- File Size: 679 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: eXtasy Books (December 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019EV4DVM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dead Camp 1 Kindle Edition
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This is the first book in a series and is little more than foundation laying. It covers only a day or two in the life of Eli but the back-story covers so much more. What happened in London? Why does Eli wallow in so much self-pity that even my empathy is exhausted?
I have little affinity with the main character. I was left to meander bemused through the first half of the book, my attention caught first by one event and then another, to be offered full insight into their story but in reality was gifted nothing more than a mystery. And then to be tossed from that character to another and then another and then another, to warm to them and then to be abandoned to another tale of woe from the past. The author created intensity, I felt it deeply. But my curiosity was never really alleviated.
I only became invested upon hearing the thoughts of an angel, the struggle he had to do what was right when religion/god forbade him to interfere. His hands tied and unable to help. I felt for him, for his silence and the accusations of others which I know must have been painful. He would tell the truth if he could but he is stymied at every turn.
The book left me anxious, not alone for Eli, but for Malachi; for the danger he was putting himself in and that for a creature he loves unconditionally, but who in all likelihood was his murderer. I fear for Ethan, so human and fragile. I care about who he is and that he will survive.
Mysteries are thrown at me from every angle and nothing is resolved. Who is Ethan, what has happened to his father? Who made Eli a vampire in the first place, why does the devil want him so badly? Why the demonization of a man who was real, and evil in his own right? Was that truly necessary? Interesting though.
I love the diary section of the book, the revelations of Isaiah, the innocence, the determination to offer himself as salvation for his future wife. I loved their story, and their tragedy. That’s not saying Ethan’s mother Eva deserved to die, certainly not in the manner that it happened.
I don’t fear for Eli, although I suppose I should, after all everything revolves around him, he is the centre.
The style of the book is slow, full of wonderful descriptive phrases - luscious word pictures of misery - that tell you everything and yet still keep their secrets. What happened in London? What happened to Gideon?
I found some phrases jarring, mostly that used by Eli. This story is set in Germany during the war and the incarceration of the Jews and yet Eli comes up with gems including “nada, diddly squat” and the f-bomb, along with a cute euphemism for the derriere starting with ‘b’. These terms sound so modern, so familiar, and while they indeed might have been language used in the speech of the day, they didn’t feel quite right. The London event happened in Victorian England in the age of Jack the Ripper, days when one had their mouth washed out with the mere uttering of the word ‘damn’. And in Hitler’s Germany I’m sure language would have hardly progressed, especially for one who had hidden away for the last sixty years.
That said, I will definitely re-read sometime in the future because all the information cannot possibly be absorbed in one sitting.
Though there are terrifying aspects as in any good vampire story, there is also a type of humanity about Daniyyel, Malachi and Eli as they struggle with what it means to be the creatures that they are. The reader feels their vulnerabilities making the characters' flaws seem almost human in their quests to know themselves.
Ethan sounds absolutely handsome but he is broken by the horrific things he has seen. I look forward to reading more about him in the second book. Great read, would recommend to anyone who likes Greek mythology, fantasy, paranormal, and explanations for the evil that makes individuals like Hitler do what they do.
There's a unique group of characters, with Eli (vampire), Malachi (ghost), Daniyyel (angel) and Ethan (presumably human) being the main ones and the bulk of the story being told from Eli's point of view. We're also introduced to other characters who have shaped the circumstances in which our group now find themselves (Ethan's parents, Eli's ex, and oh yes-the devil). They all make for some interesting interactions that reveal plenty of secrets on just about every characters' part, adding to the complexity of the story which only serves to draw the reader further in.
There are some scenes with sexual content, and plenty more with innuendo. The one part that I found disturbing though is the final scene read from Ethan's father's diaries. While I had already guessed where things were leading in regards to his father's friend's identity, the events that allegedly cement his friend into who he became are graphic and disconcerting, and might be found distasteful by some readers.
I do find myself thoroughly absorbed in the story to where I need to find out where things go from here. The end of this book leaves us on a cliffhanger that promises a lot more drama to come, and I really want to see how the group's plan pans out as well as what might come for Eli and Ethan. Dead Camp book one was a 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend it for fans of M/M paranormal fiction who like historical settings and flairs of drama. 18+ for adult language, graphic horror/gore and M/M (and a small bit of M/F) sexual content.
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