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{August 8, 2012}   {Review} Vampire Seeker by Tim O’Rourke (Samantha Carter #1)

Vampire SeekerFrom Goodreads: Samantha Carter believes that a vampire is responsible for the brutal deaths of four women in her hometown.

Desperate to prove this, Samantha seeks the friendship of a Preacher, two Cowgirls and a Cowboy. Together they are hired by the mysterious Englishman, Spencer Drake, to travel by steam train up into the mountains in the search of gold. But it’s on this journey that Samantha discovers vampires are very real and far more dangerous than she had ever imagined.

To stay alive, Samantha needs to figure out why things have gone so terribly wrong for her – but more importantly why she is out of time.

**This is a mature New Adult Novel for ages 17 and up. Contains sexual situations and scenes of horror**


In his newest series, O’Rourke takes on cowgirls and cowboys, but adds a deadly twist: vampires and weres walk among them. But, what the synopsis doesn’t tell you is that not only are there vampires and werewolves, but also many intriguing characters, time travel, and, oh yes, some memory loss.  This makes for an epic read as Samantha Carter attempts to hunt down a killer… the man she believes might be Jack the Ripper.  Is it possible he was a vampire?  You’ll have to read to find out…

Now, readers beware.  This is just as well written as any of O’Rourke’s other books, but unlike his others, this novel is purely for adults.  Yes, it’s not until a little over half-way through that the explicit sexual scene takes place (which, sadly to say, is not something I like to read in any novel—bit of a prude here), but that aside, there are also many horrific, detailed, bloody scenes that begin way before that.  Scenes that will make your blood crawl, your eyes bug out, and your lunch might just want to come up to say hello as well.  In other words, it’s a tad bit gross.  But, I don’t mind extreme horror when it’s well done, and O’Rourke has once again written a wonderful novel filled with mystery and intrigue, and it definitely piqued my interest and kept me guessing.  I truly did enjoy the novel, aside from the explicit sex scene, and I am eagerly awaiting the next novel. Four stars.

4 stars

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Claire White says:

Love this book, can’t wait to read the next one!!

Mary Preston says:

Cowboys & vampires – loving this. A helpful review thank you.

Lisa Ammari says:

Lovely review. I need to reread Vampire Seeker. : )

Denise Z says:

Oh this looks like so much fun. I saw a note about the release earlier today and it got me excited about the read and then when I received your email – well the fun just continues. I am ready to get on the train and take this fun ride. Thank you for sharing I love a book that will keep me guessing :)

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