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Vampire in Suburbia (the Sequel to Desmond) [Kindle Edition]

Ulysses Grant Dietz , Chris O'Guinn , Emilie Pitt , Jeffrey Apgar
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Book Description

Desmond Beckwith is back. He’s handsome, he’s rich, he’s gay.

And he’s looking for a house in Jersey.

Desmond, you see, is a vampire. He has a job he loves; he can get blood whenever he needs it. But he thinks he wants a family, and that can get complicated when you’re nearly 300 years old and don’t know how to drive.

Fourteen years after Ulysses Grant Dietz (great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant) published his popular first novel, Desmond, the long-awaited sequel has appeared through Amazon Kindle Books, under the banner of Lightbane Publications.

Vampire in Suburbia picks up the story of Desmond Beckwith fifteen years after events of the first book. In the wake of 9-11 he’s moved his financial firm out of lower Manhattan and into a new office tower in downtown Newark. As his current life cycle winds down and he regenerates once more to the age of 21, the age when he first became a vampire in 1745, Desmond needs to rebuild the life he had, a life that had become—for the first time in centuries—filled with people who are important to him. He yearns for something more than the opulent seclusion of his flat in New York. Looking for a place to call home in the suburban greenbelt outside of Newark, he revisits people and places from past lifetimes, and meets a handsome bearded museum curator who stirs up emotions that Desmond thought had been carefully packed away.

Desmond Beckwith has always been an outsider. With the support of his friend of many lifetimes, Roger Deland, Desmond has managed to maintain his privacy and his fortune; but at the cost of meaningful human contact beyond the blood he needs to survive. Desmond realizes, this time around, that there’s got to be more to life than money, blood and anonymous sex.

And he hopes he’ll find it in suburbia.

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  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lightbane Publications (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HG3VKY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire in Suburbia by Ulysses Grant Dietz December 27, 2012
By Elisa
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You can tell there are more than 10 years between this sequel and its predecessor, Desmond: there is more hope, the story is lighter, like both main character than author managed to go through a dark period. Even if AIDS is only hinted, and no one of the main characters are affected by it, I have the feeling that it was like the dark shadow that was descending upon Desmond in the previous novel, and that is not lifted, leaving him directly unscathed, but not without some mourning.

Desmond is reborn again at 21 years old; the loss of his lover Tony is still a fresh scar for a more than 200 years old vampire, but he is ready for a new life; not only he has left the big townhouse in the Bowery, he has also decided he doesn't feel like living in the Dakota apartment like he did for the last years of his previous life. Desmond wants a "country" life, a property remembering him his native England, and the suburbs in New Jersey seem to be the right place.

With the new home, he also meets new friends, like Oliver, the curator of the local Historical society, and Denis, a young business associated; both men stir something in Desmond, but, like in the previous novel, I have to highlight that Desmond is not exactly a champion of diplomacy and tactics. If not for the fact that we know that Desmond is an ancient vampire, he is really behaving like the 21 years old trust fund boy he is pretending to be.

There is really a change in the mood between the two novels, the new Desmond is less "gothic", less dark hero; even the setting is lighter, from a gothic XIX century townhouse full of heavy wooden furniture, to a `20s country house with its Art Deco lightness. Change of life, change of home, and so also change of ending: Desmond, the novel, was nice, but it was sad for Desmond to end up alone. Not the same here, and actually, if the author is in the mood, this could be the nice beginning of the nice vampire suburban series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~ Review by Beverley June 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
5 of 5 stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

I read Desmond and was enchanted by Ulysses languid prose, but there were elements that meant I could not give it a 5* rating. Those elements have been lessened or removed from this sequel and I was again enchanted. The writing here was more confident, as I suppose was to be expected in a sequel, however, it is more than that the author really knows his character in Vampire in Suburbia. Desmond is a long lived vampire, he is also a detached vampire becoming lonely with his existence. This ennui applied to immortals is not new, and indeed it is a very human trait to apply to immortality, but Ulysses’ vampire ennui is practical rather than existential and that is why in this novel it works.

For one thing Desmond must regenerate on reaching sixty-five and become twenty-one again, a trait to be envied you would think. In order to fit back into life again this vampire becomes his own estranged son, each time. This is not without its problems though, as you must make friends with your friends again, as Desmond says,

Hell, having to live up to your father is one thing. Having to live up to yourself is incredibly annoying.

I loved this premise and it made me think and chuckle. There is a dry humour to this sequel, which I love and Desmond’s self-deprecation is not particularly common in vampires. In this sequel he buys a large home, Oakwood, in need of renovation and surrounded by a lot of land in a suburb of Newark. He knew the house when it was built and the people who had originally lived in it, and his knowledge through interest and actual experience helps him in having the house renovated to high, tasteful and original standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Title threw me! June 10, 2014
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However, the sequel to "Desmond" was even better. Here I was reading about Desmond and areas of New Jersey I could relate to and had actually visited and lived in or near. Mr. Dietz " characters, although mostly fictional, came across as true to life as the Ballantine family of Brewer's fame. Thank You, Mr. Dietz for two great reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire in Suburbia May 13, 2013
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I loved reading Desmond and was delighted to have my first Kindle book be the sequel to Desmond. Ulysses Dietz is a gifted writer and storyteller. I felt completely drawn in to the story, the characters, the settings; they all came alive and became very real. Vampire in Suburbia is sexier than Desmond, but never goes over the top. Sad when it finished as I wanted to continue to be in their lives. I want both books made into movies, knowing full well my imagination makes the best movie. But come on Hollywood, have a go at these books! A delightful read for ANYONE. Enjoy!
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Author Bio

Ulysses Grant Dietz grew up in Syracuse, New York, where his Leave it to Beaver life was enlivened by his fascination with vampires, from Bela Lugosi to Barnabas Collins. He studied French at Yale, and was trained to be a museum curator at the University of Delaware. A curator for thirty-two years, Ulysses has never stopped writing fiction for the sheer pleasure of it. He created the character of Desmond Beckwith in 1988 as his personal response to Anne Rice's landmark novels. Alyson Books released his first novel, Desmond, in 1998. Vampire in Suburbia is his second novel.

Ulysses lives in suburban New Jersey with his partner of 37 years and their two teenaged children.

By the way, the name Ulysses was not his parents' idea of a joke: he is a great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, and his mother is the President's last living great-grandchild. Every year on April 27 he gives a speech at Grant's Tomb in New York City.

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