Official Review: Blood Runner by J.D. Stanley

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Official Review: Blood Runner by J.D. Stanley

Post by Paliden » 29 Mar 2016, 00:17

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Blood Runner" by J.D. Stanley.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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J. D. Stanley's Blood Runner starts off in the ancient past, chronicling the beginning of the “blood runners” or vampires, as we know them. After the prologue, we jump forward a couple of milennia. Richard, aka Twitch, is a blood runner. Quite possibly the oldest in existence, he has no recollection of his beginning, or his life before the change. Understandably, having been in existence for so long, he has lost any semblance of human emotions and prefers to keep completely to himself, shunning human contact except for the all-consuming need of sustenance. Then, quite inexplicably, Maggie burst onto the scene. Try as he might to get rid of her, Maggie simply won't go. On top of her infuriating stubbornness, Maggie is not in the least bit afraid of Richard. But Maggie has her own skeletons hiding in her closet, and one of those is Captain William Blackthorn. Captain Blackthorn, aka Billy, is bound and determined to possess Maggie in one way or another. Will Richard be able to protect her from the darkest force he has ever known? When it seems all hope is lost, this story takes a twist that you will never see coming!

Overall, this is a great book! The narrative style took a minute to get used to, as the time-line jumps around quite a bit. Once I became accustomed to the writing style, the story-line flowed smoothly. Honestly, I didn't want the book to end. Given the ending, I am holding out hope that there is a sequel in the works!

My only complaint with this book is the language. There is a lot of cursing, and I do mean a lot. I understand that it does fit the story and it most definitely fits the characters, but I still would have been happier with a little less language. I thought I had Richard pegged but was completely thrown for a loop about two-thirds of the way through the book. He seemed a different person in the second half of the story. By the end of the book, everything came together nicely. Thankfully, all of the questions that are brought up throughout the book are answered by the end of it.

Blood Runner doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it does seem to be open for a sequel. There are some slightly unresolved issues, but nothing overly dramatic. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys vampire books (although this is a spin on vampires that I have never read before). I would also recommend Blood Runner to anyone that enjoys mythological stories.

All in all, I am giving this book a 4 out of 4 stars! Great job, J.D. Stanley! I look forward to reading more of your work!

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Post by Swiftmover07 » 30 Mar 2016, 00:23

Nice review! I'll have to look imto this book. I love when authors spin vampire lore and make it their own
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Apr 2016, 08:55

Sounds like an enjoyable book with intriguing characters. I've read a lot of vampire stories already but there seems to be something special about this book. Congratulations to J.D. Stanley on such a well-written book.

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Post by Paliden » 03 Apr 2016, 20:44

Swiftmover07 wrote:Nice review! I'll have to look imto this book. I love when authors spin vampire lore and make it their own

Thanks! It was a very enjoyable read!

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kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds like an enjoyable book with intriguing characters. I've read a lot of vampire stories already but there seems to be something special about this book. Congratulations to J.D. Stanley on such a well-written book.

Yes, there IS something special about this book! You will enjoy it!

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Post by bluemel4 » 03 Apr 2016, 20:52

Wow! I love new twists on the vampire mythology. Great review.
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Post by Paliden » 03 Apr 2016, 21:07

bluemel4 wrote:Wow! I love new twists on the vampire mythology. Great review.

Thanks! You should read it! It's a great book!

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Post by JD Stanley » 05 Apr 2016, 03:57

Thanks very much for giving the book a read and for your review!

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Post by Paliden » 07 Apr 2016, 21:31

JD Stanley wrote:Thanks very much for giving the book a read and for your review!
You are very welcome! Thanks for the chance to review it! Great job!

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Post by Jonathanlee » 11 Apr 2016, 09:00

Gosh, your review is making me curious about this book. Vampire stories are a dime a dozen. So, for this review to say that there is a twist to the story and there is a mysterious change of personality that is answered only at the end of the story is so ... well mystifying. Thanks for whetting my appetite.

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Post by Paliden » 14 Apr 2016, 19:33

Jonathanlee wrote:Gosh, your review is making me curious about this book. Vampire stories are a dime a dozen. So, for this review to say that there is a twist to the story and there is a mysterious change of personality that is answered only at the end of the story is so ... well mystifying. Thanks for whetting my appetite.

Yes, vampire stories are definitely a dime a dozen which is why I was surprised with this one. You will enjoy it!

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