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Carpathia by [Forbeck, Matt]
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"Forbeck effortlessly blends history and horror, the Titanic and vampires, along with adventure and romance in a fast-paced, chilling novel that moves like a bat out of hell." - Aaron Rosenberg, author of the bestselling No Small Bills "CARPATHIA is a dangerous collision of rich historical drama and epic horror. Beautifully written, completely disturbing - and highly recommended." - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ASSASSIN'S CODE and DEAD OF NIGHT "It's gripping, exciting, imaginative - It would could make a great film, but it's a great book anyway so read it, whether you like scifi or not!" - Writing and Reading

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"Forbeck effortlessly blends history and horror, the Titanic and vampires, along with adventure and romance in a fast-paced, chilling novel that moves like a bat out of hell." - Aaron Rosenberg, author of the bestselling No Small Bills "CARPATHIA is a dangerous collision of rich historical drama and epic horror. Beautifully written, completely disturbing - and highly recommended." - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ASSASSIN'S CODE and DEAD OF NIGHT "It's gripping, exciting, imaginative - It would could make a great film, but it's a great book anyway so read it, whether you like scifi or not!" - Writing and Reading

Product Details

  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005B1QTNU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. Jump on October 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Carpathia" has an interesting premise: what if the grown-up children of the heroes from Dracula were passengers on the Titanic? And what if those characters had a vampire adventure of their own? Not a bad idea, but Matt Forbeck's novel really isn't what I was hoping for. Forbeck takes his time unfolding the plot--too much time, in fact. The story drags nearly to the end, when things do kick into a higher gear en route to the climax, but even then the payoff isn't all it could have been. The leisurely pace does give us the chance to get to know our main characters pretty well, but considering how unlikeable they are this undercuts the drama rather than heightens it. The heroes of our story are far less engaging than their parents were as written in the original Dracula, and even though they are young adults at the time of the novel they behave more like twelve-year-olds. The vampires are not much more interesting, and despite being evil predators rather than sentimental Lestat clones, they never seem as powerful or threatening as vampires need to be in this kind of tale. Suspense is minimal, in part because it's hard to care what happens to our main characters and partly because not much of interest happens once the Titanic has gone down, even though that's really where the story of "Carpathia" begins. Lackluster and plodding, Carpathia" is hard to recommend to even die-hard vampire" fans, let alone general readers.
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I love vampire books and movies. This one is not one to remember. Vampires are returning back to Europe because the US is changing so fast it is no longer safe. Survivors of the Titanic have to survive the freezing water and a rescue ship over run with vampires. The character development is shallow and the plot is insipid.
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I enjoyed Matt Forberck's horror novel, "Carpathia." It was a generally fun vampire novel set in the midst of the Titanic disaster. On the whole it was well constructed and well written for the genre, with enough twists to keep it interesting. Yet when I finished the book I just felt a little underwhelmed. Some of the choices Forbeck made left me a little cold, such as having the protagonists be the children of the protagonists from Bram Stoker's "Dracula." I would have enjoyed the book more, I think, had it taken place in a completely new universe, as opposed to being a pseudo-sequel to Stoker's amazing and far superior work. Also, the antagonistic dynamics between the vampires was an interesting take, though I wished it had been a bit more fleshed out. If that had been the heart of the story, instead of the rather bland and saccharine love triangle between the protagonists, I think I would have liked it better as well. At the end of the day Forbeck's novel is not a bad work of horror fiction, and there is no doubt that many out there will very much enjoy it, or like me be intrigued enough with the premise to stick it out, though it falls short of being a really great book.
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I'd like to say that this is an unbiased review, but I can't. I'm an unabashed Forbeck fan. I have been for years. The Bloodbowl novels may not have been considered brilliant by a lot of people remain some of my favourite books.

This is a vampire story. Set on the titanic and the ship that rescued some of the survivors. Like that great book by Kim Newman this story takes the Bram Stoker story and says `What if?' The Dracula links are slowly fed through until you can't ignore them, but most readers will get them pretty early on. This is quite rewarding and I felt I'd stumbled on to a secret. A lot of people die in this story, not nearly as many by drowning as I'd imagined when I started the book. In fact, as I'd not read the sleeve notes before starting the book I wasn't even aware it was a vampire book. I just thought it was an alternate history Titanic story. I was pleasantly surprised.

I had to get my dictionary out at one point. The difference between foundering and floundering was something I was unfamiliar with. In short, ships founder and people flounder. The language and feel of the book had me feeling that I was actually in the early 20th century and the feeling of impending doom only helped to build tension. As usual Matt nailed the pace and I was dragged along at a frenetic pace. I stayed up until gone midnight to finish this book because I was so caught up in the story.

James Herbert would be proud of the attrition rate in this book. At the end there are very few people alive. I liked the ending. Although not usually a fan of any kind of happy or neat and tidy ending in this instance I think it worked nicely. It felt like a film ending where it just cuts straight to `THE END' and Fades to Black (caps because I'm a Metallica fan at heart).
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I'm not very good at picking apart symbolism, metaphors, and all that. I just know what I like, and I liked Carpathia. I found it to be a smooth read. It "hung together" very well, meaning that I didn't find myself having to re-read anything to figure out what was going on. Plus, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, I was wrong.

All-in-all, it was a great read.
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