"a look into the world of the undead"

John Brittain, New York City Taxi cab driver, has had many long days. But one stands out in his memory more than any other does. It was the day that totally changed his life.

John had been a New York City Police Officer, for 10 years he had been one of the best. John carried the guilt of that terrible day with him. He had done what he thought was right for the grieving widow; he sent her money to help with infant. After all it was his fault that her husband was dead. By accident he had killed him, Randy was his name; he had been John's partner.

Lieutenant Jess Vandermire is looking for someone special, someone she can count on. No matter what the assignment might bring. After all she's in charge of starting a new unit for the City of New York, a special ops unit. But picking all her people won't be easy; sometimes she is forced to take what she can get.

Father Regent Vandermire has already once saved Jess from death. He had to; after all they are brother and sister. But he also knows that his time is limited. He needs to find someone who will take care of Jess when he's gone. Regent knows that Jess can at times need that extra special care, just what to do and what to say when Jess is upset. It's at that time that her other side can come out. Her undead side.

Author Lina Gardiner has given us a look into the world of the undead. A place where some can walk on holy ground, survive sunlight, and be able to look at a cross. While reading the setting takes on a modern day CSI type background, Forensic Vampirologist, VNA testing, research into Sunshine, a very nasty drug for the undead and special made shoes that the heel becomes an extended spike.

Along with super nasty, drug enhanced bad, oh so bad undead monsters and Prometheus, who has been around for a very long time and has lots of power. He wears a long leather coat and being a huge WWE fan, Prometheus made me think of the Undertaker. The loving and caring relationship between brother and sister stands out even more than anything else in this book. Such devotion to each other warms the heart. Before reading the last few pages I had hoped that this could be the first in a series of books. YES, it is!!! Lina has got a new fan here.

Reviewed by Connie Devaney
Posted March 10, 2007


New York City is in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least unseen by normal society.

Lieutenant Jess Vandermire, New York City police officer, is uniquely specialized to recognize and fight this threat. It’s her job to forge a black ops team, an assortment of men and women who wouldn’t be considered for the job under normal circumstances.

But these aren’t normal circumstances. The team has to be tough, and if need be, they have to be expendable. Jess understands what she’s fighting and what’s at stake. For her, it’s all about retribution until ex-cop John Brittain is recruited to her team.

Suddenly, her priorities aren’t quite so easily definable. John Brittain has a chip on his shoulder and is as tough as they come. But is he ready for the whole truth? That combating “super” vampires whose primal need for blood and the addictive drug “Sunshine” is only the beginning of their problems? And when Jess tells him the truth about herself, will he stay and fight or will he turn against her and not only threaten their lives but destroy the fragile relationship developing between them?


Grave Illusions
(Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter : Book 1)
by Lina Gardiner

February 1, 2007
Available: February 8, 2007
ISBN #1933417951
EAN #9781933417950
240 pages
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