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Angel of Vengeance: The Novel That Inspired the TV Show 'Moonlight' by [Munson, Trevor O.]
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The novel that inspired the TV series Moonlight puts a twist on the classic Dracula vampire tale and blends it with Chandler hardboiled P.I. detective fiction.

LA-based P.I. and vampire Mick Angel has been hired by a beautiful red-headed burlesque dancer to find her missing sister. But the apparently simple case of a teenage runaway is soon complicated by drug dealers, persistent cops, murder, and Mick’s own past. Mick must learn the hard way what every vampire should know--nothing stays buried forever, especially not the past.

A Q&A with Author Trevor O. Munson

Q: What is Angel of Vengeance about?

Munson: Angel of Vengeance is a dark, fast-paced, modern noir crime novel about a hard-boiled LA-based private-dick who also just so happens to be a vampire. Turned back in the 1940’s, Mick Angel is a product of his own bygone era who now finds himself out of step with present day.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the book?

Munson: I came up with the idea for Angel of Vengeance after rereading Dracula and following it up with a Raymond Chandler novel. Blending two genres I loved seemed like it would be a lot of fun to write.

Q: What influenced Angel of Vengeance?

Munson: The two biggest influences for the book were Raymond Chandler novels and the movie Angel Heart. Anyone who’s seen the movie will probably not have to look far to notice some distinct similarities to certain aspects of the story that unfolds in my novel. (P.S. It’s no accident that my characters’ first name is Mick, or his last name Angel...)

Q: Angel of Vengeance redefines and explores classic vampire lore, such as the ability to turn into a bat and seeing a reflection in a mirror. How did you approach creating your unique spin on vampires?

Munson: My basic approach in redefining classic vampire lore was to attempt to "noirify" the vampire mythology. I wanted to recreate the rules to reflect the themes you see repeated over and over in noir storytelling. This is why I had Mick take his blood with a needle, and sleep in a freezer to stave off his slow decay.

Q: Vampires continue to be a popular literary subject. How do you explain their popularity and continued relevance?

Munson: I think the idea of breaking death’s hold, and living on indefinitely as a beautiful and powerful being is understandably alluring to many of us. How cool would it be to have the time and resources to learn, do, see, and experience everything our world has to offer?

Personally, however, I see vampires as beautiful tragic creatures, who make a Faustian bargain to give up their humanity in order to become immortal. It is this trade-off that interests me most. It seemed fertile ground for discussing what it means to be human by exploring the cost of immortality and how a person might feel about what he has lost in the process.

Q: When Angel of Vengeance was adapted into the TV show Moonlight, what changes did the story and characters go through?

Munson: The novel is a much darker tale than that depicted in Moonlight. The mandate from CBS was that they loved the main character and the vampire world, but they wanted the show to have a strong romantic angle. As a result, the book was more of a ‘jumping off point’ for me and my co-creator Ron Koslow (Beauty and the Beast). What we came up with was in many ways, a lighter, more romantic version of the dark noir Los Angeles underbelly I had created in the book, but the series retained many of the novel's themes ofredemption and transcendence.

About the Author

Creator, writer and producer of the vampire TV series Moonlight, Trevor O. Munson is a screenwriter and novelist of both adult and young adult titles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1st edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1Q5Q6
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By S. E. Baratta on February 7, 2011
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I'm a fan of the Moonlight series and I was so excited to read this book. The noir feel of the show is amplified in this awesome book. The storytelling is tremendous. Mick Angel is the new Mick St. John. Thanks Trevor!!
I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It's a great read from start to finish. I can't wait to see what Trevor O. Munson comes up with next.
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Being a huge fan of Moonlight, I couldn't WAIT for this book to be published. Having read excerpts of it in the past, I was anxious to read the finished product.

Well worth the wait. From the first few words, Angel of Vengeance grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until you've read the last word. This is the way vampires should be monsters who kill. The only thing that keeps Mick from being a total monster are his rules - no women, no children, no innocents. Just a sliver of humanity to separate him from the animals.

