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''Aleron has it all! Vampires, thrills, action, and romance. It's a vampire book with a unique approach. The plot is well done. I really cared if Aleron triumphed. The conflict in this book is good versus evil while that is not unusual it was well done and kept me turning the pages. The part I found most unique was following Aleron from fledgling to a mature vampire. There were several aspects of the story that I had never heard of.

The supporting characters were also well done, as they all work together for a common goal, be it good or evil. I could see the action playing in my mind as I read. Blame Kane for my unmade bed and the dirty dishes in the sink. I read 'Aleron' in one sitting. If this book wasn't written so well, I would have gotten my work done!''

5 out of 5 Stars! ---ReadersFavorite.com

''Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey in Aleron; into the mind of a vampire revealing his inner most thoughts and desires. Like the curator of a museum describing the details of a masterpiece, Kane brings to immortal life his character Aleron, a young man seduced into the role of becoming a vampire, along with his lovers Mynea and Pandora, and their bloodline creator Vlad. With words used to paint an imaginary picture, each stroke of Kane's sentences create artfully precise descriptions, bringing into the reader's mind's-eye the portraits of his characters conceived from an incredible imagination.'' ---PacificBookReview.com

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' - --The Golden Pen

''Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey in Aleron; into the mind of a vampire revealing his inner most thoughts and desires. Like the curator of a museum describing the details of a masterpiece, Kane brings to immortal life his character Aleron, a young man seduced into the role of becoming a vampire, along with his lovers Mynea and Pandora, and their bloodline creator Vlad. With words used to paint an imaginary picture, each stroke of Kane's sentences create artfully precise descriptions, bringing into the reader's mind's-eye the portraits of his characters conceived from an incredible imagination.'' ---PacificBookReview.com

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' - --The Golden Pen

''Chilling vampire action and intrigue in a well-realized historical fantasy setting.'' ---- E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth and Age of Fire series

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' - --The Golden Pen

''Chilling vampire action and intrigue in a well-realized historical fantasy setting.'' ---- E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth and Age of Fire series

''5 Stars! Kane draws you in from the moment your eyes graze the first page. The story telling is one that pulls you into the moment and not letting you out until you have turned the last page. I am truly a fan and can not wait until the next of the series.'' ---The Golden Pen

About the Author

Kane has been interested in fantastical creatures for as long as he can remember. His fascination with the paranormal grew as he studied witches, warlocks, and werewolves. Finally, he sank his teeth into the world of the vampire. Aleron is his first of five novels that detail the challenges of being immortal.
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Product Details

  • Series: Strigoi (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160832382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608323821
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,924,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm only into Chapter 9 right now in the book, and I'm really liking "Aleron" so far. There's a great sense of passion between Aleron and is creator and queen, Mynea. She love him but, Mynea is keeping things from Aleron too. Despite what she's taught him about picking who he wants to feed on, you can see that Aleron, while a monster, is one with a good heart...so far... he's only feed off of criminials like murders, rapists, and those that would try ( and I do mean "try") to bring harm towards him as well even as a vampire. So what do I think of the book at this point. So far...so really good!!!
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It is always nice to come across a book that exceeds your expectations. Aleron is a vampire story that all other vampire stories should try to emulate. Beautifully written, always engaging, appropriately gruesome,colorful in exquisite description, and thrilling to the last page.

Never have I seen such detail and enormity of an entire culture...nay, race of the undead. Despite the foulness of their existance, you can't help but be drawn in to their dark world. With a cliff hanger ending that only promises the rest of the Strigoi Series will be as magnificent as this, I can scarcely wait for their release.

