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In The Blood (Pinnacle horror) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Pinnacle horror
  • Mass Market Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1st Printing edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786013788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786013784
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,918,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stephen Gresham, author of several horror titles under the Zebra print line of the mid 80's to mid 90's, has written his first novel published under the Pinnacle horror line (although both Zebra and Pinnacle are lines published by Kensington Books).
Much like his earlier works, "In the Blood" is a quick read and contains many elements to keep the reader enthralled. This vampire story has a distinctive Southern flavor to it, but this is due to it taking place in Alabama, where all of Gresham's novels occur.
The premise of the novel surrounds a family that is bound together "by blood" and their family is always their main priority. An evil is unleashed when an old plantation house is to be demolished. One member of the family becomes a member of the living dead and before long, several other family members become vampires as the family is again bound "by blood".
While the author tries to convey the way in which people in small Southern towns tend to speak, it's sometimes difficult to express this dialect in words. However, the effort does tend to give the reader an idea of what small town life in the South is like. For the most part, the characters are believable and the story, while it does have a few slow moments, is entertaining. The ending was a bit unexpected and unusual for a horror novel, but after reading most of Gresham's novels, you learn to expect the unexpected.
Whle not Gresham's best work, it is still a good read. If you can locate a copy, read some of his earlier novels including "Moon Lake" and "Abracadabra", both published under the Zebra horror line.
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A decent effort by a writer who has been around for a while. Gresham has been a long-time writer for the Pinnacle Horror line and shows what he can do with a vampire tale in the deep south. He does not make it hard to read; the language is easy to understand and he has a natural storyteller's gift for gab.

It is a little slow at times, but the story is still very easy to follow. The Trackers date back to the Civil War and the old southern mansion is about to be torn down, letting loose an ancient evil. Not really that original of a concept, but Gresham does a decent job with it.

Franklin is an original character as a homosexual in the family that is an outcast. He is a natural as a vampire and makes for a wonderful "bad guy." However, the ending is one I never would have guessed from this frightful character.
This was one of the first books I have read from Gresham. Based on this interesting tale, I will search out more, even after his Dark Magic, which was disappointing.
Mr Gresham, you have a gift as a storyteller and I am sorry to only give a 3 for this effort, but it just didn't strike me as deserving more. However, I will continue to read your work and hope to see future novels.
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Tainted somehow even before the civil war, the Tracker family has always been haunted by a corrupting influence. None have ever been able to escape the town of Soldier's Crossing or to free themselves from the uneasy influence of Sweet Gum, their old homestead. When the Trackers decide to pull down Sweet Gum, something terrible happens, a nameless evil is released to follow the Tracker bloodline.
Unexpectedly Jacob Tracker witnesses his nephew Josh stick a gas pump nozzle in his mouth and burn himself to death. Jacob quickly realises that something is deeply wrong. "I'll save myself," Josh had said, "You save the others." Then he had breathed fire like a dragon in the sky.
Jacob, and his buddy Bo rush out to find out what had driven Josh to death and discover that every Tracker who was working at Sweet Gum has been infected with something that turns them into monsters, vampires who can only drink the blood of their kin. No matter how quickly Bo and Jacob work to end this horror the corruption spreads even faster, quickly turning Soldier's Crossing into a graveyard. It seems the Trackers are doomed, headed to inevitable tragedy.
Jacob cares deeply for his niece Brianna and her beautiful child Emily. He cares so much that he knows he really loves Brianna - a forbidden love that he dare not act upon. But the turning of the Trackers brings them closer together, as Josh struggles to keep Brianna and Emily safe from their own blood kin. But Emily is the missing piece that the vampires must have to come into their full powers. In Soldier's Crossing a great confrontation is building.
Gresham has written a classic, slick tale of Southern horror. One can almost smell the mildew and rot of the worn out, tired town, and its desperate residents.
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because of the poor and uninspired writing.
"In the Blood" follows the unfortunate Tracker family, cursed since the Civil War era for their cruetly towards slaves. They are doomed to "lead lives of quiet desperation," never becoming truly successful at anything. In the family manse "Sweet Gum," the spirit of one dead bloodsucker kin infects a male Tracker and for some reason they can only feed off of one another. So the vampire Trackers run around trying to recruit the non-vampire Trackers as they pass up some choice locals, who seem to dissapear midway through the book.
I was turned off by the incestual tone throughout the story, for Pete's sake the main character was in love with his neice! No matter how pretty a bow the author tried to slap on that package, I still couldn't get past it. Aside from the endearing character of the dwarf-child Emily, there was really no one to rally behind. Kudos to Gresham though for making the chief vampire, Franklin, homosexual; in his former life Franklin never followed the conventions of society, so he set his own rules as a vampire, like walking by day. That was original.
The action was mostly very contrived and implausible, the heros and villains each making dumb choices simply to advance the plot. Despite an interesting premise, the novel never succeeds in completely pulling you in.
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