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Cherie Priest , Natalie Ross , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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Jan. 25 2011
Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist — even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.

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Praise for Bloodshot:

“Even if you’ve been experiencing some vampire fatigue lately, Cherie Priest’s smart-mouth, sticky-fingered protagonist is still worth spending 350 pages with. Instead of trying to reinvent the vampire genre, Priest just gives it new life and potency…This book only needs one thing to be fantastic, and that’s Raylene’s voice. There’s an entertainingly aggressive wackiness about her… She’s witty and sharp and excellently lecherous.” — io9

“Witty, fast-paced, and fabulous, Bloodshot is a refreshing addition to the urban fantasy genre. Priest’s darkly hilarious tale will leave readers anxious for more adventures with the charmingly neurotic Raylene and her unlikely entourage. A vastly entertaining read!” — Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of this Side of the Grave

“A 100-year-old vampire thief runs afoul of secret biological experimenters—first of an urban fantasy series from the versatile author of Boneshaker…Brutally unsentimental narrator Raylene…makes a quirky and charming if bloodthirsty host.  A refreshing and addictive lure for readers uninterested in fangs, bats, capes and hissing.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Steampunk and gothic author Priest dives into urban fantasy with this entertaining conspiracy thriller…Raylene’s breezy, first-person voice and quirky views on life add plenty of bite to the story.” — Publishers Weekly

“Priest writes a fast-paced mix of caper novel and thriller that features realistically flawed characters. Plenty of action and a fairly high body count (mostly bad guys) make this a good suggestion for fans of Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath and other crime readers who don’t mind a few vampires.” — Booklist

“Priest at her strongest, combining action with a few laughs and a razor-sharp wit…I heartily enjoyed this one…Cherie Priest is one of the freshest and most original voices on the shelves today.  Bloodshot, which begins a new series, is the perfect introduction to this smart and sassy writer.  I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next Raylene story.” — Owlcat Mountain Reviews

“With Bloodshot, Priest catapults the kick-ass urban fantasy heroine into the realm of the truly bad-ass. Raylene’s  fascinating mix of the old ultra-violence with snark and self-deprecation had me riveted. The combination of such an interesting character with a plot that continually out-thunk me makes Bloodshot one of my favorite reads this year.” — Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest’s Legacy

“Cherie Priest’s urban fantasy debut is a fun, fast-paced adventure with a dash of romance and a heaping scoop of conspiracy. I’m looking forward to more, especially if Sister Rose is onstage.” — Lucy Snyder, author of Shotgun Sorceress

“Bloodshot is, hands down, my favorite Urban Fantasy book of 2010. By turns frightening, funny, and fabulous, it was a joy to read and damn near impossible to put down. It’s a ton of fun, brim-full of Cherie’s wonderful, quirky voice and deliciously twisted imagination.  More, please!” — Kat Richardson, author of Labyrinth

“Cherie Priest delivers a fantastic urban fantasy that takes us back to the genre’s noir roots and proves there’s still new blood to be found in old tropes.  The engrossing, complex mystery and smart, refreshing heroine makes this one a must-read for genre fans!” — Kelly Meding, author of Another Kind of Dead

“Cherie Priest’s Bloodshot is fun from start to finish. A new, unique take on vampires coupled with Priest’s excellent writing makes for something very special. True quality always shows, and Bloodshot definitely shows it. I loved it!”—Stacia Kane, author of Unholy Ghosts

“Wickedly sharp plotting and unforgettable characters make this a standout book.  Priest’s novels are a must-read if you like your vampires with fangs.” — Caitlin Kittredge, author of Bone Gods


Praise for Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker
 
“A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions . . . this book is made of irresistible.”—Scott Westerfeld
 
“Should be sought out by readers of fantasy and horror alike.”—Chiaroscuro
 
“One of 2009’s best novels . . . .is not to be missed.”—Joe Sherry, Fantasy Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Cherie Priest is the author of nine novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. She presently lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a fat black cat. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading! March 12 2013
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I’m always very cautious when I pick up an urban fantasy book. For two reasons: 1. I’m not a romance reader, so the moment I see a paranormal/urban fantasy with romance and unexplainable feelings stirring from the loins because there’s a character with bestial urges and dangerous animal/pheromone attractiveness, it makes me roll my eyes and go for the next book on the list. 2. Inter species fluid swapping makes me cringe. Enough about this I am going off subject...

