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Circus of the Damned [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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Jan. 2 2007 Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 3)
First time in trade paperback: the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks.

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The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising.

Mystery fans will love the tightly plotted, Paretsky-esque action, and horror fans will love just about everything in this unusual series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


She's the 'it' girl for bloodsuckers, werewolves, wereleopards and assorted undead types. (News Press [Fort Myers, FL])

[A] gutsy, no-nonsense female unafraid to take on anything that the preternatural world throws her way. (Library Journal)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Series is Amazing Dec 6 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have made it my rule to only review items that I purchased at Amazon. Even though I own the first 16 books in this series (purchased from another source-except book 3) I will only review "Circus Of The Damned" here, until I get to book 17 which I will buy on Amazon.

That said...the first two books were incredible and were read in two days each. Book 3 was even better! Hence my 5 star rating. I won't give anything away, but the climax "battle" at the end was out of this world! It was thoroughly captivating, and read in one sitting. This book was so good, in my opinion, it is hard to imagine how book 4 will compare.

I know the book takes place in a different universe than ours (obviously) but it is strange to see Anita with a "beeper" and looking for a phone booth! I found out this book was written mid 90's....but didn't we have cell phones etc. at that point. Maybe this universe just didn't.

Extremely well written and fast paced. I can't wait to dig into the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Circus Of The Damned May 11 2011
By Qix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anita Blake is a down to earth character; She doesn't get impressed easily. I had a hard time getting used to LK Hamilton's style but now, with the third book read, I'm completely immersed in this series and I look forward to the next one.
Circus Of The Damned was the best one yet, but the fist 2 were also excellent.
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By Lawyeraau TOP 50 REVIEWER
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In this, the third volume in the Anita Blake, vampire hunter, series of books, the author does not disappoint the reader. Anita, our intrepid vampire hunter, is once again called upon by the St. Louis police to assist with some unusual murders. It appears that someone or something is killing humans in the city, and it appears that it may be a renegade pack of vampires that is doing so, hell bent on challenging the power of Jean Claude, the vampire that reigns supreme as Master of the City.

Moreover, Anita is footloose and fancy free, notwithstanding her attraction to the Master of the City, when she meets Richard Zeeman, a hunky junior high school science teacher. The only thing is that Richard has a secret that may impact on how Anita may feel about him. Their budding romance, however, is never the focal point of the story. Rather, it is a sustaining and tantalizing backdrop to the adventures of Anita, as our feisty, tough talking heroine tries to save the city of St. Louis from a fate worse than death.

Once again, the author holds the readers' interest with her richly detailed alternate universe, where vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other monsters are part of the landscape and live side by side with humans in a somewhat uneasy alliance. The plot is fully fleshed, as are most of the characters, and the dialogue is crisp and snappy. This is a fun, fast-paced series of books, and I look forward to reading each and every one!
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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Zombie Queen, Necromancer, really didn't love Jean-Claude. At least, that's what she kept telling herself. But soon Jean-Claude is not the only vampire trying to make her his servant. There seems to be a bunch of Master Vampires and they ALL want to become Master of the City. To do that they have to find and kill Jean-Claude. Which means they need Anita to tell them where he is, whether she wants to or not!
The undead battle is about to begin, with vampires, werewolves and even an immortal tossed in for the fun of it. Add Edward (and his lovely flamethrower) and you have the fight of the century. Winner take all. The only problem Anita has with all this is she seems to be First Prize.
Lets get ready to rumble!
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I've become addicted to this series! Laurell K. Hamilton knows how to keep you turning the pages all the way to its staggering conclusion. Circus of the Damned is the third part of the Anita Blake series and the best one thus far. A pack of vampires has murdered several people. Anita has to figure out who is in charge of the crimes. What ensues is a battle between various vampire masters who want to replace Jean-Claude as the Master of the City, and Anita is right in the middle of said battle. Jean-Claude and Alejandro want her as a human servant. She has to choose between the two -- something she isn't prepared to do...
Circus of the Damned, like the first two novels, is action-packed from beginning to end. Hamilton does not allow any breathing room between the horror scenes. Her novels are riveting and suspenseful from beginning to end. What I like most about this novel is the progress, however small, between Anita and Jean-Claude. Anita has reluctantly caved to Jean-Claude's charms a bit. I love Jean-Claude! He is a great character -- mysterious, complex, sensual. The reader also gets a glimpse of erotica in this offering. The building of tension is second to none. The action, horror and suspense aspects are better than ever. I recommend this series and I cannot wait to start on the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one that got me hooked June 11 2004
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Looking back many years ago to when I was reading this book for the first time, I think this is the one that got me hooked. This is partly because of the love triangle that is introduced and partly because this is where the series hits it's stride. This installment, more than any other, has the perfect blend of romance and plot. This is one of my favorites in the series and after four or five rereads it's still highly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Action with just a hint of sexuality
Anita Blake has a full time job animating zombies (to serve as witnesses, finalize their estates, or comfort families), but she can't escape her part-time job as paranormal advisor... Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by booksforabuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and brilliant!
Anita Blake is the best Vampire Hunter ever and coming from me, one of the biggest Buffy fans ever, this is a huge huge compliment! Read more
Published on April 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars As Anita says: "Brownie point for Laurell Hamilton"
After the second book in the Anita Blake series I was hoping that the series would keep up its quality. Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by Sebastian Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best author! Very good book.
This is the third in LKH's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, and as usual this book is excellent. I'm sure that someone out there doesn't like this series and can tear it to... Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is Laurell Hamilton's third book from her amazing vampire series (be warned after about book 5 the storyline becomes a soap opera). Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Entertaining!
Anita Blake does it again! Only this time she gets to choose between two hotties(^_______^), Jean-Claude, the vampire hottie extrodanaire, and Richard, the nice guy from next door. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
Laurell K. Hamilton's done it again: she has once again surpassed her previous 2 books in this third installment. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by P. Roeder
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