Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee. It’s a cross between the Blade series and Lord of the Rings. Magiere, her half-elf companion Leesil, and his mysterious dog are con-artists who pretend to rid small villages of supposed-vampire infestations. But when they decide to settle down and go straight, they just happen to pick a village with actual vampire residents. Here, Magiere discovers her true destiny, whether she likes it or not.. that she’s a true vampire slayer.. a Dhampir. Half-vampire herself, she is a living person, but has all the strengths of the “Noble Dead” (vampires). This is an action-packed vampire-slayer book with heart. The Hendee’s do a great job of exploring the main characters, even the “Noble Dead” themselves. I highly recommend this book to any fan of the vampire genre.
Bob Mayer is, currently, one of my favorite authors. He writes under a few pen names. But my favorite series of his is Area 51. I started reading this, as well as the Atlantis series, and realized that the writing style was very similar. Then, low-and-behold, while searching online for another book in a series, I found out that the author is one-and-the-same! You can definitely tell he has a background in the military, when reading his books. But they aren’t just full of violence and military technical terms. He has developed some great story lines and characters.
The Area 51 series takes off from the Area 51 theory of the Roswell crash and developes a complex story that unravels book by book. In the 7th book in the series, The Truth, he explains the origin of humanity and the aliens’ role in history. He even wrote two more books, so far, on a couple of characters and their roles throughout history, Nosferatu and Legend, that further compound on the same storyline. I definitely disagree and dislike his take on Biblical characters throughout his version of history. But I treat them as pure fiction, obviously. And they are extremely good reads.
If you’re not as into aliens and scifi, the Atlantis series are more military/action based books.
“Area 51” series pen name: Robert Doherty
“Atlantis” series pen name: Greg Donegan
And check out his website: http://www.bobmayer.org/fiction.html for even more novels and info.