Saturday, December 25, 2010

Spiral X by J.J. Westendarp ~ review

Spiral XProduct Description

Cheryl Erikson doesn't like playing DEA agent, but when a dangerous new drug named Plast finds its way onto the streets of Dallas, and the dealers just happen to be vampires, then she has to take action.
With the help of her best friend Virgil, and a mysterious Vampire Hunter named Rev, Cheryl must work to eradicate Plast from the streets of Dallas. It's a task that becomes more difficult as she dodges assassination attempts; evades a nosy police detective who wants to peg her for a triple homicide; figures out what a shadow government organization wants from her; as well as deal with a powerful vampire who has a sudden interest in her activities.
Her path takes her through the Spiral X nightclub, where everything she thinks she knows, and everything she stands for, is challenged in ways she never imagined.
My take on this book:
While most people don't even realize vampires exist, twenty-two year old Cheryl Erikson hunts them. She is one of the best vampire hunters around. She has a psychic abilities when it comes to vampires she can feel their presence, and sometimes their intentions, which gives her an advantage. She also has her best friend Virgil, a techno whiz that lives with her, he does his best to help keep her safe.
When the new drug Plast shows up in Dallas, Cheryl finds out that vampires are dealing it. While most drugs don't affect vampires Plast makes them almost indestructible, not to mention what it does to the humans who take it.
When Cho, the man who trained her to be a vampire hunter winds up dead on her doorstep, and the person that killed him tries to kill her, she is warned that there is a contract on her head, and that the one person who can help her is a hunter called Reverend. Cheryl soon finds herself crossing lines she would never cross to get the answers she needs, but in the process she starts questioning whether she wants to continue hunting vampires. Can good prevail over evil, will Cheryl and her friends be able to stop the vampires before the vampires stop them?
I am a huge fan of paranormal reads, and this book fit the bill and then some!
Cheryl is a very strong character, a lady whom most people wouldn't mess with, but once we get her back story she also has a vulnerable side, having to deal with several losses in her life, Virgil is the constant in her life. He is like a mother hen trying to protect her.Tank a fellow Hunter, is also someone she counts on. There is also Father Harold, and the hunter called Rev. Each character plays a very important role in the  story.I thought the Reverand's character was one of the most interesting of all, while a hunter, Cheryl doesn't completely trust him in the beginning,but soon realizes he might be one of her greatest allies.
This book never has a down time, it is totally action packed from page one. The authors writing skills draw you into the world of the vampire hunter, painting such vivid descriptions that you feel like you are part of the story.Fans of paranormal fiction are going enjoy this book. I only hope that this is only the beginning for Cheryl and we see a new book from Mr. Westendarp soon!

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