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On a cross-country journey to hell, fear is the engine and vengeance is the destination as Christopher Rice’s Amazon Charts bestselling series continues. As the test subject of an experimental drug, Charlotte Rowe was infused with extraordinary powers. As the secret weapon of a mysterious consortium, she baits evil predators and stops them in their tracks. But it takes more On a cross-country journey to hell, fear is the engine and vengeance is the destination as Christopher Rice’s Amazon Charts bestselling series continues. As the test subject of an experimental drug, Charlotte Rowe was infused with extraordinary powers. As the secret weapon of a mysterious consortium, she baits evil predators and stops them in their tracks. But it takes more than fear to trigger what’s coursing through Charlotte’s blood. She needs to be terrorized. Serial killer Cyrus Mattingly is up to the task. Cyrus is a long-haul truck driver, and his cargo bay is a gallery of horrors on wheels. To stop his bloodshed, Charlotte will become his next victim, reining in her powers so she can face each of his evils in turn. As much as they know about Cyrus—his method of selecting victims, his prolonged rituals—there is something they don’t. What happens on the dark and lonely highways is only the journey. It’s the destination that’s truly depraved. Before she can unleash vengeance on a scale this killer has never seen, Charlotte and her team will have to go the distance into hell.


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On a cross-country journey to hell, fear is the engine and vengeance is the destination as Christopher Rice’s Amazon Charts bestselling series continues. As the test subject of an experimental drug, Charlotte Rowe was infused with extraordinary powers. As the secret weapon of a mysterious consortium, she baits evil predators and stops them in their tracks. But it takes more On a cross-country journey to hell, fear is the engine and vengeance is the destination as Christopher Rice’s Amazon Charts bestselling series continues. As the test subject of an experimental drug, Charlotte Rowe was infused with extraordinary powers. As the secret weapon of a mysterious consortium, she baits evil predators and stops them in their tracks. But it takes more than fear to trigger what’s coursing through Charlotte’s blood. She needs to be terrorized. Serial killer Cyrus Mattingly is up to the task. Cyrus is a long-haul truck driver, and his cargo bay is a gallery of horrors on wheels. To stop his bloodshed, Charlotte will become his next victim, reining in her powers so she can face each of his evils in turn. As much as they know about Cyrus—his method of selecting victims, his prolonged rituals—there is something they don’t. What happens on the dark and lonely highways is only the journey. It’s the destination that’s truly depraved. Before she can unleash vengeance on a scale this killer has never seen, Charlotte and her team will have to go the distance into hell.

