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Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One (A FREE Dystopian Vampire Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Robert S. Wilson
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Book Description

In celebration of the release of FADING IN DARKNESS: EMPIRE OF BLOOD BOOK TWO, the first book in this dystopian urban fantasy series, SHINING IN CRIMSON, is now FREE!

Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood.

Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren’t for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank’s only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.

Praise for Shining in Crimson:

"A big-scale vampire thriller that changes the rules."--Scott Nicholson, author of Liquid Fear, The Red Church, and They Hunger

"One of the best surprises I've had in a long while. Writing with a smart, self-assured ease, Robert S. Wilson has given us a gift with Shining in Crimson. Part Underworld, part Escape From New York, Shining in Crimson is genuinely frightening, genuinely thrilling, but above all, first-rate storytelling. I'm a Robert S. Wilson fan from now on!"--Joe McKinney, author of Flesh Eaters and Apocalypse of the Dead

"Robert S. Wilson shows a lot of promise here with this debut novel. Now it's time to see where that promise will take him."--Ray Wallace, The Chiaroscuro

"You'll not find some glistening torsos and smouldering eyes in this book. What you will find is a brilliantly thought out society of Vampires."--Jim Mcleod, Ginger Nuts of Horror

"The Mesh of Religious symbolism and political commentary tucked neatly between pure horror and suspense is superb."--Lisa Lane, The Cerebral Writer

Cover design by Elena Helfrecht, you can find her and her work at

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From the Author

Robert S. Wilson's debut fiction collection WHERE ALL LIGHT IS LEFT TO DIE is now available to pre-order for Kindle here on Amazon for only $2.99! Due out September 23rd. Thirteen tales in all. Awakened from the mind of Robert S. Wilson. Ripped from their slumber and stretched across the fabric of space and time, silently screaming into the farthest reaches of the cold dead void... where all light is left to die.

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Empire of Blood Books; 1st edition (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LD2TKK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,489 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspense, Cool Vampires January 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I got Shining in Crimson as a free give away and was immediately interested in the plot after reading the description. Like many of the other reviewers, I love the idea of using really badass, creepy-crawly vampires rather than the more classical versions, a la Underworld or Blade or Twilight. The one part of Shining in Crimson that really stood out to me was the suspense. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what's around the next corner and keeps this up from beginning to end. Normally this would be enough for a 4 star. For me, the biggest draw back was the feeling of being told what was happening, rather than being shown. That could be just my preference (obviously it is to some degree, given the 4 and 5 stars). I think anyone who is a fan of vampire lore, especially those drawn to the grittier, more horrific vampire lore, will definitely find a nice place for Shining in Crimson in their collection.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Depth and Richness of Character September 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So, I've been an "aficionado" of vampires for almost as long as I've been reading novels. From Stoker's Dracula to this latest, by Robert S. Wilson, Shining In Crimson.

I have to say: I'm really impressed.

Wilson's dystopian Empire (formerly the good old U.S. of A.) is well-thought out and carries a weight and depth to it unlike many others I've read about. The vampires of his world are both tribal and democratic, as well as useful tools of the Empire itself.

The characters each have a richness to them that leads you to worry for them, hate them, admire them and/or loathe them. Hank, in particular, is a man with a fully developed back story that plays its part in defining who he is and how he handles the tragic circumstances in which he finds himself.

Although Toby could have used just a little more fleshing out, near the end of the novel we see some further depth to the boy that I hope promises some interesting turns of event in future volumes. And, let me say that I do fully expect there to be future volumes!

Such incredible conflict of character is displayed in wonderful relief with the person of Simon. His storyline is such that I would have never guessed from his entry onto the scene near the beginning of the book. Wilson has done a fantastic job in truly doing something different with the "whole vampire thing."

The only reason that this novel did not get five stars from me is the partial cliffhanger of an ending... but that is to be expected as this is to be the first in a trilogy of novels. All well and good. Now, where the hell is the next one?? :o)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Refreshing and Brilliant Book September 16, 2011
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Loved this so much I am re-reading it again to make sure I did not miss a thing. For a first time novel Robert S. Wilson created a masterpiece. His weaving of story lines, creation of characters the the telling of back stories work wonderfully together culminated in a refreshingly new vampire story. This is one story I wanted to go on and on.

What impressed me was the new version of the vampire genre. After reading hundreds of stories of novels this is truly an original.

