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BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest, Excerpt

BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest, Excerpt

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Enjoy this excerpt of BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest, available wherever books are sold.

When you're one of the best thieves in the world, nobody is going to bat an eye if you introduce yourself as a "specialist in antiquities acquisition." Raylene Pendle fits that description to a T. The fact that she's also a vampire pretty much ensures that anyone with a problem is going to keep it to themselves.

As thrilling as her life has been, though, Raylene--known in the thieving community as Cheshire Red--is still intrigued when she is offered her latest job. A man named Ian Stott is interested in finding secret government documents about the research that has left him virtually sightless. If she wasn't caught up in the fact that Ian is incredibly charming, the fact that he too is a vampire--and the first one to ask her to do a job for him--has her interest piqued. But where the case will take her--the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis and the mean streets of Atlanta, running from a psychotic government scientist while trying to protect, of all things, a drag queen--may be more than even she can handle. It's gonna be one hell of a ride, though.
Enjoy this excerpt of BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest, available wherever books are sold.

When you're one of the best thieves in the world, nobody is going to bat an eye if you introduce yourself as a "specialist in antiquities acquisition." Raylene Pendle fits that description to a T. The fact that she's also a vampire pretty much ensures that anyone with a problem is going to keep it to themselves.

As thrilling as her life has been, though, Raylene--known in the thieving community as Cheshire Red--is still intrigued when she is offered her latest job. A man named Ian Stott is interested in finding secret government documents about the research that has left him virtually sightless. If she wasn't caught up in the fact that Ian is incredibly charming, the fact that he too is a vampire--and the first one to ask her to do a job for him--has her interest piqued. But where the case will take her--the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis and the mean streets of Atlanta, running from a psychotic government scientist while trying to protect, of all things, a drag queen--may be more than even she can handle. It's gonna be one hell of a ride, though.

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staceyhh reviewed this
Rated 3/5
vacation read #3. Good pool book.
maybedog reviewed this
Rated 2/5
2.5 stars

Bloodshot
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The first half was so-so, the second half quite good. Much of it wasn’t predictable. There were elements that pushed the first half up and the second half down. And one overarching problem: The main character is basically a sociopath. For example, in the beginning she kills someone just because he breaks into her warehouse even though he was unarmed. She never regrets this or thinks it was unjustified.

Yes there are changes later but I was never satisfied. Frankly, I think all of the characters were too comfortable with murder. None of the characters acted as a conscience. But the character is a vampire after all. There is no assumption vampires are evil, they just are and they kill people sometimes, more frequently when they’re younger. Apparently it’s not as big a deal if you kill homeless people. That’s basically okay. That’s pretty much enough to make me not want to read further.

But I pushed through because it takes place in Seattle and it was obvious she actually lives in Seattle rather than visited it once. It was a pleasure to read that but still the beginning was a little boring.

Then I hit a joke I consider mildly racist but I can be way too sensitive about things like this. You decide:

“A different abbreviation, one I hadn’t thought to scan for: ‘J. Roe.’ A jole about a Japanese pop singer sprang to mind, but I was a good girl and didn’t say it out loud—even though there was no one to hear me.”
Pg. 96


Also, only a lesbian should use the word “dyke” and the main character isn’t a lesbian. But the book was definitely gay friendly, so I went with it. See my confusion?

The second half was much better and introduced one of the best UF characters I’ve seen in awhile. Not amazing like Stacia Kane’s Terrible, but still very good. But the book was leading me towards one guy as a love interest, building him up as being hot and sexy and sweet and strong and beautiful. The other she mentioned only twice as being someone she cared about and only once as being attractive (near the end) and he was the one she chose! I felt betrayed.

Something mildly picky: She says PDF (Portable Document Format) instead of PDF file (Adobe's preference) and she says “Adobe processed it.” Adobe is the company, not the product. It’s like saying “we waited while Microsoft imported the text file.” The product is Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Again, I'm overly picky because I worked there for nearly a decade.

I’m mildly curious about what happens next but I am not sure if I can stomach the immorality.


jammies_4 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I was so excited to have won this on First Reads, and overall, it was quite enjoyable. Ms. Priest does a little too much telling in the first couple of chapters, i.e. having the protagonist describe herself in detail, but once past that bump, when the story got going, it really got going.

