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Product Details

  • Series: Strigoi (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160832382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608323821
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,043,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

''Aleron has it all! Vampires, thrills, action, and romance. It's a vampire book with a unique approach. The plot is well done. I really cared if Aleron triumphed. The conflict in this book is good versus evil while that is not unusual it was well done and kept me turning the pages. The part I found most unique was following Aleron from fledgling to a mature vampire. There were several aspects of the story that I had never heard of.

The supporting characters were also well done, as they all work together for a common goal, be it good or evil. I could see the action playing in my mind as I read. Blame Kane for my unmade bed and the dirty dishes in the sink. I read 'Aleron' in one sitting. If this book wasn't written so well, I would have gotten my work done!''

5 out of 5 Stars! ---ReadersFavorite.com

''Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey in Aleron; into the mind of a vampire revealing his inner most thoughts and desires. Like the curator of a museum describing the details of a masterpiece, Kane brings to immortal life his character Aleron, a young man seduced into the role of becoming a vampire, along with his lovers Mynea and Pandora, and their bloodline creator Vlad. With words used to paint an imaginary picture, each stroke of Kane's sentences create artfully precise descriptions, bringing into the reader's mind's-eye the portraits of his characters conceived from an incredible imagination.'' ---PacificBookReview.com

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' - --The Golden Pen

''Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey in Aleron; into the mind of a vampire revealing his inner most thoughts and desires. Like the curator of a museum describing the details of a masterpiece, Kane brings to immortal life his character Aleron, a young man seduced into the role of becoming a vampire, along with his lovers Mynea and Pandora, and their bloodline creator Vlad. With words used to paint an imaginary picture, each stroke of Kane's sentences create artfully precise descriptions, bringing into the reader's mind's-eye the portraits of his characters conceived from an incredible imagination.'' ---PacificBookReview.com

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' - --The Golden Pen

''Chilling vampire action and intrigue in a well-realized historical fantasy setting.'' ---- E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth and Age of Fire series

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' - --The Golden Pen

''Chilling vampire action and intrigue in a well-realized historical fantasy setting.'' ---- E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth and Age of Fire series

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' ---The Golden Pen

About the Author

Kane has been interested in fantastical creatures for as long as he can remember. His fascination with the paranormal grew as he studied witches, warlocks, and werewolves. Finally, he sank his teeth into the world of the vampire. Aleron is his first of five novels that detail the challenges of being immortal.

More About the Author

As a child Kane often ventured between the worlds of reality and fantasy. After and sometimes during school, he submerged himself in Greek mythology and stories of superheroes and villains. He became fascinated by the fantastical creatures he read about, especially the tales of the undead. Soon he began illustrating his ideas, and quickly discovered his talent for writing and passion for storytelling.

Kane was never one to shy away from adventure and risk-taking, He once convinced his middle-school classmates to spend 10 minutes in a dark, abandoned building. He armed his friends with only a tape recorder and asked them to record their fears. Experiments like these gave Kane fresh material to craft dark stories, and by the time he reached high school he had already penned drafts for a few novels.

In college Kane's interests broadened and he earned a dual degree in Mathematics and Psychology. The consummate overachiever, Kane went on to spend more than a decade working in the corporate world. But something felt off balance, and Kane realized that he had veered away from his real passion. So he decided to quit his day job and refocus his life on entertaining people through his stories.

In 2010 Kane traveled to Romania and Eastern Europe to study the folklore, culture and history surrounding vampires, the subject of his first book. Having gathered an immense body of research and interviews to draw on, Kane set out to write what would become his award-winning book Aleron: Book 1 of the Strigoi Series. Praised by readers and critics, Aleron is a uniquely imagined vampire novel. It is at once a sensual love story and a thrilling, fast-paced adventure that crosses culture and time, from eighteenth-century Egypt and beyond.

As the first installment in the five-book Strigoi series, Aleron takes its root in the Bram Stoker historical tradition of vampire mythology as well as highlighting the passionate sensuality akin to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. The Strigoi are the restless souls of the dead originating from the Carpathian Mountain region in Romania. Kane has recorded the dramatized audio book, adapted a screenplay for Aleron and remains at work on the second installment in the Strigoi series in addition to other fantasy works for lovers of the undead and the lore surrounding their counterculture.

