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Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Arshad Ahsanuddin
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Book Description

Book One of the scifi vampire saga Pact Arcanum. Warning: contains strong language and non-explicit depictions of gay sexuality.

An unlikely savior emerges to prevent the advent of mass destruction and genocide descending on the world…

By Day

Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

By Night

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion.

By the Sword

Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa's service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war.

Betrayal and treachery lurk around every corner on the road to coexistence, and at every turn, Nick must question who to trust among his metahuman allies, friends, and lovers—before their civilization is plunged into the depths of darkness and bloodshed. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.

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Editorial Reviews


"Vampires, shifters, justice fighters, protectors, magic and advanced technology; at first glance, an impossible combination but one that will stir every reader's imagination and leave you asking - What just happened? Yes, the book is that good."
--Valentina Heart, The Romance Reviews

The Best Vampire Fiction Releases of 2011: "...the ambitious, grand-scale, science fiction backdrop and labyrinthinely plotted storyline was impressive, to say the least."
--Paul Goat Allen, Explorations: The B&N SciFi and Fantasy Blog

From the Author

Book One of the gay vampire saga Pact Arcanum. Revised 4th edition.

Warning: Contains strong language and non-explicit depictions of gay sexuality.

"Arshad has authored four full-length novels and a novella as part of the Pact Arcanum Saga: Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One); Sunrise (Pact Arcanum: Book Two); Moonlight (Pact Arcanum: Book Three); Starlight (Pact Arcanum: Book Four); and Cathedral of the Sky (Pact Arcanum 1.5). He has also written two short non-fiction works: First Words: 13 Short Essays on Writing from a Neophyte Author's Perspective and Stepwise: eBook and Print-on-Demand Formatting using Word 2010"

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  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468133861
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SIXXB2
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and engaging story April 11, 2011
By Ellen S
Format:Kindle Edition
Sunset is the first novel in the Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin. Kind of. There are currently two books in the series, and although Sunrise is the chronological beginning of the story, Sunset is intended to be read first. This allows the author to drop the reader immediately into a thrilling moment in the story, in which a terrorist event results in the inadvertent revelation that a few species of "meta-humans", including vampires, have been living among humans secretly for centuries in parallel societies, complete with their own complex political structures, alliances, and issues. Although the reader is dropped into the story midway, all of the necessary backstory is revealed along the way when needed (sometimes the dialogue used to introduce relevant backstory seems a little contrived, but it does the job).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The writing is clean, artfully composed, and engaging; the author's intelligence and precision shine through in impeccably crafted sentences. The beginning and end are absolutely thrilling - the action is gripping, as is the drama of the individuals facing those intense situations - towards the end, I could not put the book down. The political tensions, both between the humans and meta-humans and across the meta-human society, are palpable and credible, and they help to give the story depth and make it engaging, causing the reader to really think about who is right, or, as in real life, if more than one side is right.

The book is not without its flaws. It is far more story-driven than character-driven, which makes for an engaging story overall, but sacrifices the reader's emotional identification with the characters.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A world being built with increasing skill July 29, 2011
I came for the world-building; I stayed for the characters. This author's got brains and heart.

As other reviewers have said, Sunset begins by plunking readers in the middle of intense action. Through the eyes of a minor character, we watch a terrorist take over a televised awards ceremony in the near future with the intention of blowing up an entire city. The major characters cope with the catastrophe by using technology, skills, and jargon that can be baffling. By the end of the first chapter, we, like the minor character, are thoroughly confused--but we're intensely curious. We eagerly follow the major characters back where they came from to try to figure out who they are and why they do what they do, and we end up witnessing a global war.

Ahsanuddin has created not just a plot-driven novel but an actual culture of vampires and related "meta-humans." I find the culture the true attraction of this work. Ahsanuddin's vampires are complex, conflicted; a tragic mixture of human and immortal, instinct-driven animal. They fall deeply in love, protect their loved ones at immense cost, grieve for centuries over the pain they've inflicted. Their foils are called Sentinels, enhanced mortals engaged with the vampires in an ageless war which can end only when one race or the other is exterminated. But Sunset is not so much about this war as it is about the war between these meta-humans and actual humans. Readers may be surprised to find themselves rooting for the bloodsuckers.

I gave this book a three-star rating because Ahsanuddin is still learning his craft. That is, I want to leave room for more stars in reviews of fufure books. Sunset and Sunrise both resemble enthralling paintings viewed through scratched glass: the art is there, but it's obscured.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow beginning, but the ending rocks! June 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not the book I normally read, so please take everything I'm about to say with some salt. I think if you like to read vampire novels set in highly charged political settings, then you would probably give this four stars.

Me, not so much. It took awhile to get interested in the characters, and even then, there is a lot of jargon that kept me confused almost all the way through the novel.

Once I did get interested in the characters, the story began to speed up, and by the end, I was definitely enjoying myself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GLBT "Twilight" October 21, 2012
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I did enjoy reading this book, but like the "Twilight" series I found the relationships described as way to co-depedent and full of unhealthy obsessive behaviors; and it seemed like these relationships were being presented as normal and desireable. Unfortunately, this leads our young people to think this type of behavior in a relationship is ideal. I did truly appreciate the Gay perspective, because I think it is about time that we are presented with the reality that not everyone is heterosexual, and it is OKAY!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Daphne
Arshad Ahsanuddin's daring debut novel, Sunset, is the first installment in a breathtaking new series about vampires, vampire-hunters, humans, and, well...their love and lust for each other.

With bold, intelligent language and in true supernatural fashion, Ahsanuddin creates a universe in 2033 and beyond that comes to symbolize many of our current human struggles. I was impressed with the book's complexity and layers of unfolding information; the structure of the different allegiances and governments become known slowly as the author sheds more light on the histories of the characters. The emergence of multiple motivations of different characters kept me interested on an intellectual level.

Sunset is a creative new take on vampires and their capabilities. The mental prowess of some of the supernatural characters is interesting to follow, and particularly inventive. The complex spiritual manifestations of power and weakness catapulted the novel to a new dimension.

During the incredible, glorious action sequences at the beginning of the novel, there may have been some missed opportunities for richer description and character depth. Of course, by the middle of the book, events that may have seemed confusing or rushed at the outset are thrown into sharp relief and become instantly more symbolic and moving.

All in all, Sunset is the beginning of a new world that Ahsanuddin has created; the incredible alliances formed between warring nightwalkers, daywalkers, sentinels, spacers, humans - and more - will keep me up reading at night! I am extremely excited to dig in to the prequel, Sunrise, and the third installment, Moonlight.
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I really enjoyed this novel. It was entertaining from the front cover to the back. I would recommend it to anyone, especially people that love supernatural characters.
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Nicely done and a beautifully built world. Would love to see more from this universe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters in it. Well done.
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More About the Author

By profession, I am a hematopathologist, a laboratory physician who specializes in diagnosis of diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

The Interscission Project is space opera/time travel/gay romance. My previous works are part of an unrelated paranormal romance series, the Pact Arcanum Saga, which consists of five books: Sunset, Cathedral of the Sky, Sunrise, Moonlight, and Starlight. It is best described as non-explicit, near-future gay vampire space opera. Yes, I realize the irony that I am a blood doctor who writes about vampires. ;)

Note: While each series conforms to standard conventions regarding the romance genre overall, I do not guarantee an HEA or HFN ending to any individual book within the series.

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