30 review for Blood Victory

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I don't know how he does it, but Chris Rice just keeps getting better with each Burning Girl novel. In Bone Music, we're introduced to Charlotte, or Charley, and she becomes the burning girl. In Blood Echo, we get a little more background on the characters, are introduced to new characters, and pretty much set up what happens next. In this latest installment, there is so much action, tension, and overall fast pacing that you better buckle up, because it doesn't let up until the very end. Technic I don't know how he does it, but Chris Rice just keeps getting better with each Burning Girl novel. In Bone Music, we're introduced to Charlotte, or Charley, and she becomes the burning girl. In Blood Echo, we get a little more background on the characters, are introduced to new characters, and pretty much set up what happens next. In this latest installment, there is so much action, tension, and overall fast pacing that you better buckle up, because it doesn't let up until the very end. Technically Blood Victory can be read as a standalone, but I feel like you'd be missing so much crucial background information that spans the course of the three books by skipping ahead. Part of the reason I keep coming back to these books is my fondness and connection to the characters, primary and secondary alike, and you'd really be doing yourself a disservice by missing out on this portion. If you enjoy science fiction thrillers where the science part feels like it could be 99.9% real, you should jump onto the hype train and join the Burning Girl fan club. As always, these books contain graphic violence and disturbing thematic elements, so reader discretion is advised. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4.5 stars So happy to report that this third book in Christopher Rice's Burning Girl series is another packed with adventure and a highly addictive page turner. Charley Rowe is back, once again infused with super powers due to an experimental drug, and on the hunt for serial killers. This time her target is Cyrus Mattingly, who not only is a murderer but also seems to be part of something even more evil and heinous. Directed by the consortium, a small group of billionaires looking to cash in on the 4.5 stars So happy to report that this third book in Christopher Rice's Burning Girl series is another packed with adventure and a highly addictive page turner. Charley Rowe is back, once again infused with super powers due to an experimental drug, and on the hunt for serial killers. This time her target is Cyrus Mattingly, who not only is a murderer but also seems to be part of something even more evil and heinous. Directed by the consortium, a small group of billionaires looking to cash in on the drug and its possible implications, they direct and try to control Charley and her boyfriend's actions. They encourage Charley to trigger, monitoring her constantly, so that the drug will generate the super human strength that turns Charley into an indestructible force. She is their test rat, the only person so far that the drug has not killed. Charley has her own demons that chase her and as the series progresses we learn more about her and the people who surround her. Charley allows herself to be captured by this heinous man who carries out his tortures in his tractor trailer cab. It's hair raising and gruesome the things that this monster has done, and how he has acquired his victims. But there is something else that Charley stumbles onto, something even more diabolical, malevolent, and wicked. Will Charley be able to stop the evil that surrounds Cyrus Mattingly or will this be the time she is unable to help those in peril? Exciting, scary, gruesome,and horrifying are the events in this book. However, if you enjoy a tightly told story that doesn't let up on the tension and has crushing details, this is a book and a series to indulge in. Mr Rice has once again captured the essence of evil and sent the heroic Charley in pursuit of justice and the end of perversity. Thank you to Christopher Rice, Thomas and Mercer, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book due out August 18, 2020.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    One of my favorite times of the year is when Christopher Rice novels are ready for reviewing. I love The Burning Girl series so much and am always impatiently waiting for a new one to pop up. Blood Victory will be released later this summer and it's safe to say that this series is well on it's way for a successful tenure. With Rice's previous release, Blood Echo, we saw a transitional time for our serial killing, drug enhanced superhero Charlotte. I wondered where the series would go as we v One of my favorite times of the year is when Christopher Rice novels are ready for reviewing. I love The Burning Girl series so much and am always impatiently waiting for a new one to pop up. Blood Victory will be released later this summer and it's safe to say that this series is well on it's way for a successful tenure. With Rice's previous release, Blood Echo, we saw a transitional time for our serial killing, drug enhanced superhero Charlotte. I wondered where the series would go as we ventured on to a formalized and powerful team, led by Cole and secretly having research provided by Noah. Blood Victory starts right off right after the events from Blood Echo—Charlotte, Luke, Cole, and now Noah are teaming up to not only test the power of Zypraxon (the drug that gives Charlotte superhuman strength and healing), but to also take down notorious serial killers around the country. The team focuses on Cyrus Mattingly—a seemingly dorky and nervous man who “gets his rocks off” on preying on women who are combative towards him. As the plan is in motion, the team is ill prepared for what seemed like an easy operation. This book is the most fast-paced in the trilogy and can easily be read in one sitting (like I did on the plane)!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    The third installment of the Burning Girl series and it's good - but dark and grisly like the other two! The same characters are back and and the mix of interactions is interesting - different allegiances and different agendas. Charley and Luke are in pursuit of a serial killer who chooses his victims in a particular way - women who speak up. There is a great deal of action and tension as the story progresses. The drug Zypraxon, developed by Noah, with its special characteristics is still a focu The third installment of the Burning Girl series and it's good - but dark and grisly like the other two! The same characters are back and and the mix of interactions is interesting - different allegiances and different agendas. Charley and Luke are in pursuit of a serial killer who chooses his victims in a particular way - women who speak up. There is a great deal of action and tension as the story progresses. The drug Zypraxon, developed by Noah, with its special characteristics is still a focus. I'm looking forward to another installment. Christopher Rice gets better and better! Thanks to Thomas & Mercer through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    Blood Victory is the third book in the Burning Girl series - I’m not sure if it’s meant to be a trilogy and that’s it, or if Charlotte and Luke will have further adventures using her drug-induced superpowers to trap serial killers. You definitely need to have read the previous books to understand everything going on here. Unfortunately I enjoyed Bone Music the most, was very disappointed by Blood Echo, and was a bit “meh” about this one - but I am clearly in the minority as it has lots of high-s Blood Victory is the third book in the Burning Girl series - I’m not sure if it’s meant to be a trilogy and that’s it, or if Charlotte and Luke will have further adventures using her drug-induced superpowers to trap serial killers. You definitely need to have read the previous books to understand everything going on here. Unfortunately I enjoyed Bone Music the most, was very disappointed by Blood Echo, and was a bit “meh” about this one - but I am clearly in the minority as it has lots of high-star reviews so maybe it’s just me. Six months after rescuing Luke from the terrorists who tortured and nearly killed him, Charley is ready to undertake another mission. Supervised once more by conflicted billionaire Cole Grayson, this time Luke is working with her, and had training to make him a near super-soldier. His brother Bailey is also working for Cole and has identified a trucker who’s been buying large quantities of the kinds of chemicals only people trying to dissolve bodies use, so Charley goes undercover as a potential victim. Needing to find his kill site in case any other women are being held captive, she must submit to the terror of capture to trigger the Zypraxon in her blood which will give her the strength to take him down; luckily Cyrus has perfected the art of terror with some truly horrible engineering - has Charley finally met her match? So my problem with the last book was that while there were super-exciting action sections, there were too many long winded talking parts that slowed the pace right down. This one had the same issues - a slow start, then it finally got going, then stopped as we jumped back fifty years to read about the killer’s mother. Don’t get me wrong, I like to know the baddie’s backstory but this one was particularly banal. Then there are endless scenes of Cole-Noah angst where we have to work out whether either of them can be trusted. I did like Zoey’s character but spent the second half of the book stressed about poor Boris, her cat - spoiler alert, he’s fine. I did like this one a bit better, hence 3 stars - I certainly got through it quicker as I was intrigued by exactly what Cyrus had planned for his “seedling”, and couldn’t wait for Charley to trigger and inflict her righteous vengeance. The relationship between Charley and Luke is refreshingly solid, and they are both likeable characters without the self-pity or self-doubt that often plague young adult heroes. The writing is fluid although there were various references I didn’t understand - it would’ve been preferable if the glossary at the end were at the beginning instead, especially for readers new to the series. Overall, this is an original series with intriguing plots and characters, a mix of thriller, horror and supernatural elements, and some very unpleasant baddies getting what they deserve, but let down by pacing and secondary character interactions that really aren’t all that interesting. I haven’t decided whether I will continue the series (if Rice writes more) in the hope that these issues improve. As mentioned, this has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews so don’t let my lukewarm review put you off if it sounds like your cup of tea. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc which allowed me to give an honest review. Blood Victory is available now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    3-1/2 stars In this entry of the series, Charley and company take on a long-haul trucker whose truck contains a twisted horror show that's only a prelude to what awaits his unwilling passengers at the end of the road. Though Charley is about the same (which is a good thing), I was glad to see some of the other characters developing after events that have transpired in the previous two books. Luke is a larger part of these secret operations now, which seems to have strengthened his and Charley's bo 3-1/2 stars In this entry of the series, Charley and company take on a long-haul trucker whose truck contains a twisted horror show that's only a prelude to what awaits his unwilling passengers at the end of the road. Though Charley is about the same (which is a good thing), I was glad to see some of the other characters developing after events that have transpired in the previous two books. Luke is a larger part of these secret operations now, which seems to have strengthened his and Charley's bond to each other. Cole is feeling more "human," and Noah finally seems to understand the repercussions of his actions that basically began this project that they're all stuck in together now. I was pretty much sucked right into this book from the beginning, and the suspense and action was a perfect pace to keep the reader engaged and turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I have enjoyed this series so far and hope there are more books to come, as I've grown attached to these characters. If you like thrillers with a supernatural thread to them, you should enjoy these books. But it's definitely necessary to read them in order to completely understand what's happening/has happened to these characters. I've said it before -- this series reminds me of older Dean Koontz books when it was about how good each individual book was, not filling the story with a bunch of nonsense to drag it out into a five-book series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Book 3 in the Burning Girl Series and so far it's a full five stars for EVERY BOOK IN THE SERIES. Rice has really launched this series forward in these three books and while you could likely read this as a standalone, I would STRONGLY recommend reading this from book one and it'll give you better understanding and deeper connection to the full story line. And trust me, readers, this is definitely a series where you want to know all the details. From being the stolen baby raised by serial killers, Book 3 in the Burning Girl Series and so far it's a full five stars for EVERY BOOK IN THE SERIES. Rice has really launched this series forward in these three books and while you could likely read this as a standalone, I would STRONGLY recommend reading this from book one and it'll give you better understanding and deeper connection to the full story line. And trust me, readers, this is definitely a series where you want to know all the details. From being the stolen baby raised by serial killers, to finding out she has been drugged with Zypraxon that gives her superhuman powers and luckily is the first to survive being triggered... to now trying to work with authorities to bring down other killers, Charlotte is a character you will absolutely love and to see these big transitions via only three books so far, it so impresses me how Rice does this without making time seem to move too fast, making the sci-fi part of it not convoluted but an added bonus to the scary parts of things we could potentially see happening in the future... I mean, I don't even know where to start in terms of how well crafted this series is. Side note to the author: I'm absolutely ok with snakes but that whole set up with the RATS... I physically wretched (which is also why I LOVED all of that as well - what can I say, I'm a sick person *wink*). The dirty birds in this story had quite the evil story to tell. I definitely do NOT want to be a seedling that someone else needs to plant. Not gonna lie, I absolutely loved this side of the story and I truly intrigued to see where this series continues in terms of future villains and from a certain new character that has all my must know hairs standing straight up. Rice has done it again and I'm telling y'all, you WANT to read this series. Get on it. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    Christopher Rice's Burning Girl series is without question one of my all-time favorites in the thriller genre. Blood Victory is the third book in the series, and it easily exceeded my expectations. The characters are diverse and complex. We have a strong female lead, tangled relationships, and conflicting emotions that add immense depth beyond the serial killer case at hand. The plot is intense, dark, thought-provoking, realistic, and not for the squeamish. Just the right amount of detail places u Christopher Rice's Burning Girl series is without question one of my all-time favorites in the thriller genre. Blood Victory is the third book in the series, and it easily exceeded my expectations. The characters are diverse and complex. We have a strong female lead, tangled relationships, and conflicting emotions that add immense depth beyond the serial killer case at hand. The plot is intense, dark, thought-provoking, realistic, and not for the squeamish. Just the right amount of detail places us in the midst of emotionally-charged scenes, with a sense of urgency throughout. I don't think this is the kind of series you want to jump into midway. The story works best if you're familiar with the intricacies, so definitely start with Bone Music, book one. *I received a review copy via NetGalley.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    John