When not writing, Kane travels, gathers research material, and shares his passion for storytelling with fans around the world. He enjoys speaking at book festivals and giving writing workshops. Enthusiasts of the fantasy, horror, and para- normal genre have welcomed Kane into the club of young and talented authors.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to the next book.
shalanad
I liked the way it was written, the author's prose drew me into the story and I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the story as well.
A. Harris
Aleron created by Mynea to love forever, as he fights for his immortal life.
DENNIS DE ROSE

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By atlbookwork on June 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
ALthough I am not a big fan of this type of writing I thoroughly enjoyed Aleron. Very well written I must admit, this novel kept my attention and continued to give me that desire for more of the story. When I found myself saying "I wonder what Mynea is up to" I know this book had my attention. I have recomended this read to several friends. It almost puts you in the mindframe of Tananarive Due and her wonderful work. I was very impressed with the storyline and the writers ability to approach a vampire novel with such a brave & fearless writing style.
Hats off to you Kane!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pacific Book Review on June 26, 2011
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This book is absolutely incredible! I found the story compelling and well written. I anxiously look forward to the rest of the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.T. McClain on June 11, 2011
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I'm only into Chapter 9 right now in the book, and I'm really liking "Aleron" so far. There's a great sense of passion between Aleron and is creator and queen, Mynea. She love him but, Mynea is keeping things from Aleron too. Despite what she's taught him about picking who he wants to feed on, you can see that Aleron, while a monster, is one with a good heart...so far... he's only feed off of criminials like murders, rapists, and those that would try ( and I do mean "try") to bring harm towards him as well even as a vampire. So what do I think of the book at this point. So far...so really good!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betzaida Cartagena Ramirez on June 30, 2012
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My review:

This is the story of a man once human named Aleron. Camilia and Aknon had Aleron the seventh day of January in 1791 in the Greco-Roman city of Alexandria, Egypt; his father was an artisan and his mother and sister Shani devoted their lives to religion. Aleron was no normal boy for he understood the science and the mathematics, but the thing he most loved it was history, and because of history his lived change faster. It was March 22, 1817 just leaving the library for a walk to al-Montaza Square when he felt Her presence. On May 14 in Cairo, Egypt he was attending the most prestigious social ball of the year, the Promethium. Once a year, men of wealth and influence gathered to meet and socialize with their peers, but when a unexplainable illness had befallen Davila he had to come in his place; that's when she meets her in the Concubines room. The moment he sees her proportioned body and those brown eyes of her he felt in love with her. When Aleron wakes up he sees he was naked and a lot of organs were out of him- he was a mess! and this is just the beginning of the changes Aleron most face. He lives in the "castle" with Mynea, his creator, his lover, his immortal mother; in where they will make love, eat and wake up the first years of his immortal life; have adventures in the hunting- but when suddenly Mynea leaves Aleron he is alone and with a broken heart, and with a slave named Eliza that falls in love with him- true love. Just when he decides to hunt again he decides to go back to his past- to his parent's house.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jskinz on June 28, 2012
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Have you ever said to yourself, I wish someone would combine the work of Anne Rice and Bram Stoker but take out all of exciting stuff? If the answer is no than skip this book. Don't get me wrong this book has a lot of potential, and I read the entire thing just waiting for it to get good. In this universe it takes a Vampire 11 nights to turn. They aren't actually dead, although most of their "useless" organs seep out of their bodies during the turn (this is not explained). Aleron and the other Vampire's are cold blooded killers. But I never felt on their side. Mostly because they kill brutally for no good reason, they could go almost a year without "eating" yet go out every night and kill indiscriminately. They were not endearing in any way. And sociopath's can be made endearing ("The Talented Mr" Tom Ripley and Hannibal Lector are two examples).

This book is supposed to be the first of five. So maybe we will learn if Vlad is or is not really the first Vampire. Why they turn the way they do, etc... But I doubt I will be reading anymore books from this series. It took almost the entire book for a real conflict and I was still disappointed.
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It is always nice to come across a book that exceeds your expectations. Aleron is a vampire story that all other vampire stories should try to emulate. Beautifully written, always engaging, appropriately gruesome,colorful in exquisite description, and thrilling to the last page.

Never have I seen such detail and enormity of an entire culture...nay, race of the undead. Despite the foulness of their existance, you can't help but be drawn in to their dark world. With a cliff hanger ending that only promises the rest of the Strigoi Series will be as magnificent as this, I can scarcely wait for their release.

This, then, is the new standard by which all future vampire stories will be compared!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I read about 10% of this book and had to give up. The writing style was not for me at all. It felt awkward and forced. Who knows, it might have gotten better, but to me it wasn't worth finishing if I couldn't stand the writing style. There was only a little dialogue, the rest was recapping this guy's life up until he became a vampire. BORING.
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