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Midnight Mass Paperback – November 1, 2005
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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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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.
I am not even sure if any has even read the book. It is signed and numbered. The back page has a Statement Of Limitation
I give this company 100%.
A great story well written you start caring about the characters and something bad happens to them Just like F Paul Wilson likes to do in his books.
These vampires are aided by collaborators known as cowboys, humans who have been promised immortality if they do the vampires' dirty work for them. Cowboys round-up humans, as if they were cattle, for their masters to feed upon, and these hungry hordes of vampires seem unstoppable, as major cities in the United States succumb to their might.
When vampires arrive in a small sea side town in New Jersey, the going gets rough, as they meet resistance from an unusual group of humans: a nun with a secret mission, a disgraced priest with a bit of a drinking problem, his gay niece, and a rabbi. Together, they each do their bit to thwart the advancing horde of vampires. What happens to each one along the way makes for a page turning vampire tale.
This is definitely a book worth reading, if one enjoys vampire stories. Though very traditional in terms of vampire lore, there are enough twists to make it seem fresh and interesting. Though not as good as the author's other vampire tale, "The Keep", which is a masterpiece, this is a good enough yarn to keep the reader turning the pages until the very end. It will not disappoint.
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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.