wouldn’t open from the inside. The cruiser was made like a taxi, but it most definitely wasn’t one since it took you only where you didn’t want to go. Namely, to jail.

And across from where their cruiser was parked, four limp vampire bodies were being loaded into two of the town’s ambulances—

Strapped tightly to gurneys, in case the wood still buried in their

hearts to keep them temporarily dead didn’t work. Claire identified

the slack faces as they were rolled by: Oliver, once town Founder Amelie’s second-in-command, now disgraced and in exile. Jesse, the vamp who Claire knew the least well, a beautiful woman who looked ridiculously young and fragile now, robbed (temporarily, hopefully) of her vampire life. Then Myrnin, Claire’s bipolar vampire boss and friend, his dark hair an untamed mess around his still, white face.

Finally, and most horribly, Michael Glass, Claire’s friend and the love of Eve’s life. His skin had turned the color of pure white marble, and his blue eyes were open and dull. He looked deadest of them all.

“It’s fine,” Claire whispered, making sure to keep Eve’s face turned away as Michael’s body was rolled past. “Vampires can shake this off. It’s no problem for them as long as the arrows come out soon; they’re not leaving them in the sun or anything. Just breathe, okay? Breathe.” It wasn’t so much what she was saying as the fact that her voice was steady and calm, a lifeline in a tossing ocean of chaos.

Eve took a deep breath, and her sobbing slowed and hitched to a stop. She sat back as the ambulance doors slammed shut and one after the other the big vehicles pulled away onto the two-lane blacktop heading toward downtown Morganville—if Morganville had anything that could be described as a downtown. She wiped her eyes on the back of her hand, smearing what little eye makeup she had left. The glitter of her ruby wedding ring caught the light, and for a moment Claire’s wall of numbness shuddered and threatened to collapse to reveal the pain and fear she’d hidden behind it. “Did you see Michael?” Eve asked. She caught her breath on another sob, and her reddened eyes held Claire’s. “Did he look okay?”

Claire couldn’t say that, because the sight of his icy skin and blank eyes had thoroughly unnerved her. “He’ll be fine. You know he’s tougher than this,” she said. Which was a totally true thing, and beyond any argument.

“I know—God, why did this happen? What do they want from us?”

Eve said it as a rhetorical wail, but it was the question that churned in Claire’s mind over and over. Why? They’d been heading back to Morganville to warn Amelie about several things, not the least of which was the deadly growth of an anti-vampire organization called the Daylight Foundation—and the fact that one of Amelie’s most trusted agents, Dr. Irene Anderson (once of Morganville), had joined the other side.

But they’d been met by the local police instead of Amelie’s people, and things had gone downhill from there. The cops had first separated out the humans—Claire, Eve, and Claire’s boyfriend, Shane, plus the prisoner, Dr. Anderson. Then, without any warning, they’d taken down their vampire friends, who had just been wheeled into the ambulances and driven off to fates unknown.

Claire twisted in the seat to look into the car behind them. The cops hadn’t had an easy time getting Shane into the other cruiser; they’d ended up handcuffing him and threatening a Tasering. He sat stiffly in the backseat, staring holes into the distance as if it were in for a beating. Next to him, Dr. Anderson slumped against the window as though she didn’t care whose prisoner she was anymore.

Claire knew why they’d separated her from Shane, and she knew that Eve needed her right now, but she wanted desperately to be with him and to ask all the questions burning in her mind. Why would Hannah Moses do this? After all, Police Chief Moses was their ally, their good and trusted friend. But she’d shown no hesitation, no re­morse. The only way to interpret what had just happened was that Hannah had freely and willingly joined the Daylight Foundation.

Nothing was making any sense, and Claire needed it to make sense so badly. Humans have taken control of Morganville, Hannah had told her, as their friends—their mutual friends—lay still on the ground. Vampires are being quarantined for their own protection.

It couldn’t be true. It just . . . couldn’t. And yet it so obviously was.

“Where are they taking him?” Eve was staring after the flash­ing lights of the departing ambulances. “She said something about quarantine. What does that mean? Do you think they’re taking them to the hospital? Do they think they have some kind of dis­ease?”

