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Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20)
Hit List - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer. — But some monsters are very real -- and even to speak their name can ear...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515150896
ISBN-10: 0515150894
Publication Date: 5/29/2012
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Ive followed this series for years and loved most of it, but my opinion of this book is not good at all.

There are three real issues with this book, the first is one that other reviewers have remarked on and that is in the construction of the story itself. Here we have a story that is ostensibly a return to Anitas roots as a US Marshall involved in a manhunt but very little time is given to that in this book. Instead we have chapters of banter between Anita and the boys and the manhunt is reduced to a few chapters of largely incoherent action at the end almost as if the author realized she had a deadline to meet and decided to just wrap it up.

The second problem I had with this book is how terribly myopic and narcissistic the character of Anita Blake has become the perfect example of this issue is Anitas response to the return of Otto/Olaf. Instead of being disgusted by the fact that one of the vilest serial killers she has ever met is still alive and on the loose, all she can think about is what it means to her personally and how she can use him to her own ends. Earlier incarnations of Anita Blake would have happily put a bullet through his brain on general principal alone but this version of Anita isnt at all concerned about justice or protection for his victims rather, all she cares about is whether or not Otto/Olaf is going to make a play to get her into bed.

Whether this change in Anitas character is a deliberate design of the author to show just how far from the path of righteous savior Anita has strayed, remains to be seen. Id like to think that there will be a moral reckoning for Anita in respect to the violence and indifference to the brutalization of the lives of people she is not in love with however, the only moral considerations Ive seen Anita make recently have been about sex and really, what does a little nookie matter in comparison to lives?

The third issue I had with this book is the way in which all of the other women were portrayed as inferior. A particularly offensive scene was in the hospital when all of the female staff were gushing over Anitas bodyguards and the US Marshalls like a bunch of teenagers at a Justin Bieber event. These are all educated and accomplished women, yet theyre reduced to quivering, slobbering hormones at the sight of attractive men. The author needs to find a different way to elevate Anita without denigrating other women in the story its base, its objectification and its just plain old fashioned offensive.

I believe there has been some comparison between Hit List with Obsidian Butterfly and thats a shame because Obsidian Butterfly is a well-balanced installment in the series that skillfully mixed suspense, horror, magic and a manhunt into a page-turner whereas Hit List is a book that would probably never have found a publisher if it was penned by a first time author.
reviewed Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20) on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
It was nice visiting with Anita again but I must say I missed her guys, specifically Jean-Claude, Nathaniel and Micah. They didn't have a cameo in this one. So sad. Otherwise, this book ended a lingering menace in Anita's life, and created a new one for her, which I must say I am looking forward to seeing what happens with that. The sex was minimal, which I also appreciated, and Anita still ended up bringing a new guy home. This book seemed more like a something to carry the storyline to the next step, rather than a major contributor to the storyline. I would still recommend it, if you are a fan.
reviewed Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20) on + 207 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Absolutely love this series. I'm excited to see the repercussions of this book! Super fantastic! Drives me nuts to have to wait so long between books.

This book goes back to the older Anita days. Less sexy time, more hunting.

This book leaves so many avenues to explore, all very interesting!

If you've recently lost faith in the Anita series, I think this book will bring you back!
reviewed Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I was hoping this would get Anita back on track. I was wrong. I like Edwards character, but want the dynamics between Jean Claude and Richard. All we got in the last book was an agreed group sex and no resolution to the feeling they have for each other. In this one we continue with the posturing, no one answering a question directly, everything is a challenge, male law enforcement only commenting about who she has sex with. I had to stop about half way through, skip to the end and find the resolution - 40 pages of a shoot out where nothing happens is just boring. I don't know if I'll pick up the next one if the guys aren't in it. I don't even care about Micah, Nathaniel and that lot. We need some action with or closure with JC and Richard. 20 books of dragging this along is enough.
reviewed Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20) on + 90 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I love Anita Blake series. In this book there is less sex and more like a building of the next couple of books. Really how long can Olaf live now that he is more than human, he is a sick, sick, sick, sick serial killer. There is also a new edge to Anita's friend Edward/Ted Forrester which is escallating in each new installment. I can forgive the rush at the end because the entire books seems to me to be building block to new adventures of a very deadly nature. It also gave Anita only two lovers that cover all of her tigers, much easier to handle when there are so many tigers for her to deal with internally. I also really like Ethan and there is interesting connection developing between one of her other lovers and Olaf. Just briefly mentioned but I can see it playing a huge role in killing Olaf and we all know he must die. Not the most action packed, not my favorite but you will want to read this book if you are a fan of Anita Blake series. PS Don't look to closely at the morality and portrayal of individual charactors in these books (sometimes it is all about Anita and not peripheral characters). . . I read a few reviews that have taken some offense . . . This if fiction and we are all adults enough to realize that . . . I hope.
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reviewed Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 20) on + 57 more book reviews
Finally, Anita Blake is back to fighting monsters and doing something besides sex. Don't get me wrong, Hamilton writes great sex scenes, but it's nice to have a little bit of plot to read this time too. More like the original volumes. It still was lacking the drive and pace of her earlier books, but it was an improvement. I'm a huge fan of this series but I was beginning to think it was not going to find its way back. Hope Book 21 is even better!

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