Vampires, ghouls, black ops, a drag queen Navy SEAL, a venal but somehow appealing museum employee, and lots of fast-paced action overall made this an exciting read. Taken individually, all of the plot elements and most of the characters in this book have appeared elsewhere, but all together they're a thrill ride. I will definitely keep an eye out for the next book!
jeremypreacher reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Finally, a vampire book that refuses to take itself seriously. The ultra-casual narration makes otherwise tired tropes fresh, and the ex-Navy SEAL drag queen sidekick is, well, fabulous. I'm totally on board for the next one.
sensitivemuse reviewed this
Rated 4/5
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!) and the other two followers show potential romances (maybe? although her choice at the end rather surprised me). The book overall was really good and I had fun reading this. There were moments where the action was so fast paced and almost movie quality reading, and then there’s comedy moments where I found myself laughing out loud. I’m really looking forward to reading Hellbent, the next book that comes after this one. Greatly recommended for urban fantasy fans.
ahef1963 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
"Bloodshot" by Cherie Priest was pleasure from cover to cover. The action rarely slowed, the patter was intelligent, the plot gripping, and the characters unique yet believable, if you believe in vampires. The story is of Raylene Prendle, a vampire-cum-private detective living (or not) in Seattle. Her latest case involves an attractive male vampire who has been robbed of his vision after a stay in a top-secret military prison, where experiments were performed on him and others. His wish to know who and why he was a victim of the experimentation leads Raylene from Minnesota to Atlanta to D.C. in search of answers, and pursued by government agents from start to finish. An unlikely but happily enjoyable cast of characters including two teenage runaways and a drag queen round out the story. There are enough loose ends from this tale to begin a new book easily, and I am very much hoping that Ms. Priest will pick up where she left off, and do so with the high-spirited writing that kept me up late at night reading this novel.
7hir7een_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I didn't know exactly what to expect. I've liked the other works by Cherie Priest that I have read, but I didn't really picture her writing a vampire book. I'm glad she did, because I really enjoyed it. It's a dark urban fantasy comedy thriller vampire conspiracy book. If that sounds like a lot to pack into one book, may I direct you the Priest's Clockwork Century series? Cherie Priest is very good at crafting a multi-faceted novel, and making it work. The narration is snarky and funny. The plot is different than anything I've read lately, and was interesting. The twists and turns helped keep it lively. Notably, unlike most urban fantasy vampire books, the protagonist is not in bed with someone in the first 30 pages of the book. While I must admit that I enjoy well-placed, well-written smut as much as the next person, its absence isn't missed. Overall, Bloodshot is a fun romp, and I'd recommend it to fans of Cherie Priest, vampires, snarky narrators and urban fantasy.
aleahmarie_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Raylene, known only as Cheshire Red to anyone with a badge, is a thief. She's not just any thief, either. Raylene is a thief straight out of James Bond... she has numerous secret identities, can leap razor wire in a single bound, and navigates maximum security buildings with ease. She's also a vampire. Raylenes' most recent case uncovers a creepy government operation that's treating vamps like lab rats, and Raylene is having none of that. She and her ex-Navy SEAL turned drag queen sidekick are on the case to make the world safer for vampires everywhere. Because vampires are people, too!The fact that I enjoyed this book so much came as a complete surprise. What I mistook for another campy, hot vampire with guns trope turned out to be smart and funny. Not to mention that there's a hot vampire with guns! If you like urban fantasy, you'll love this. If you enjoy Charlaine Harris then for the love of all things literary put that down and read this! It's somewhat-psychic vampire done right, with drag queens. I'm a-flutter for book two.
zzshupinga reviewed this
Rated 4/5
You want something that's locked up or hard to get to? Files, jewelry...porno videos with you in it? Then Raylene Pendle is the person you want to contact to get it for you. But she isn't your average thief, nope Raylene is the best of the best....and she's a vampire. But this new case sets her on a path that even she couldn't predict. Soon the FBI, the army, and the Men in Black are coming after her all to find out what she knows about this new case. Danger is around every corner, but Raylene meets up with some new folks that just may be able to help her out. And along the way she may solve the biggest mystery she's ever undertaken. Here's the biggest problem that I have with the story--in some places it doesn't flow as well as it should and gets overly wordy. I think part of the problem maybe that this is a new world for Cherie and she's trying to figure out how the characters work and she's cramming a lot of backstory into this first volume to set up this new world. That being said it's still a great adventure story and I love the characters, especially Raylene and the fact that she's not some sparkly vampire. She's a kick butt, no holds barred person with real human flaws. She suffers from OCD, is over prepared, and she isn't some lovey dovey goofy person (although she does fall for a character.) In other words she's just like the rest of us. And the story is being told directly from her perspective and it feels like we're talking with her about what went on and not reading it from some cold personal narrator. The characters are entertaining, interesting and different (I mean seriously how do you compete with a former Navy Seal that's a drag queen?)This first volume is an exciting, kickbutt, no holds barred feature with great characters and an fantastic premise. I look forward to reading future stories in this universe.
silentq_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I was reading her blog while she was writing this and the one sentence summary seemed almost nonsensical, but, yes, there really is an OCD vampire thief, an ex-Navy SEAL drag queen and government/military conspiracies. And somehow it all works. I can fairly clearly hear Priest's personal tone of voice in this one, but her vampire protagonist has a fairly casual way of telling the story. I was a little uncomfortable with how long she spent on figuring out the pronouns for the drag queen, but she did settle on the sensible matching pronoun to represented gender solution. The action is non stop, they move around the country following leads, being ambushed and moving on to the next clue in her case. I had an inkling how she was being tracked, but liked the eventual twist. I was fairly happy with how she portrayed traceurs in the parkour scenes, though the DC club sounded much more into urban exploration than the New England one actually is. :) I'm looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out.

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