“I don’t know,” Claire said. She felt helpless, and she knew if she let herself feel anything, she’d be just as angry as Shane looked sitting in that other cruiser. He seemed ready to chew through the steel mesh. But if she got angry, she would also have to let in every­thing else, all the other emotions that bubbled and threatened in­side her. And if she did that, she would collapse, like Eve was doing.

Better not to feel anything right now. Better to stay strong.

The driver’s-side door opened, and Hannah Moses got behind the wheel of the police car. She settled in and buckled her safety belt in one smooth motion. A deputy got in on the other side— new, Claire thought. Someone she didn’t know.

But she did recognize the pin he wore on the collar of his uniform—a rising sun, in gold.

Symbol of the Daylight Foundation.

Eve lunged forward and grabbed the mesh, threading her fin­gertips into it as Hannah started the engine of the cruiser. “What the hell are you doing, Hannah?” she demanded, and rattled the mesh, hard. “Where are you taking Michael?”

“He’s safe,” Hannah said. “Nothing will happen to him. Trust me, Eve.”

“Yeah, you know what? Bite me. I don’t trust you. You just stabbed us all in the back, you horrible bi—”

Claire grabbed Eve and dragged her away, changing the word to a protesting yelp. “Stop,” she whispered fiercely in her best friend’s ear. “You’re not going to accomplish anything by making her angry at us. Just wait. Be quiet and wait.”

“Easy for you to say,” Eve hissed. “Shane’s coming with us at least. Michael—we don’t even know where they’re taking him!”

She had a point. Claire really hated to admit it, but there was absolutely nothing they could accomplish locked in a police cruiser. And antagonizing the lady who held the keys to their handcuffs probably wasn’t the best strategy.

“We’re not giving up,” she told Eve. “We’re just . . . biding our time.”

“And what do you think they’re going to do to him while we’re biding, exactly?” Eve asked, yanking at the mesh again. “Yo, Han­nah! How does it feel to stab your friends in the back? Hope you didn’t get blood all over your neatly pressed uniform!”

The deputy turned around and gave her a cold, hard stare. “Sit quietly,” he said. “If you don’t, I’ll shock you until you do.”

“With what, your breath? Ever heard of flossing, Deputy Dimwit?”

“Eve,” Hannah said. It was a warning, a flat and naked one, and it was reinforced by the deputy—whose breath, in all fairness, did kind of reek—taking out a Taser.

Although Eve was still simmering with rage, she let go and sat back, folding her arms over her chest. Then she kicked his seat. Didn’t do any good, because the seat was reinforced with a steel plate, but she probably felt better for doing it.

“Hey,” Claire said, and reached her hand out toward Eve. Eve hesitated, then took it and gripped hard. “It’ll be okay. He’ll be okay.”

Eve didn’t say anything. She was probably thinking, You don’t know that, and she would have been right. Claire didn’t know that. She felt cold and helpless and vulnerable, and she didn’t know how any of this could really be okay . . . but for now, in the moments between opportunities, all she could do was pretend.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    *I received this ARC from the Author via Penguin Group Publishin

    *I received this ARC from the Author via Penguin Group Publishing in exchange for an Honest Review*

    I absolutely read this out of order, accepting the book without realizing it was the 15th in the series. I do NOT regret doing so. Daylighters, I assume, pretty much picks up where Fall of Night finishes. as stated this is the first book in the series I've read lol.
    This story follows the series' ragtag group of heroes, Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael, for one last endeavor...To save Morganville as well as its resident vampires from the clutches of the Daylight Foundation. Certain sentences, phrases, and dialogue easily remind the reader of previous escapades with the Daylighters and their nefarious founder Rhys Fallon from earlier books.
    I particularly liked how even though this book was the 15th in the series, I didn't find myself overly lost since I haven't read the other 14 yet. If anything, this book absolutely has me wanting to pick up Glass Houses and read the story as it should be read, from the beginning.
    I truly thank Penguin Publishing for giving me the chance to review this spectacular work and I look forward to seeing what else what this author can come up with.
    I give this book 5 of 5 paws

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    "ReallyOver"