Mick Angel's world is dark and violent, and Trevor brings that across in a fierce first-person narrative. Being a lover of flowing prose, it took me a bit to get used to his rapid-fire writing and choppy sentences, but some of his phrasing just sings its way off the page and makes you smile - how can you not love phrases like "The band plays me over the shoe-worn carpet..."? I also very much enjoyed the contrast between the story-telling feel of Mick's past in 1946, and the terser feel of his description of the present. Mostly, I found Mick Angel's story to be unbelievably sad - in well-chosen words, Trevor does a bang-up job of conveying Mick's complete aloneness in his life as a vampire, and the circumstances that brought him to where he is. The raw grittiness of this novel is reminiscent of the noir detective novels of the past, and I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Give it a read - you won't be disappointed. I wasn't.
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I have read Trevor's Munson's Angel of Vengeance twice now. I devoured it the first time in a frenzy and then did a slow read the second time.

I am one of those Moonlight fans who cried when it was canceled. I loved the character of Mick St. John. And I have to say that this character of Mick Angel is very different from the heroic, romantic St. John of Moonlight.

For anyone who got the treat of seeing the original pilot of Moonlight, with the first cast and when it was tentatively called Twilight, you will see Munson's novel is much more recognizable in this original pilot. Both the original pilot and this novel have a stronger 'film noire' feel to them too.

This Mick is much darker, jaded, and less conflicted about his life as a vampire and what needs to be done to
survive. The places he goes are the underbelly of L.A. - One can even draw parallels between Hollywood/L.A. to vampires in general in this novel. Both seem to offer a life others would envy; a life one could only dream to have, but in the end, it's all smoke and mirrors; an illusion... and a deadly one at that.

'Angel of Vengeance' pulls you in fast and hard. It truly is a roller coaster ride right to the very end.
Even if you never saw Moonlight, but you're a fan of the genre, Munson's vampires have some traditional abilities, unique abilities, and vulnerablities.

As the story opens, Mick Angel is hired to find the sister of a lovely burlesque dancer, Reesa, who also captivates Mick. As the story progresses we learn about Mick's past, how he became what he is, and about his femme fatale bride, Coraline.

Munson writes with such talent and weaves such a tangible tapestry that you are totally immersed in the story.
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After watching the show "Moonlight" I could not wait to read this book. I was not disappointed. It is by far one of the best Vampire books I have read in years.When you start reading, you're not going to be able to put the book down.I highly recommend this book for all Vampire lovers and for people who enjoy reading books that keep you entertained until the end
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OK... I'm a sucker for a GOOD vampire story. It was while I was in junior high school that I first read Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and saw the 1931 film on late-night TV. Since then I've encountered many other creatures that go bump in the night, but none, save this particular being, has held me so tightly in its grip.

To be sure, not all novels featuring vampires in lead roles are good, but for me, "Angel of Vengeance" by Trevor Munson is among the best. Mick Angel is a Los Angeles based private detective... former drug addict... vampire. Being a slave to his blood lust he is vicious, and his tale is violent. Fortunately, Mick has rules -- no women, no children, no innocents. But woe to those who don't fit the criteria, for Mick also has a penchant for his own brand of justice.

Mick was turned decades ago, and true to form, dialogue, like this exchange between Mick and a stripper named Reesa, read like something right out of 1940s film noir:

“How‘bout tonight? My first performance is at ten. It’s a little racy, but if you’re not the type whose sensibilities are easily offended why don’t you come see it? We can grab a drink at the bar between shows.”

“Sure,” I say again. It’s a long time since I’ve been out on the town for anything other than work or blood.

“Great. I’ll put your name on the list,” she says in a voice as playful as a tongue on an earlobe. “You’ll know me. I’ll be the one in the red feather boa and not much else.”

“I’ll be the one in the fedora.”

"Angel of Vengeance" is the basis for the 2008 television series, "Moonlight," starring Alex O'Loughlin and Sophia Myles (which I also recommend). But as I understand it, Munson's novel wasn't published until after the series aired. Although the series is lighter in tone, both it and the novel are worth your time... assuming, of course, that you too are a sucker for GOOD vampire tales.
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