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About the Author

Mark Teppo (born May 21, 1968) is an American author of contemporary fantasy and science fiction. His work is strongly peppered with references to occult concepts, most commonly those of Hermeticism and Alchemy. Prior to his current tenure as a fiction writer Teppo was a music journalist working both as a staff reviewer and editor for various publications such as Earpollution, Igloo Magazine, Earplug, and OPi8.com. Teppo is also Chief Creative Officer of Subutai Corporation, whose first offering is the interactive fiction project The Mongoliad.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Arcadian Conflict
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804455
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Teppo is the author of Rudolph!, The Potemkin Mosaic, Earth Thirst, Lightbreaker, and Heartland (the latter two being the initial pair of the urban fantasy series, The Codex of Souls). He was also a contributor to the Foreworld Saga, notably the three volumes of The Mongoliad, Katabasis, and several of the SideQuests.

During the day, he is the founder and publisher of RESURRECTION HOUSE, a fiercely independent genre publisher devoted to adoring the printed book from author to audience. At night, he is a synthesist, a trouble-shooter (and -maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C Allison on January 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Vampires as ecowarriors? Sounds intriguing... So how does that play out?

The plot is full of thriller tropes. A superspy is on a mission that goes cockeyed. Afterward, he's on the run while trying to put together all the pieces to figure out what exactly is going on. He teams up with the sexy noncombatant, who helps him (while providing a romantic interest). Wouldn't you know it, he realizes that there are two shadowy groups in opposition to his own organization. After much exotic globetrotting, he has a final showdown, only to realize that the truth still hasn't been uncovered.

In Earth Thirst, the superspy is named Silas, & he's a Greek soldier who is a vampire (here they are referred to as Arcadians). He's been around since the Trojan War, & somehow due to the rejuvenation process the Arcadians use, he's missing a lot of his memory (not quite as much as Jason Bourne, but you get the idea). The sexy noncombatant is a journalist named Mere, who of course has investigative skills necessary to put the pieces of the conspiracy together.

So what about that vampire thing? Teppo's vampires don't do a lot of vampirey stuff. There's a bit of blood drinking, but it's more like a guy who enjoys a beer now & then, rather than the alcoholism of most vampires. They can regenerate by being buried in "good soil". But most of the time it's just used to give certain characters greater than human abilities (speed, strength, etc).

Oddly enough, the parts of Earth Thirst that work best are the thriller elements. Sure, most of it is bog standard for a post Bourne thriller, but it was very well done. Faced paced, great action sequences. It was compelling and riveting.

What didn't work as well for me were the vampire elements.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Moo on December 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read much of Teppo's work, including his Codex of Souls novels, and believe Earth Thirst is his breakout book - the book that puts him firmly on the dark-noir mystical map. Teppo's talent for character development is full-force from chapter one. We are totally taken with the two main characters, Silas and Mere, and fear and hope for them for the entire 275 pages. Also in top form are Teppo's world-building skills. The concept of eco-vampires is cool from the get go and we love being privy to their secrets in an age-old war raging in the modern world. There are plot twists I never saw coming and multiple laugh-out-loud lines. The pace is almost too relentless - I read the book in two sittings. The story arc is complete, though I sense the door may be open for another in a series. I certainly hope so. I don't want this to be the last I read of Silas, Mere and the Arcadians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone on March 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As climate change becomes an increasing point of fear around the globe, it’s natural to expect horror writers to take up the mantle. There is so much fertile ground for truly monstrous ideas, but so far there hasn’t been a rush to delve into this new arena. The few attempts I’ve read have really missed the opportunity to explore this theme of the evil Man is creating by greed, consumption, and a lack of concern for anything but ourselves.

Mark Teppo’s latest release Earth Thirst takes on an apocalyptic view of a globe on the verge of collapse. In a world where humans have over-populated and allowed corporate greed to run rampant and unchecked, an ancient race of vampire-like creatures known as Arcadians sleep deep in the earth waiting to rise to protect the planet. With elements of science-fiction, horror, and a hint of old noir, Teppo gives us a disturbing look at our future, but like the other eco-horror works I’ve read, misses the mark on truly capturing the monstrosity we’ve unleashed on ourselves.

The story begins with a horrific fire aboard a ship. Our protagonist Silas is betrayed and exiled. He discovers however, that the government is testing a weapon to destroy the guardians of the Earth for their own greed and gain. Teppo creates some pretty nasty bad guys who stop at nothing. They easily cut people up for parts, use private armies to crush opposition, and a whole host of other dastardly deeds. The story is heavy on action, but the narrative meanders and at certain points, falls off the cliff of any believability or logic. By the time I reached the discussion concerning Talus as the plant, Nigel getting a chemical dose meant for Silas, and Secutores designing a new trap, I was lost.

Teppo had an idea that seemed to get away from him here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Wodanson on February 16, 2013
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But there is so much left unsaid about the Arcadians themselves and what "mother" is that it left me more perplexed than satisfied when finished. That and the flashbacks that really just pulled me out of the story and would hit me like a bucket of cold water to the face, they seemed to just lose my interest. The flashbacks pulled me out of the suspension of reality and left me there unsure of how to get "back into" the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darin Bradley on January 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've watched Teppo's career since its earliest stages--as long ago as his experimental arcana-hypertext novel at Farrago's Wainscot. EARTH THIRST is by far his best work. He has an abiding fascination with the arcane--always has--and with this novel, he's tempered it into something labyrinthine, yes, but navigable. The novel is fast-paced, cleanly plotted, and efficiently characterized. Thriller spy-fiction of the supernatural variety. You'll enjoy the hell out of it.
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