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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.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 781 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drayton Chronicles April 28, 2013
By Marion
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, and a different take on vampirism 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Drayton (Tony Bertauski) July 6, 2013
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Drayton, The Taker (Tony Bertauski)

I have to start this review a bit different than I usually do. Drayton is a FANTASTIC, original story. Well written and so intriguing I could not put it down, and stayed up way past my bedtime. This was one of the best books I have read all year.

Drayton always thought he was a vampire, he really does not remember his past, he does not remember, parents, childhood anything that a person would normally remember. What he does remember is his thirst, thirst for blood. He knows he has a purpose, yet he is not quite sure why he lives

Drayton is actually 5 short stories put together and becomes whole. As we are taken to each story Drayton plays an important role in each individuals life. Most people think he is death, or some form of it. Some of the people are seeking redemption, others are not. But one thing is guaranteed, when Drayton shows up someones life is soon to be ending.

I highly recommend to those who love vampire/dark fantasy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A diferent twist on an ancient tale. June 30, 2013
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Well written and entertaining. Left me wanting more. If was refreshing to read these stores without the bother of grammar or spelling issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book June 9, 2013
By Cynic
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not much to say except that it's a nice read. It's a group of short stories that tie together well and the author did a good job of maintaining the reader's interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read start to finish! April 8, 2014
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I usually don't pick up vampire stories. I'm a fan of this author so gave this a go and so glad I did. Drayton is not your typical vampire and the series really draws you in. I definitely love the way one book flows into the other without a lot of repetition of the previous story.

I highly recommend getting all of them instead of one book at a time.
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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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