I am very pleased to say, this book has NONE of the things I was not looking for in this type of book. Actually, in fact, I was pleased with this book overall. I loved the writing style, and what grabbed me after a couple of chapters is Raylene herself.

Raylene is a character so well written, and so filled with wit and charm you can’t help but like her. She’s got an attitude, and her insults are beyond hilarious not to mention, her narration of the story is what really keeps the plot going and interesting. I’m not sure who you would compare her to, as my experience reading in this genre is somewhat limited, but I’d have to say her wit and insults got me laughing out loud at times. Her snide side comments also provide for much of the comic humor that goes on throughout this book.

That is not to say this book is in anyway a light hearted read. The real plot itself is dark and the overall setting and some of the characters are oily, seedy, and awful. So there is a balance between action and humor here that makes the reading certainly ‘feel’ light even though the subject isn’t close to that. What I thought was fun was Raylene seems to attract a small group of followers and she has no choice to accept them. I thought the two orphans showed the ‘softer’ side of Raylene (does she really have one though? maybe!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a little bit flawed Feb. 27 2011
Format:Paperback
Although the book started off well, and seemed nicely paced, I found myself impatient with the narrative. Cherie's writing has a very clean style that lends itself particularly well to the genre, and I quickly found myself engaged by the `voice' of Raylene. Yet, at the same time, I found myself frustrated with the literary device of a first-person narrator.

After the first few chapters, I was sorely tempted to just put the book down, move onto something else, and then come back to it later. I knew that if I did that, though, I'd likely never come back to it. So, I persevered, and I finally realised what was bothering me about the novel - I simply liked Raylene more as a narrator than I did as a character. Fortunately, I also realised what it was about the novel that ultimately managed to draw me in and keep me reading - the supporting characters.

I think the plot could have benefited from a little less CIA silliness and a little more vampire nastiness, but that's a personal preference. There is nice twist at the end when it's revealed who is behind Project Bloodshot, but I think exploring that a little earlier on would have really given the story some edge. As it is, we're left to ponder that twist and wonder how Cherie will tackle it in Raylene's next adventure.

As for a next adventure, so long as ex-SEAL turned drag-queen Adrian is along for the ride, I just might be willing to entertain a sequel . . . but I'm not so sure Raylene could carry it on her own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, gritty and unpredictable Aug. 25 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I'm getting a little burned out on vampire fiction. Thanks to the horrendous Twilight series, it feels like every well-known author is squirting out at least one vampire book -- and most of them are pretty mediocre.

So I pinned my hopes on Cherie Priest (who has already mastered Southern gothic and steampunk) to inject some new blood into the genre that wouldn't bore me silly. "Bloodshot" is the kind of book I call "anti-Twilight" -- a sleek, sexy, gritty thriller with plenty of action, written in a kicky vibrant style. Oh yeah, this is what I want.

Professional vampire thief Raylene is hired by the urbane Ian Stott. Years ago, Ian was kidnapped by the government and experimented on, which caused him to go blind -- and now he needs the files from Project Bloodshot if he has any chance of reversing the condition. But when Raylene accepts the job, she immediately attracts some unwanted attention.

Her search for the files takes her on a cross-country trip, from classified government warehouses to drag queen nightclubs, with men in black following her wherever she goes. With Adrian deJesus (an ex-Navy SEAL drag queen), she sets out to destroy the secret operation once and for all... only to find that someone else is lurking in the shadows.

