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"Apocalypse meets the old west!"

Mariah lives in an area called the New Badlands, along with her faithful companion Chaplin—an Intel Dog. This is the place her father brought her to from their Dallas home after the attack—the attack that her mother and brother died in. Mariah was forever scarred by that attack too. Mariah's father worked in a lab in technology—how she managed to get an Intel Dog. Also why their underground home has the technology it does, like the visz screens Mariah is currently watching. There's a man outside and Mariah can't help but wonder if he's one of Stamp's gang. Ever since Stamp came out here to the New Badlands, the community Mariah is a part of keeps expecting trouble. The New Badlands is a desolate, hot, godforsaken area where simply surviving is difficult enough. Why Stamp came out here, no one can figure out, much less what he will do to their community. When Chaplin keeps insisting that Mariah bring the man inside and help him, Mariah is not thrilled and really doesn't want to. Against her better judgment, she brings him in. Mariah is definitely not the trusting sort and watches him like a hawk as he sleeps.

Gabriel managed to keep the fact he's a vampire hidden when he was attacked by the gang of ruffians. Now that he's inside an underground dwelling, he's hoping he'll be safe. The only reason he even came to the New Badlands was to follow Abby. For some reason, Abby was able to help Gabriel retain some of his humanity and he needs her. He doesn't like what he was before he met Abby. If nothing else, Gabriel has managed to make the Intel Dog his familiar. With his vampire abilities, it doesn't take him long to heal and the next day, Gabriel goes into a sort of community room where all the different members of the clan can get together with Chaplin. There are tunnel doors to all the different underground dwellings. He meets Zel, who used to be a cop, and the Oldster there and asks about Abby. Not surprisingly, they're all pretty closed-mouthed about everything and even though they tell him about an Annie who was there for a time, Gabriel can sense they're not being totally honest with him, not that he's about to use his vampiric abilities on them. He doesn't want them to know he's a vampire. After all, if it becomes known there's a vampire in the community, Shredders might come and kill them all for harboring them.

Will Gabriel ever find out what happened to his Abby? What of the attraction between him and Mariah? Exactly what is this community hiding? What does Stamp have planned for them?

BLOODLANDS, BOOK 1 (A NOVEL OF THE BLOODLANDS) is a thrilling, apocalyptic story with a wild west feel. Christine Cody has outdone herself in coming up with such a bleak setting for her tale. The whole world just came alive through her words. The heat, the dust, the despair. And we have Mariah, a very complicated heroine. Wounded after the attack on her family, alone now since her father's suicide— something she still feels guilty about—and trying to deal with the feelings Gabriel is bringing out in her. Not to mention, the huge secret she's keeping. Then there's Gabriel, a still new vampire trying to hang onto his humanity in spite of what he's become. He wants redemption more than anything, but without his Abby, will he ever be able to find it? Everything about this story is so well written. And the ending came as a total shock to me. Very highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 12, 2011

SUMMARY

The New Badlands—a desolate area in the West forged by the terrible events that altered the entire country, where a few frightened citizens retreated underground to shelter from the brutal weather . . . and from a society gone deadly dangerous.

Then the vampire arrived—and they started calling it the Bloodlands.

Not because Gabriel, the so-called monster running from his true self, was searching for his lover’s murderer. Nor because Mariah, the woman who reluctantly took him in, was willing to do anything to survive in the changed world.

No, the Badlands officially became the Bloodlands the moment a gun-for-hire who’d decided to slay every monster left in the country came after Gabriel . . .

 

Bloodlands
(A Novel of the Bloodlands: Book 1)
by Christine Cody

Ace Books
July 1, 2011
Available: July 26, 2011
ISBN #0441020623
EAN #9780441020621
336 pages
Paperback
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