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Angel of Vengeance: The Novel That Inspired the TV Show 'Moonlight' [Kindle Edition]

Trevor O. Munson
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Book Description

The novel that inspired the TV series Moonlight puts a twist on the classic Dracula vampire tale and blends it with Chandler hardboiled P.I. detective fiction.

LA-based P.I. and vampire Mick Angel has been hired by a beautiful red-headed burlesque dancer to find her missing sister. But the apparently simple case of a teenage runaway is soon complicated by drug dealers, persistent cops, murder, and Mick’s own past. Mick must learn the hard way what every vampire should know - nothing stays buried for ever, especially not the past.

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The novel that inspired the TV series Moonlight puts a twist on the classic Dracula vampire tale and blends it with Chandler hardboiled P.I. detective fiction.

LA-based P.I. and vampire Mick Angel has been hired by a beautiful red-headed burlesque dancer to find her missing sister. But the apparently simple case of a teenage runaway is soon complicated by drug dealers, persistent cops, murder, and Mick’s own past. Mick must learn the hard way what every vampire should know--nothing stays buried forever, especially not the past.

A Q&A with Author Trevor O. Munson

Q: What is Angel of Vengeance about?

Munson: Angel of Vengeance is a dark, fast-paced, modern noir crime novel about a hard-boiled LA-based private-dick who also just so happens to be a vampire. Turned back in the 1940’s, Mick Angel is a product of his own bygone era who now finds himself out of step with present day.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the book?

Munson: I came up with the idea for Angel of Vengeance after rereading Dracula and following it up with a Raymond Chandler novel. Blending two genres I loved seemed like it would be a lot of fun to write.

Q: What influenced Angel of Vengeance?

Munson: The two biggest influences for the book were Raymond Chandler novels and the movie Angel Heart. Anyone who’s seen the movie will probably not have to look far to notice some distinct similarities to certain aspects of the story that unfolds in my novel. (P.S. It’s no accident that my characters’ first name is Mick, or his last name Angel...)

Q: Angel of Vengeance redefines and explores classic vampire lore, such as the ability to turn into a bat and seeing a reflection in a mirror. How did you approach creating your unique spin on vampires?

Munson: My basic approach in redefining classic vampire lore was to attempt to "noirify" the vampire mythology. I wanted to recreate the rules to reflect the themes you see repeated over and over in noir storytelling. This is why I had Mick take his blood with a needle, and sleep in a freezer to stave off his slow decay.

Q: Vampires continue to be a popular literary subject. How do you explain their popularity and continued relevance?

Munson: I think the idea of breaking death’s hold, and living on indefinitely as a beautiful and powerful being is understandably alluring to many of us. How cool would it be to have the time and resources to learn, do, see, and experience everything our world has to offer?

Personally, however, I see vampires as beautiful tragic creatures, who make a Faustian bargain to give up their humanity in order to become immortal. It is this trade-off that interests me most. It seemed fertile ground for discussing what it means to be human by exploring the cost of immortality and how a person might feel about what he has lost in the process.

Q: When Angel of Vengeance was adapted into the TV show Moonlight, what changes did the story and characters go through?

Munson: The novel is a much darker tale than that depicted in Moonlight. The mandate from CBS was that they loved the main character and the vampire world, but they wanted the show to have a strong romantic angle. As a result, the book was more of a ‘jumping off point’ for me and my co-creator Ron Koslow (Beauty and the Beast). What we came up with was in many ways, a lighter, more romantic version of the dark noir Los Angeles underbelly I had created in the book, but the series retained many of the novel's themes ofredemption and transcendence.

About the Author

Creator, writer and producer of the vampire TV series Moonlight, Trevor O. Munson is a screenwriter and novelist of both adult and young adult titles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184856855X
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1st edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1Q5Q6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read! February 7, 2011
I'm a fan of the Moonlight series and I was so excited to read this book. The noir feel of the show is amplified in this awesome book. The storytelling is tremendous. Mick Angel is the new Mick St. John. Thanks Trevor!!
I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It's a great read from start to finish. I can't wait to see what Trevor O. Munson comes up with next.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AoV - a Must Read! February 8, 2011
By Jen
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Being a huge fan of Moonlight, I couldn't WAIT for this book to be published. Having read excerpts of it in the past, I was anxious to read the finished product.

Well worth the wait. From the first few words, Angel of Vengeance grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until you've read the last word. This is the way vampires should be monsters who kill. The only thing that keeps Mick from being a total monster are his rules - no women, no children, no innocents. Just a sliver of humanity to separate him from the animals.

Mick Angel's world is dark and violent, and Trevor brings that across in a fierce first-person narrative. Being a lover of flowing prose, it took me a bit to get used to his rapid-fire writing and choppy sentences, but some of his phrasing just sings its way off the page and makes you smile - how can you not love phrases like "The band plays me over the shoe-worn carpet..."? I also very much enjoyed the contrast between the story-telling feel of Mick's past in 1946, and the terser feel of his description of the present. Mostly, I found Mick Angel's story to be unbelievably sad - in well-chosen words, Trevor does a bang-up job of conveying Mick's complete aloneness in his life as a vampire, and the circumstances that brought him to where he is. The raw grittiness of this novel is reminiscent of the noir detective novels of the past, and I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Give it a read - you won't be disappointed. I wasn't.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read from Munson February 8, 2011
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I have read Trevor's Munson's Angel of Vengeance twice now. I devoured it the first time in a frenzy and then did a slow read the second time.

