Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review: Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story

Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story

By:  Jon F. Merz

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Publish Date:  February 2011

Format:  eNovella, 34pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  Lawson the Fixer series, a bonus story

Recommendation:  Yes, a nice way to get a taste of Lawson and the world he lives and works in.

Book Synopsis:
Meet Lawson.  A cynical, wise-cracking vampire charged with protecting the Balance between vampires and humans, he is part cop, part spy, and part commando -- a James Bond with fangs.  Lawson mixes shrewd cunning with unmatched lethality to get his job done.  He tries his best to dismantle conspiracies, dispatch bad guys, and live long enough to get home.

This time, Lawson has been given an easy assignment, a "dead drop."  That is until an old enemy returns...

First Sentence:
I was parked up in a shitty Peugeot 406 that looked every bit the 15 years old it was, with rusted side panels and even a back bumper held on with bits of wire coat hanger.

My Thoughts and Summary:
As a favor for an old pal, and his controller, Lawson takes the Dead Drop when the previous agent is stuck with personal events.  Going to retrieve the information on the dead drop, Lawson remembers his first with his mentor, Zero.  The Silent One teaches Lawson a life long lesson in that first dead drop that carries through his life.  One lesson learned, dead drops are never as simple and easy as they should be.  And another, is to always be on the look out.

I wanted to read this to get a taste for the author.  I like the sounds of the novel, and when I saw this bonus story, well I had to get it.  And the fact that it was free, my thoughts screamed perfect opportunity to sample.  I liked what I saw here and I'm curious about the world even more.

Starting in, as I've not read the first novel, I was a little unsure about a few terms; dead drop and Fixers, and what Lawson was.  But in a page, two tops, these were explained for me.  This story was a mix of memory of the young inexperienced Lawson, with the strong experienced Lawson of his current day.  There was mystery introduced, with quick action, and a touch of humor.

I liked this enough to now say I want to books!  There was only a touch of all the elements I enjoy here, no time wasted in this novella.  I'm curious to read more of the world Lawson lives in, and fights to keep secret.

This novella also has the first two chapters of the first novel as well.


I read this for my own enjoyment.
Please remember this review is of my personal thoughts.

14 comments:

  1. A cynical vampire...sounds very nice indeed!

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    1. Anachronist - lol. Yes! It does have a wonderful sound to it. :) Thank you!

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  2. *waves*
    Tired, but at least I saw that you want more

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    1. Blodeuedd - this has a different twist and take on the vampire that Lawson is. :) I am very curious for more. :)

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  3. I love it when you get books like this and you want even more. I have to admit, I do like that cover and it makes me want it more.

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    1. Melissa (Books&Things) - I really wanted to read this one to get a feel for the character and his world. It was a nice blend here. ANd yes! I'm curious about more now. :) Thank you!

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  4. Ooh now i am off to research this series. Novellas are perfect for checking out a series...so glad you brought this to our attention

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    1. Kimba, I do hope you like what you find on Dead Drop and the Vampire Lawson. It sounds so interesting! :D Thank you!

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  5. I don't think I knew abou this author, but well you always have new ones for me. It must be terrible to read novellas because you want the whole book after that, I think it's one of the reason I don't read a lot lol.

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    1. Melliane, you know I love bringing new authors out for you. :) And I have been finding I've been loving the novellas lately. They are nice to get just a taste of the world the author is creating. This was a nice bonus story for the series. I do want to start the series now. :) Thank you!

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    2. lol it's bad! after that I have a big wishlist lol. You're right, it's also nice that way. Like that as you say you can have a taste about a book without reading a big novel.

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    3. LOL! Melliane, yes, after reading these novellas I do end up with an extra long list of wants. ;D

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  6. I want to get back into reading this genre and I'm thinking novellas may be the way to get my feet wet again.

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    1. Oh Ryan! There are so many novella stories out there these days. It is a wonderful way to get back into the genre. I do hope you find several to enjoy. :) Thank you!

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