    Three stars for a good read. Though the weakest entry of the series so far it still left me looking forward to the next book in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    While I admire other reviewers, writers, bloggers, and readers who voted much higher on this one I'm probably that one gal that's in the minority. I read Blood Echo and felt much the same as I did with Blood Victory just mediocre but nothing that really took off. Was it exciting? Adventurous? Thrilling? With suspects that were to die for? Well, yes but that spark was missing for me. The spark in which you ease along and lose track of time, flipping pages faster than pancakes, with an ending that ign While I admire other reviewers, writers, bloggers, and readers who voted much higher on this one I'm probably that one gal that's in the minority. I read Blood Echo and felt much the same as I did with Blood Victory just mediocre but nothing that really took off. Was it exciting? Adventurous? Thrilling? With suspects that were to die for? Well, yes but that spark was missing for me. The spark in which you ease along and lose track of time, flipping pages faster than pancakes, with an ending that ignites the whole house of cards. For me none of this was present as the exciting journey to catch this trucker that was getting his kicks on Route 66(hypothetically speaking) was weird. To make it worse, the idea that someone would go to such extremes to catch this nut, and try to pull it out being undercover, while he's running around drugging other people using bondage type devices or whatever with sexual innuendos and pleasures just wasn't my thing. Get ready for plenty of terror, torture, and what we shall call is the 'seedlings'.... Eighteen hours in a storm cellar while this horror played out was quite the scene.. Thank you to Christopher, the pub, NetGalley, and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna Szabó

