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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,583 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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The timeline didn't work too well.
J. Lehman
The stories are well written and fast paced which makes for a really good reading experience.
Steven Epley
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys vampire fiction.
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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
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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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By horrorfan on April 11, 2014
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besides the fact that it's edited by Jonathan Maberry, V-Wars has stories by some of my favorite authors. Each one has a new perspective on vampires from the sublime to the truly bizarre. The overall concept of a virus that triggers latent DNA in some humans moves the story in new directions. Each writer adds a new voice to the mixture. Some stories are sad, some chilling. It beats the usual dark-caped Count or cute teen loser vampire all to hell and back.
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I’ve read a book by Jonathan Maberry. I don’t remember being all that thrilled with it, but I certainly enjoyed it enough to stick the name in my brain with a tickler in case I came across anything else he’d penned whilst browsing my local bookstore. As I’m usually fascinated with monster stories, I came across the anthology of his – V-WARS – with some delight. I picked it up … and, after only reading about a third of it, I’m done with it.

Sadly, V-WARS is the worst kind of fiction available in the marketplace today: it has to advertise itself as something that it isn’t in order to woo readers, much less buyers. It advertises prominently on the front, “they are hunting us,” and – by “they” – I would assume they’re talking about vampires. After all, that’s the subject matter of the book. Flip it over and, on the back, you’re told, “They are already here. They hide among us. They hunt us. They feed on us. They are us.”

With a name like V-WARS, you’d think that this was going to be some big epic or, at the very least, have some “wars” in it. However, let me assure you that, by page 150, there was no war. There were no hints of war. In fact, there’s nothing even remotely resembling a war in here.

What there is is a loosely connected series of short stories cobbled together around the theme that vampires can culturally be anything these writers want them to be. They can be daywalkers. Some can burn in the sun. Some are just like you and me, except for the fact that they require blood in their diet to survive.
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