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Thicker Than Water (Blood Brothers Vampire Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Sisco
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Book Description

Not Your Teenage Sister's Vampires


Tyr and Loki are the kind of vampires who live for their own pleasure, not yours. They feel no remorse. They view human beings as livestock or sex objects. And after a thousand years of sex and destruction seducing and murdering the prettiest girls in the room, they have become two of the most diabolical serial killers of all time.

But following a violent feud that separates the brothers for over a decade, Tyr hides himself away in a house on the outskirts of Las Vegas where he falls in love with a terminally ill young woman named Eva, an act deemed punishable by death by the fabled vampire council known as The Chosen.
When a mysterious messenger arrives at his home, Tyr fears both Loki and The Chosen have tracked him down, forcing him to protect both himself and the dying young woman who is teaching him to feel.

Thicker Than Water is a vampire thriller focusing on 100 years of immortal, hedonistic life, from the slummy brothels of the American Wild West, to the bright lights of Las Vegas circa 1999. The story weaves together vampires, brothel owners, cowboys, prostitutes, and gallons of innocent blood in an orgy of violence, sex, revenge, romance, betrayal, and brotherly love.

The “Blood Brothers” Vampire Series


Thicker Than Water marks the first novel in the Blood Brothers vampire series. Drawing inspiration from Norse mythology and the works of Shakespeare, the series spans 1,000 years and half the globe, telling the story of two brothers and the rise and fall of their bloodthirsty clan. The aim of the series is to paint vampires as gods, preying on humanity from the shadows as they steer the events of history.

Each of the four novels in the Blood Brothers series will tell both a present day story and an historical story set sometime within the last 1,000 years, gradually unveiling the mystery of the brothers' origin and the details of their fall.

The second novel in the series, currently titled The Wages of Sin, is planned for release in the second half of 2012. The last two novels will follow in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

For all the latest on the Blood Brothers series, visit www.GregSisco.com.

A Few Words from the Author


With the state of vampire fiction, I'm almost embarrassed to admit to loving vampires, but I do. As a child, vampire thrillers like Near Dark, The Lost Boys, and Fright Night were my bedtime stories. I didn't want to be an astronaut when I grew up, I wanted to be a vampire. They were sexy, cool, and they were always out for a good time.

They used to be confident, often to a fault. Today they're afraid to talk to girls.

They used to be gluttons. Today they're vegetarians.

They used to drink the blood of virgins. Today they are virgins.

I don't envy them like I used to. I just miss them.

What I'm getting at is this: If you're looking for a vampire to swoon over, to fall in love with, to think about in the tub with scented candles and wine while some soft music plays in the background, you'd probably do well to look elsewhere for a vampire series. But if you're looking for a mean son of a bitch who knows how to play the silky seducer when it suits his needs, well... then you're getting warmer.


Editorial Reviews

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"The baton that was brought to us by Bram Stoker, handed over for a fabulous reinvention by Anne Rice, now comes through the murky waters of the vampire romance sub genre, held clean and high overhead by Greg Sisco." -James Garcia Jr, Author "Dance on Fire"

From the Author

With the state of vampire fiction, I'm almost embarrassed to admit to loving vampires, but I do. As a child, vampire thrillers like Near Dark, The Lost Boys, and Fright Night were my bedtime stories. I didn't want to be an astronaut when I grew up, I wanted to be a vampire. They were sexy, cool, and they were always out for a good time.

They used to be confident, often to a fault. Today they're afraid to talk to girls.

They used to be gluttons. Today they're vegetarians.

They used to drink the blood of virgins. Today they are virgins.

I don't envy them like I used to. I just miss them.

What I'm getting at is this: If you're looking for a vampire to swoon over, to fall in love with, to think about in the tub with scented candles and wine while some soft music plays in the background, you'd probably do well to look elsewhere for a vampire series. But if you're looking for a mean son of a bitch who knows how to play the silky seducer when it suits his needs, well... then you're getting warmer.

-Greg Sisco

Product Details

  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: www.GregSisco.com (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YHZL6W
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost converted! November 15, 2011
By Kat
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I have to start by saying vampires aren't my thing. No way, nuh uh, no vampires for this girl - strictly Zombies only.

However, after reading Greg's fantastic blog post on `proper' vampires [...] I was intrigued. Maybe, just maybe, there's someone out there who doesn't think vampires sparkle and love kittens. So casting my long-standing vampire prejudice aside, I (reluctantly) picked up a copy of Thicker than Water.

Thicker than Water is the story of two brothers Tyr and Loki, and their recent (in vampire terms) recruit, Thor. Named after Norse mythological characters, the brothers have been around the block more than a few times, and have the whole vampire game pretty much down pat. After a disagreement over a child during one of their hell-raising, blood-guzzling escapades, they are no longer in contact - Tyr is in a relationship with a human and Loki is building up his empire with Thor within the sinful confines of Vegas.

Much of this book focuses on the tale behind the turning of Thor, in the late 19th century wild-west, and ends with the story behind the argument that has separated the brothers for the last 13 years.

Thicker than Water pulls no punches where these vampires are concerned - they are in the truest sense of the word, proper vampires. For me, the story started a little slowly, but after the first third of the book, the pace was ramped up quickly, climaxing with the story of their last raid together. The characters are strong and easily identifiable, which makes them very `likeable' (for want of a better word!) and intriguing.

There were some small spelling and grammatical errors, but not enough to bring out the Grammar Nazi's in full force.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and full of wit December 9, 2011
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Vampire stories are like zombie stories. They have been rehashed one way or another, recreated, done and redone to the point of causing nausea every time I even heard the word "vampire". I expected nothing from this novel but something gripped my interest and didn't let go. I had the opportunity to glance at the first few sentences of Chapter 1 on Greg Sisco's website. And I loved what I saw. I immediately ordered the book on my Kindle, eager to read more of it.

