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The Drayton Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bertauski
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Book Description

The evolution of a vampire.

Drayton doesn’t know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

Editorial Reviews


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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSE3LJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, and a different take on vampirism September 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drayton Chronicles April 28, 2013
By Noni
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read - draws you in old Stephen King style July 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness there's no glitter 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting June 14, 2014
By Deborah
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a awesome collection of stories
This was a awesome collection of stories. I enjoyed every single one of them. I for one don’t think Drayton is a vampire. He might be the origin story, but no vampire. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DEBS
5.0 out of 5 stars which has gotten a bit boring already.
Wasn't sure about this box set or the author ( never having read his works) but when I was finished all I could think was WOW!!! What an outstanding read! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and inspiring.
Wonderfully written and fascinating book. I'm not sure what the intent of the author was, but my take on the book was it being a tale of karma, both for Drayton as a being, his... Read more
Published 5 months ago by candiceanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires with a twist.
The Drayton chronicles is a series of stories featuring Drayton, who is not your typical vampire type. He's kind of like a blood-sucking version of Karma. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a rush ! This whole Drayton series is beyond a doubt the best new series I have read in a long time. I will be looking more for this author .
Published 9 months ago by Chgomrbill
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The stories kept me interested, but the ending lacked.
Published 9 months ago by Elaine Valentino
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, good middle, kinda good finish. A decent read.
It started slow but got better as it went on. At first I read a chapter or two then put it down, trying to decide if I was going to finish it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Jesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Drayton May Live Forever, but my enthusiasm wasn't quite that...
The Drayton Chronicles is an interesting read. They are stand alone books crunched into one compilation and they are a fine time killer when you want something fun and light to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bruce Simmons (Brusimm)
4.0 out of 5 stars Very intense....
This was a very intense and deep read. I wasn't sure I was going to finish it because at the beginning I had to reread parts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by oldladybs
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
This is a great set of stories that are hard to put down. I loved the concept & the characters. Everything from the setting to the people are very well written & it pulls you in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A Lil Vampy
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More About the Author

During the day, I'm a horticulturist. While I've spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I've always been a storyteller. 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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