"Bloodshot" is not your average vampire book -- no Interview with the Vampire-style flashbacks, no wangsting about the woes of immortality, not much in the way of undead politics. By avoiding all the cliches that plague the urban fantasy genre, Cherie Priest ends up producing a sleek, shadowy little thriller that just happens to star a vampire.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Change From the Usual Sturm Und Drang Vampire Novels Have Become Jan. 9 2011
By Alexander Lucard - Published on Amazon.com
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Are you sick to death of angst-ridden vampires, lamenting their condition and waxing poetic about their human paramours? Then allow me to introduce you to Raylene Pendle - a vampire and a thief who is completely unapologetic about what, and who, she is.

When Raylene takes on her first-ever vampire client, things quickly spiral out of the control. While she's trying to track down and steal top-secret government documents for the mysterious (and rich) Ian Stott, her warehouse is vandalized and she finds herself being followed by Men in Black. That's barely the beginning, though. Before Raylene has the whole story, she's joined by a former Navy Seal who has no small stake in the outcome of her "investigations." And she quickly finds herself up to her eyeballs in CIA creeps and paramilitary thugs who want to see her truly dead.

Cherie Priest's ass-kicking Raylene is certainly a welcome change from most modern vampire tales. There is no love story here; no whiny moralizing, either. This undead adventuress is no wuss, that's for sure - the action starts almost immediately, and neither Raylene, nor the reader, get a break until the very end. Priest has the makings of another excellent series here.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire cum Sam Spade - Bloodshot Is So Much Fun Dec 12 2010
By PeaTee - Published on Amazon.com
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"Bloodshot" is brilliant fun. Granted it won't be for everyone. But if you are in the mood for a book that's part urban fantasy (vampire gal who entertains herself by stealing expensive tidbits) and part mystery (who's kidnapping vamps and tracking down the mortals who care about them)... told with a narrative that sounds like it could have been taken from Sam Spade's lips, then this is the book for you.

THE SKINNY:::
VERY ADULT book. No graphic violence, but adult situations and language. All your classic four letter anglo-saxon words are in residence.

I really liked this book and can't wait for the next. Cherie Priest did a brilliant job with the suspense part of the story and I am very fond of snarky-edgy narratives and she totally delivered on that level as well.

The characters were interesting, sometimes unusual, and nearly always worthy of us caring for them. They are the icing that top off this action-thriller.

(Would make a great movie)

Pam T~
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodshot is an exhilarating urban fantasy. This story felt a little bit like watching a high speed action movie. Dec 5 2010
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
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Bloodshot is an exhilarating urban fantasy. I never felt like I had time to catch up my breath and I loved it! This story felt a little bit like watching a high speed action movie.

The main character is named, Raylene Pendle. She was a 20's flapper girl whose father was a famous detective. Now she is a rogue vampire who also happens to be a famous thief. A very high paid thief. Raylene has sworn off other vampires because she has been 'burned' by them before. But in this story she is propositioned for a job by a blind vampire named Ian Stott. (Which is unusual since most vampire can regenerate.) She is intrigued by one of her kind after being so isolated for so long. When he tells her of a series of cruel experiments done to him and that led to his blindness and the other vampires tortured by the government. She can't help but feel sympathetic and curious. He persuades her to try to find who did this injustice to him and see if she can find the documents concerning his experiment. Ian hopes this information will help him find a 'cure' to regenerate his sight.

But things are not so simple. Raylene soon finds herself caught in a dark and secretive world filled with a mysterious backer and some very shady and hush-hush government officials. Soon she is being hunted and finding the papers are proving challenging and more high stakes that she maybe prepared for.

