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Vigil [Kindle Edition]

Craig Saunders , C. R. Saunders
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mankind has fallen to darkness and a new breed rules the earth. The age of the vampire has begun.

Few survived the fall of man. Those who remain to witness the darkening of the world live by the gun or live in fear. There is no middle ground.

The cities lay in ruin after the last war and vampires have inherited the blasted remnants.

And yet some will not cower in the night. They fight because there is nothing left to them. They fight without hope of peace or victory.

In a war with no end, in a land without succour, what chance do the survivors have? The war was lost as soon as it was begun. But there is still the past...and perhaps, a future.

And through it all, one man stands vigil.

***contains bonus material***

Samples of Richard Rhys Jones' Division of the Damned, David Conyers' The Entrophy Conflict, and A Stranger's Grave, from Craig Saunders.

About the Author:

Craig Saunders is the author of many novels and novellas, including Rain, A Stranger's Grave and The Estate. He has stories forthcoming from DarkFuse, and more fantasy tales set in the world of Rythe.
He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and three children, likes nice people and good coffee. Find out more on Amazon, or visit:

www.craigrsaunders.blogspot.com
www.theislandarchive.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/craigrsaundersauthor
@Grumblesprout

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Editorial Reviews

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  • 'An excellent read.' - Richard Rhys Jones, author of Division of the Damned and The House in Wales.
  • 'This is a great example of how previously covered fiction should be. Saunders has stamped his own mark on this & leaves us with a tale to remember.' Emma Audsley, The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1780 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craig R. Saunders Publications; 3rd Edition edition (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VM7S82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really good. May 16, 2012
By FJ1200
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This book incorporates history and mythology with future science in a very well written story. Two different story lines that cover a period of centuries and don't converge until the end of the book made it like reading two different books at the same time. I'm not much for vampire novels but I just didn't want to put this one down.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read May 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll keep it brief and skip going into the plot as I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.

An excellent read, with a story that skips effortlessly back and forth from the future to the past and still manages to hold the momentum. Although Vampire apocalypse is an old theme, Mr. Saunders manages to breathe new life into it with his well rounded characters, uncluttered writing style and incisive metaphor.

As I wrote earlier, an excellent read, a bloody good story and I'd give it six stars if I could.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow September 19, 2013
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The story was difficult to follow at times and the ending was confusing and a disappointment. It was tough to keep reading at times because I was bored with the story and all the thoughts and feelings of the characters .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... March 27, 2013
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Vigil: Vampire Apocalypse was the first vampire apocalypse book I've read. I was not disapointed nor thrilled because well... I didn't exactly know what I should be expecting.

This book could almost be devided in two, since it follows two different stories that end up joining in the end of the book.

The stories the book follows are:
-Tom Fallon and his fellow survivors from the apocalypse. The apocalypse was caused by "The Cure", some kind of medicine that would (as it is obvious) cure the mankind from all the diseases and illnesses. They are barricaded in a research complex named Fallon Corp. , previously owned by Tom's father, visionary entrepeneur and scientist, John Fallon. The complex has a powerful security system and, until now, no vampire has been able to find a way to get inside. But the vampires are getting smarter... And Tom is trying to warn everyone. Will they listen to him?

-The other story follows a nameless vampire in 1362A.D. The first of his kind. It's interesting because we can actually see (read) how was his development from being a ruthless brute, lost for an almost unquenchable hunger for blood that kept gnawing at his insides, to a calm, reasonable and somewhat human soul who could also find the ways of love, lost, and learning.

---Good---
-The parts where we follow the first vampire are really entertaining at some points.
-Interesting contrast between vampires and technology.
-Good sense of time in the first vampire story (which has almost a 700 year span).
-Almost flawless editing with very few gramatical mistakes or typos.