    When I thought Charley’s serial killer finding missions couldn’t get any more sicker, weirder or crazier...I thought wrong. I was soooooooo wrong. Blood victory is more bloody and vicious than the previous books and I loved it so very much. 5 stars, obviously (I would give 5 million if it was possible). So, why did I like about Blood Victory? - the plot. Charley is back. She still has extraordinary powers when she takes Zypraxon. She hunts another serial killer. There is nothing new about this so When I thought Charley’s serial killer finding missions couldn’t get any more sicker, weirder or crazier...I thought wrong. I was soooooooo wrong. Blood victory is more bloody and vicious than the previous books and I loved it so very much. 5 stars, obviously (I would give 5 million if it was possible). So, why did I like about Blood Victory? - the plot. Charley is back. She still has extraordinary powers when she takes Zypraxon. She hunts another serial killer. There is nothing new about this so far, right? Cole and his team think they know everything about Cyrus Mattingly, the know his way of selecting the victims, they know about his rituals. And here comes the twist: there is something they do not know (I won’t tell what the twist is, sorry). And that something could be the difference between life or death not just for Charley but other victims as well. How crazy is this? - characters. The main characters are amazingly well-developed. They still change, develop into something better. Charley becomes more human, more emotional with every book, it’s like in the real world, the things that happen to her, be those good or bad things, they shape her. And not just her. Luke and Cole and even Noah go through life-changing experiences which shape them. I feel it easier to relate to them after every book, because with every story I get to find out something new about them. - Zypraxon and its effect on Charley. When she is on the pill, she is a superhero and I love superheroes. What I didn’t like about Blood Victory? I loved every word of it. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Avid Reader I am not sure if this is the last installment of Charlotte, Luke, Noah, and Bailey, but I would like to think that it is going to continue because one of the victims decides to work with them after they did themselves of two members of the Consortium because they wanted to kill Charlotte. Like proposes at the end, which is just lovely! This group of serial killers will make you cringe every time you see a box-shaped truck.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Charley is back and tracking her next serial killer. This fast paced story kept me on the edge of my seat right from the beginning. Christopher Rice has created another thrilling, terrifying, and mind blowing installment in the Burning Girl series. Must read series for fans of Dean Koontz. Can’t wait for more! *ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Azzurra Nox

    Blood Victory is the third book in the Burning Girl series and by far my favourite of the series. We follow the same cast of characters that we’ve been introduced to from the very beginning, Charley the only woman who can withhold a strong drug that enables her to have superhuman strength for 3 hours, in which she uses those powers to take down serial killers, since her own mother had been a victim of a serial killer couple, Luke, Charley’s ex-high school bully turned boyfriend who now helps her Blood Victory is the third book in the Burning Girl series and by far my favourite of the series. We follow the same cast of characters that we’ve been introduced to from the very beginning, Charley the only woman who can withhold a strong drug that enables her to have superhuman strength for 3 hours, in which she uses those powers to take down serial killers, since her own mother had been a victim of a serial killer couple, Luke, Charley’s ex-high school bully turned boyfriend who now helps her on her missions to take down the serial killers, Cole, an uber-rich guy who pays for Charley’s missions, and Noah the mad scientist that discovered the drug that enables Charley to have extraordinary strength. This third installment in the series is both very compelling and fast-paced. I was intrigued by the serial killers introduced in this book as opposed to the past ones, and I felt like our characters were a bit more fleshed out than in the previous books. I enjoyed being on the mission with Charley and wondering if she’d be able to take down the serial killers since she had so much going against her (I can’t say what, no spoilers!). Initially, I thought this series was going to be a trilogy, but by the way it ended, I have a feeling there are going to be more Burning Girl series books, and I’m not complaining! I highly recommend this if you’re into fast-paced action thrillers, this is Mission Impossible meets The Hulk with a dash of Silence of the Lambs. You won’t be disappointed! *Thank you so much to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela H.

    Thank you Netgalley for sharing this book with me in exchange for a honest review. I have read the Burning Girls since it was released. I absolutely love reading the book in the series. ** Oops....There is a Problem. In the first book, Charlotte becomes an unintended lab experiment. I loved how focus was on Charlotte. All the key characters are revealed - Noah, Cole, and Charlotte. ** Let's find a solution for the Problem In the second book, Charlotee undergoes a life changing experiment to test th Thank you Netgalley for sharing this book with me in exchange for a honest review. I have read the Burning Girls since it was released. I absolutely love reading the book in the series. ** Oops....There is a Problem. In the first book, Charlotte becomes an unintended lab experiment. I loved how focus was on Charlotte. All the key characters are revealed - Noah, Cole, and Charlotte. ** Let's find a solution for the Problem In the second book, Charlotee undergoes a life changing experiment to test the the use of the pill. The main focus was on Cole. Bailey and Luke are added to the team. ** Its time to test the solution for a bigger cause. In the third book, the experiment is tested in the public. Charlotte is luring a serial killer for justice. Cole's team is backing her up. It takes a team to succeed! Focus is on the entire team this time. It was as if the big picture is revealed. There are also concepts of team building, reconciliation, and romance incorporated in the book. (1) Cole reconciles with Noah. (2) Noah reconciles with Charlotte. (3) Bailey is reunited with his brother, Luke. I cant wait for the fourth book as the story continues.

  16. 4 out of 5

    L.G.

