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Break of Dawn: Vampire Babylon Book Three by Chris Marie Green
Review by Beth Slater
Ace Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016297
Date: 02 September 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

In book three of the Vampire Babylon trilogy, the team is still devastated by their encounter with the Vampire Killer. Dawn Madison and her new family must forge on to find the nest of the Vampire Underground – where Dawn suspects her mother is now hiding with her master. The team is still searching for Dawn's missing father, but Dawn's developing feelings for her mysterious new boss Jonah and the seemingly tamer Matt Lonigan, a local PI, are complicating her ability to think clearly, much less act rationally. When Dawn is suddenly driven from her refuge she doesn't know where to turn or who to trust – or which offer she should accept…

There are so many sub-plots to follow in this trilogy it's not funny. The characters are easy to follow until you get to this book, but things start to get a little murky part of the way through this one. Eva, Dawn's mother, has kidnapped Frank, Dawn's father and Dawn is trying to rescue him and kill her mother. But Eva is still her mother, so Dawn's conflicted. Unbeknownst to Dawn, she has forged a relationship with the master of the Underground, Benedikte, who has become Matt Lonigan in the hopes of winning Dawn's love. Eva is under orders to bring Dawn to the Underground – the last place Dawn wants to go, unless it is to rescue Frank.

Jonah is counting on Eva's love for Dawn – or obsession with her, whichever it may be – to finally give away the location of the Underground so that he may destroy it and confront the Master behind it. But Dawn and Kiko don't understand the why – why is it so important to kill them and why is Jonah so obsessed with hunting them down? And who are the Friends? Using Kiko's powers, Dawn is thrust into a violent vision of the past which answers their questions, and then some. Jonah uses this act to fight with Dawn about her invasion of privacy, and while forcing the argument with Dawn that drives her from his house and protection, he places a locater on her in hopes of her being taken to the secret place.

Will life overcome death and love overcome loyalty?

I'm afraid I tired of this trilogy long before it ended. I can't explain exactly what did it, or at what point, but the only reason I finished it was because I couldn't figure out how it could possibly end. And the author does some quick thinking, I have to admit. But I won't be picking up the next trilogy she plans to write in this world, because it simply was not to my taste. I think I need more humor and less inner angst maybe, but I could not connect with the characters. It was an interesting mix of traditional and new beliefs on vampirism, though.

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