Night Rising

Night Rising

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by Chris Marie Green
     
 

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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

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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 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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The Barnes & Noble Review
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
Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101208878
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Series:
Vampire Babylon Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
454,203
File size:
558 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Night Rising (Vampire Babylon Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
VampLoverKP More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
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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