    I don't consider this book to be a stand-alone, so read Bone Music (Burning Girl, #1) first for the plot background as well as an introduction to most of the characters. Blood Echo takes place shortly after Bone Music concludes. Blood Victory takes place several months after Blood Echo. The graphic violence (serial killers, rape and domestic terrorism among other violence) described in this series might trigger some readers, so please be advised. Some of the science and technology seems to be mor I don't consider this book to be a stand-alone, so read Bone Music (Burning Girl, #1) first for the plot background as well as an introduction to most of the characters. Blood Echo takes place shortly after Bone Music concludes. Blood Victory takes place several months after Blood Echo. The graphic violence (serial killers, rape and domestic terrorism among other violence) described in this series might trigger some readers, so please be advised. Some of the science and technology seems to be more creative than factual, so don't be too concerned by the nerdy details. The story falls into both the thriller and the science fiction genres. I've read all 3 books within the last 2 months. The flow of the story in Blood Victory worked better for me than the first 2 books. A few hanging threads at the end gnaw at me. What did the two men in The Consortium (two of Cole's partners) discover? Exactly who is The Consortium's silent partner? In Blood Victory, Charlie has become more confident and less of a victim. I appreciate and applaud this character development! I look forward to possible future books in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    A well written, grisly and fast paced story that I found gripping and entertaining. Excellent world building and character development, a plot that kept me hooked. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Third installment in the burning girl series has Charlotte once again on the track of a deranged killer. Can she stop him in time or will she become his next victim?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Thrillers / Suspense *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Blood Victory, by author Christopher Rice, is the third installment in the authors Burning Girl series. In this installment, Charlotte Rowe goes after Cyrus Mattingly and those like him who pick up women who are never heard from again. You can call it human trafficking if you like since the chosen women are taken long distances to a secret place where Mother has set up shop. Charlotte's plan is to lure Cyrus to targeting her b *Source* Publisher *Genre* Thrillers / Suspense *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Blood Victory, by author Christopher Rice, is the third installment in the authors Burning Girl series. In this installment, Charlotte Rowe goes after Cyrus Mattingly and those like him who pick up women who are never heard from again. You can call it human trafficking if you like since the chosen women are taken long distances to a secret place where Mother has set up shop. Charlotte's plan is to lure Cyrus to targeting her by pretending to be someone else, and then hopefully he can lead Charlotte and her team, which includes Cole Graydon, the CEO of Graydon Pharmaceuticals, Noah Turlington, who returns to the series, Luke & Bailey Prescott, to Cyrus' base of operation. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Could not get into the story, too much happening. I didn't like it. Couldn't finish it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Burning Girl is back! Christopher Rice has given us another great Burning Girl story with Blood Victory. "Charlotte Rowe has extraordinary power after surviving an experimental drug. Now she hunts predators and serial killers with the help of her boyfriend, Luke and Cole Graydon, the head of Graydon Pharmaceuticals. They believe Cyrus Mattingly has been killing girls for years. But they don't know where his kill zone is. So Charlotte must let Cyrus take her - in the back of his 'horror-show' truc Burning Girl is back! Christopher Rice has given us another great Burning Girl story with Blood Victory. "Charlotte Rowe has extraordinary power after surviving an experimental drug. Now she hunts predators and serial killers with the help of her boyfriend, Luke and Cole Graydon, the head of Graydon Pharmaceuticals. They believe Cyrus Mattingly has been killing girls for years. But they don't know where his kill zone is. So Charlotte must let Cyrus take her - in the back of his 'horror-show' truck, so that he can be stopped. But something Cyrus says makes them question everything..." The action and tension is non-stop. Charlotte (or Charley) will do what it takes to stop these guys ffrom killing again. The device that Cyrus uses to keep girls subdued in back of the truck is horrifying. Some great imagination from Rice, but if you're squeamish about rats and snakes and spiders, you'll be very uncomfortable. Along the way we get some of Cyrus's backstory and some about the mysterious Mother. Rice brings in characters called the Consortium that have their own agenda and creates more tension. We get to see Charley be the Burning Girl. And there's more great technology. I like that Rice allows the characters to grow and change. It makes the series more enjoyable. I raced through this in a couple of days. Out in August, you will definitely want to read this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tina Fortensky

    Bit of a letdown I waited pretty patiently for this final book and it was a letdown for me. Too predictable. I was hoping for some major twists, but it just wrapped everything up like happily ever after

