Night Rising (Vampire Babylon Series #1)

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In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to ...

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Overview

In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn't been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.

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Veteran romance author and literary alchemist Chris Marie Green (The Huntress, Baited, et al.) may have found the formula for literary gold: the perfect genre-blending saga. A sleek and sexy fusion of dark fantasy, steamy romance, and hard-boiled mystery, Green's Night Rising -- the first installment of her Vampire Babylon series -- features protagonist Dawn "Mad Dog" Madison, a 24-year-old stuntwoman who becomes entangled in an unfathomably deep supernatural-powered mystery while searching for her father, a down-and-dirty private investigator who inexplicably went missing days earlier.

The character of Madison is as serrated as she is seductive: a tough, sardonic, and supremely confident woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. But for all her chutzpah, she is a deeply flawed individual -- still struggling to come to grips with her identity as the only daughter of deceased Hollywood bombshell Eva Claremont. Once Madison becomes involved in the search for her father, however, she begins to see herself and her abilities in a whole new light: as a sword-wielding, gun-toting, butt-kicking instrument of unholy retribution… The ability to seamlessly blend noir mystery, romance, and dark fantasy is a surprisingly rare one: For every Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison, there dozens if not hundreds of would-be narrative alchemists who just don't get the formula right. Green's storytelling prowess is hitting on all cylinders in Night Rising: a brilliantly developed plotline; compelling, realistically drawn characters; and enough ghoulish antagonists, horrific murders, and erotic encounters to satisfy fans of all genres. Regardless of categorization, Night Rising is pure, unadulterated storytelling gold. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen
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Green makes an obvious comment on Hollywood's cult of youth and celebrity in her florid debut, in which superstars become vampires to preserve their beauty and prolong their fame. Dawn Madison, a 24-year-old stuntwoman, is drawn into battle with supernatural forces from La-La Land's "Underground" when her PI father, Frank, disappears. She teams up with his associates: psychic "little person" Kiko Daniels; Breisi, a gorgeous Latina techo-geek; and their boss, a seductive, disembodied voice with whom Dawn enjoys some powerful disembodied sex. They search for Frank and answers to the mystery of child star Robby Pennybaker, who hoped to mature into an adult career, but whose dad pimped him out to the vamps, freezing him as a monstrous 12-year-old. Though the plot doesn't quite hang together, Dawn makes a spunky vampire slayer. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441014675
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Series: Vampire Babylon Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 692,844
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Marie Green, former school teacher turned full-time writer, gets out of the office by taking long trips to places such as Japan, Italy, and New Orleans. When she’s not causing international incidents, she enjoys practicing yoga, taking part in fangirl movie and TV program analysis, and writing romance novels under the name Crystal Green.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Disliked

    I have to say that I really disliked the main character. I thought the concept was fairly interesting, but just didn't like Dawn at all. I did finish the first book but unfortunately I had bought all three of the books (big mistake), luckily I still had my receipt and was able to return them all in time. Very unfortunate and I really love vampire, werewolves, etc. books and have read lots of them.

    If you really want something good, I highly recommend the Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost or the Cassandra Palmer books by Karen Chance.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting action-packed vampire thriller

    Dawn Madison returns to California when private detective company Limpet & Co calls her informing her that her dad Frank vanished four days ago while working on the Robby Pennybaker case. Robby died twenty-three years ago, but he appears in a scene of the new movie Diaper Derby even stranger he has not changed in the two plus decades one iota. Dawn hires on with the agency and works with techno geek Breisi who loves Frank, and psychic midget Kiko, who believes his new partner who has a key role to play in the upcoming war with the vampires. --- When the trio arrives at the home of Robbie¿s mother, Guards, the lowest form of being in the vampiric hierarchy, surround the place. They barely escape with their lives and Dawn reassesses her belief system as she now knows that vampires exist and somehow are tied to her father¿s disappearance. The vampires hide in the Underground from mortals and will go to any length to prevent outsiders from finding it or knowing they exist. Dawn and her companions learn about the lair during the first battle between humans and their predatory enemy, an omen of the bloody war that will soon follow. --- Readers will want to obtain the next two books in the series and not just because this is an exciting action-packed vampire thriller. Fans will want to know who the mysterious Joseph Limpet is, why he never leaves his abode, how he gets inside Dawn¿s mind and makes love to her though he seems to have no physical body. The audience will also wonder whether Dawn will find her father and if yes in what condition will he is in. This is a fantastic tale that sets up the next entries, but also provides booklovers with plenty of adventure and a touch of romance. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    Recommended

