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The unusually large cast that reads Marks's multiperspective, modern vampire story helps make up for the lack of special effects one might expect. There is no creepy music, no doors creaking or wind shrieking through the trees to augment the tale of what happens after Evangeline Harker, a lovely assistant producer of a venerable TV news show, travels to Romania to meet a fabled gangster. Her trip goes horribly wrong and soon her colleagues in New York are afflicted as well. Marks, a former 60 Minutes producer, is at his best when writing about the life of the newsroom, which we witness through the conversation and thoughts of people who are all concerned about Harker's disappearance and the horrors that have followed, but who observe each other and the rest of the show's staff with keen distrust and disdain. This reading adds little to the chilling story aside from the varied voices, yet as a novel take on the worn-out vampire story, with a steady drumbeat of macabre events alternating with dryly funny commentary, it is sure to hold listeners until the end.
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Professional and personal aspirations collide when Evangeline, an ambitious associate producer of The Hour ("the most successful news show in American television history") accepts Robert's wedding proposal just before jetting off on an assignment she would rather dodge. Her uber-producer dismisses her protestations, so it's off to Transylvania to evaluate a possible story on Romanian reputed crime lord Ion Torgu. Marks' sense of place (a horse and wagon in front of a Coke sign symbolizes the transition from communism) and tone-setting emphasis on blood and bloodlines kick in early as Evangeline mulls over blending her Italian Irish heritage and Robert's mix of Creek Indian and the U.S. marshals who fought them, a union represented for her by the engagement ring she insists on wearing to meet the small, pale Torgu, who proves a kind of terrorist, and who infects her "like a virus" when she is abducted. She resurfaces months later, recuperating in Transylvania and recalling nothing. A scary twenty-first-century take on the stuff of Dracula, worthy of its rightful place among others. Whitney Scott
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very confusing, really hard to follow. The description of the book is very misleading. I hate I spent my money on it.Published 2 months ago by Nicole F.
Evangeline Harker, producer for a popular news show, The Hour, is sent to Transylvania to investigate a renowned crime boss, Torgu. Read more
This is a brilliant novel until about 2/3 of the way in...Then it falls apart with an overdose of characters and kowtowing to trends (snooty wine! foodies! gender flipping! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sarah
I liked the way Marks set up the novel but I found it to be not fantastically well written, a bit trashy and dopey in terms of the sexual content, and altogether a bit of a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jill C Jones
With more than a few nods to Bram Stoker Fangland introduced Evangeline Harker, a journalist working for 'The Hour' who travels to Transylvania to interview a rumored crime boss... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by T. Edmund
It was tough to bother to finish this book. The story starts with a lone woman being sent by a major network news magazine show to Romania ALONE to meet with a crime boss who was... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Renny
Read the whole book, hoping that it would eventually make sense, but it didn't. I still don't get what Torgu was, or what Evangeline did at the end. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by OC Pyro Queen
If you're looking for a cute, light spoof of Dracula with jabs at 60 Minutes thrown in then DON'T assume that's what this book is. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Antony
What a mess of a book this is. Too many unbelievable characters. Too much thrown in. (September 11, Ground Zero, vampires, sex, one-dimensional characters, a pasty chef, a... Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by S. O'Connor