Micah (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #13)

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"RAISING THE DEAD IS EASY. LOVE IS HARD..."

There are lots of reasons to raise the dead—some private, some public, In this case, the feds have a witness who died before he could speak on the record. They want him raised so his testimony can be taken. So here I am, on a plane to Philadelphia, flying off to do my job.

But I'm not alone. Micah is with me. Micah, head of the St. Louis wereleopard pard. King to my Queen. The only one of my lovers ...

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Overview

"RAISING THE DEAD IS EASY. LOVE IS HARD..."

There are lots of reasons to raise the dead—some private, some public, In this case, the feds have a witness who died before he could speak on the record. They want him raised so his testimony can be taken. So here I am, on a plane to Philadelphia, flying off to do my job.

But I'm not alone. Micah is with me. Micah, head of the St. Louis wereleopard pard. King to my Queen. The only one of my lovers who can stir my blood with just a glance from his chartreuse cat's eyes. I was happy to have him at my side.

Until he mentioned that this will be our first time alone together. No Master Vampire. No Alpha Werewolf. Just me and Micah. And all my fears and doubts...

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Tough-as-nails vampire executioner and necromancer Anita Blake is back and hotter than ever in Laurell K. Hamilton's newest, Micah -- her first Vampire Hunter original paperback release in almost a decade. This stand-alone novel explores the hunky wereleopard Micah's mysterious past and his increasingly intense and complex relationship with Anita.

When one of Anita's friends, federal marshal and fellow necromancer Larry Kirkland, is called away because of a family emergency, Anita is forced to fill in for a reanimation in Philadelphia involving a federal witness who died of a heart attack before he could testify in court. As Anita has an irrational fear of flying, one of Anita's lovers, Micah Callahan -- a lethally attractive wereleopard with mesmerizing chartreuse eyes -- volunteers to accompany her to the City of Brotherly Love for the nocturnal zombie raising. Far away from St. Louis and Anita's bevy of supernatural lovers, she and Micah get to share some intimate one-on-one time with powerfully moving results. After (ahem!) raising a little hell in the hotel room, Anita travels to the Philadelphia cemetery to raise the dead -- only to be faced with her wildest, most unexpected zombie reanimation to date…

Addictively readable and downright erotic, this enlightening glimpse into Micah's past -- and future with his oversexed leopard queen -- will surely be a lip-smacking treat for the millions of ravenous Anita Blake fans. Highly recommended -- as is an ice-cold shower afterward. Paul Goat Allen
Detroit Free Press
Heart-pounding.
Booklist
Steamy.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Erotic.
Publishers Weekly
Hamilton (Incubus Dreams) delivers a highly palatable portion of what makes her series heroine, federal marshal and vampire-hunter Anita Blake, a bestseller: equal portions hot sex and supernatural crime fighting-with a dollop of old-fashioned male-female melodrama-served up in a world where new were-animals have their own crisis hotline. Filling in for a colleague, Anita travels to Philadelphia to reanimate a deceased federal witness, accompanied by Micah, her wereleopard lover. The jaunt serves as a chance for them to share some rare one-on-one time-without any of her five other lovers around-which Anita fears is not necessarily a good thing. Even worse, since her magic energy has grown unexpectedly strong, she suspects this won't be your run-of-the-mill reincarnation. A good entry point for the uninitiated, this offering provides further insight into both characters and their universe. A bonus excerpt will whet fans' appetites for the 13th full-length novel in the series, Danse Macabre, coming this June. (Feb. 28) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In A Stroke of Midnight, Meredith Gentry, P.I., appears in her role as Princess Meredith NicEssus, coheir to her aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Meredith spends a frenetic 24 hours attempting to solve a murder while coupling obsessively in her effort to achieve pregnancy and become absolute heir to her aunt. The listener learns Merry is descended from five fertility goddesses, and each graphically described sex act brings life and magic back to Faerie, while granting powers to her partners. By the end, it is clear that Merry herself is approaching invincibility. Micah, a novella from the "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter/Executioner" series, brings Anita to Philadelphia. Another necromancer backs out of a job where he was to restore life and voice to a federal witness whose testimony is needed in a murder investigation. It's a short trip, so only a single lover, Micah, accompanies her. The zombie witness event goes horribly wrong, but the tryst with Micah is perfect. Graphic sex and a violent cemetery battle provide the elements Hamilton's listeners seem to appreciate most. This short work offers some character development and more plot than her previous novels. Listening to Rey Colette perform is a distinct pleasure; Laural Merlington does an equally fine job with Stroke of Midnight. These selections are recommended for collections that include erotica and where Hamilton is popular.-Janet Martin, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515140873
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 116,414
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Meredith Gentry novels: A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral’s Kiss, as well as fifteen acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She is a full-time writer; she lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Rip off!

    I purchased this via ebook for my nook for $6.99 and it only has 101 pages (including title pages, dedication pages,intro)! I've read all the anita blake books up to this point and they are getting worse and worse. the more recent ones were like reading pornos, less vampire and lycanthrope actions and more sex and this ardeur thing. It got to the point where I skip pages and pages of the sex stuff (the way its written gets repeatative and boring). This book actually had more "action" than sex, but then again it was less than a hundred pages of story. I'm disappointed. Lauren Hamilton likes to repeat her lines in each book so when you have a "thin" book, you don't really get anything new. Nothing original in this one...just more blah.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    101 pages??? Seriously?!

