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Product Details

  • Series: Pact Arcanum
  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468133861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468133868
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,149,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog

"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

From the Author

This 2nd print edition is superseded by the revised 3rd edition, available at:

Book One of the gay vampire saga Pact Arcanum.  Revised 2nd edition.

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

Search on "Pact Arcanum" to find all the books in the series.

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Customer Reviews

The other major drag, unfortunately, are the characters.
Steven T. Erickson
It is more story driven that character driven, but all in all, a very well written book and I look forward to reading more from the author.
Jennis Slaughter
The author has created a vibrant supernatural world filled with great characters.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ellen S on April 11, 2011
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Blicher on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandy N. Hunt on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Collins on March 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The reviews were excellent....I tried... but the author has a really firm grasp on the whole 3 species of Vamps thing. I just couldn't get it. Too complex, too many explanations that went on forever. I like(d) the basic premise- an event creates a situation where the 'world' finds out about a group....but then there is the myriad relationships...and the time hopping... i.e. 20 hours before _____ in ____ place, then next entry is 2 weeks AFTER ______ happening in _____(another place) with a whole DIFFERENT set of characters and relationships. Okay, I get the whole heirarchy nonsense but the so and so known as Lord so and so also known as The Moth Killer or as so and so...yawn. I put the book down a few times, thinking a fresh start would help but after 1/2 through. I gave up. 2 characters just can't talk in this book- there are the other folks listening in, and THEIR reactions, which leads to a history lesson about when that character and ANOTHER character did something to ANOTHER character 3 months ago, in a totally different place...wait...what were were talking about? the meeting and discussion? Oh and your siblings and your lovers and the dark eaters? haters? and their latent powers (but not latent under the following conditions UNLESS the author needs to find a reason for that person to be even MORE special and unique that the last person....and lets do yet another plot jump....say.....4 days? no...4 months...forward? sure, but not here, it has to be at yet another overly described 'breathtaking' place where (I swear) one character is listening but tracing the inlay of the amazingly carved desk, while considering options (while listening and tracing)...and that character is honor bound to ANOTHER character (that I sure has another time jump or three to another 3 or four places... not worth it. I am glad I got this for .99 .

now how do I delete it?
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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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