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For more than six hundred years, Selene was a Death Dealer, a vampire warrior dedicated to the destruction of her people's savage enemies: the werewolves. But then she learned the shocking truth behind the ancient conflict and turned against her undead masters.

For all of his mortal life, Michael was an ordinary human, ignorant of the night's ...

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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Overview


THE WAR IS OVER.

BUT THE TRUE HORROR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN....

For more than six hundred years, Selene was a Death Dealer, a vampire warrior dedicated to the destruction of her people's savage enemies: the werewolves. But then she learned the shocking truth behind the ancient conflict and turned against her undead masters.

For all of his mortal life, Michael was an ordinary human, ignorant of the night's darkest mysteries -- until he found himself caught in the middle of a shadow war between immortal rivals. Bitten by both a lycan and a vampire, he has now become a hybrid creature whose ultimate potential remains unknown.

Together, Selene and Michael have become outcasts -- and targets, for a long-buried menace has risen from the depths of history in search of unholy vengeance. Now, in order to survive, Selene must uncover a terrible secret hidden deep within the shadows of her own forgotten past....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743480734
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Series: Underworld Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories. He has written the official movie novelizations of Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Death Defying Acts, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, Roswell, Star Trek, Terminator, Warehouse 13, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received two Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.gregcox-author.com.

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Underworld: Evolution


By Greg Cox

Pocket Star

Copyright © 2005 Greg Cox
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743480732

Chapter One

Six centuries later...

The crack of a gunshot broke the stillness of the night. Startled crows scattered from the branches of a bare winter tree. The roar of an enraged beast sent a collective shudder through the nocturnal forest. More shots followed in rapid succession, the blaring noise muffled somewhat by the heavy snow falling from the sky. The fierce roar gave way to the high-pitched howl of a dying animal. A massive body crashed to the earth.

Selene turned away from the fallen beast. Smoke rose from the barrel of her Beretta automatic pistol. She stood atop a jagged cliff face, which overlooked the hilly woodlands northeast of Budapest. The snowstorm, which had arrived unexpectedly only a few hours ago, continued to blanket the wilderness beneath a carpet of fresh white powder. A glossy black trench coat was draped over her shoulders. Lustrous black leather clothed her lithe frame. High black boots sank into the snow beneath her feet. A cold wind rustled her dark brown hair.

She brushed an errant snowflake from her cheek. Her alabaster features betrayed not the slightest hint of emotion.

Killing was nothing new to her. Indeed, it had been all she'd ever known, ever since that fateful night some six-hundred-odd years ago. Selene was a frightened child no more. Now she was a Death Dealer, a vengeance seeker....

Until earlier tonight, when she had discovered that everything she believed she knew was a lie. Her friends were her enemies, her enemies, victims, and everyone she had killed over the centuries, a crime. Once again, her entire world had turned upside down.

It had not been a good night.

She strode away from the fallen beast without a single backward glance. The edge of the cliff dropped away sharply in front of her, but she fearlessly walked straight up to the precipice -- and right over the brink.

Gravity seized her and she plunged toward the woodlands one hundred feet below. She coolly ejected a clip from the Beretta as she fell, unconcerned by the snow-covered ground that seemed to be rushing up at her at breakneck speed. Her leather-clad form plummeted gracefully through the branches of the trees, expertly missing the towering tree trunks that threatened to impale her. It was a myth that only wooden stakes could kill a vampire, but that didn't mean the trees posed no danger to her.

Selene knew what she was doing, however.

Her boots touched down at the foot of the cliff and she marched forward, not even breaking her stride. She deftly snapped a loaded clip into the Beretta.

We have to keep moving, she thought. Dawn will be here too soon.

A figure awaited her in the woods. She strode past him without missing a beat.

"Let's go," she said.

Michael Corvin hurried after her. The young doctor was ruggedly handsome, with light brown hair and a face that somehow retained a hint of innocence despite everything he had endured over the last few nights. His brown leather jacket looked hardly adequate for the wintry weather, but he was no longer as vulnerable to the cold as he had once been. Three nights ago, he had been human, subject to the usual mortal frailties. Now he was something else altogether, and not even Selene truly knew what that meant.

