A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix
Publication Date: January 8th 2008
Paperback, 416 pages
HIS NAME IS DANTE.
Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination.
HIS PAST IS A MYSTERY.
F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orleans, Club Hell, and Dante. But the dangerously attractive musician not only resists her investigation, he claims to be "nightkind": in other words, a vampire. Digging into his past for answers reveals little. A juvenile record a mile long. No social security number. No known birth date. In and out of foster homes for most of his life before being taken in by a man named Lucien DeNoir, who appears to guard mysteries of his own.
HIS FUTURE IS CHAOS.
What Heather does know about Dante is that something links him to the killer -- and she's pretty sure that link makes him the CCK's next target. Heather must unravel the truth about this sensual, complicated, vulnerable young man -- who, she begins to believe, may indeed be a vampire -- in order to finally bring a killer to justice. But Dante's past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it is revealed not even Heather will be able to protect him from his destiny....
I have really mixed feelings about this book.There were things that i really liked and other that really ruined it for me.
First of all this book is quite well written.I mean with so many points of view and narrators for a story not to become a complete mess is quite an accomplish.But still,i kind of lost my track of the story way too many times and that's something i don't like in any book.Especially at the beggining i was constantly thinking "what's going on here???" and although as the story progressed i was left with less questionmarks, up untill the end there were points i was feeling completely lost.But as i said,with so many narrators in a story that's quite understandable and once more i'd like to state that i don't like my books being written from many points of view,it's just not my favourite thing so i might be a little prejudiced towards this fact.
I also liked every single character in this book.I may not like so many narrators but one thing is for sure.If the writer is skilled,then the many points of view help him/her illuminate every aspect of the books' characters.I liked the psychological insight of Dante and E most of all.It was consistent with their story and all those details helped the story to progress more smoothly.
Another think i liked,was the fact that this story is quite original.It's more of a detective-mystery story with some paranormal elements thrown in,something i haven't come across in any book i have read.Vampires and paranormal elements are not a hidden society,nor a fact that many know.They just exist,in plain sight and it's up to you to believe in them or not.
Heather also,is a fabulous character,just the right heroine for this kind of story.She's strong,independent,smart, with empathy,all characteristics that made her the right person to pursue a serial killer trough all this unatural circumstances.Dante,was sexy as hell!!!His troubled past ant the way he dealt with his problems made him even more appealing.And although the romantic element in this book wasn't too strong,the romantic scene between them was among the best i've ever read.It had the right amount of sexiness and tenderness most authors fail to attribute to their sex scenes.
But,although i was totally hooked in the middle of the book,in the last pages i was quite tired.I was tired of the conspiracies and the murder attempts and i just felt that the end should have come about 30 or 50 pages earlier.But maybe that's just me.
To sum it up,it's a book worth reading,due to it's original story and well written scenes but not a book that i was mad about it.I suppose i will read sometime the next books in the series mostly because of the wonderful main characters Phoenix has created.