    I knew this series would eventually come to a end. I really hate to see go. However I feel like I lived through the people of morganville. This will always be one of my favorite series its a most read for everyone. I honestly beleivethis should be a movie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    I love Morganville

    This book was really good! I love how it is back to Claire's POV but I find myself asking 'What is Michael thinking?' Or 'what is Oliver doing right now?' These were typical Morganville days in this bok and truthfully I disliked the ending amd and it seems as though this is not the end butt it is, Rachel told me herself at Less Than Three. :(

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    hate to see it end

    Love this series so sad its ending I shared these books with my daughter and she's also loving this series. Best book yet !!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Omg

    I love these books. They arw so amazung shane and claire get married and michael tunrs human again, and eve and him are going to get marriwd for realls omg

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    BeaverFawn, AmberBerry, & FerretWasp

    BeaverFawn nodded curtly. "Thank you," he meowed. AmberBerry dipped her head, though she didn't say anything. FerretWasp dipped his head slightly, "Thank you," he meowed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Cedarfrost

    A handsome brown and bronze tom padded in. "May I join? My name is Cedarfrost, and I am looking for a mate." He meowed calmly, his icy blue eyes sparkling. His long litle build told you that he was of WindClan decent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Ashfire

    The shecat sighed heavily, looking up at the sky. The anxiety that had built up through the day seemed to melt away with the daylight. She finally had a home, and she would not leave this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Silversnow

    Kk

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Freaking best

    Best book of the whole series! Two thumbs up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Great series

    The series is great. Hated to see it end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    I have read every book in this series. These characters have jus

    I have read every book in this series. These characters have just become part of me. I love this book! Only complaint is it is the last book. :'(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    The only aspect that disappointed me in this book was the afterw

    The only aspect that disappointed me in this book was the afterword that indicated that this was the last book to be written in this series. I will miss the adventures of Clare, Shane, Michael and Eve. I really wanted more but the book finishes the story up nicely. I really wanted to see what Clare was going to accomplish with her talents and how Oliver and Amelie's relationship was going to progress. I really enjoyed this series and I'm sad that it has ended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    YardieBookFanatic

    5+++++ Stars... I inhaled the last 2 books in 2 days. It didn't disappoint. Rachel Caine what a perfect ending to this EXCELLENT series... Really loved Claire and Shane, Eve and Michael, also Amelie, Myrnin and Oliver. What great characters and story. Couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I'm sad to see the ending of a briliant, consistent and well written series..... But great ending...

    LOVETOREAD and tnis series is why...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Shortie022

    It was amazing. I loved it. Im just sad that its over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Great series

    Great series, and NOT just for young adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

     DO NOT READ THIS IF  YOU HAVNT READ THE BOOK YET!!!! SPOILER AL

     DO NOT READ THIS IF  YOU HAVNT READ THE BOOK YET!!!! SPOILER ALERT****


     CANT BELIEVE MY FAVORITE SERIES IS OVER!!!!!:( BUT IT WAS AN AMAZING JOURNY!!!!! SO CALLED FROM WHEN MICHAEL WAS FIRST TURNED INTO A VAMP. I KNEW HE WOULD BECOME HUMAN AGAIN!!! I JUST WISHED THE EPILOGUE WAS BETTER AND INVOLVED THEM HAVING KIDS!!!   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Wonderful ending to a well-loved series

    I have read every book in this series and, overall, I have so enjoyed them all. The author is gifted in creating characters that you feel like you know and love; even characters like Oliver who are not so nice sometimes. I was involved in each book of the series and Daylighters is no exception. When I finished reading it, I felt that it ended well and I was not disappointed. A little sad that it was over, but not disappointed in the way it ended. I hope the author is proud if her body of work in the Morganville series. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    So sad this is the last book... :(

    This book was really good! I loved the ending with Claire and Shane getting married and also Eve and Michael getting married for real. I am really sad that this was the last book of the series. This book series is my absolute favorite series. Thank you Rachel Caine for writing this amazing book series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Love the series

    First thank you Rachael for not leaving us hanging. You understand we are a part of Morganville too. It's sad that it is the conclusion to the series but oh what a ride it has been. Excellent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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