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In a world where vampires have conquered mankind, Turner West is the only thing they fear. 

Threaded with silver through his body, he is a Bonemaker - a rare human who can Unmake vampires with a single cut of his blade. Crossing the prairie of what was once the United States, Turner will face a blood-crazed cult, a governor who wants power more than life itself, and a trio of beautiful women who will help him toward his ultimate goal: ridding the world of bloodsuckers. 

There's just one problem. Turner's exploits have attracted a vampire so old, his very existence threatens what remains of the human race. Extinction is upon us.

©2019 Daniel Pierce (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • lisa
  • 02-09-19

Fun story, Good action.

Turner West is a bonemaker. With silver threaded throughout his body, he's a vampire killing machine, until he falls for one. Granted, Karina is a different kind of vampire, except for the still needs to kill to eat thing. So, not so different?

There's plenty of action in this and that and strong pacing carried me through the story. The world build is weak. There's this great premise with Turner West (cool name) being threaded up like Wolverine, gave him a cool moniker like bonemaker, and then explained precisely nothing about why or how that helps him kill vampires. Perhaps it keeps him from getting killed? Except it doesn't. They still chomp all over him at will.

And why does Karina need to kill to eat? She doesn't, because Turner feeds her, so why does she kill?

It's the kind of story that doesn't go too deep, but if you're looking for some light fantasy action, Bloodlands is right up your alley.

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  • Adam
  • 13-04-21

Too many plot holes

I tried to get into it but in the end couldn’t finish it. The concept is interesting and the pace is quick and easy, but too many times one of the MCs walks away from a simple solution to her problems in what seems to be an attempt just to try and build unnecessary tension between the male and female MCs.

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  • Patrick
  • 12-04-21

it’s all right

Please for the love of god Look up what a carotid artery is. several times in this book he said he has nicked it and all I do is laugh

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  • John
  • 07-03-21

Just bad

The author is plain lazy on this one. No real world building, no timeline. If there was a any world building, like some post apocalyptic earth most if not all the vamps and animals would be long dead because of the volume of blood needed to survive. The MC is just another human, not likeable, nothing really special other than being saved by other people every time he has to go up against 2 or more vamps.

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  • tb3
  • 28-02-21

Pretty good... yet

This book is reasonably entertaining, pulpy entertainment, but disappointing.

The first half of the book was promising. I saw a reasonable promising if not-terribly original set of tropes, a thin but workable plot for a vampire apocalypse story, potential for character work, and enough good narration to get us by. And yet as the story progresses...

The way that raiders attack the team makes me roll my eyes. Raiders and scavengers pursue combat tactics that make a mockery of the worldbuilding concept that survival outside settlements requires combat skills. Idiocy abounds.

Combat makes me roll my eyes. Guns are fired at the team in with plot armor giving the heroes everything they need to be safe, while the heroes manage to keep good aim. This happens again, and again.

At least the harem that started getting assembled in front of my eyes actually settled down. This doesn't end up being a book of harem smut, even with the eye-rolling two separate events of the vampire and vampire hunter rescuing a young, attractive sole survivor of a vampire massacre who has no reason to have been left either alive or alone. The simple set of events deserves its own criticism.

There are just so many things that the author could have done to make this a richer book. But the author hasn't done the work to develop rich characters, team dynamics, realistic (within system) combat, detailed social dynamics, or the like.

Don't spend your money (or at least not much) on this - there's better to be had.

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  • BikeVON
  • 22-07-19

Vampire wild west with a little romance

Damnit it felt good. Like a cold shot of vodka through every sinew of his body, infusing him with a clarity and heighten awareness. Turner West is a bonemaker. He has sliver threads under his skin through his muscles and bones. With his favorite blade, Old Mary, he can unmake any vampire. It takes skill to fight a vampire and Turner has that in spades. The story opens with the action of Turner unmaking a vampire and it continues nonstop. Turner is funny, chivalrous, principled, and has a deep respect for life.

Turner and Seth get along well. They met up at an opportune time because Turner’s car died. Seth pretty much agrees with everything that Turner says. Seth holds up his responsibilities in the partnership; carrying supplies and being an alarm system. Despite Seth being a horse (an intelligent animal companion), he was good at knowing when danger was near.
Karina saved Turner’s life. He and Karina spend time discussing what is a person. Is it someone with hopes, fears, and memories? If you must drink blood to sustain your life does that exclude you from being a person?

Turner is funny. When Karina started to count things off on her fingers, he realized to late, they were having an argument. He had to find the correct face to defuse the situation.
• Face 1: concern interest
• Face 2: gently sincerity
• Face 3: drawing admiration
He picked the wrong face.

In this post-apocalyptic world vampires run rampant, and people live in fortified towns. Civilization died and lawlessness rule. Vampires are migrating to the south. There is an inexplicable force that is pulling the vampires to Him. Anything in their path that is not Him insights vamps into a frenzy killing. Vampire are flocking to his call across the country and leaving death in their trail. There are religious and political fractions that want to exploit the situation. Turner and Karina want to stop it. I had a few questions:

• Question: How do you keep a vehicle gassed in a post-apocalyptic world?
• Question: What does Turner do with the bones he collects and why does he take them?
• Question: What makes some of the vampires bestial?
• Question: How does bonemaker operate on any organizational level?
Is there a bonemaker for a specific area?
Why did Turner become a bonemaker?
Is Turner the last of his kind?
Don’t be mad at me now for asking the questions.

I enjoyed story enough to get the next book. I had too many unanswered questions that I could not give it a 5 star.

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  • Seph
  • 22-07-19

MC sucks

not that good of a book one of the worst this author has written. The mc is a pansy vampire hunter that cant do his job and to be rescued by everyone else around him. he has no common sense or any brain's and everyone in his party are the same. this book was a shit show from the start.

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  • nick t
  • 28-04-21

nice read

I liked it action at every turn a few surprises but not bad. will recommend it to friends

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  • BuuBooKitti
  • 25-04-21

Not that great

If I had bought the book I would have requested a refund. The story was very slow and repetitive. The characters were not as developed as I would have thought considering the theme of the story. I will try to listen to the next book, but it took me 3 tries to finish this one.

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  • Jokerman022000
  • 16-04-21

Good story until the explicit sex scene

Good story. I like Seth. However the sex scene is pretty graphic. I had to stop listening. There should not be more detail in the sex scenes than there is in your world building

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  • JK
  • 16-06-20

Pretty Good.

The story is a good listen and it is well performed. My only complaint is that it felt it should’ve been a little longer.