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"the first installment of the VAMPIRE BABYLON series"

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison is now back in Hollywood, not exactly where she wants to be anymore. But when she got the call her dad was missing, she knew she had no other choice. Even though their relationship wasn't the best, Dawn still loves her father and knows she must do what she can to help find him. After all, her dad raised her after her mother's death when Dawn was still very young. Even though he wasn't the world's best father, Dawn will not abandon him now. Of course, it wouldn't surprise Dawn to find out her dad just went down to Mexico for a week. It wouldn't be the first time he's done such a thing. When she finally reaches her destination, Limpet and Associates, Dawn is a bit creeped out by the place. Turns out Frank, her dad, has become a PI for the firm of Limpet and Associates, psychic investigators, and his coworkers are a midget named Kiko and a beautiful Latina techno geek. The Boss turns out to be a voice over a TV. And the worst part is the case Frank was working on involved a dead child star showing up in a recently made movie twelve years after his death. Now Dawn is ready to leave, but it's not like she has a job to return to after her reaction to being pawed by a major star. So she decides to stay until they can find Frank.

On their way to talk to the parents of the "dead" child star, the trio end up being attacked by vampires. After finally defeating them, albeit a bit the worse for wear, they finally talk to the parents. The mother seems very concerned, but Dawn is getting bad vibes from the father. The more they investigate, the more they realize there is something going on with the vampires in the area. Of course, Dawn never does get to see the Voice in person, but she experiences some strange sex with him. She also learns she has some strange abilities herself. And throw in a gorgeous PI also working on Frank's disappearance who keeps turning down Dawn's advances, and there's more than one mystery for Dawn to solve.

Will they ever find Frank? What exactly is the Voice? And exactly how many different types of vampires are there? What is up with this dead star? Is he dead, or undead?

NIGHT RISING is a fantastic introduction to the VAMPIRE BABYLON series. Chris Marie Green does a wonderful job of bringing this gritty, dark novel to life. Dawn is not your normal heroine; she's tough, strong and grew up way too young. Not to mention, growing up in her movie star mother's shadow and fighting inferiority issues her whole life. While she may have a good body, she knows her face is nowhere near as beautiful as her mother's. So Dawn has created a brick wall around herself and allows no one inside. Not only is there a mystery to be solved, we also get to watch as Dawn slowly begins to allow people inside her walls. If this is the first installment of the VAMPIRE BABYLON series, I can't wait to see where Chris Marie Green takes the rest of the books. I still want to know exactly what the Voice is though. All in all, this is one story I really enjoyed reading and highly recommend.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 3, 2007

SUMMARY

Welcome to Hollywood—after dark…

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison is a girl with a lot of attitude—and a lot of issues, mostly about living up to the legacy of her mother, a world famous movie star/sex symbol, whose death left Dawn to be raised by her dad Frank, nobody’s notion of single-father-of-the-year. Now that she’s all grown up, she and Frank aren’t on the best of terms, to say the least.

Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting—caught on film—of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his colleagues—a psychic short in stature but big in dreams of stardom, a beautiful Latina techno-geek, and the P. I. firm’s never-seen boss—she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.

They are devious. They are deadly. And some of them are dangerously attractive…

 

Night Rising
(Vampire Babylon Book 1)
by Chris Marie Green

Ace Books
January 1, 2009
Available: January 27, 2009
ISBN #0441016863
EAN #9780441016860
368 pages
Trade Size (reprint)
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Other Books by
Chris Marie Green

Deep In the Woods
The Path of Razors
A Drop of Red
Break of Dawn
First Blood
Midnight Reign


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