This story was a fast paced adrenaline rush. The author cleverly twists the plot so not everyone or everything appears as a the reader 1st assumes. So the plot builds upon itself and the tension is intense. But the author also has a fun sense of humor as we are introduced to some memorable characters such as a drag queen on steroids. The heroine was fun to read as she pretty much bulldozed over everyone who got in her way with cool ninja-like skills. I also liked her sense of humor and tough snappy attitude that carried this book. This book ends with the mission finished but many loose ends and more questions that Raylene is determined to solve and 'fix.' I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

Those who love fantasy with a dark edge, a strong heroine with kick a## skills and high adventure. Well, they will find this an exciting and rare gem of a read.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that remarkable. Dec 6 2010
By Catfish Kozmo - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like Bloodshot more than I did. I was intrigued to see that Cherie Priest jumped genres to the vampire world. The basic premise is that Raylene Pendle is a vampire and a world -class thief. She's got a good thing going in Seattle where she's got one of her bases of operation. Into the mix comes another vampire, Ian, who is blind but not originally. Ian was part of a government experiment to test vampires to see what makes them tick. Now Ian has a doctor that might be able to help him only if Raylene can steal the original government documentation.

That alone sounds like a decent premise but I just found the characters a bit dull. If you want to know what makes vampires tick in this world, you don't get much. You don't really get much of the vampire genre at all. There are other larger world elements described but not much is done with them. There are other "houses" where vampires band together. Why Raylene is not in a house is not explained other than she's a outsider. Raylene is wanted by Interpol but nothing more is described than that. Raylene has a nickname of Cheshire Red but there's no explanation of why. The book leaves you wanting more from the story. Overall, there's a lot more going on here but it's not in this book. There's ample evidence that this is only the first of a few but this first book felt weak at best. Personally, this genre has been done better. I'd wait until the second book to see if there's something else going on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two fangs up, a bloody good read! Feb. 26 2011
By faeriemyst - Published on Amazon.com
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What a truly awesome and fresh take on vampires in the crowded genre of Urban Fantasy! The star of BLOODSHOT is vampire Raylene Pendle, a top thief of priceless artifacts, who takes on a case from another vampire. This vampire, Ian Stott, was blinded by a top-secret government program and wants Raylene to steal back papers dealing with those experiments. What follows is a fast-paced, scene-changing adventure filled with unique characters that fulfills everything the book promised and more.

Raylene is your typical vampire in a lot of ways: the sun gives her a nasty sunburn to the extent of death, there's no awakening to dusk after decapitation or going up in flames, and of course, she's preternaturally fast and strong. However, she differs in that she's paranoid, self-deprecating, neurotic, and a tad OCD. So while Raylene can kick some major ass and make sarcastic remarks like the rest of the UF heroines, she also second- (and third and fourth) guesses herself a lot and is always prepared for the worst, usually thanks to her quick wits and sometimes even to the helpful contents of her "go-bag". I found Raylene to be a terrific protagonist, and for someone who claims to be anti-social, she sure picks up a lot of "pet people" throughout the duration of the book, which makes her a big, warm, gooey marshmallow inside (even if she doesn't own up to the fact).

What did surprise me was how funny the book was. I laughed, giggled, chortled, snorted, and smiled (usually rather goofily) quite often (there was many a line that left me in hysterics -- good thing I was reading in the privacy of my own home). Judging by the cover, I expected a more serious and suspenseful read, but while I wouldn't say this was exactly light, it wasn't as heavy as I imagined either. The plot moves swiftly each step of the way and kept me glued to the pages; there wasn't one dull moment to be had. Every character that popped up in the book was interesting and fully fleshed out, no bores within these covers, and helped move the story along. The writing was great, from Raylene's first-person inner dialogue to the action scenes, not one thing bothered me overly much.

While there is a sense of closure to the book as a whole, the story is really just beginning and I am left eager (and impatient beyond belief) for the next installment, Hellbent (Cheshire Red Reports, Book 2) (set to come out August 30, 2011). If one book can make you a fan of an author, surely this one did it for me. Cherie Priest created a great intro to a character whose very vitality is evident every page of this book and has made Raylene one of my new favorites in the UF field.
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