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Product Details

  • Series: V Wars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; 1st Edition edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613771517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613771518
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,070 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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Maberry's conversational style of writing clearly defines each individual part of the story.
Amanda Welling
They've left it open for more V Wars books to come along, but I wish they would have made what this book actually was a lot clearer.
J. Lehman
The story moves at a good pace and while it does change perspectives, it's not hard to follow.
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16 of 17 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Burton on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
V Wars, edited by Jonathan Maberry, is a collection of stories set in the same world but written by a bevy of talented authors.

In the world Maberry creates in V Wars, a prehistoric virus has been released from polar ice, awakening recessive genes in the human genome. The virus triggers changes in some humans, awakening physical changes that are varied and dramatic. Before long, vampires walk among us. Some are benign; many are not.

Maberry's collection of tales does well and more credibly what X-Men (at least the movies--I'm not familiar with the comics) tries to do: it portrays a genetic mutation that changes a portion of humanity, causing ostracization, fear, violence, and, of course, government action. I've always been dubious about what the reaction to the X-Men. After all, the powers they have seem to be magical and useful. On the other hand, the mutations in V Wars result in a change that seems to drive its mutants to, well, suck blood.

That seems a bit more against the public interest than the power to start fires, freeze objects, levitate, or any of the other number of changes that Stan Lee's X-Men undergo.

Maberry does an excellent job tying the stories together with a common story that intersperses the tales. While the majority of the stories seem to take place in and around the American northeast, especially New York City, V-Wars treats readers to a semi-global perspective, with stories from the American southern border with Mexico, in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, and one that crisscrosses the globe, starting in Antarctica, jetting off to Romania, and stopping through France, too. Some times we read from the vampire's perspective; other times, from the humans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coach D on November 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall, I liked this book. Pretty graphic at times. These are not cute vampires at all. V-Wars is a series of story arcs (broken down in parts (part I, part II) scattered thorough out the book) about characters who get changed by the vampire virus. The stories are not written in a linear timeline. Some stories happen before the V-Event, and some happen after the V-Event, but they are not presented to us readers in a tidy fashion. The stories go back & forth, makes it hard to keep track.

Still I enjoyed reading most of these story arcs (each written by a different author). We did not get to see too much of an actual war, mostly each arc dealt with one vampire and how he/she dealt with life after they changed.

I am now following V-Wars in the comic format as well. Especially since Joe Ledger from Code Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry appeared in V-Wars #6 and should be in issues #7 and #8. I think a second volume will be out soon V Wars: Blood and Fire: New Stories of the Vampire Wars. Looking forward to this novel as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Grossmann on November 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
Really great thoughtful take on vampires and legends of all kind. The stories are knit together well and form a full narrative that is a real page turner. No shiny twilight vamps here. Maberry gives some good stuff here as do all the authors. The only low mark is Moore. His first person narrative of the Chinese legends is weak. Nevermind his monsters contradict what we have learned from the Bronx Big Charlie story line. Monsters can't be bigger or smaller than the human. 200lb man equals a 200lb monster. The editor should have caught that mistake. I guess since Moores monster story hinges on the monster being BIGGER than the human …he couldn't change things.
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