She heard him trudging through the snow after her. "Impressive," he said to her back. An American accent betrayed his origins.

Killing that beast? Selene had already put that encounter out of her mind. Exterminating werewolves was just an ordinary night's work to her. It was what she lived for.

Or rather, it used to be.

Now she wasn't sure about anything.

"Who was following us?" Michael asked. Anxiety colored his voice. He still wasn't used to hunting and being hunted, as she was.

"Not us. You."

"Me?"

She paused and turned to face him. He should know the hard truth, she thought. Our lives may depend on it.

"They were lycan. Like you." She glanced up at the ridge behind them. "They can sense one of their own for miles."

Technically, of course, Michael was no longer just a lycan. He had become a hybrid, blending the traits of both vampires and werewolves. But apparently enough of the wolfen taint remained in his blood to call out to others of that savage breed.

Lucky us, she thought.

She walked on, while Michael struggled to assimilate what she had just told him. "So, on your own, they couldn't track you?"

Selene gave him a knowing look. Not for the first time, she asked herself why she kept putting herself in jeopardy for a stranger she had met only a few nights before.

He saved my life, she recalled. And exposed the lie that my life had become.

She left him standing bewildered in the snow, while she trekked on through a stand of tall pine trees. Her mind was already looking ahead to the challenges and dangers to come. A handful of renegade werewolves were the least of her worries.

Viktor had died at her hands, his skull cloven in twain by his own sword. It was a fitting death for one who had lied to her since the moment they had first met, who had kept on deceiving her throughout the long, bloody centuries. It was Viktor, she had discovered, who had been truly responsible for the slaughter of her mortal family, not the feral lycans she had blamed ever since the night Viktor had first transformed her into a vampire. She had been hunting the wrong enemy for her entire undead existence.

Yes, Viktor had deserved his grisly end, but his death was not without consequences. Killing the powerful vampire Elder had turned Selene from the hunter into the hunted. Her own kind would soon be united against her, along with what remained of the lycan horde. Her only hope of survival was to reach the last remaining Elder before her final punishment could be decreed. She could only pray that the truth would spare her life.

Soon, Marcus will take the throne, and the tide of anger and retribution will spill out into the night. A chill that had nothing to do with the inclement weather ran down her spine. And soon, I will become the hunted.

Copyright © 2006 by Lakeshore Entertainment Group LLC.



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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    A good read for fans of the Underworld series

    Blood Enemy was published as an original novel after the release of the first Underworld movie, and is based upon Lucian's flashbacks to Sonja's death and the beginning of the war. Basically, it's the story that became Rise of the Lycans. It was very interesting to read such a different interpretation of the story and characters. Sonja is portrayed as more of a fairy tale princess, and the story has a Beauty and the Beast tone. I think the filmmakers ultimately made stronger story and character choices for Rise of the Lycans, but this is a good read for fans of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    War between immortals

    Better than the movie , tells the story of how one of the Immortal twins ( William ) became the first Werewolf, and how
    the first Lycan (Lucian) came to be the most terrible enemy
    of the Vampire race.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    Still going strong

    The book really filled in the gaps that were left in the movie. Full of all the blood and gore that we like, Cox continues to write the enthralling story with heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Ok story line

    I think the previous story lines were better... but this was still a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Good horror fun!

    This is the story of how "Underworld"'s war between the vampires and lycans began.Like the movie,it's just as good as the first two stories.<BR/>Cox has done a terrific job of adapting the movie into a novel.This is<BR/>a well-written,entertaining book with great characters,a solid story that <BR/>works up a good deal of suspense,and excellent action sequences.Men,<BR/>"Underworld" fans,action lovers,and horror freaks will all enjoy this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    The perfect companion to the films

    Immediately prior to the film release of the sequel, Underworld: Evolution, I sought out this book and began reading it, thinking that some of the early flashbacks sequences to appear in that film would be the backstory presented here. Sadly, I was extremely disappointed with the film, but this book made up for it! Using the details provided by the creators of Underworld, Greg Cox was able to capture and give life to characters that lived both inside and outside of the film, offering a backstory that breathes new life into the original from 2003. As a book lover and a holder of a degree in English Literature, I was deeply impressed and moved by this novel and Cox's ability to transport the reader into the narrative. I haven't read his version of the films yet, but if a third comes along, I may be picking up a copy to prepare.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    OMG!