Brilliant work. Cannot wait for the next one.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a REAL Vampire book September 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to be fair. I read this book when it was still being developed and crafted. It was near completion but it was still a draft copy.

That being said I am really eager to read the completed work. The draft was of such amazing quality and work.

Let's put it this way. I don't much care for Vampire stories, but this story is so much more then blood sucking pretty boys that all the tweens swoon over. These characters are real people, the vampires have a story to tell, and there are great intertwining plots in this story. There are real conflicts and struggles for the main character.

If a person who doesn't much care for vampire books can enjoy this, I am certain diehard fans of the genre will enjoy this as well.

You are getting some damn good writing for a damn good price.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written vampire thriller November 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Looking for a vampire story without romance? Yes, it does exist <G>. Wilson has put a new spin on the vampire theme in this well crafted story with characters that will intrigue and move you.

Twenty years ago there was a civil war in America and a twisted extremist religious group took power and set up an Empire. During this bloody war a new threat appeared, vampires. The Emperor created a fragile truce between the humans and the vampires with the following conditions: the vampires would stay within the city limits of Las Vegas, now called Necropolis, and the Empire would regularly send them humans to feed upon. Anyone deemed a criminal or sinner by the church was sent to die as vampire chow. Most people living in this new world don't remember much of life before the Empire. Anyone who disagrees or remembers too much of the old days are sent to their death in Necropolis.

But things are changing. The vampires are no longer happy with the arrangement and want to take down the Empire, but they are divided on how to do this. The Empire, and especially the Emperor himself, have some skeletons in their closet and they're willing to do anything to make sure those skeletons stay there. Caught in the middle of the brewing storm is single father Hank and his son Toby. Hank has unwittingly discovered something that can change everything for all political players.

This is a story of survival, betrayal, political corruption and love. Wilson does an excellent job of moving the story forward while also giving us strong character development. There is plenty of butt-kicking, blood-spilling action, but also lots of beautifully written and touching moments sprinkled in just the right places as all the characters fight for survival.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars We all have to begin somewhere,
and this author is apparently a beginner at writing, as all of the usual mistakes were on display: telling, not showing; awkward and confusing action sequences; silly dialogue;... Read more
Published 6 days ago by catlover
4.0 out of 5 stars t my thing but this is actually a good story. Post World War world
Vampire stories aren;t my thing but this is actually a good story. Post World War world, Vampires...neat twist on the same old thing.
Published 13 days ago by Ephraim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you for a great read!
Published 3 months ago by Robin Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace
An interesting story with nice twists. Mr. Wilson's characters are well developed and likeable or unlikeable as necessary for the reader. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Published 3 months ago by Odd Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars It's tough to complain when someone put as much work into something as...
First, congratulations to Mr. Wilson for writing a novel. That's no small feat. Kudos to him also for offering it for free here on Amazon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt H
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, I thought this book was going to be "Escape From New York"...
Honestly, I thought this book was going to be "Escape From New York" with Vampires. I was pleasantly surprised to find a well written story that stripped down some of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
To start, this book was slightly more inappropriate than i would normally read, but those parts of the book were important to the story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shineybird (sky)
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Would have been 5 if didn't end like that
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
this book has a good storyline but leaves you hanging at the end. it has twists that you don't see coming.
Published 5 months ago by Connie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Had to put this one down fast. Writer writes in simple staccato sentences that jar.
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More About the Author

Robert S. Wilson is the author of SHINING IN CRIMSON and FADING IN DARKNESS, books one and two of his dystopian vampire series: EMPIRE OF BLOOD. He is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor of BLOOD TYPE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VAMPIRE SF ON THE CUTTING EDGE, a co-editor of HORROR FOR GOOD: A CHARITABLE ANTHOLOGY and NIGHTSCAPES: VOLUME 1, and lives in Middle Tennessee with his family and a silly obnoxious dog. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, online, and paper publications, and his cyberpunk/horror novella EXIT REALITY was chosen as one of's Thrillers of the Month in July 2013.

His debut fiction collection WHERE ALL LIGHT IS LEFT TO DIE is scheduled to release on September 23rd, 2014. He is currently working hard to finish a number of novels and novellas all at once like a blind juggler given knives and led into oncoming traffic.

Samples of his work as well as the free audio serial for Shining in Crimson can be found on his website at You can also find him and Shining in Crimson on Facebook at and

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