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pisces51

    My Review 3.5 Stars *** I pre-ordered this final installment of Rice's trilogy (THE BURNING GIRL BOOK 3) and just finished reading it a few nights ago. I was absolutely blown away with the introductory novel [BONE MUSIC 2018], and it was my opinion that the second book [BLOOD ECHO 2019] was also outstanding, although I took exception to Rice's obvious politicization of the plot line. BLOOD VICTORY is not in the same league as the first two BURNING GIRL BOOKS. Let's just get that said right out of My Review 3.5 Stars *** I pre-ordered this final installment of Rice's trilogy (THE BURNING GIRL BOOK 3) and just finished reading it a few nights ago. I was absolutely blown away with the introductory novel [BONE MUSIC 2018], and it was my opinion that the second book [BLOOD ECHO 2019] was also outstanding, although I took exception to Rice's obvious politicization of the plot line. BLOOD VICTORY is not in the same league as the first two BURNING GIRL BOOKS. Let's just get that said right out of the gate. The primary protagonist of this series IS the "Burning Girl" notably Charlotte Rowe A.K.A. "Charley". She is barely mentioned in approximately the first one-third of the book. It is true that by this point in the narrative Charley had made the necessary connection with the serial killer ("Cyrus Mattingly") in order for him to nab her in accordance with the first stage of the plan to bring him down. We also "meet" a victim named Zoey in this first third of the book. That said, most of the author's prose is spent illuminating the back story while focusing mostly on the Consortium, its technology, and the complicated relationship between Cole, the CEO of Grayson Chemicals and his former lover/partner Noah AKA Dylan. There may be a reference or two to the enigmatic Scott Durham, Cole's "right hand man" for security, Charley's boyfriend Luke (now a part of the entourage after intensive physical combat, weapon's training, and being equipped with the latest "toys"). The author devotes a lot of time (literally) in character development of the main villain (and what amounts to more of a criminal enterprise involving several moving parts as opposed to a lone wolf serial killer). This is accomplished by alternating timelines between past and present to illustrate the evolution of this book's psycho.It was fascinating that the author incorporated the massive tornado that struck Lubbock, Texas, on May 11, 1970, an event that changed meteorology forever,to flesh out the back story of his sadistic puppet master in this thriller. The action finally escalates when Charley is inadvertently "triggered" during her time as a restrained, isolated, and tormented passenger on the "torture truck" headed to an unknown destination in Amarillo, Texas. Her kidnapper leaves the cab and prepares to enter the compartment area when he discovers one of the snakes torn in two. "Torn. The word keeps pulsing in his brain, bringing with it a cold wash of fear in the pit of his stomach and tension all along his shoulders. There is something in here that can tear a snake in half. Suddenly afraid to push the divider back any farther, Cyrus raises the Taser at the narrow sliver of pale-blue light before him. What happens next happens so quickly he can barely give it a chronology..." But the focus is shifted back to Cole and Noah (AKA Dylan) when this reader wanted more of the story line to focus squarely on Charley and Luke. The pair are on their own by this time and rushing headlong into an unknown, potentially dangerous confrontation with Heaven knows WHO or WHAT. They are quickly closing in on a mystery destination that is known only to their restrained, banged up, and terrified serial killer Cyrus Mattingly. It was apparent by this time that at the heart of this third installment of the trilogy is a love story between Cole and the previously ostracized Noah. It's not that I am opposed to a romantic tale between two gay guys against a colorful backdrop of sci-fi and dangerous international intrigue. However, it isn't why I bought BONE MUSIC and BLOOD ECHO, and certainly not why I pre-ordered BLOOD VICTORY. The novel is at approximately the 75% mark when Charley and Luke are closing the gap between the highway and their unknown destination. The duo must use their past experience, intelligence and pretty much all the tools at their disposal to "crack" the code that will make their unwilling remorseless murderer reveal what they need to know. Charley's exploits during the climax of the chase into Texas to find the farm where more victims await rescue is truly great stuff. I loved it and the author's creative imagination really shined in these action-packed pages which chronicle Charley's fight at the end of her journey. She finds herself, a powerful and lethal "Angel" for good, in an isolated, shrouded stronghold, and facing a demented manipulator of men's bodies and minds that has made them carry out an agenda of pure evil. I've tried to avoid any SPOILERS in this review since BLOOD VICTORY was just released this month. There is actually a lot of GOOD in this novel, namely the opportunity to learn more about Charley, and what's in her heart and mind. In this last book, she takes on more than she bargained for with the sociopathic Cyrus Mattingly emerging as only one man in a destructive pact of crazies that are responsible for horrific killings that had been claiming young lives unimpeded and in total anonymity for a decade. Second, I would also award Kudos to Rice for his truly original serial killer(s) in this one. His creative imagination was in overdrive for this one!!! Readers may never hear Simon & Garfunkel's Sound Of Silence and react the same way! Thirdly, without saying too much, I really liked the outcome that resulted for the female victim ("Zoey") that the reader was introduced to in the book and made privy to her fate in the hands of the psychotics before and after her arrival in the Texas killing grounds. The only caveat is the author's well written and tastefully portrayed love affair between the tortured Cole and the brilliant, aloof scientific genius Dr. Dylan Turlington ("Noah"). In my opinion it loomed too large and overshadowed the narrative of Charley and her last mission in this final book of the trilogy. IMAGINATIVE FINAL ACTION-PACKED ASSIGNMENT FOR THE BURNING GIRL, BUT FOCUS NOT ON CHARLEY

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe Jeziel

    So excited for this!!!! I was wondering when the next book would be out!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 --- Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Really enjoyed this one! Started in one direction and then ended somewhere completely different. I wasn't expecting all the twists and turns and the direction everything took. I like to see the team building slowly and the relationship between Noah and Cole is interesting, though I'm still having a hard time seeing past the utter creepy violating shit Noah pulled in the past. So not sure how I feel ab So excited for this!!!! I was wondering when the next book would be out!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 --- Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Really enjoyed this one! Started in one direction and then ended somewhere completely different. I wasn't expecting all the twists and turns and the direction everything took. I like to see the team building slowly and the relationship between Noah and Cole is interesting, though I'm still having a hard time seeing past the utter creepy violating shit Noah pulled in the past. So not sure how I feel about their relationship- especially because I like Cole. I think this is the most I've ever liked Charlie. She really just went full on in this book, and I respect it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, it seems like this team is slowly coming together!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ray Palen

