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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 Joe 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. Joe'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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|Listening Length||12 hours and 35 minutes|
|Author||F. Paul Wilson|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 10, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #129,401 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,976 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,621 in Horror Fiction
#8,128 in Supernatural Thrillers (Books)
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.
Well Wilson decided he would write another Vampire novel and Midnight Mass is the result of that endeavor. Now Wilson thinks there aren't any redeeming qualities in Vampires, citing the fact that some authors romanticize even glorify the bloodsuckers in their recitals. With that in mind Wilson has written a book about Vampires as the merciless, venal, malevolent creatures they are supposed to be.
They came out of the East, starting shortly after the fall of the Iron Curtain. They were unstoppable overrunning country after country killing millions, no billions or converting people into nocturnal monsters. Now they were entrenched in the East coast of America. They had a method, convert the religious and secular leadership, convert them and make resistance seem hopeless, they had a plan, transform all humans at first to a point of saturation, then using them only as food or breeding, harvesting at will. The Vampires also had allies, they left some of the lowlives and dreck alive to watch over them and seek out new victims during daylight, this unholy vanguard are called the "cowboys but, the Vampires the have a vulnerability.
The Vampires certainly seem invincible but in a small New Jersey town an unlikely cadre of citizens are fighting back, a pinprick at first but gradually a ripple. Meet Father Joe - a disgraced priest, Sister Carole - a one woman vigilante, Rabbi Zev - a rabbi with a cross, and Lacey - the feisty niece of Father Joe. Together and with the help of the congregation, they take back Father Joe's church, St Anthony, which the vampires, and cowboys, had taken over and made into a grisly, macabre, killing Temple.
In addition cowboys are being killed and displayed upside down from trees or telephone poles and even a couple Vampires including one of the strongest has been dispatched
In the overall plan of the Vampires, this little rebellion seems insignificant but they thrive on fear and no dissension can be tolerated, so help is sent from New York Vampire headquarters to stem the unrest.
I'll admit I'm a little ambivalent about Midnight Mass. F. Paul Wilson is one of probably my three or four favorite authors. I have read every book he has written including the inscrutable end of the Adversary series, Nightworld - which is mysteriously not in publication - so I tend to be favorably inclined toward the good doctor but I do have some issues with this book.
The Wilson writing style is still there, so the story is very accessible and understandable. His writing is also fluid and a pleasure to read. There are no unnecessary use of large words which the average Joe would have to look up. The story as a whole flows well and is fast paced. The book itself, at three hundred and thirty-two pages is short in this day and age of word processing and there are no dead or boring chapters.
Where I thought the book fell short was the premise of the book itself. I found it a little incredulous why or how legions of malevolent creatures would descend on the West from the East, as Gengis Khan or Tamerlane did centuries prior, merely because of the collapse of the Soviet Empire.
There was no explanation of how this event precipitated such an invasion nor of what was keeping them from doing so sooner. It was like they were hibernating or metamophosing. Any reasonable explanation would have been welcome.
Another thing I didn't like was, the Vampires were ruthless, yet their servants, the cowboys, from whom they depended on for daytime protection, seemed less than efficient, in some cases screw ups.
First, this is a good book and if you can discount my aversion to origin of the plot, I think you might like Midnight Mass. No it's not a classic but it is enjoyable, nonetheless, for fans of tongue in cheek horror plus a sequel may be forthcoming. I found the book to be innovative and the Vampires vulnerability well thought out. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, therefore it is deserving of a Final Rating of low four stars / high three stars rounded to four stars because of the author.
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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.