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About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a "New York Times" bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He s the author of many novels, including "Assassin s Code", "Dead of Night", "Patient Zero", and "Rot & Ruin". His nonfiction books cover topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop-culture. Jonathan continues to teach the celebrated Experimental Writing for Teens class, which he created. He founded the Writers Coffeehouse and cofounded The Liars Club, and he is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, as well as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at major writers and genre conferences. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California, with his wife, Sara, and their son, Sam. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.com and on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.

Nancy Holder is the nationally bestselling author of forty-two novels and two hundred science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories. She has received four Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association, and her latest novel, Ghost Roads, appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list. Her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages. She has spoken at World Fantasy conventions, and at World Horror conventions, among others. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband Wayne, her daughter Belle, and their three dogs, Mr. Ron, Maggie, and Dot.

John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice and The 13th. He shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee or restock a pint of Newcastle.

Scott Nicholson lives in Boone, North Carolina.

Avec le consentement unanime des soixante-dix heritiers de Bram Stoker et le soutien de la fondation eponyme, DACRE STOKER a ecrit la suite officielle de l oeuvre magistrale de son grand-oncle.
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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 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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