I am one of those Moonlight fans who cried when it was canceled. I loved the character of Mick St. John. And I have to say that this character of Mick Angel is very different from the heroic, romantic St. John of Moonlight.

For anyone who got the treat of seeing the original pilot of Moonlight, with the first cast and when it was tentatively called Twilight, you will see Munson's novel is much more recognizable in this original pilot. Both the original pilot and this novel have a stronger 'film noire' feel to them too.

This Mick is much darker, jaded, and less conflicted about his life as a vampire and what needs to be done to
survive. The places he goes are the underbelly of L.A. - One can even draw parallels between Hollywood/L.A. to vampires in general in this novel. Both seem to offer a life others would envy; a life one could only dream to have, but in the end, it's all smoke and mirrors; an illusion... and a deadly one at that.

'Angel of Vengeance' pulls you in fast and hard. It truly is a roller coaster ride right to the very end.
Even if you never saw Moonlight, but you're a fan of the genre, Munson's vampires have some traditional abilities, unique abilities, and vulnerablities.

As the story opens, Mick Angel is hired to find the sister of a lovely burlesque dancer, Reesa, who also captivates Mick. As the story progresses we learn about Mick's past, how he became what he is, and about his femme fatale bride, Coraline.

Munson writes with such talent and weaves such a tangible tapestry that you are totally immersed in the story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Vampire book I have read in years. February 6, 2011
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After watching the show "Moonlight" I could not wait to read this book. I was not disappointed. It is by far one of the best Vampire books I have read in years.When you start reading, you're not going to be able to put the book down.I highly recommend this book for all Vampire lovers and for people who enjoy reading books that keep you entertained until the end
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bloody Good Book! February 5, 2011
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Sink your teeth into the fast-paced, dark, supernatural world that is Angel Of Vengeance! Follow Mick Angel, the vampire detective with a seedy past, and a conscience, as he tells the story of how he fell in love with his wife, only to find out the hard way that some people are not always what they seem. This book combines the perfect amount of wit, and grit, while brilliantly mixing the human world, with that of the vampire world. If you're a fan of the vampire genre, you'll love this book, and if you're not, you will be after reading this! Trevor O. Munson is a master story teller who knows how to transport his reader to another time and place, make you feel as if you're really there. I hope the author will get the opportunity to create more sequels to this amazing story, 'cause everyone knows, vampires are forever!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fang-tastic novel! February 5, 2011
This book is the novel on which the CBS series 'Moonlight' was based. Now, admittedly, I love vampires, and I was a fan of the TV series 'Moonlight', but I like 'Angel of Vengeance', the underlying novel by Trevor O. Munson, even more. The book is a dark, cool, gritty, and at times humorous look at the Los Angeles underbelly through the black, and white, and red vision of a modern day vampire. A fantastic blend of sexy, brooding vampire and hard-boiled noir detective, this book will work for lovers of the TV series, and for those who have never heard of 'Moonlight'. I highly recommend it! This is without a doubt the best book I've read in a long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vampire tale
OK... I'm a sucker for a GOOD vampire story. It was while I was in junior high school that I first read Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and saw the 1931 film on late-night TV. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jim Nolt
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Moonlight, enjoyed this!
I fell in love with the Moonlight series and this was a great 1st person peek into the character that inspired Mick. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Love the book, already read twice, waiting for the second to come out, I know I am going to love, the writer is fantastic, if you are looking for a good vampire thrill this is the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Lavenia
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight
This is the book that the series was based from. I loved the series and was sad to see it end. This is a quick and easy read.
Published 16 months ago by MsThingNV
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred the TV series
Sorry saw the toned down version on TV with Alex o lochlin first and it's much better in my opinion. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Danielle Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, But Oh So Good
Let's just say that if I were the same age I was when the TV show was on the air I don't think I'd have been allowed to read this book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Teresa Ramseur
4.0 out of 5 stars Read "Inspired By" in the title. Accept it isn't an episode of the...
If you are sitting there, looking at the title and thinking to yourself, "WOW! Another episode of Moonlight that I haven't seen!" Stop thinking that. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mirrani
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Journey
A dark and gritty world where trust is a luxury and everyone has an angle. Mick Angel, a man betrayed and hurting, seeking redemption for his dark past. Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by Gliding girls
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book was well-written and well-paced. A very interesting read for fans of the "Moonlight" TV series. I loved it.
Published on March 26, 2013 by Amber M
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I really liked this book. I didn't give it 5 stars because it didn't gave the mystery I expected, and there was a lot of language and sexual content that I didn't expect. Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by pirox2012
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