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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441452702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441452702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,018,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence Jackson was born at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. His father was in the U.S. Air Force and his mother was a nurse prior to having children. Terence's credits his love for the written word to his mother, and avid reader who taught him to read years before he began schooling. His first novel, Thirty Days and Counting, is filled with insights into his own life and his family history. Though fictionalized, there are a lot of truths in his work. The second novel, Von Dred, is a lenghty vampire tale that covers over a century in the life of William Smythe, the main character. Von Dred was inspired by Terence's love of the vampire genre and a student of his at North Dakota State University who in fact designed the cover for the book. His next work is a sequel to Von Dred which was published in the Fall of 2010 - The Book of Jacob. Jacob brings the Von Dred story full circle with twists and turns and a few other surprises.
Terence is now working on a series of books about vampires who inhabit the unused and abandoned tunnels that crisscross underneath the city of London. The first of the series - Thavs - was published in July of 2012. The next in the series - Thom Blood, Bloody Confessions, and Tunnel of Blood will soon follow. The series is called Blood Underground.
Other things are in the works, not just vampire stories.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Walter E. Frampus on September 29, 2009
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The book starts out in pre world war 2 England and brings you to modern times in a truly different type of vampire story. This book captivated me right from the beginning. It is the type of book that I can read from cover to cover in one sitting, it was that good. The characters formed in my head as I was introduced to them and I felt that I could actually see them as they went on with their lives in English pubs, football games etc. This love story touched my heart as I felt the pain Tarick felt when losing someone he loved. Von Dred will not only appeal to a gay audience but a straight one as well. Terence is a hidden treasure as a writer and I hope that someday someone from a well know publishing company will realize that they have a goldmine in him. I can't wait to see what is next from Terence!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Furio on July 9, 2012
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I read the second (and last up to now) volume of this serial some time ago and it did not overwhelm me; I have recently found the first one on my kindle (do not exactly know how it came to be there) and decided to give it a try.

The main asset there is the main one here: the kind of vampirism described is really new, unglamourous, ordinary, so to say, and it works. Gone are the gorgeous, dark and brooding fiends. Life here feels almost real, in the "almost" is all the difference between a boring and an interesting book.
William is a peculiar character, fully rounded. He is not likeable though: he is stiff, self conscious, self righteous. I particularly disliked his (catholic) attitude of feeling less guilty by preying on the dregs of society, those dregs being not the criminals, which would have been almost acceptable, but also drunkards and prostitutes. He seems never concerned by the fact that one could be drunk out of sadness or selling himself out of desperation.

That said I feel he does not really evolve as a character. After the first part, where he is still alive and his life with his family is described, he no longer grows as a person. He keeps on repeating exactly the same mistakes, falling for the same kind of guys and hurting them in exactly the same way. After so many years one would think he could/should grow.
His final affair with Jacob is even worse. He repeats all the usual mistakes and add some new ones annoying me no end.

Writing is not bad. I resented the many typos, the constant use of English colloquialisms and especially the use of "me" instead of "my". The first half -I wonder whether this is the author's first literary effort- is also marred by overwriting and redundant descriptions but things get gradually better. Pace is usually slow but it does not drag.

The ending is open and dissatisfying, the second volume needed to make some sense out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC on July 9, 2012
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I read Mr. Jackson's previous book "Thirty Days and Counting" and enjoyed it but it did tug on my "heartstrings". No less so did this book "Von Dred". Gay or straight, vampire or mortal it is a universal need to have a companion, be loved and be needed. The ending of the book left me in a bit of pain. It left me with the feeling that no matter what, you never know if you will be alone during this long journey of life. Good book. The author's writing made it easy to visualize in my head whatever scenes I was reading. But its the pain of the unknown and the feeling of the character's "what will happen to me", that left a lasting impression on me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rick Z on November 21, 2010
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I've read both of Terence's books and they couldn't be more different but equally wonderful reads. This book has so many twists and turns, it is like reading several different stories within one book. Terence is truly one of the best Authors in this genre. You won't go wrong reading both of his books.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on February 21, 2012
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Okay! The stories are well conceived, but the author needs to know what the words he/she uses mean. For example: tresses refer to women's hair, not men's hair. Past and passed are not interchangeable, nor are your and you're. Sit versus set is another example. The basic fact is that language is the tool of the writer. If he/she can't use the language well, the ideas aren't as effective as should be. If this author (and many others of today's writers) wants to be taken seriously as a competent and accomplished story teller, he needs to develop adequate tools! Regardless of the medium, storytelling is one of humanity's major art forms. Treat it with respect! (Possession versus plural is another death trap.)
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