Doherty's Area 51 series continues with the story of a vampire's quest to become immortal. It opens in the present with the meeting of three Undead, as the offspring of alien Airlia and humans are known. Thereafter and for most of the book, the action occurs in ancient Egypt, where the Airlia rule as gods and feed off the blood of their children. Nosferatu and five others, including Vampyr, his twin Lilith, and Nosferatu's love Nekhbet, manage to escape and plot to destroy the Airlia. They slay two of the aliens, but other Airlia catch up to them, killing Lilith and capturing Nekhbet. Vampyr vows revenge, while Nosferatu intends to rescue Nekhbet, no matter how much time passes. Nosferatu waits centuries, and once he saves her, he finds that her aging process is speeding up. To make her truly immortal, he must obtain Airlia blood, and that seems impossible. Established Area 51 fans definitely will enjoy this exciting installment, and newcomers will find much to enjoy, too. Kristine Huntley
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THE BLOOD OF HUMANS IS THEIR SUSTENANCE.
NOW THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THEM....
It began at the dawn of history, when a darkness rose from deep within an Egyptian tomb. For thousands of years?long before earth was plunged into an intergalactic battle for its survival?four deathless creatures sowed seeds of destruction and chaos. Surviving on the spilled blood of warriors and innocents from ancient Greece to the ashes of Nazi Germany, the creatures have played a role in conflicts great and small. Now, bound by their common ancestry, separated by their own devious ambitions, and armed with mankind's own modern tools of destruction, the deathless ones know that their time has come?and they have been called together by one brilliant leader. His name is Nosferatu. His vision is to become a god on earth. His ultimate weapon will be a Holy Grail, a force that no mortal man can defeat...but his deadliest enemy may be one of his own....