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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; 1st Edition edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613771517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613771518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than one thousand articles, seventeen nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys vampire fiction.
kora87
This book just kind of wanders all over the place, losing the precious little bit of story with which it started.
gardener97
The story moves at a good pace and while it does change perspectives, it's not hard to follow.
Dead, Buried, and Back!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Lorenz on April 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry but this book was a disappointment. Any anthology of the 'zombie/vampire/end of the world' scenarios these days will almost always be measured against World War Z. I was seriously hoping that I was going to get an anthology that did to vampires, what World War Z did to zombies. V Wars made a futile attempt to capture the same excitement and adventure that World War Z had.

V Wars starts slow and never really picks up the pace in the way I was hoping for. I first thought that the several different story lines would integrate into a powerful conclusion. The connection between the different stories is tenuous at best. Almost all of the stories take place in the USA limiting the broad global scale that could have been told.

After a few chapters, the thing that confused me the most was the time scale. None of the stories are told in a linear time scale and confusion quickly built up as to where in the sequence of events each of the individual stories took place.

There are a couple gems in the book, most notably by Gregory Frost and Yvonne Navarro. I felt that the very short stand alone stories that were done by Maberry as the novel progressed were thrown together to add some semblance of a broader picture. These stories by Maberry could have been the ones that tied it all together and added the epic scale I was hoping for.

There were way too many editing mistakes for such a great quality hardback; most notably spelling 'desert' with 'dessert', missing punctuation ("into his carotid She feels"), poor grammar ("I thought it might you").

I can only hope that this book set up a world where a sequel will come out and completely blow us away with action and suspense. I will be the first in line to give V Wars part 2 another chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DKW on March 15, 2013
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I liked this book because it had a completly new twist to vampires and what causes vampirism and hope there is a sequell soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dead, Buried, and Back! on August 20, 2012
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What do you get when you take an anthology with a story line using a "shared world" concept overrun with vampires,several highly talented authors, backed by the creative mind of Jonathan Maberry? Wait, before you answer that,add a government who's just labeled all vampires as terrorists. Now you have V-Wars!

From the beginning,this story is told through the eyes of multiple characters in different parts of the world. Did I mention most of them are vampires? What's unique about this without giving away any spoilers, are their transformations. What's causing these transformations you ask? For that we turn to Antarctica and a dormant virus which has just been set free from the ice which then affects our junk DNA.

Turning the proverbial page, this anthology from the word go, got right to the heart of the matter focusing on the darker or should I say more frightening aspect of the vampire lore. This was one of the most refreshing concepts of the story.(No glitzy anything!) There are different types of vampires evolving, and each one is based on the individual's heritage.

The story moves at a good pace and while it does change perspectives, it's not hard to follow. Through solid character development and dialogue, we can clearly appreciate the conflicts as the vampires try once again, to rejoin mankind.

In short, This was a great anthology, and it's my understanding it's Mr. Maberry's first one as both a contributor and editor. If this story is any indicator of his future anthologies,then I'll be looking forward to reading them all!

John Farris
Dead, Buried, and Back!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Epley on August 29, 2013
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This was a pretty interesting anthology of vampire stories, some were new twists on the whole idea. The stories are well written and fast paced which makes for a really good reading experience. If you are into horror then I highly recommend this book, enjoy! I also highly recommend pretty much anything written by Jonathan Maberry, I am a big fan and have yet to be disappointed. He's good at combining action, high tech and the supernatural all in the same story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TRC on May 10, 2013
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I guess I may be biased. I chose this book as I am a huge J. Mayberry fan... from Joe Ledger to Rot & Ruin. He is an author I really enjoy. This book gives Vampires a fresh face, and is a thoroughly enjoyable "Snicker Bar".
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Format: Kindle Edition
'V-Wars' edited by Jonathan Maberry is a series of shared universe stories in which a vampire virus outbreak has occurred. There are some shared events, and a couple shared characters, a patient zero and a vampire expert. The nice twist is that the virus resides in our dna in what is known as junk dna. How it manifests depends on your ethnic heritage. So, some become Chinese hopping ghosts, or werewolves, or european vampires.

The stories feature a wide range of characters in this strange new world. From an undercover law enforcement agent travelling the US borders with a gang of vampire killing vipers to a talk show host who has to figure out how to quell her hunger. There is also the story of a vampire enforcer trying to track his sister down and a local politician who finds that being a vampire might hamper his election.

There are a wide range of authors, including Maberry. John Everson, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Scott Nicholson, Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, James A. Moore and Gregory Frost all contribute stories. The stories intertwine throughout the book. I liked some of the stories better than others, but the stories are short enough to read and move through.

I was given a review copy of this ebook by Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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