Blood on the Ice

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When a talented new player joins the perennially-losing sub-minor-league hockey team, the Fighting Aardvarks, it marks the beginning of a winning tradition. But things aren't as they seem, and players begin to change. First line center Hammie learns the truth: the Aardvarks are becoming vampires, and it's up to him to stop them before the infestation spreads beyond just the team. More

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Published by Local Hero Press, LLC
Words: 82,680
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458119841
About Ian Thomas Healy

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people.

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Review by: tahawus on March 16, 2012 :
Though I am not particularly interested in hockey or in vampires, the concept of this novel was so intriguing that I decided to give it a try - and I'm glad I did. The main character is so well and sympathetically portrayed that I was completely drawn into the story. Well-written, creative, humorous and with an entertaining twist at the end, "Blood on the Ice" was a pleasure to read. I will be reading more of Mr. Healy's books for sure.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)

Review by: Lori A-F on Sep. 12, 2011 :
I've read all of ITH's works. This is the one I recommend. Funny, entertaining and engaging. I went on a date and all I could think about was getting home to read Blood on the Ice. Doesn't say much for my date... but I hope it says a lot about the excitement of BotI. Block yourself some time with this book. You won't want to put it down.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)

Review by: Wonderland Press on April 27, 2011 :
Hammie's parents make him wear a mouth guard when he plays hockey for the Fighting Aardvarks. Why wouldn't they? They're dentists. The Aardvarks are going nowhere, until a new player joins, and half the team is sucking down raw-meat smoothies. It's up to Hammie, an incompetent vampire hunter, a hot librarian, and pair of dental extractors to save the team...and the world.

There is nothing like a good farce like this (think Hudson Hawk) to put a smile on your face :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Hart Johnson on April 03, 2011 :
Plot Summary: The Fighting Aardvarks, a sub sub pro hockey team in British Columbia has just traded a player, and Digger, the new guy... is a Vampire... as, one by one, he begins turning his teammates, it sends them on a winning streak, but Hammie, the very likeable, very realistic MC, doesn't really think they really ought to be giving up their mortal selves...

This is not your normal Vampire book... it is laugh out loud funny in a lot of places—not terribly scary, though there are definitely tense moments. The relationships struck me as far more realistic than you normally see in literature... the CLASSIC Jewish mother (but not overdone), the (goth writer wannabe) girlfriend a slightly insecure guy could really end up stuck with... The romance is subtle and definitely only subplot. And at the start of sections, the narrator speaks directly to the reader—typically a no-no (though try telling that to Tolstoy or Hugo... and more recently, Zusak).

There is a twist likely to offend people who take their Christianity too seriously, and so I definitely don't recommend this book to that group, and the hockey detail might be a bit much for people who have never watched or played—a fair bit of the action is on the ice, but I think for other people looking for a really entertaining romp of a story, this was a really fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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