    I thought my Nook had not downloaded the whole novel, being as the previous novel was 700 pages. $6.99 plus tax for a short story easily read in an hour? I feel let down. The short story really went no where. There was a little insight into Micah and his life pre Anita... although not much. I want my money back.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Should have to pay $6.99 for a short story!

    While sometimes I think that Hamilton can be long-winded, and could cut back on some of the unnecessary details.....listing this story in the same category as her other novels that are between 400-700 pages is just wrong! I was expecting to get my money's worth! I am very angry at having to pay for a novel and only getting a short story. I feel robbed!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2010

    6.99 for 100 pages???

    I'll be sure to check the reviews before i buy another ebook. I can't believe they charged 6.99 for 100 pages.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    Not so happy with this book in the series

    Okay, now I will say that up until this book, I was very happy with the development of the series and with the writing in each book. With this one, however, it was entirely too short and a lot of tricks were used in order to make it look longer than it actually was. I am very unhappy with this, especially since the book was the same price as the rest of the series. Good information and additional items came out of it, but still, it was entirely too short.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Short Novella, Not Worth The Money

    It was a decent enough story to keep with the rest of the Anita Blake stories, but was far from worth the money for only about 100 pages. If I had realized how short it was, I would not have spent that much money on it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Necessary

    This was a short book comared to Laurell Hamilton's normal books, BUT... the was a necessary book and it gave insight to Micah's past. The series needed a story on Micah!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Should not have been sold as a novel

    It was a decent enough story but should have been added to one of your short story collections. To rip people off by using a larger font,double spacing and adding extra pages then calling it a novel is just lazy and wrong. If you want to read it save your cash and check it out from the library!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Only a 101 pages?! What a rip off. I want my money back on this

    Only a 101 pages?! What a rip off. I want my money back on this one, they should not be charging just as much for the other books when this one is so short.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    I love the Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Slayer series of books.

    I have read books 1 - 13 of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Slayer series and I love them all. I am getting ready to start number 14 and will continue reading the series until it ends, which hopefully will not be soon. I consider them my 'guilty pleasures' of reading. I read a wide variety of books on many different topics, but these are for simple endulgance. Each book in the series is sexy, suspenseful, dramatic and entertaining. Each character is uniquely developed and plays a critical role. They are great books to escape reality for a while and enter into a world of magic, mystacism and pure abandon. Through the series the main character, Anita Blake, develops into a much more intricate and complicated person than even she thought she would be. Through much resistance and self exploration she comes to accept herself for who she is and who she is becoming. This story speaks on many different levels about coming into one's own and personal acceptance. Of course, the vampires, were-animals, witches, psychic etc. always help to keep things interesting. I recommend these books for anyone willing to let their imaginations run wild into a completely different yet very relevant world to the one in which we live.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Interesting and knowledgable

    I saw that a lot of people left bad reviews for micah and almost did not buy the book but because I have the entire series I felt the need to get this one to and I am glad I did. Maybe some people didn't understand that micah was all about pulling his character together rather then set how the rest of the series was set. The book wasn't as long as I'd have liked but from the beginning micah has been a calm cool character and so his background couldn't be much more then that. I enjoyed getting to know micah better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Done with Hamilton Books

    This is the last Laurel K. Hamilton book I'll purchase or read. Way too much money for such a short story that wasn't very interesting. And OMG...total overkill on the metaphysical BS and sex!! I like an erotic story as much as the next person but Hamilton has managed to make sex boring! Plus...I can't see any of Anita's "relationships" develop beyond sex. The men in her life aren't appealing and Anita is barely likable. Stick a fork in me; I'm SO done with this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Not the best book in the series

    My son purchased the first 2 books of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series for me for Christmas. I am on book 16 of the series, this particular book Micah is worth the read, but not the best book in the series. It's entertaining, the writing is average.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Hummm

    Ok... So yes it is only 101 pages, but I still thought it was well.writen, an over all..... a great book! I just wish I didnt have to pay 7.99 for it! I have to read in order lol!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Micah

    This story was short, but I enjoyed learning about Micah. I think he is one of my favorite characters.I didn't get the concept that anita would be nervous being alone with him. I think that was somewhat of a stretch. I'd reccomend this series to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Hello i am the rigter

    My books suck . Why are you wasting the time on this book

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Look yes there are things repeated ....but the story is fantasti

    Look yes there are things repeated ....but the story is fantastic and if you read these books you'll know why I think that ...start from the beginning.....and you'll be wanting the next and the next one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Very disappointed. I really wanted to follow this series till th

    Very disappointed. I really wanted to follow this series till the end. But after buying yet another short story ( I thought the last one was short with 700 pages. 100 is just ridiculous.) And reading the reviews for the books to follow, I think it's just time to throw in the towel and find a series worth reading. I also found myself skipping pages and pages of sex because it became so boring to me. At the beginning of the series I kept wondering when she was going to sleep with someone. Now I wish she'd stop....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Ok

    Since I rrecently discovered the series I am buying alot of books. Since I purchased it at a used book store I got a 280 page book for $4.00. Seen from that way the book was no Obsidian Butterfly but it was amusing. And since I do enjoy the series most of the other books were purchased from Nook or a B&N box store. Nook is not always the answer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Sad

    The Anita Blake books used to be a pleasure to read but ever since this one i've found them lacking. If you like lots and lots of sex with little plot this book is for you. If you are looking for something like the first few books you won't find it here.

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