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"This book goes into my 'best of the best' collection on my kindle." --Amazon Reviewer
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"Every once in a while you read something that is deceptively simple, yet profound to the point of utter complexity." --Amazon Reviewer
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"This was such an incredibly moving piece of writing." --Amazon Reviewer

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  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSE3LJ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction.

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.

Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.

After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.

And I'm a big fan of plot twists.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2013
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I bought this book several months ago, long enough to forget why it caught my interest initially. Instantly engaging, not necessarily a nailbiter, but I wanted to keep reading nonetheless. And definitely not a typical vampire tale. I love how the author, throughout the 5 stories, tells the story of how Drayton evolved into the being he is now. Just a really good, very interesting read. I look forward to more from this author. :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deb Robbins on August 31, 2013
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This is the most original vampire fiction I've ever read. Drayton is portrayed as an immortal creature that begins as little more than an animal, with no knowledge of his origins. He is apparently alone, as there is no mention of him ever encountering another like himself. Over thousands of years, he learns and evolves, leaving savagery behind, and developing some respect for the humans that sustain him. While he will never be human, he develops some very human traits.

These stories are all about character development, Drayton's character as well as the people he deals with in each story. I enjoyed all of them, but I thought the final story was off base. It's not a bad story, it just didn't seem to follow the theme of the others. Drayton was mostly in the sidelines of that one, and his role was not well defined.

Very entertaining reading. I enjoyed it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Noni on April 28, 2013
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I've only really known three truly evil people in my whole life. They are all dead by now. I wonder if Drayton visited them.
It is nice to reread the Drayton stories in one collection. I like them all for different reasons. I enjoy Bertauski's writing style. His line about Swift is The Current: "Some bad seeds are worth saving." made me stop working just to read the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Burchfield on May 22, 2014
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I found The Drayton Chronicles to be a very new and refreshing take on vampires. Lately there seems to be a plethora of novels on vampires and many if not most appear to follow a set of already established plot/character formulas (much like the romance novels my mother-in-law loves so much). There is nothing wrong with this, but I find reading predictable books to be less enjoyable. For me, these books/stories were a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed them immensely. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa J. Ruggieri on July 13, 2013
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The characters are drawn vividly. I found myself wishing Drayton was real. He's a sort of physical transformed to psychic vampire righting all the wrongs while sustaining his own need. Dark, mysterious and I want more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stitcher_guy on April 7, 2013
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The first few pages were like deja vu all over again. It was the kid that I'd been introduced to awhile back. Finally, his travels continue in The Drayton Chronicles. Drayton shows up in the low country of South Carolina after a brief encounter on Mt. Hood... and decides to stay awhile. Such is the setting for five encounters with a vampire? A time traveler? The keeper of souls? Death? This is the mystique of Bertauski's host, who weaves his presence through each scenario. It's not a battle against a vampire, per se. It's more a battle within ourselves and having to deal with death and the eternal hereafter. What happens when we ask Death to pass on a message? Or a vampire to exact revenge on our behalf? Or an angel of mercy to help us seek forgivness? Or settle the conflicts that exist in each of us on a day to day level of existence.

You don't have to make yourself read Chronicles. The reader is pulled through the pages as swiftly and easily as Drayton makes his presence known. One is compelled to turn the page to answer the questions that invariably pop up, trying to answer why a vampire/angel of death/gardener would choose this person. Like a continuing serial saga, Drayton provides the continuity into each story, surprising sometimes in his relationship, but always explained.

Each encounter can be read as an independent story, each with it's own characters and plot. Perhaps an additional nuance for the reader could have been weaving an interconnectedness between the characters of each entry, to further cement the weave of the fabric of Drayton's universe.

Bertauski brings a wealth of description to all of his books. The minutia paints a very real picture in the reader's mind without becoming overly weighty and slowing the plot. I want to walk in pluff mud and see how it differs from my own muddy yard. And through it all, Drayton never glitters in a metrosexual way, or wanders aimlessly with the angst of a the troubled undead. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on June 14, 2014
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I would say this was a different kind of book for me but lately I've been branching out a little regarding what I read, one of the advantages of the kindle and free books, this said I still like a romantic vein to run through them even if it's not the whole purpose of the book. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book and it did take me a little while to get fully in sync with it but once I did I became totally absorbed and just couldn't put it down and I mean that literally I fell asleep while reading it. It's a very interesting book the main character Drayton is something of an enigma not knowing how old he is or what he is, is he the angel of death, a vampire, a demon. He takes the life essence from people as they are dying, he knows their thoughts, feelings and pasts, he rights the wrongs they've left behind, is he an angel or something else entirely. It's not until the last book that we really discover anything about Drayton, he doesn't remember being born, has he been around since time began, we get glimpses into his past, some of the things he's done, what he used to be and how he's evolved.
One thing I didn't like was the cover apart from not really appealing to me, yes I can see the irony in this since I read the book but I don't think it's represents the contents it's looks more like a demonic Shrek than how Drayton is described.
I really enjoyed this book and would advise you to give it a try it might surprise you and since it's free all you've got to lose is a little time.
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