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Blood Pact [Mass Market Paperback]

Tanya Huff
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Nov. 19 1993 DAW book collectors (Book 931)
When she investigates the sudden passing of her mother, Vicki Nelson realizes that the death was no accident, and she discovers that strange things are happening at the hospital where her mother worked. By the author of Blood Price. Original.

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The unexpected death of her mother and the even more distressing disappearance of the body drive private investigator Vicki Nelson to the end of her resources as she attempts to uncover a dark conspiracy while battling with her private grief. Huff's fourth fantasy/mystery featuring Nelson and her vampire partner, Henry Fitzroy, explores the borders of death and beyond with an intensity that is only partially lightened by touches of ironic humor. Written with the author's usual flair for realistic fantasy, this title is recommended for most fantasy and horror collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'An entertaining blend of warmly idiosyncratic characters, cinematic pacing and sharp-fanged humour' LOCUS 'The perfect vehicle for a diverting evening's entertainment' MYSTERY SCENE 'A fine mix of the detective story with the supernatural' SF CHRONICLE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Vicki at Bay Sept. 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the most unique things about Tanya Huff's vampire tales is that they are never really vampire tales. Of course, Henry Fitzroy, one of the investigators, is a vampire, but the villains never are. Demons, mummies, and spectacularly deficient humans, but no bad guys with pointy teeth. One has to admire an author who consistently comes up with monsters that make vampires seem tepid.
"Blood Pact" opens with Vicki Nelson's worst nightmare. Angry with both Henry and Mike (the other member of their 'love' triangle) she ignores several phone calls from her mother. Suddenly the worst happens, Vicki receives a call from Queen's University where her mother worked. Mrs. Nelson has collapsed at her office, dead of a heart defect. Vicki leaves Toronto for Kingston, full of bitter self-recrimination and at her wits end. Fortunately, both Henry and Mike realize Vicki's state and follow her to Kingston, both determined to help her, and equally determined not to get along.
For Vicki the real nightmare starts when she discovers that her mother's body has disappeared from the funeral parlor. Not trusting the Kingston police to give this mystery their full attention, Vicki, driven by her guilt, along with Celluci and Fitzroy, begin their investigation. Stymied by a lack of clues and compulsive driven to keep searching, Vicki comes close to a nervous breakdown. Then, one night, she is disturbed by noises at her window. Outside she sees her mother's face, dead, but somehow horribly alive.
Thus begins a mind boggling tale which is more of a medical thriller than an occult mystery story. Driven by greed and growing insanity scientists are experimenting with bacteriological resurrection. Mrs. Nelson is the latest in a series of victims.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay end to the Series April 2 2004
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Excellent Series - This is the fifth novel in Tanya Huff's vampire series. Although this book is my least favorite, it is still an excellent series overall. This is the final chapter involving Vicki, an ex-cop, Mike, a detective who is Vicki's lover, and Henry, a vampire, romance writer who is Vicki's ex-love. (If you have not read the entire series, you must read it, you will not be disappointed. The series order: Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact and Blood Debt).
This fifth book begins with Vicki and Mike as a couple. if you have read the series, you know that Vicki and Henry were in love but Vicki was badly hurt and Henry made her into a vampire. There are rules that vampires must follow, and one is that they can't hunt in the same territory. Vicki had one year with Henry while he taught her everything she needed to know to survive as a vampire. She left Henry, and returned to Mike, her first boyfriend.
What makes this fifth book so irritating at times, is Henry and Vicki's new personalities which come out in the fifth book. Before Vicki became a vampire, she was already a little irritating. She was an overbearing loud mouth woman cop, who had temper tamtrums, banged things when she got angry and had yelling matches with her boyfriend Mike to the point they woke the neighbors. This behavior is already a little over the top, now throw in the fact that Vicki is a vampire, and even more aggressive, and she at times can be a downright irritating character. Also my favorite character of all was Henry, a vampire, and romance writer, who with his wealth of years, always seemed calm and in control. Not in this fifth book.
Henry keeps seeing ghosts. The ghosts will ask him a question, and then an innocent person dies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4th Book in the Series April 1 2004
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Excellent Series - This is the fourth novel in Tanya Huff's excellent vampire series. This book and the entire series gets 5+ stars. Although I must admit I liked the first three books more, this still is an excellent continuation of the story involving Vicki, Mike and Henry. (If you have not read the entire series, you must read it, you will not be disappointed. The series order: Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact and Blood Debt).
This fourth book continues with Vicki, an ex cop turned private investigator, who had to leave the police force because she is losing her night vision. From previous novels you met Henry, a 400 year old vampire who is also a romantic writer, and Vicki's friend and lover. Also, you met Mike, Vicki's ex-partner, who is also involved with Vicki.
As the fourth book begins Vicki receives the telephone call that no one wants to receive. Her mother has died unexpectedly. Vicki has to come to grips with her mother's death, and at the same time if you have been reading the earlier books of the series, also has to finally deal with her relationship between Mike and Henry who both love her.
This book has some surprise twists, namely the fact that even though her mother is supposed to be dead, While Vicki is staying at her mother's house, she sees her in a window. Is she dead, or isn't she?
This fourth book had some surprise twists, and I must say I felt a little saddened for Henry in this series, who for so many centuries has been alone. But I won't give away more, you will have to read it to find out. A very excellent book if you are into the Tanya Huff series. I recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars decent entry...
Vicki, Henry and Mike are in Kingston now and the theme runs along the line of mad scientists. It's a race against time as Vicki's mom, ah, goes through some life changes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Schwindt
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to have books set in Canada
This was a great werewolf story with vampire connections. The triangle of love with Henry-Vicky-Mike is well developed and well written. You will not want to put the book down.
Published 4 months ago by louise smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The flavor of Frankenstein. Book 4.
Vicki Nelson, Private Investigator, is having a difficult time dealing with the men in her life. During the day there is Mike Celluci, a Detective-Sergeant with the Metropolitan... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Detra Fitch
4.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKING CONCLUSION TO A GREAT PARANORMAL SERIES
BLOOD PACT is the 4th offering from Tanya Huff's Blood (Ties) series. As a fan of the TV show I was thrilled to discover this series of books which now have the added benefit of... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2010 by Buggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepier and an unexpected ending
The characters get into full form and the plot is inticing. I'd never have seen the finale coming.
Published on Dec 13 2003 by J. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I've been facinated with this series. The characters are definitely interesting, although, I care very little for the the main character, Vicki. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy with a capital creep...
I thought the first three books in this series were great and this fourth was excellent! The relationships between Vicki, Henry, and Celluci have developed nicely and some parts... Read more
Published on July 20 2003 by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching, Terrifying, Outstanding Tale!
"Blood Pact" is the fourth book in Tanya Huff's fantastic "Blood" series and it is stunning in every sense of the word. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2002 by Sophie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the series
It's interesting to compare Tanya Huff and Laurell Hamilton--Hamilton's Anita Blake series has a shaky start but picks up steam as she begins to develop her characters. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002 by Margaret Batschelet
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies!
This is the fourth book in a series by Tanya Huff.After the sudden death of Vicki's mom, she goes back home for the funeral, and her two partners in crime, Henry and Mike follow... Read more
Published on March 8 2002 by MizMode
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