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Vampires have always lived in Eastern Europe. But with the fall of the Soviet Union, they began to spread across the continent, then the world, turning whole populations into vampires--or human cattle. Having overrun India, the far East, and the great cities of North and South America, the forces of Night are now spreading into the countryside to consolidate their conquest.
In a town on the New Jersey shore, the vampires have just arrived, along with their human henchmen, the cowboys, who round up human cattle for the overlords in return for the promise of eternal life---later. For the vampires wish only a few of their own kind to rule, and feed. The rest of humanity are to be helpless herds, the source of the blood of life.
Falsely accused of abuse, Father Dan is drunk in a basement waiting for the end. His superior has betrayed the local Catholic congregation and become a vampire. Sister Carolyn has become a formidable killer of cowboys and vampires. Dan's niece, escaped from the conquest of New York, has made her way south to find him. Brought together by Rabbi Zev Wolpin, who is shaken by the vampires' fear of the cross and holy water, they plan their resistance. Against all odds, they discover that there just might be a way for humanity to really fight back. But first they will have to kill the vampire king of New York.
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- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765395487
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765395481
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.93 x 8 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2007
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That said, Wilson tends to create some of the better plots. They can be a bit thin, as can the characters, but they're entertaining and well told. Sure, the dialogue is often something no one would ever say (you won't notice this if it isn't pointed out), the editing is once again kind of weak in a Wilson book (I have yet to read one where I haven't noticed a quotation left unclosed), and the back of the book calls the main character Dan instead of Joe (how'd that happen?)
But you'll enjoy the book. If you enjoy vampires in the grittier, unsexy 70s way, or if you enjoy Wilson, you'll enjoy this book. It's neither the best (nor grittiest) gritty vampire book, nor is it the caliber that most Repairman Jack books are. But it's entertaining, and isn't that the point?
It's not original (heck, it rips off one of the better recent gritty vampire movies.) The characters feel strained, as if Wilson tried too hard to make them interesting and instead made them forced. But it's quick. And you'll like it enough to investigate more Wilson.
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The characters were believable and the 2 main woman are really strong.
The ending left me a little confused as it's finished quite abruptly - not sure if there is a sequel.
FPW sticks to vampire lore very well, garlic, steaks (not the red meat type!), crosses and daylight etc etc. But he introduces a brilliantly novel way of killing many of them in one go. I am not spoiling it.
There is a great story, it was easy to follow, of revenge in the book and a twist, also quite sad and touching in places. He doesn't pull many punches in how brutal the vampires and their "cowboy" slaves are, some is quite hard hitting.
There is scope for a follow up, so that is a hint there Mr Wilson, a sequel please. Though with a rank of 550,000 in Amazon's UK book sales that may not happen, that is a shame... Mind you that is a lot better ranking than my mums book, Cats' Tails from Amazonia (OK - I know, sneaky!!).
I highly recommend this book to any vampire lover or any FPW fan. As good as any book he has written. Mr Wilson, you have a wonderful talent, thank you for sharing it with us.