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