    This is the best book i've ever read! I saw it and thought that the movie was pretty good so I'd try this book out. I can't put it down! I stay up until 12:00 P.M. just to read it. I'm still reading it, but this is one of the first books ever for me to actually want to continue reading since I dont find many books that I like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    beautifully written

    i loved this book. it answered all my burning questions about what the movie left open. i am a total fan of the writer and love vampires and werewolves. i would've loved to see this book in the movies, the next two are some of the best vampire and werewolf movies i've seen i quite a while.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    The Begining of the Blood War

    Fast paced, moody, and full of blood, fire, and beauty, Underworld Blood Enemy is the prequel for the first Underworld film. Written by Greg Cox, who also wrote the novelization for the film, it provides a sense of beginning the story that some people felt was lacking in Underworld itself. With a slight subplot that takes place in modern times, the novel focuses on more than 800 years past, relating the ill-fated love story of Lucian and Sonja. It provides rich, lavish detail, so much so that when you re-watch Underworld and see Sonja¿s fate on screen, your heart breaks with Lucian¿s. Other characters- Kraven, Soren, Viktor, and Marcus- are given form, fleshed out so much more than they had time for in the movie. I love the characterization and back-story, but the only down side is that Cox¿s dialogue is often overdone. One of my favorites is ¿Never underestimate a lycan in love!¿ Yes, he uses an exclamation point. That is my other complaint. The author uses far to many exclamation points, usually with character¿s thoughts so they seem even more out of place. A nit-picking detail, but it breaks up the flow of the story. Over all, I think every die hard Underworld fan should read this book to understand the film better, and I think most people that like vampire/werewolf mythos will find this book quite enjoyable. Recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Must Read!

    This book was very good and I would suggest it to anyone that took vauge interest in the movie. It answered many if not all the questions that the other book left. Keep in mind that there were subtle differences between the Underworld book and the movie. The prequel answers the questions to the book but leaves a few inconsistancies with the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    Way Awesome

    I loved the book for the adventure and the knowledge provided. It is also comforting that the Greg Cox consulted with Danny McBride, the author of the original screenplay for the Underworld movie, to find out the small/finer points for the book. It puts a new twist on the story and it makes you understand origins of the war, as well as, the reasons for why each of the sides are pitted against each other. It is an extrodinary story intertwining the past and present.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    A fan of Lucien.

    Thought the book was great. It answer a lot of questions about the characters past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Worth the Read

    'Blood Enemy' was very good; I picked it up right after seeing the film 'Underworld'. The main character is not Selene, but instead the lycan Lucien, and it is the story of his love affair with Lady Sonja. Although both the film and the book outright say that Selene is in many ways like Sonja, Sonja is much more quick to showing her emotions than Selene. This is her only failing as a character. She's constantly crying. Other than this, however, the book was excellent, flashing foward and backwards in time, between the points-of-view of Selene and Lucien, and even more minor characters like Kraven and Viktor. Although not a necessary read in the storyline, it creates interesting parallels between the relationships of Selene and Michael (who never makes an appearnece, as the modern parts of the story take place about six months before the films events) and Lucien and Sonja. it also helps to create a sense of time in terms of actual years. Finally, the book finally gives an example of how exactly the lycans would defend the vampyres from the outside world during the daylight hours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    justyce

    I thought this book was ok, it's confusing why in the movie they can drink vamp blood and in book, they can't

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Team hybrid

    :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Loved the movie and the book was just as good!

    Loved the movie and the book was just as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

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    I think the book was better than the movie since the history and plot is explained better. Although, I think the author should have writen sequels about future characters. Otherwise this is a very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Marcus

    Im taylor...but as marcus:none

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    I love this book!

    over all this is the best book I've read by this author. its a great read and i highly recommend it.

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