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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review: The Vampire Hunters (The Vampire Hunters #1) by Scott M. Baker



4 Stars
Title: The Vampire Hunters
Series: The Vampire Hunters #1
Author: Scott M. Baker
Genre: Paranormal, Horror,
Publisher: N/A
Ebook/Paperback
Pages: 235

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As former Boston cops, Drake Matthews and Alison Monroe thought they had experienced it all... until they found themselves tracking down a serial killer who turned out to be one of the undead. Stopping him cost them their careers and almost their lives.  

Thanks to an influential and anonymous benefactor, Drake and Alison find a new job ridding the streets of Washington D.C. of the vampiric threat terrorizing the nation's capital. 



Only this time, Drake and Alison are not facing a single vampire but an entire nest led by Ion Zielenska, one of history's most evil and twisted masters.  As the vampires indiscriminately prey on humans, seeing them as nothing more than food to satiate their hunger, they create a wave of violence that threatens to engulf the city. 


Orchestrating the carnage is Antoinette Varela, the mistress of the nest,who realizes that for the nest to survive the hunters must be eliminated.  However, when her vendetta turns personal, the hunters find themselves in struggle they are not prepared for.

My Review:

Drake Matthews is an annoyance to the police. He has been in D.C. for about three months now and has caused more trouble than the police chief knows how to handle. Especially since every time he thinks he has caught Drake, and that he will be behind bars soon, a very powerful and mysterious benefactor puts pressure on the mayor. Getting all of the charges for Drake and his partner Alison Monroe dropped.

What the police are not willing to accept is the truth. That Drake and Alison are vampire hunters and have been ridding the city of a coven for the last few months. However they still have not found the master yet, only ‘snuffy’ vampires—basically vampire cannon fodder for the master’s.

The master’s are very aware of them however, only once before has the main master of the vampire coven come across such a dangerous hunter, and soon they set out to rid themselves of the hunters once and for all.

Add into the melee a new vampire hunter added to the group who is an engineering-weapon-making-genius, a beautiful, nosy reporter, a bunny named Van Helsing and you have on very interesting vampire novel to say the least!

Wow, was this something new for me. I admit that I am all for the sexy vampire’s in books. The one ones with a toured past but shows he really cares later on with the love of a good woman. ;)

The Vampire Hunters is nothing like that. Vampires are evil and have absolutely no redeeming qualities in this series and our man characters are dedicated Hunters out to rid the world (or in this case Washington, D.C.) of them.

It. Was. Really. Good. I am most definitely going to be picking up book two ASAP!

Honestly, and it was a wonderful surprise because I have only read one or two other books where vampires were not sexy and redeemable so I was not sure how much I was truly going to enjoy The Vampire Hunters. It kind of reminded me of Buffy the Vampire, actually. I have never watched that show much myself and our main guy is well, a guy (though there s a main girl as well) but I think I connected it to the Buffy show because of how the vampires look. Others might now see any connection there though.

The only things that bothered me would have to be how the book switches to the past a couple times. It really confused me at first because there is nothing that really indicates it is switching to the past, that we are 'in' the past at those times.

Secondly was how, mostly in the beginning of the book, Drake did not really seem to be good at fighting the vampires. It seemed that Alison was better at it, which is fine of course but since Drake felt more like the main character, and he was supposed to be scary to the vampires, to me it kind of bothered me that he was mostly just getting his butt kicked. Lol However, that did change later on in the book and he does hold his own.

The Vampire Hunters is filled with fight scenes, and gory deaths so not for those who are squeamish but I would highly recommend The Vampire Hunters to anyone who likes a vampire novel where the vampires are the bad guys.

*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.



As the adversaries faced off, the train pulled into Foggy Bottom Station. The passengers practically pulled the doors open to escape. When the doors finally did open, they ran out onto the platform and dashed to safety. Seconds later, the doors slid shut and the train began to pull out of the station.

“Well, bitch,” taunted Alison. “It’s just you and me.”

“That suits me fine.” Toni hissed and sprinted down the rail car.

Alison pushed off the deck with her left foot and spun her body around, slamming her right foot into Toni’s head in a tornado kick. The master careened to the side and stumbled between two rows of seats, smashing the window, momentarily stunned. Pulling a stake from her belt holster, Alison ran between the seats and raised the stake to inflict the fatal blow. Toni’s hand shot up and grabbed Alison by the wrist. With one thrust, Toni threw the hunter over three sets of seats. Alison landed on her right shoulder in the opening by the doors, sliding across the deck until her back slammed into the center pole.

Toni flew over the seats and landed on top of Alison’s chest, knocking the wind out of her. The master pushed herself down on Alison, pinning the hunter’s pelvis to the floor with her own, then ripped open Alison’s blouse to expose her neck. Bearing her fangs, Toni leaned over, pausing only inches from the Alison’s neck.

“Relax, hunter. In a few moments, you’ll be one of us.”

“Not if I have anything to say about it,” a voice shouted from behind Toni.

Toni looked up to see Drake standing at the opposite end of the car. She snarled. “You have nothing to say about it. She’s ours now.”



Born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston), Scott M. Baker has spent the last twenty-two years living in northern Virginia. He has authored several short stories, including “Dead Water”, “Rednecks Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”, “Cruise of the Living Dead”, “Deck the Malls with Bowels of Holly” (an alcoholic mall Santa battles zombie reindeer), and “Denizens.” His two latest short stories – “The Last Flight of The Bismarck,” about steampunk zombies, and “The Hunger,” a tale of cannibalism during a zombie outbreak – will both be released later this year in anthologies being published by Knighwatch Press.

Scott’s first zombie novel, Rotter World, which details the struggle between humans and vampires during a zombie apocalypse, was released by Permuted Press in April 2012. He has also authored The Vampire Hunters trilogy, which has been published by Pill Hill Press and received excellent reviews from Famous Monsters of Filmland and Fangoria, among others. Scott has finished his fifth novel, Yeitso, a homage to the monster movies of the 1950s set in northern New Mexico, which is currently with a publisher, and is wrapping up his sixth novel, Hell Gates, the first in a series of young adult novels set in a world in which the realms of Hell and earth have merged.

When he is not busy writing, Scott can either be found relaxing on his back deck with a cup of iced coffee, or doting on the four house rabbits that live with him.

Please visit the author’s website at http:\\scottmbakerauthor.blogspot.com.





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