    I liked this book. It took me a few chapters to get into it, although it seemed OK the writing was a bit light and lacked depth. The characters did end up developing, esp the two sidekicks (Kiko and Breisie) who soon became my favorites. I wasn't sure about the main heroins nymphomania, but with the developments involving Jonah I couldn't help but get a little into it. I did see the not so twisty-twist coming from a mile away, but still enjoyed watching it develop and knowing it will be gone into more in the next book.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    Gave as Gift

    Grandkids picked it out to read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Loved This Book

    This book held my attention from day one. Teachers were yelling at me because i wouldn't put it down. I loved how Dawn seemed so human. Her character was written very well and i just absolutely loved this book. I thought it had jsut the right amount of everything. Humor, action, romance, horror. Just an amzing book!

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    Sounded good, but not really...

    I read this a while back when it first came out and I tried really hard to finish it. I got about 150pgs in it and I just couldn't finish it. I thought the plot was a good idea but it was just boring. I couldn't connect to the main character or any of the characters for that matter. I don't know I just think the book needed more to it. If you're a paranormal romance/vampire book lover then I recommend you skip this one or borrow it from the library. Not worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Good Book

    It was a great read although for the first couple of pages it was boring, but once I got into the book i couldn't put it down! The plot makes exciting, confusing twists which makes the mystery part of the book even better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Confused....

    I started reading this book, got to the 3rd chapter or something, couldn't go on....I might try to read it again another time, but the first time I tried reading it now, I got really lost. I read what it was supposed to be about and thought that it would be good, but I just couldn't finish it....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    I read everything but couldn't finish this

    I read every book I start but I couldn't finish this one. It was just boring. You didn't give a dam about the characters. The plot just circled around and after 200 pages I just gave up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    A suprising star

    This is extremely suprising because i picked up the book because of my fasination with vampires only to be hooked by the story line and the dark secrets its very well written and exciting please read i highly push this book to the top

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    huh?

    Although this book is a departure from other urban fantasy titles and should be given more consideration than the trash that is written today, I found this book to be too confusing. The mystery in the plot just confused me and I did not understand the characters at all. The action takes place in Hollywood, but considering what's going on nowadays in said place, it's overrated, this book included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Definitely worth reading

    Dawn Madison, a young stunt woman, is summoned to L.A. to find out what has happened to her father, Frank, who has disappeared. She is introduced to the Limpet Agency, whom her father worked for, and meets Kiko and Breisi, paranormal investigators. Dawn has issues concerning her mother, Eva, who was Hollywood royalty before she was murdered one month after Dawn was born. Dawn feels she will never compare to her beautiful mother. In the course of the hunt for her father, she finds out the Limpet Agency is investigating a sighting of a young Hollywood child star, Robby Pennybaker, who died at the age of 12. During the investigation for her father and the reason for the sighting of Robby, she is brought into the world of vampires and the Underground. For the most part, the book was entertaining, but didn't entirely grab me from page to page. The ending is left open for a continuation of the story and many loose ends are left dangling. But all in all, a good effort and worth reading the next book to find out what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2007

    Vampires Beware! There's a new hunter on the scene!

    New to the dark fantasy scene, Chris Marie Green creates a detailed hierarchy of vampire society that lives figuratively in and is called the Underground in modern Hollywood. We learn about the Underground through the eyes of the son of its creator and master vampire, Sorin, and Dawn Madison, the daughter of a Hollywood legend and sex symbol, Eva Claremont, and a private investigator, Frank Madison. Tough and confident on the outside, but needy and confused on the inside, Dawn appears to be the successful and competent stunt woman she is. Estranged from her father, she nonetheless rushes to Hollywood at the behest of Frank¿s employers, Limpet and Company, when he goes missing while investigating the mysterious pictures of a long missing twelve year old child actor. Her insecurities make it difficult for her to interact with and trust her partners in investigation, Kiko, a psychic little person, and Breisi, a beautiful Latina actress and techno-geek. She develops a complex and sexual relationship with Jonah, their unseen but powerful employer. Weaving fully developed characters with complicated motives and a well-considered and action filled plot, Chris Marie Green proves herself to be a masterful storyteller and world builder. There are plenty of clues for the story line of the next book. I wonder when it will be published!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Fascinating Start to New Series

    This book was fabulous, from beginning to end! The heroine is complex, the mystery is completely engaging, and the secondary characters are very strong. The book draws you in so quickly you'll find it hard to put down. I was very disappointed when I reached the end simply because I was not ready to leave their lives. Once you read this book you will be eagerly awaiting the next in the Vampire Babylon series. Chris Marie Green will be on my 'automatic buy' list from now on!

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