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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Wellington Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laura Caxton Vampire Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455197804
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When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security prison, the cop-turned-con finds herself surrounded by countless murderers and death-row inmates with nothing to lose and plenty of time to kill.

Caxton’s always been able to watch her own back—even when it’s against a cellblock wall. But soon she learns that an even greater threat has slithered behind the bars to join her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest living vampire, has taken up residence, and her strength grows by the moment as she raids the inmate population like an all-you-can-drink open bar of fresh blood. The crafty old vampire knows just how to pull Caxton’s strings, too, and she's issued an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse. Now Laura has just 23 hours to fight her way through a gauntlet of vampires, cons, and killers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smooth…Wellington’s deadpan humor enlivens the satirical goth-gore proceedings as Laura battles the half-dead and their evil leader.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Strange as it may seem, the key to good supernatural fiction is realism. Readers have to believe in the world that has been created in order to suspend their disbelief of the creatures set loose in it, and Wellingtonexcels here…This could easily have dissolved into B-movie stereotype but instead seems intensely researched and utterly believable. The characters are likewise fully formed and consistent…Wellington’s voice continues to grow. Highly recommended for horror and vampire fiction fans.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/12/2014

    " Another exciting entry in David Wellington's vampire series. I really love the way they are depicted as monsters and not romantic figures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 1/5/2014

    " I've heard this is the weakest book in the series. We'll see. Update: excellent story, and a fantastic and totally surprising ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Topher | 1/1/2014

    " Continuing on Wellington's vampire series. At the end of the last novel, the protagonist went to jail. In this novel, we see exactly why it's a bad idea to stick the world's most competent vampire hunter someplace where she can't hunt vampires..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Liz | 12/29/2013

    " This book was great! It is not the usual Edward I love you vamp book though. Vamps in this book are mean. So if ur looking for a love vamp romance novel, this isn't ur book. Great job David! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brie | 12/27/2013

    " I have always been a fan of Wellington's vampire books. He writes them as being very non-human and scary which is quite refreshing. His "undead" helpers of the vampries are scary as hell as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/15/2013

    " The latest install of the Laura Claxton vampire books started great. The setting was fantastic, the action zipped along wonderfully, and the concept was great. I really thought that this was the best of the series up until the ending. I absolutely hated the ending. Brought it down from 5 star review to 3 stars. Don't want to say more for fear of being a spoiler, but the ending felt like this is going to go on and on and on. It is a good (not great) series, time to end it and move on to another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 12/7/2013

    " I absolutely loved reading this book but the ending was just a bit sad. I look forward to the sequel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Livius Nedin | 11/29/2013

    " 4th installment of Wellingtons vampire series. Easily the least interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 11/15/2013

    " Once again I enjoyed this new take on vampires, but was left with 2 little niggles. A table appeared from nowhere for a phone to be conveniently left on and a 'rope' that was tied to a bed for stability suddenly isn't anymore and can be pulled back up through a skylight! Annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlo | 8/15/2013

    " Fun and quick read; I'm still enjoying Wellington's take on the vampire genre; much more horror and no romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nlzimmerman | 7/19/2013

    " Arg... Will Malvern EVER die!?!?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michell | 7/16/2013

    " Yet another high-tension vampire book from Wellington. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 7/4/2013

    " violent, scary, fast - I like this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Knysh | 5/19/2013

    " 23 Hours is the fourth of David Wellington's vampire stories staring vampire hunter Laura Caxton. As usual Wellington does a great job weaving a story around the vampire hunter and the monsters she is obsessed with killing. I really enjoy Wellington's stories and this edition does not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobyann Aparisi | 4/23/2013

    " This has been an exciting series to read! I hope there will be at least one more to wrap things up! this paticular book was very suspensful and kept me on the edge of my seat. this book is a thrill ride that doesn't stop until the last sentence! I loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Torres | 2/28/2013

    " I enjoyed every one of the books in this series so far, and hope that there are more to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tashie | 12/23/2012

    " I have another book by David Wellington that I haven't read yet. It is one of the zombie books he has written. After reading this I am looking forward to it. It was a pretty enjoyable read. I wish I would have known that it was the 3rd book before I read it. Now I will have to read the other two! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 8/2/2012

    " Lesbian cops and vampires---what more do I need? Super fast paced and very entertaining...I could envision this as a film for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Cadoff | 7/29/2012

    " An interesting departure from the norm. Enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/1/2012

    " Packed with more action than the others in the vampire series & in a woman's prison too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/7/2012

    " I've enjoyed this franchise. The main characters are deep, fleshed-out, and human. The entire book was fast-paced, action-packed, and a very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Puffer T | 10/4/2011

    " Action packed for a Vamp book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 6/19/2011

    " Never mind that Wellington essentially ripped off most of the plot of Aliens 3, this was still my favorite (to date) of the series. Maybe because I like Caxton more than Ripley? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 5/7/2011

    " I didn't realize this was part of a series when I was looking for something to read on my reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 11/27/2010

    " The Best one in the series. Hope that their will be a follow up book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 11/8/2010

    " An interesting departure from the norm. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 4/30/2010

    " 23 Hours is the fourth of David Wellington's vampire stories staring vampire hunter Laura Caxton. As usual Wellington does a great job weaving a story around the vampire hunter and the monsters she is obsessed with killing. I really enjoy Wellington's stories and this edition does not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 1/8/2010

    " Lesbian cops and vampires---what more do I need? Super fast paced and very entertaining...I could envision this as a film for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 11/23/2009

    " Dynamite little genre-crosser - touching down in chop socky, women in prison, and death-sucker territory - that's just begging for big-screen "B" movie treatment.

    Wonder if Kathryn Bigelow's read it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Puffer | 10/6/2009

    " Action packed for a Vamp book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 9/27/2009

    " Packed with more action than the others in the vampire series & in a woman's prison too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tashie | 8/13/2009

    " I have another book by David Wellington that I haven't read yet. It is one of the zombie books he has written. After reading this I am looking forward to it. It was a pretty enjoyable read. I wish I would have known that it was the 3rd book before I read it. Now I will have to read the other two! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Livius | 8/12/2009

    " 4th installment of Wellingtons vampire series. Easily the least interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michell | 8/12/2009

    " Yet another high-tension vampire book from Wellington. I really enjoyed this book. "

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About the Author
Author David Wellington

David Wellington is the author of several novels. His zombie novels Monster Island, Monster Nation, and Monster Planet form a complete trilogy. He has also written a series of vampire novels including 13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero, and 23 Hours, and in 2009 began his Werewolf series, starting with Frostbite and Overwinter. His novels have been featured in Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.