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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: 1452 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSE3LJ4
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To get the Bertauski Starter Library (four books, free), copy/paste this link: bertauski.com/free.html

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a brian problem reading fiction for some reason, can't figure out why. I have tried, note the word tried, to read the 500+ fiction books on my Kindle and have only come across 6-8 I actually like. It's probably just me but this one was different. It smoked and by that I mean it was exceptional.
It started out simple enough but grabbed your attention and led you down a path you felt immediately was worth following. The whole story has a quiet, dark and subdued feeling that carries the reader along very easily. You find yourself looking past the words on the page and trying to guess where the author might take you. The good part is that you really can't and the mood of the story drips with uneasy expectations that kind of make you look around as if someone is watching. It's great to read a book that is so cerebral for a change.
The persona of the main character is built very deliberately so you get a perfect picture of who he is, even though, as the story relates, you never really know who or what he is. Most authors take the main character and make uneccessary changes to him/her throughout their book for dramatic effect, confusing story growth or simply to add twists and turns that don't enhance to the story. Tony stayed true to his original fleshing out of the character and he was as sweet as literary necter. Drayton is believeable on a level that you don't often get the pleasure of experiencing.
The "bad guys" are also written into the story with complete conviction. You hate them, you pity them and you cheer them just a little too. They are portrayed as everyday people and are very easy to identify with. You can see some of yourself in each one and that adds a very human element to them. Overall a spectacular read that will definately leave you anxious for the next chapter in this intelligent and colorful saga.
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