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Blood Harvest: The Entourage Paperback – June 6, 2012
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About the Author
RL Young is new to fiction. Blood Harvest is his first fiction book. As a young boy I was enchanted by short stories from such greats as; Damon Knight, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. just to name a few. To be able to tell a story in sometimes 3 pages is fantastic. Then to make that story stay with the reader for years has complete impact on ones life that is not found elsewhere. I hope that you enjoy this story as much as I did putting it together.
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All of that is good, but when it comes down to it, I'm giving this five stars because of the excellent ideas and just really cool story. I want to read more!
The system requires the vampires to keep their animalistic natures under control, something that irritates some young men. A group of them rebel and hold the human's food source ransom until their demands are met. The governing bodies of both races get together in secret to work out a plan, one that Onyx, a young and intelligent vampire doesn't understand, because it appears that they are bowing to the rebel's demands without a fight.
Onyx and some other vampires admire the human's civilized nature and abhor the vampires who fall prey to their baser instincts. All she can do is follow her own feelings as to what is right. The end is unexpected and, at least for this reader who didn't quite understand the details, questions are left unanswered. I felt that more clarity was needed to explain the basis for the final events.
The story was worth reading, but has more potential than the author realised in its execution. Instead of writing in a way that draws the reader into the events by showing us what happened, the writer had Onyx tell the story, which kept us outside the action and somewhat remote from Onyx herself. For example, the author could have put Onyx into events that showed us the world as part of the action, rather than having Onyx fill us in at the beginning. A dialogue would have been a more interesting way to orientate us, or better still, an argument with her brother. This would also have given an opportunity to draw the main character more fully, give us some understanding and empathy for the rebel's point of view, and deepen the themes.
Had the author more skill, this could have been a highly engaging read. As it is, it's more of a sketch than the painting it should be. There were also several copy errors and incorrect use of words. If the author has more great ideas like this one, and if he learns to develop them fully and write in a more immediate way, we could expect some interesting books in the future.
Book provided at no cost by author, in exchange for an honest review.
The year is 2221. The earth is 99% uninhabitable save for the Harvest Islands, which is used to grow food for the humans that the vampires keep watch over in the Platforms. When Onyx's brother, Sven, becomes leader of 20,000 rebels responsible for murdering the humans used to harvest the crops and holding the harvest ships hostage, it's up the the colony's Assembly (7 vampire leaders) to prevent their chief source of sustenance, the remaining humans in the compound, from starving to death. When a plan involving the sacrifice of 3.000 humans to pay the demands of the rebels takes a twist and the The Treaty of the Blood Moon is invoked, will anyone survive the impending disaster?
"Blood Harvest: The Entourage" is a futuristic novella about vampires and humans living in a modified world after, what the author describes as, the shift. The vampires in this tale are able to procreate, but due to shortages of humans, are discouraged from producing anymore. There is a good bit of back history and description provided to the readers but I think that the information regarding the "shift" could have been expanded a bit more. What or who caused it? While the story doesn't depend on that knowledge, it would help explain more about Harvest Island and the waterlogged world around it. The dialogue shifts between first person and third person and I found that very distracting; especially since I'm not a fan of 1st person.
Onyx is put in a very uncomfortable position when she is selected to be one of the 300 vampires sent to escort the 3,000 sacrifices to the rebels. She must now come face-to-face with her brother, Sven, the organizer of the coup. Onyx has to not only figure a way out of the mess that's been created, but also fulfill a request thrust upon her by her mother. She grows up right before our eyes as she does what she thinks is best for the survival of everyone.
This is an easy and quick read with a good storyline and plot.
I read it and it certainly kept my interest, even though Vampires are not usually my choice of reading material. It is well-written, and the detail is such that sometimes you feel a bit overwhelmed. I found myself describing thing in the book to my husband and daughter, so I was very infatuated with the content.
The most interesting thing I found about the book is that it is certainly different from any other vampire books I've read or heard of. I don't want to give away the plot. Buy this book and find out for yourself.
Certainly worth your time. I gave it 4 stars because it is just not my usual read.