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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475061323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475061321
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,700,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brandon [Hale] has really mastered the ability to give us old school monsters with an extreme modern twist and feel.... After a sleepless night, I found myself desperate for a book two!" -- Wicked Way Productions

From the Author

Thanks for considering Day Soldiers. This trilogy is my humble nod to the "quirky horror" genre that has charmed me for decades. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

More About the Author

Brandon Hale grew up in a small Virginia town. A lover of horror, sci-fi, and adventure stories, he wrote his first full length novel when he was 17. In the decades since, he has written nonstop, producing multiple novels and short stories. Brandon's first published novel was The Gods and the Builders. Shortly after that, his second novel - Day Soldiers - was released. Since then, he has continued the Day Soldiers series, released a collection of short stories, and released a Day Soldiers "survival manual." Brandon still lives in Virginia with his wife Laura and is still writing constantly.

Customer Reviews

The book had me hooked from the very first page.
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I highly recommend this book for all vampire and werewolf genre fans.
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Thia book has good character development, action and a great story.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 21, 2014
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This is not just a page turner. It's a great book.

I will probably read it again because it got so good at some points that I read quickly just to see what was coming.

But on an objective note, the characters are great. Well constructed and believable. There are good guys, bad guys, surprises as to who's good and who's bad and, most importantly for me, at least, a fantastic villain. The situations are well set up and very believable. An absolute delight.

There is enough description of the surroundings to know where they are and to make it all feel right.

Can't wait to read it again and to read more from this author.

Bravo!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jake Phillips on April 18, 2012
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I'm a monster fan from way back, but in the last few years, the monsters have gotten a little watered-down for my tastes. If you're sick of sparkly vampires and mournful werewolves, then 'Day Soldiers' has the boogeymen for you!
The whole thing takes place in a world at war with the creatures of the night. No brooding, melancholy vamps here; Hale's vampires are ugly, hairless wretches, who look a lot like the old 'Nosferatu'. His werewolves are powerful, witty and just plain bad people.
This book isn't Gothic or artsy - it's a good, straightforward read, more action and drama than outright horror. The language is PG, so there's some blue words, but not PG-13, so it's not dumbed down. It's the first of a series, so the author does a great job of setting up the world of his fiction and gives you a good story while leaving you wanting more.
The characters, even the monsters, are very realistic, with natural dialogue and very relatable actions. In many ways, with this story of soldiers dealing with an unnatural foe, it reminded me of 'Starship Troopers', in a good way!
I'd recommend this for young adults on up. It's a quick, fun read and it will have you hooked.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2012
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A friend was telling me about this book and from what he said I thought what he was describing occurred after the he was a few chapters into it. Bought it, started reading it and realized he was talking about the first chapter. This author wastes no time pulling you into the story.

Another thing I really liked throughout the book was the dialog between the characters. It's very believable and not contrived. Teenagers talk like teenagers; parents talk like parents. I think this book is part of a trilogy and the second one is already out. I'm buying it right after I finish this review.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2013
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More for preteens. While the plot was different, it just seemed to be to simple for my taste.
My issues- the new "military" is kind of simple. Bunch of kids all left to do their own thing.
Covert sneaky comando's, all kids. They talk 24/7 while sneaking around in cities full of big monsters.
Lack of danger. Never felt like any characters were ever in real danger. Just witty jokes, flashy fights, and lots of monsters.
The main characters are all kids and the heads of the military think every idea/thing they do is brilliant.

I will recommend this book for young adults or preteens, but for me i need more substance and reality(as much as possible when werewolves and vampires are involved).
Clean language, no gore, nothing scary. Good for young adults not for readers looking for something like koontz or king.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anabella on April 10, 2012
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i was looking for a quick-entertaining read and ended up swallowing the book in very few days. i love vampires and all creatures of the night but in recent years have lost the taste for them.
this book presented a refreshing view of the same topic and i loved it! the only negative is there is not a second book...
loved the chracters and action packed-fast paced story.. kudos, mr. Hale!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caradoc on February 13, 2014
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First thing first is that many of the negative reviews are, technically at least, accurate. Characters are not developed at all. Plot is predictable. Action is "over the top" especially in terms of numbers. The timeframes for travel and some of the larger aspects of the war are completely off.

I do have a hard time though getting upset about things like combat and travel not being "realistic" enough in a book about vampires and werewolves. This is no Patrick Rothfuss endeavor where you need to make mental notes to yourself as things happen just to make sure you keep up with the plot. It is, from a technical perspective, very bare bones. Which makes for something you can attack in pieces when you have a few minutes, or are tired or drank a bit and you don't have to worry about forgetting anything important.

All in all the book is entertaining light reading. I'll probably be grabbing the rest as time goes on for times when I want something to read when I don't want to have to put too much "effort" into it. I think maybe a good comparison would be that this is light TV entertainment rather than a long involved drama like Sopranos or Walking dead. It's quite good for what it is.

As an aside, I enjoyed "The Man from Newella" by the same author for much the same reasons, it reminded me a lot of reading the Solomon Kane stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MeBerri on January 13, 2013
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This is a really good book!! I saw it advertised on facebook through an author I follow and clicked it. I have seen this book before, but never stopped to read what it was actually about. It sounded interesting so I bought it, and was hooked. I finished the first book and half of the second book yesterday and am almost done the third book today! It is seriously addicting. I like the vampire/ werewolf romance books too but this was a refreshing change that completely captivated my attention. It is very unlike anything I have ever read before, and it is VERY well written and edited.
I like the flow of the story, it sucks you in from the first page and is non stop excitement. The characters are great, I especially like how his lead character is such a kick ass chick. I am surprised by some of the people he kills off in this series, but I love how it's not predictable. I will defenitly check out his other books when I am done this one.
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