This, then, is the new standard by which all future vampire stories will be compared!
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This is the story of a man once human named Aleron. Camilia and Aknon had Aleron the seventh day of January in 1791 in the Greco-Roman city of Alexandria, Egypt; his father was an artisan and his mother and sister Shani devoted their lives to religion. Aleron was no normal boy for he understood the science and the mathematics, but the thing he most loved it was history, and because of history his lived change faster. It was March 22, 1817 just leaving the library for a walk to al-Montaza Square when he felt Her presence. On May 14 in Cairo, Egypt he was attending the most prestigious social ball of the year, the Promethium. Once a year, men of wealth and influence gathered to meet and socialize with their peers, but when a unexplainable illness had befallen Davila he had to come in his place; that's when she meets her in the Concubines room. The moment he sees her proportioned body and those brown eyes of her he felt in love with her. When Aleron wakes up he sees he was naked and a lot of organs were out of him- he was a mess! and this is just the beginning of the changes Aleron most face. He lives in the "castle" with Mynea, his creator, his lover, his immortal mother; in where they will make love, eat and wake up the first years of his immortal life; have adventures in the hunting- but when suddenly Mynea leaves Aleron he is alone and with a broken heart, and with a slave named Eliza that falls in love with him- true love. Just when he decides to hunt again he decides to go back to his past- to his parent's house.
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ALthough I am not a big fan of this type of writing I thoroughly enjoyed Aleron. Very well written I must admit, this novel kept my attention and continued to give me that desire for more of the story. When I found myself saying "I wonder what Mynea is up to" I know this book had my attention. I have recomended this read to several friends. It almost puts you in the mindframe of Tananarive Due and her wonderful work. I was very impressed with the storyline and the writers ability to approach a vampire novel with such a brave & fearless writing style.
Hats off to you Kane!
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Have you ever said to yourself, I wish someone would combine the work of Anne Rice and Bram Stoker but take out all of exciting stuff? If the answer is no than skip this book. Don't get me wrong this book has a lot of potential, and I read the entire thing just waiting for it to get good. In this universe it takes a Vampire 11 nights to turn. They aren't actually dead, although most of their "useless" organs seep out of their bodies during the turn (this is not explained). Aleron and the other Vampire's are cold blooded killers. But I never felt on their side. Mostly because they kill brutally for no good reason, they could go almost a year without "eating" yet go out every night and kill indiscriminately. They were not endearing in any way. And sociopath's can be made endearing ("The Talented Mr" Tom Ripley and Hannibal Lector are two examples).

This book is supposed to be the first of five. So maybe we will learn if Vlad is or is not really the first Vampire. Why they turn the way they do, etc... But I doubt I will be reading anymore books from this series. It took almost the entire book for a real conflict and I was still disappointed.
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Aleron was very well-written with unique vampire lore and ideas that fascinated. And while I was reveling in said characteristics, this book really felt like a stand alone novel to me. I don't really have any interest in reading the next 4 books in the Strigoi series and because of that, I would have to give it 3.5 stars.

With a tone and writing style compared to the infamous Anne Rice, I believe that Kane's vampire memoir remains unique because of several elements. Some of them being the way that vampires are turned. This isn't a typical pretty vampire romance novel. Being bit by a vampire - friggin hurts. And being turned in one? Well, it's an 11 day process and you wake up in a pile of your now unnecessary organs. Gross? If you think so, you most definitely shouldn't read this book.

Kane is poetically vulgar, and even though I am not at all a fan of horror, because I'm a scaredy chick who has very vivid nightmares, I really enjoyed his ability to make me uncomfortable while still understanding why I had to be.

Here are some of my issues with the book.

It was explained that vampires have an obsessive desire to keep their maker's safe and happy, thus putting their own immortal lives at risk to protect their maker. I enjoyed this concept which explains what drives a vampire to create immortal children. However, if said vampire's maker is still alive, the bond between each maker with their own maker would be continuous...meaning that all vampires would end up just protecting the eldest living vampire. (I hope that made sense...it was a little bit of a word vomit). But, Kane made exceptions to this rule allowing said children to make their maker extremely unhappy and even unsafe. That annoyed me.
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