• Lifeblood

  • The Vampire Files, Book 2
  • By: P. N. Elrod
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (465 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Fleming was an investigative journalist in Prohibition-era Chicago until he got shot by an unknown assassin, bitten by his vampire girlfriend, and then became one of the undead. Now, this nice-guy nosferatu has a bunch of crazy vampire hunters on his trail, armed with crosses, silver bullets, and sharp wooden stakes.

He doesn't know how they found out about him or why they are "out for his blood," but it's not a problem for this street-wise gumshoe, until someone starts shooting. Jack himself may be bulletproof, but his friends are not. And Jack is determined to get some answers, even if it kills him - again. It's a case of the living versus the undead. But who's hunting whom?

Investigate more Vampire Files.
©1990 P. N. Elrod (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Elrod s got it down. A blend of the hard-boiled detective novel and the vampire tale...good-natured fun." ( Locus)

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Not as good as the first, but still pretty good

The title says it all. The novel is good and entertaining but just lacks a bit of the grittiness of the first novel. We do get to learn more about the main character and some of the past of the woman who made him a vampire. This one is a lot less dark and a lot more predictable than the previous book, hence the lower rating .

You could read this one as a stand alone but it will be more enjoyable if read following the first novel. Once again, the main character is pretty much the only supernatural element of the story. That's not a bad thing, just how it is. The main character does come off a bit more sappy and weak than in the first one but still makes a good main character. I hope the author toughens him up a bit in later stories.

Alll in all, it is still a very good book and definitely worth a listen. Just be aware there are about 12 novels in this series so if you get hooked you may be buying a lot of books. ;)

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Not Great

Kinda drags along.......then ends abruptly. Seriously disappointed after plowing through the drudgery, only to have such an incomplete ending.

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Lifeblood, meh….

I started listening to this book about a week ago, which just so happened to be a very busy week so I wasn’t able to devote much time to it, but last night I was determined to finish it.

This pains me to have to say this, but, the book was s-l-o-w and I’m guessing this was deliberately done to set the mood. However, it was too slow and I was disappointed with the main character, Jack Fleming he was excruciatingly dumb I was hoping that at some point he would wise up and and find his brain and act accordingly, maybe use some of those investigative talents he boasted about.

Would I recommend this book, yes and no, if you’re looking for a slow relaxing book to be narrated by a man with a soothing voice, then yes. However, if you’re looking for a action packed blood dripping vampire fangs, nope, not the book for you or me.

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Better than reading it

I started reading this series in the 90's. I still have the first 5 books in paperback. I love that I can listen to this series now while I do other things. If you haven't read the series and you like Chicago history I think you will enjoy these stories.

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So enjoying this series

I was turned on to this series from a short story. I like the variation of just enough supernatural to make it believable. I'm especially glad that I can binge to catch up! Onward!

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Awesome detective story

I love vampires and I love suspense, P N Elrod does a wonderful job of combining both. Terrific book and I can't wait until you get more of the Vampire Files on the site.

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  • 04-07-22

I’m loving the Jack Fleming series!

Lifeblood has been a real “page turner” from start to finish! I’m not going to go into details or spoilers, but each character is fleshing out as this totally engaging series unfolds. And oh man! Barrett Whitener is the perfect voice of Jack! Enjoy!

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Fun, entertaining, adventurous!

Lifeblood
(Vampire Files #2)
by P.N. Elrod
This is another re-read for me. I love this series and forgot just how good it was until diving into it again! It's a 1930's vampire story with show girls, mobs, and the vampire's best friend that's a PI. It's A short for a novel but contains everything a longer novel has!

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it was fun

Not a bad story. I like Jack (the main character). The 2nd book was good, but felt a little drawn out. I plan of getting the 3rd installment.

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Most Inept Vampire Since What We Do in Shadows

If the massive holes in the plot don’t drive you insane then the absolute flailing ineptitude of this vampire certainly will. His reticence to kill people who are determined to kill him is also a frustration. Imagine the most pathetic beta-male from middle-school and you will be able to describe the main character.

The writing is decent, but read at the risk of extreme frustration if you hate Swiss cheese plots and inept characters who seem incapable of learning from their mistakes.

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  • 09-27-21

Gritty book

2rd book in a grate series what seems to be getting better as it goes

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  • J
  • 05-15-14

Great Series

Would you listen to Lifeblood again? Why?

Yes ....Good story telling through out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lifeblood?

Good twist at the end...

Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes.. Narrates with good range ...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

VPI (vampire private eye)

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  • Sol Solaris
  • 03-11-20

very happy

i have listened to this audiobook more then 20 times on my partner's account. I love it and am now purchasing for myself. P n elrod is emazing and listening to jacks adventures is the highlight of my days.