    I had mentioned in a prior review that Charlotte Rowe, The Burning Girl, was sort of like the grown-up version of the little girl in Stephen King's novel FIRESTARTER. Over the course of now three novels in this series, Christopher Rice has developed this character to the point where she has become much more than a young lady with exceptional powers. An experimental drug may have given her these abilities but she has grown to become so much more. Rather than using her powers for ill will, Charlott I had mentioned in a prior review that Charlotte Rowe, The Burning Girl, was sort of like the grown-up version of the little girl in Stephen King's novel FIRESTARTER. Over the course of now three novels in this series, Christopher Rice has developed this character to the point where she has become much more than a young lady with exceptional powers. An experimental drug may have given her these abilities but she has grown to become so much more. Rather than using her powers for ill will, Charlotte has decided to use them to take down human monsters. She worked for a mysterious consortium that attempted to keep her in check. Sometimes, though, Charlotte's desire to stop the bad guys got in the way of her own good sense, as well as the directions of her 'handlers'. The bad guy in Charlotte's crosshairs early on in the novel is a serial killer/truck driver named Cyrus Mattingly. Cyrus loved to stalk out female prey inside the darkened confines of movie theaters. It will be inside one of these very theaters that he will come into contact with Charlotte Rowe, operating under the assumed name of Hailey Brinkmann. Charlotte had been studying Cyrus and knew his modus operendi. He had no idea who Charlotte Rowe was but did become familiar with Hailey Brinkmann who he decided would be his next victim. Charlotte wants to make this as easy as possible for Cyrus to do, confident that she would be able to get out of any situation he could ever put her in. One of her handlers, Cole, had researched Cyrus Mattingly to turn up no living family or friends. All they knew is that he was a loner and trucker who has grown up as a teen on a ranch somewhere in Lubbock, Texas. Charlotte allows herself to be abducted and wakes up in what she believes to be his truck. She is surprised when Cyrus does not try anything physical or sexual with her. She needs to dig deeper to find out what his game is. It was a shock when, rather quickly, Charlotte turns the tables on Cyrus and confines him. Her goal, initially, is to see if he has any other young women held somewhere against their will. She also wants to learn what his next move was going to be. Cyrus of course is a sick man who refers to the young women he abducts as 'seedlings'. Charlotte realizes that seedlings are used to grow something and this must be the big plan or secret he is holding from her. It is at this point where we enter Part III of the novel and literally go down the rabbit hole. I must hand it to Christopher Rice because he veers completely away from a science-fiction Burning Girl story-line or a typical serial killer story. Cyrus begins to talk about 'Momma' and the fact that the girls he captures may be brought to her --- more specifically, to her ranch. The story jumps back to Lubbock, Texas in the year 1969 and we get to learn all about who 'Momma' is --- and I can only tell you it is quite a wild and disturbing ride. This entry in The Burning Girl series is clearly unlike any of the others and this opens up so many new doors for where Christopher Rice can take this story if he continues to keep up with it. I, for one, hope that he does because there are so many other human monsters and dark tales out there just waiting for Charlotte Rowe to take care of. Reviewed by Ray Palen for Book Reporter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    I had mentioned in a prior review that Charlotte Rowe, aka “Burning Girl,” was sort of like the grown-up version of the little girl in Stephen King's novel, FIRESTARTER. An experimental drug may have given Charlotte exceptional powers, but she has grown to become so much more in Christopher Rice’s series. Rather than use these abilities for ill will, Charlotte has decided to use them to take down human monsters. She works for a mysterious consortium that attempts to keep her in check. Sometimes, I had mentioned in a prior review that Charlotte Rowe, aka “Burning Girl,” was sort of like the grown-up version of the little girl in Stephen King's novel, FIRESTARTER. An experimental drug may have given Charlotte exceptional powers, but she has grown to become so much more in Christopher Rice’s series. Rather than use these abilities for ill will, Charlotte has decided to use them to take down human monsters. She works for a mysterious consortium that attempts to keep her in check. Sometimes, though, Charlotte's desire to stop the bad guys gets in the way of her own good sense, as well as the directions of her “handlers.” Early on in BLOOD VICTORY, the bad guy in her crosshairs is a serial killer/truck driver named Cyrus Mattingly. Cyrus loves to stalk out female prey inside the darkened confines of movie theaters. It will be inside one of these theaters that he will come into contact with Charlotte, who is operating under the assumed name of Hailey Brinkmann. Charlotte has been studying Cyrus and knows his modus operandi. He decides that Hailey will be his next victim. She wants to make this as easy as possible for Cyrus, confident that she will be able to get out of any situation in which she finds herself. One of her handlers, Cole Grayson, has researched Cyrus to turn up no living family or friends. All they know is that he is a loner and a trucker who grew up on a ranch somewhere in Lubbock, Texas. Charlotte allows herself to be abducted and wakes up in what she believes to be Cyrus’ truck. She is surprised when he does not try anything physical or sexual with her, so she needs to dig deeper to find out what his game is. It is a shock when, rather quickly, she turns the tables on him and confines him. She wants to see if he has any other young women held somewhere against their will and what his next move is going to be. Cyrus is a sick man who refers to the young women he abducts as “seedlings.” Charlotte realizes that seedlings are used to grow something, and this must be the big plan or secret he is holding from her. It is at this point that we enter the third part of the novel and literally go down the rabbit hole. I must hand it to Rice because he veers away completely from a science fiction or typical serial killer storyline. Cyrus begins to talk about “Momma” and that the girls he captures may be brought to her --- more specifically, to her ranch. The story then jumps back to Lubbock in 1969, and we get to learn all about who “Momma” is --- and I can only tell you that it is quite a wild and disturbing ride. BLOOD VICTORY is unlike the previous two volumes, BONE MUSIC and BLOOD ECHO, which opens up countless new doors for Rice. I hope that he continues the series because there are so many other human monsters and dark tales out there just waiting for Charlotte Rowe to tackle. Reviewed by Ray Palen

  27. 4 out of 5

    John McKenna

    An electrifying Sci-Fi thriller in which an ordinary woman named Charlotte Rowe becomes the unwitting test subject for a secret experimental drug. It gives her super-human strength and the ability to instantly heal any sickness or wound, no matter how grievous or life-threatening. Unfortunately however, the effect is only temporary. After three and a half hours, like Cinderella, Charlotte Rowe returns to her everyday self. The drug, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, is owned An electrifying Sci-Fi thriller in which an ordinary woman named Charlotte Rowe becomes the unwitting test subject for a secret experimental drug. It gives her super-human strength and the ability to instantly heal any sickness or wound, no matter how grievous or life-threatening. Unfortunately however, the effect is only temporary. After three and a half hours, like Cinderella, Charlotte Rowe returns to her everyday self. The drug, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, is owned by a group of tech moguls who’re hoping to sell it and make billions of dollars from governments looking to develop armies of near-invincible soldiers. But the drug, which is called Zypraxon, has a nasty side-effect. Charlotte Rowe is the only human test subject who’s still alive after being injected with it. All the others killed themselves immediately after being inoculated. That makes “Charley” as she likes to be called, immensely valuable to the Consortium who financed Zypraxon’s development . . . and she’s agreed to field-test it if allowed to do so on her own terms. Her terms are based on a series of childhood traumas and they’re simple. She wants to be the bait that attracts serial killers of women. Charley’s willing to allow herself to be captured by one of the known monsters—as identified by the consortium, whose resources stretch far and wide—then be taken to a killing site where the killer will learn that not all women are helpless. Not by a long shot. And remember those ubiquitous white box trucks we started the article with? The ones that seem to be everywhere? That’s what a psychopath named Cyrus Mattingly drives around in . . . and it’s a rolling chamber of horror. The truck is where he plans to break Charley’s spirit, as well as her mind, by terrorizing her while he drives to a rendezvous with a mysterious person he calls Mother . . . where the real terror will begin in this twisted, utterly fascinating dive into the other side of normality. It’ll leave you with goose bumps that’ll last for at least a week!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Literati Literature Lovers

