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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466428457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466428454
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,520,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Patrick Brotherton lives in Washington State with his wife and son. His fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review. He attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as a contributor. This is his first novel.

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The whole book was very entertaining to read.
V. Cano
If you like Neil Gaiman or Christopher Moore, you'll love James Patrick Brotherton.
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I am definitely on the wait list for James Patrick Brotherton's next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Faulkner on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This may be Brotherton's first published novel, but he's clearly been honing his writing chops for quite some time. From the origin story to the choice of hero to the daily practicalities of "slaying"--including how to finance that lifestyle!--Brotherton has completely re-imagined the vampire-killer story.

Merton, the protagonist, isn't exactly a slacker, but when he finds his life spiraling downward, the opportunity to kill vampires presents itself. His first attempt isn't a complete success, but eventually he acquires the necessary skills. Like other heroes of this genre, Merton has his inner demons--but again, Brotherton avoids clichés, and even allows Merton to learn and grow.

Every vampire story needs a villain--a "lead" vampire--and this one is literally legendary. In what could have been a short story itself, this villain's origin and development is both horrifying and poignant.

Brotherton's pacing is brilliant--I literally couldn't put the book down until I'd finished. Now I'm hoping for a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAM/JTM on May 8, 2012
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The first part of this story shines. In fact, I envisioned a movie with Kevin James playing Coaler and a younger George Clooney playing Merton, and a cameo role by Steve Buscemi. The vampire could be Christopher Walken. That would be killer (pun intended). The movie would be a classic Coen Brothers film, sort of dark and funny with deep and meaningful themes that are approached in artful and surprising ways.

I was taken aback by the middle section. Not the person that embodies the vampire, but the bizarre power he wields. It was a different pace from the beginning section, but deepened the themes of redemption and the feeling of being irredeemable. The graphic nature of this section was a fitting change of pace, but was maybe carried a bit too far. The only other feature that was a little disconcerting was the occasional switching of POV in certain scenes.

The final section brings the story full circle, and the ending makes you believe that all along, the redemption, the journey, the feeling being lost, the entire sense of being in a fugue, was all brought to the conclusion of a love story. The story begins with a break up where the protagonist finds that his blood is being sucked from him both figuratively and literally. The story ends with a redemptive conclusion that rejoices over a sacrifice made with wood and is finalized when the protagonist once again finds love: food and women.

Where the novel was a success in its quirky take on vampire lore and was certainly funny and poignant in large parts, it was not without weak spots. The sheer number of dead and undead lurking about without alarm--an entire hospital wiped out at one point--was more than a little disconcerting. The issue with the POV switching was minor, and admittedly one of my personal peeves. Overall, it was an easy, fun read. I enjoyed it very much. I would definitely read another by Mr. Brotherton.
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You could say that this book is an adventure story, following the tried and true `unsuspecting, ordinary person gets invited to be an adventurer, goes for it, becomes a badass' plot. You could say that this is a book about vampires and vampire hunters. But really, this is an awakening story, one about an ordinary man who is shaken out of his stagnant life into motion and, ultimately, to a kind of enlightenment. This is not only a valuable theme, it's a theme particularly relevant to our time: when technology has placed everything just a click away, what could possibly be more important than relearning to appreciate the "feast" that is life? It just so happens that the vehicle that brings the protagonist, Merton Daniels, to his enlightenment is the existence of vampires.

My favorite part about this book is the dark, deadpan humor that exists throughout it. Merton and his best-friend-turned-sidekick, Coaler, are in sharp contrast to each other, and their interactions create a dynamic that brings in the sort of absurd situations everyday life has to offer. Because of this, the world of Reclaiming the Dead is convincing - maybe uncomfortably so. The humor which arises because of this absurdity also prompted me to begin thinking of it in terms of film - if Reclaiming the Dead ever hit the silver screen it could be Shawn of the Dead's wittier, indie cousin.
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By V. Cano on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book surprised me in so many ways. I really expected it to be much more the usual vampire fare, but instead I got to read a wonderfully written, unique book, with, yes, vampires.
The main character, Merton, is what really pulls this book together. I loved the transition his character goes through, the depth in change, of every sort, that he struggles with. It is wonderful to see characters that really progress, that end the book different than when they started it. That's what makes a character stand out. Coaler, his "side-kick", was hilarious and a nice foil to our protagonist.
What I liked the most, however, was the book's middle section. This is where the author really shows his colors, with beautiful, moving prose that rings of truth. I found myself wide-eyed, waiting to see what would come next throughout this whole section. The pacing was really well done.
The whole book was very entertaining to read. As this is an indie book, it makes you wonder why these kind of stories don't make it into the world at large when so many other, less well written, less intelligent ones do. I can highly recommend it, and I'll definitely be looking for this author's next book.
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More About the Author

Brotherton lives in Washington State. His fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review. He attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as a contributor. This is his first novel.

Contact: jamesbrotherton@hotmail.com

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