---Bad---
-Despite being interesting, the story is a bit confusing and at some point, I didn't know who was whom.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books May 4, 2012
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Really enjoyed this book lots of action and thoughtful interesting story about real vampires. Highly recommend this best vampire book I have read in a long time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure. July 3, 2014
By A. GEIL
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This novel caught me by surprise. I downloaded it as a free kindle book and later couldn't remember what it was about. I lightly perused it, having already decided to remove it from my reader due to the cover art, and am grateful that I had the forethought to do so. The prose is delectable, the story gripping and intriguing and the conclusion, an absolute five course meal for the intellect. Thank you Mr. Saunders, I am now a true follower of your work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise! July 5, 2014
By EVEN
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I did not know this book was about vampires: if I knew it I wouldn't have rented it. Well, I am glad I did. A well written surprising story. Past and future in parallel, engaging characters and an intriguing end. I will read more from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but confusing January 23, 2013
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Was a good vampire read but to me it was confusing, going back and forth from one to another. I finally didn't know who was who, it seemed like reading about three characters but two of them seem to become one? Perhaps it was just me not keeping up. Anyway I don't think you will regret reading it and would love to hear your thoughts on it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Vigil
Another fine book by Craig Saunders! Like any great horror novel, Vigil transcends the genre. There are vampires, an apocalypse of them in fact, but there is much more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by johnchris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Interesting take on vampires, time travel, practical collision beams and the end of the world. I liked the writers style and was invested enough to overlook some of the issues... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael S. Lenetsky
5.0 out of 5 stars twist at the end
Really liked this story - well more than liked it. In my opinion, this is the best of Craig Saunder's books that I have read so far. Get it - you'll love it too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by curlieque
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Vampyre Story
I enjoyed this book through about 90% of the novel. The last 10 percent, including the ending were a little hard to comprehend and left me asking questons. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Carol A. Doehner
1.0 out of 5 stars Crappy
Too weird and gruesome. Only got a sample of this book but did not buy it. It was too strange.
Published 18 months ago by Kellie
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Good read from the Vampire genre. Not too long and some interesting scientific concepts thrown in. Four of five stars.
Published 19 months ago by JOHN THOMAS AMASON
4.0 out of 5 stars The inner workings of the vampire minde
This book was an interesting and vastly different take on vampires. We get to see things about bing immortal that are typically glazed over. Read more
Published 19 months ago by dave rawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucks you in!
Very good book. I found it hard to turn off the kindle and go to bed. Nice story line & a different take on vampire lore. I really appreciated the end of the book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by taminator
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More About the Author

[Deadlift] 'Noir-like, graphic novel-like horror/thriller/awesomeness.' - David Bernstein, author of Relic of Death and Witch Island.

Craig Saunders is the author of many novels and novellas, including Rain and The Estate, and the forthcoming DarkFuse titles Bloodeye and Flesh and Coin. He writes horror and fantasy for fun and humour when he's feeling serious, which isn't often.
He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and three children, likes nice people and good coffee. Find out more at: www.craigrsaunders.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/craigrsaundersauthor, or, @Grumblesprout

Also, for fantasy fans, Craig runs a blog dedicated to all things Rythe:
www.theislandarchive.blogspot.com

Praise for Craig Saunders:

[A Home by the Sea] 'Brutal and poetic, like good horror fiction should be...' - Bill Hussey, author of Through a Glass, Darkly

[The Estate] 'A tale that you are unlikely to forget in a long time.' DLS Reviews/top 50 Amazon Reviewer.

[Rain] 'I'd say it's the best book I've read in a year.' - The Horror Zine

***

'A talent to keep an eye on.' - Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War

'Craig Saunders is a master of the genre.' - Iain Rob Wright, author of Animal Kingdom and Final Winter

[A Stranger's Grave]...a truly dark, atmospheric and character driven tale, packed with page-turning mystery, sorrow, and a jaw-dropping reveal...' - David Bernstein, author of Relic of Death and Witch Island.

[The Estate] 'A horror novel full of emotion and heart.' Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror.

Coming Soon:

Bloodeye
Flesh and Coin
Rythe Falls (writing as Craig R. Saunders)
Masters of Blood and Bone

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