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After the fangless blunderings of Stephanie Meyer, it was a real treat to find an author who not only stopped with the glittery disco ball chest of Meyer's emotionally arrested (and over-hyped but ultimately empty) vampire series but also gave them back their fangs - AND HOW!
I liked the interplay between the main characters (a straight vampire and his gay progeny). The characters were very well developed, the story easy to follow and brilliantly laid out with enough atmosphere that I could feel the English countryside and the City of London all around me (even here in Sunny California). I had read Mr. Jackson's other work and was impressed by that as well. While there is an over abundance of Vampire stories out there, I found I was drawn to these characters under the deft writings of Terence Jackson.
I don't want to add spoilers to the story but believe me, after devoting quite a bit of energy investing myself in these characters and having such an abrupt twist at its conclusion I was left wondering what book 2 (suggested by the title) will bring. You'll have to read it to find that one out for yourself. Don't know if its a collection of different THAVS that he'll be covering or ??? The end does leave me wondering how it will continue and not be radically different.
Other than that, I am hooked on the series and eagerly look forward to the next installment. Terence, you're two for two in my book, just keep 'em rolling like this and this reader will keep on buying.
This book seemed to suffer from poor editing. The story lines changed without needed development and not explanation. It was an easy read but I will think twice before purchasing another novel by this writer.
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Terence Jackson was born at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. His father was in the U.S. Air Force and his mother was a nurse prior to having children. Terence's credits his love for the written word to his mother, and avid reader who taught him to read years before he began schooling. His first novel, Thirty Days and Counting, is filled with insights into his own life and his family history. Though fictionalized, there are a lot of truths in his work. The second novel, Von Dred, is a lenghty vampire tale that covers over a century in the life of William Smythe, the main character. Von Dred was inspired by Terence's love of the vampire genre and a student of his at North Dakota State University who in fact designed the cover for the book. His next work is a sequel to Von Dred which was published in the Fall of 2010 - The Book of Jacob. Jacob brings the Von Dred story full circle with twists and turns and a few other surprises. Terence is now working on a series of books about vampires who inhabit the unused and abandoned tunnels that crisscross underneath the city of London. The first of the series - Thavs - was published in July of 2012. The next in the series - Thom Blood, Bloody Confessions, and Tunnel of Blood will soon follow. The series is called Blood Underground. Other things are in the works, not just vampire stories.