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Blood War (Masquerade of the Red Death #1) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing; First Edition edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565048407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565048409
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born on August 29, 1946, making me one of the famous "baby boomer" generation. I attended Hillside High School in New Jersey, then got my B.S. degree in mathematics at Stevens Institute of Technology. I later obtained by M.S. in mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where I taught math for two years. I was working on my Ph.D. in Number Theory at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago when I met my (future) wife Phyllis in 1972. We were married in 1973 and I left college to start my own business. I ran three very successful corporations after leaving college and did some writing on the side. When I was 40, I decided I wanted to concentrate more on writing fiction, which I had done in college but had abandoned afterwards. So I started writing novels in 1986. My first book, THE DEVIL'S AUCTION, was published in 1988 and I've written another 16 novels since then. I'm probably best known as the author of a popular trilogy I wrote for White Wolf Games entitled THE MASQUERADE OF THE RED DEATH. These three novels have been published in a number of different languages (including French, German, Spanish and Hungarian) and I've gotten well over 1,000 fan letters about them since they first appeared. My most recent book was DRAGONS, written in collaboration with terrific artist, Tom Wood, and tells the secret story of dragons that existed in the Middle Ages. I also have written 17 non-fiction books, many of them in the pop-science field with my friend, Lois H. Gresh. And, in my spare time, I've edited around 150 anthologies. I like to keep busy!

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It has a good plot, with secrets, difficult to see, at first at last.
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I found the book to be well thoughtout and action packed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert Weinberg has managed to combine the two most difficult to achieve traits in a V:TM fantasy novel, namely character development and scope, with rapid action and a pace worthy of James Bond. The characters of the Camarilla, their servants and tools, as well as their ancient vampiric manipulators, come alive. We understand them, feel their desperation, revel in their triumphs, but realize how ephemeral is victory within the Jhyad, yet how final are the defeats. By scope I mean that the book reaches back to ancient beginnings, and across many current boundaries and spheres of influence. The book's villains appear in the principal city of the vampire world, pose threats from that vantage which could affect all life on Earth... yet somehow manage to do so without getting preachy or unecessarily artificial... the connections seem possible, and we feel comfortable with the trails ending at the feet of real entities out of vampire and human legend. Few ficititous worlds are so completely well-crafted, even accounting for the advantages of writing within the well-established World of Darkness. Of course, even so skillful a web as Mr. Weinberg has weaved, would be dull if there weren't constant action along with the angst. The World of Darkness is a violent place of sudden death and dangerous creatures. The special effect budget for a movie based on this script would keep several hi-tech firms busy for years. A rare treat for any fiction fans; a must-have for gothic horror fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith Tokash on February 2, 2008
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As a previous reviewer noted (and was subsequently punished for via "not helpful" votes), this book tosses a lot of powers around. There is no story of struggle or the steady increase of power, you just see brutally powerful characters fight, and when a new plot twist is introduced, another brutally powerful character appears. It's like playing an D&D and starting at level 20.

That said, the story is entertaining. Weinberg knows how to spin a yarn with fairly intricate plot twists, and this trilogy is certainly more action-oriented than the 13-novel saga that followed it a few years later. However, my main beef is the dialogue, which detracts from the story to the point of distraction.

One of the first things you learn in your junior high/high school creative writing course is to not hand-deliver major plots points via artificial dialogue. It's stupid, and everyone can see what you're doing. This trilogy is brimming with this irritating plot delivery device. The main characters, who have known each other for 6,000 years, will mention in passing their backstory as if the other didn't know. They'll elaborate on things for no apparent reason, such as the history of vampires, and the result is you feeling like the character stops the story, turns and faces you, the reader, and starts explaining things.

Also, the characters are far too chipper for this vampire world. They're so eager to help, they fall in love with humans, they share their emotions without suspicion, they crack jokes in the middle of battle ... it's just not a serious treatment of the genre. It's rather like taking Arnold Schwarzenegger's flippant character from Commando and putting him in the role of Lestat. You simply aren't trying very hard.

3 stars for a fun story, but stupid dialogue and overly-witty nonsense detract. The next two actually get worse, so they get 2 stars for the same reasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1997
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This book was the begining of a wonderful series. After reading the whole three books in the series I re-read it about two more times in one day just trying to replay over and over the actions that happened. This book is really marvelous. Although, I think it left me wanting to see what happened between Madeline and Elisha who I loved! This series made Weinberg one of my new favorite authors to look for when I want to read a good book! It's not that hard to get into. It doesn't describe to much so that you get tired of hearing discriptions and begin to drift. All the characters are cool
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "mage103" on May 14, 2000
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Bloodwar is one of the best written books I've read. If you're going to read this book find a time when you're not going to be interupted. It grabs you like a snake grabs a mouse.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1997
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This is possibly one of the best books, and series, which I have ever had the privaledge of reading. Robert Weinberg casts a dramatic tale of violence, mystery and a power strugle that threatens society and all of humankind as we like to think we know it. In a trilogy that turns one way then another, Weinberg keeps you at the edge of your seat wanting more. All of Weinbergs characters are well developed while they maintain the mystery which we all cary within us. This is definately the type of book that you cannot put down
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By A Customer on May 18, 1998
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This is an amazing series of books, for fans of the World Of Darkness or just fans of Vampire stories. It is definately a page-turner. The concept of the Dark Messiah and a vampire that contols fireis wonderful! And set in my hometown at that. Mr. Weinberg definatly did his research on DC. I am currently rereading this series for the 5th time. It will keep drawing you back every time. Relearning the secrets is half the fun!
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I found myself staying up trying to finish them in as short a time as possible. Wow! If I were introducing someone to White Wolf's World of Darkness Kindred, I would highly recommend reading The Masquerade of the Red Death Trilogy.
The characters are intrigueging and interesting! I found myself getting caught up in the delimmas and struggles with all the main characters. He takes the rules and executes them with penache!
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