Sisco's impeccable prose transports the reader into a horrific yet inviting world. He narrates the tale of Loki, Thor and Tyr, three vampires, three blood brothers, who share everything, from hunting, robbing and killing their victims to fighting each other mercilessly. They know no fear, no sorrow, and no compassion for the human kind. They only want to feed and enjoy their eternal condition the best they can. And enjoy it they do. Yet, Tyr meets this girl, Eva, and falls for her because she's stronger than any other human he met before. He saves her from a certain death, and promises himself to find her again. He also cuts all ties with Loki and Thor after Loki expresses his huge discontentment at Tyr's decision to spare the six-year-old girl's life.

Vampires aren't supposed to fall for humans. Vampires aren't supposed to break the code. Turning Eva into a vampire is out of the question. Tyr knows the danger of loving Eva. While he struggles to find his path, far from Loki and Thor who live solely to cause havoc on earth, he tries to understand what binds him to this girl who thirteen years later is now dying of cancer. Eva means nothing and she means everything. She's the end and the beginning of a new life for Tyr.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally vampires are vampires again. January 13, 2012
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Loved this story. Tyr and Loki are brothers that have not seen each other in 13 years since "The Great Train Robbery of 1986". Tyr has been busy drinking from his drains and putting bodies in the incinerator while Loki is off being Loki. And then the brothers are reunited along with Thor....and blood....and violence....

Greg Sisco has a visceral grasp of the vampire genre which has been sorely missed since Twilight. If you like your vampires bloody, rough, and merciless, then this is a must read. Cannot wait for book two.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still wondering what the point is ... October 24, 2012
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I got this book thinking it would be a fun vampire read, but, instead, I found myself bored to death reading on and on and on. I couldn't bring myself to just stop though because "there has to be a point here somewhere to this book ... some point when the book actually gets fun to read. Right?" It never came. The characters are totally shallow and I could not find even one I really liked or wanted to learn more about. I am not planning to read the other books to see if there is ever a point to the story of the 3 shallow brothers who love to f*** and kill.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thicker than water December 28, 2011
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This was the first vampire story I have read. I deleted the first twilight book before I made it through the first chapter, so I was a bit reluctant to buy this book, but a friend recommended it. I must say it was really good!! I loved it! I cannot wait for the next one to come out! Nice work Greg!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Teenage Sister's Vampires January 28, 2012
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The plot of the story takes us back and forth from the old west to the present day as if it were a symphony, building towards its ultimate crescendo. Another moment of brilliance occurs as we "see" the best human to vampire transformation I have ever experienced. Much of the thrill of this story has to do with the reveals. They are not the biggest surprises known to man; however, the plot unfolds in such a way that you may find yourself not thinking ahead, but giving every sight, smell and texture its opportunity to do its work and transport you there.
Last year, the author put up a blog post where he said that he wanted to return vampires to where they rightfully belonged. I can assure you that he has done that in spades. As the author himself warns, these are not your teenage sister's vampires. The baton that was brought to us by Bram Stoker, handed over for a fabulous reinvention by Anne Rice, now comes through the murky waters of the vampire romance sub genre, held clean and high overhead by Greg Sisco.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This book had the feel of a scientific textbook. Sorry but the convoluted storyline confused and didn't engage me. I don't think that I would read more in this series.
Published 29 days ago by Michele Storms aka: Stormdrac2002
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
A little confusing at first was unsure if I was reading a book about Norse gods or vampires but halfway though it explained it
Published 1 month ago by mom2ard
3.0 out of 5 stars Back and forth
It is an okay read but it goes back and forth to different eras. It can get confusing. I wouldn't recommend this book.
Published 3 months ago by Michelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
That's about all I can say for it, not bad. Not that great either. Just enough to keep me reading. Oh no, now I have to buy the next one to find out the rest of Eva's story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donna Sherritt
4.0 out of 5 stars new twist
I enjoyed this book. The ending was not what I expected. It was as much about brothers as it was vampires.
Published 12 months ago by Isis the Vampire
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, a good read
Much better than I expected, violent with enigmatic characters. Definitely not your Twilight vampires here, the vamps here are vicious, self centered, exploitative, and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. LEW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really like that book. Just didn't like some of the very big words. Lucky I can look up the word on my Dictionary or on my Amazon Kindle App.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
An amazing vampire story. This book is for Anyone who loves a great vampire book. I did not like the ending.
Published 14 months ago by B. D. Pfaltzgraff
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs an ending
So, the way the book ended it was like it really needed an ending but it just stopped. It left you hanging, kind of wondering what would happen next, but not really. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very different
this was a very different book that i would normally read .It was a bit darker and it will keep you wanting more.It was a good and interesting read.
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

There are two personality traits I can recall possessing for just about as far back as my memory will serve. The first is a love of writing and the second is a malicious sense of humor.

Since childhood, I have been the person who roots for the bad guy in movies and laughs when Bambi's mom gets shot. I take interest in the flaws of a character more than the heroic characteristics, which have a tendency to bore me. I find humor in places I probably shouldn't.

I started writing short stories and screenplays shortly after I learned to construct a sentence and haven't stopped since. As a high school student I wrote and shot home movies in my spare time while performing stand up comedy weekly at a talent show. I also wrote short stories with titles like Teacher Slayers (for which I am still astounded that I was not expelled).

My writing is typically bleak and violent with a fun, satirical edge that should tickle the funny-bones of anyone who is as sick as I am.


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