    Excellent Rice’s The Burning Girl series is one of my favorites as it is very unique. The books center around Charley Rowe the only woman who survived being given a dose of an experimental drug. A dose of the drug transforms her from normal to indestructible with a time limit. She uses this ability to hunt down serial killers, as her mother was the victim of one. Since this is the third book in the series it is definitely not a standalone novel and the prior books are all must reads, as there ar Excellent Rice’s The Burning Girl series is one of my favorites as it is very unique. The books center around Charley Rowe the only woman who survived being given a dose of an experimental drug. A dose of the drug transforms her from normal to indestructible with a time limit. She uses this ability to hunt down serial killers, as her mother was the victim of one. Since this is the third book in the series it is definitely not a standalone novel and the prior books are all must reads, as there are a ton of character dynamics which make this series so enjoyable. The physical tension/threat in this book isn’t as palpable as in the previous books, but it doesn’t diminish the plot of hunting down a serial killer. As what the hunt unveils is half the fun. The characters of Charlie, Luke, Cole and Noah really drive the book; and it’s their personal conflicts that have me coming back for more each time. Bailey, who’s is Luke’s brothers, role has been expanded. Even the intended victim in this book is given a unique voice. There is gory and scary violence in the book, but the violence is for a reason. Charley isn’t hunting the Easter Bunny, and using herself for bait does put her in violent situations. Rice’s writing pulled me into the book immediately. His use of both present and past character recollections is seamless. It provides depth to his characters even the blood thirsty serial killers. His killers are never caricatures, as he gives them their own twisted motivations. There is also intimate relationships in the book which are not gratuitous, but are written with passion and heat. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. It take the thriller/mystery genre to unique and thoroughly thrilling new level.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ebony

    ‘Blood Victory’ has Charlotte Rowe and her consortium of merry crime fighting men going after a long haul trucker Cyrus Mattingly they suspect to be a serial killer. Charlotte sets herself up to be a victim in order to find out more about where Cyrus is keeping his victims and what he does with them when he’s finished. But things don’t go exactly to plan and it’s up to Charlotte and Luke to try and salvage things and get the answers they need. I don’t want to give too much away with my review, bu ‘Blood Victory’ has Charlotte Rowe and her consortium of merry crime fighting men going after a long haul trucker Cyrus Mattingly they suspect to be a serial killer. Charlotte sets herself up to be a victim in order to find out more about where Cyrus is keeping his victims and what he does with them when he’s finished. But things don’t go exactly to plan and it’s up to Charlotte and Luke to try and salvage things and get the answers they need. I don’t want to give too much away with my review, but there is a bit more focus on other characters in this book, like Cole, Noah and even one of the serial killer victims. I understood why Charlotte wanted to track this long haul truck driver serial killer, but I thought the killer’s reasoning wasn’t explained well enough. He had mixed ‘killer messages’. The sub-plot involving Cyrus’ family while interesting to read, didn’t make a lot of sense. It felt a bit muddled. If you liked the previous books in this series you’ll definitely be interested in what Charlotte is up to in ‘Blood Victory’. This was a gnarly action packed thriller with a touch of the supernatural. A good read. 4 stars. ** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher**

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Burning Girl is back! Christopher Rice has given us another great Burning Girl story with Blood Victory. "Charlotte Rowe has extraordinary power after surviving an experimental drug. Now she hunts predators and serial killers with the help of her boyfriend, Luke and Cole Graydon, the head of Graydon Pharmaceuticals. They believe Cyrus Mattingly has been killing girls for years. But they don't know where his kill zone is. So Charlotte must let Cyrus take her - in the back of his 'horror-show' truc Burning Girl is back! Christopher Rice has given us another great Burning Girl story with Blood Victory. "Charlotte Rowe has extraordinary power after surviving an experimental drug. Now she hunts predators and serial killers with the help of her boyfriend, Luke and Cole Graydon, the head of Graydon Pharmaceuticals. They believe Cyrus Mattingly has been killing girls for years. But they don't know where his kill zone is. So Charlotte must let Cyrus take her - in the back of his 'horror-show' truck, so that he can be stopped. But something Cyrus says makes them question everything..." The action and tension is non-stop. Charlotte (or Charley) will do what it takes to stop these guys ffrom killing again. The device that Cyrus uses to keep girls subdued in back of the truck is horrifying. Some great imagination from Rice, but if you're squeamish about rats and snakes and spiders, you'll be very uncomfortable. Along the way we get some of Cyrus's backstory and some about the mysterious Mother. Rice brings in characters called the Consortium that have their own agenda and creates more tension. We get to see Charley be the Burning Girl. And there's more great technology. I like that Rice allows the characters to grow and change. It makes the series more enjoyable. I raced through this in a couple of days. Out in August, you will definitely want to read this one.

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