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Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore

 
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Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore

Book Info

Book Series
Blood and Bones (Book 1)
Authors
About the Author
TA Moore is a Northern Irish writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance novels. A childhood in a rural, seaside town fostered in her a suspicious nature, a love of mystery, and a streak of black humour a mile wide. As her grandmother always said, 'she'd laugh at a bad thing that one', mind you, that was the pot calling the kettle black. TA Moore studied History, Irish mythology, English at University, mostly because she has always loved a good story. She has worked as a journalist, a finance manager, and in the arts sectors before she finally gave in to a lifelong desire to write.

Coffee, Doc Marten boots, and good friends are the essential things in life. Spiders, mayo, and heels are to be avoided.
Publication Date
September 10, 2019
Available Formats
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Pages
260
Content Warning
Torture (Offpage), Kidnapping, Murder
ISBN
978-1-64405-337-9
ASIN
B07V6DXRX4
Excerpt
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Agent Luke Bennett proved that humans could rise just as high in the ranks as their vampire colleagues—until a kidnapper held him captive for a year and turned him without his consent.

Now he’s Took: a reluctant monster afraid to bite anyone, broke, and about to be discharged from his elite BITERs unit.

When an old colleague suggests he consult on a BITERs case, Took has little to lose. The case is open and shut… but nothing is ever that easy. As he digs deeper, he discovers a lot more than one cold case is at stake, and if he wants to solve this one, he’ll need the help of the BITERs team. Even if that brings his old commander, Madoc, back into his life. 

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1 review
Dark, Fascinating Twist on Vampires
Overall
 
3.5
I had a rather difficult time with the start of this book because you don’t start at the beginning. You start quite literally in the middle of things, but once I figured out the backstory was coming in pieces as I read, I quit worrying about why I didn’t know what I didn’t know and just enjoyed. 
 
Dead Man Stalking is a dark story of children going missing, a serial killer, the PTSD of a vampire made against his will who is terrified to bite anyone to feed himself, and the dhampir who has been in love with him for years. Sounds like a lot, right? Yeah, that’s because it IS, and wow! What a gripping read! 
 
While I never felt an overpowering chemistry between Took and Madoc, most likely because of Took’s very in-your-face apprehensions, there was a quiet harmony to their thoughts and actions that spoke of lives tied together. Their romance, such as it was, was a distant third storyline to the two compelling mysteries that occupied the main portion of the book – where were the missing children/were they still alive, and who held and tortured Took for that year that his mind refuses to bring to the surface but which haunts him day and night. 
 
The secondary cast is not too extensive in depth, but very broad in scope. The two most frequent characters are Madoc’s partner Lawrence who came on board after Took couldn’t/wouldn’t do the job anymore, and Paladin, a vampire of significantly greater age than Madoc’s 400 years. Agent Lawrence hit me hot and cold. I still haven’t decided if I like her or not, so I’m brooding. I did appreciate that she was willing to accept and further investigate a case that she may have missed key details later picked up on by Took in his private investigating work for a most surprising client. Pally is a product of his time, making it difficult to not like him even as he needles Madoc mercilessly for his own amusement. 
 
Great world building, a fantastic dystopian society where humans and the undead coexist peacefully (mostly – no matter the society, there will be always be fanatics and derogatory terms). A specialized task force of vampires both born and made with the occasional human interspersed also presents a new viewpoint on law enforcement. 
 
There are still unresolved issues at the end, but not to the extent that the book feels like a cliffhanger. To the contrary, it is clearly an HFN with a greater story arc to come, and I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on it! 
 
I’m rating this at 3.5 stars, rounding up for sites that don’t accept halves. If you haven’t given this author a try (why on earth not?!) and you like vampires, I definitely recommend picking up Dead Man Stalking! 
 
 
 
**Same worded review will appear on Dreamspinner Press, Goodreads, and Amazon.com.** 
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