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The Drayton Chronicles: Evolution of a Vampire by [Bertauski, Tony]
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"This book goes into my 'best of the best' collection on my kindle." --Amazon Reviewer
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"Every once in a while you read something that is deceptively simple, yet profound to the point of utter complexity." --Amazon Reviewer
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"This was such an incredibly moving piece of writing." --Amazon Reviewer

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  • File Size: 1326 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSE3LJ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the most original vampire fiction I've ever read. Drayton is portrayed as an immortal creature that begins as little more than an animal, with no knowledge of his origins. He is apparently alone, as there is no mention of him ever encountering another like himself. Over thousands of years, he learns and evolves, leaving savagery behind, and developing some respect for the humans that sustain him. While he will never be human, he develops some very human traits.

These stories are all about character development, Drayton's character as well as the people he deals with in each story. I enjoyed all of them, but I thought the final story was off base. It's not a bad story, it just didn't seem to follow the theme of the others. Drayton was mostly in the sidelines of that one, and his role was not well defined.

Very entertaining reading. I enjoyed it.
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I bought this book several months ago, long enough to forget why it caught my interest initially. Instantly engaging, not necessarily a nailbiter, but I wanted to keep reading nonetheless. And definitely not a typical vampire tale. I love how the author, throughout the 5 stories, tells the story of how Drayton evolved into the being he is now. Just a really good, very interesting read. I look forward to more from this author. :)
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I've only really known three truly evil people in my whole life. They are all dead by now. I wonder if Drayton visited them.
It is nice to reread the Drayton stories in one collection. I like them all for different reasons. I enjoy Bertauski's writing style. His line about Swift is The Current: "Some bad seeds are worth saving." made me stop working just to read the story.
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The characters are drawn vividly. I found myself wishing Drayton was real. He's a sort of physical transformed to psychic vampire righting all the wrongs while sustaining his own need. Dark, mysterious and I want more!
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I found The Drayton Chronicles to be a very new and refreshing take on vampires. Lately there seems to be a plethora of novels on vampires and many if not most appear to follow a set of already established plot/character formulas (much like the romance novels my mother-in-law loves so much). There is nothing wrong with this, but I find reading predictable books to be less enjoyable. For me, these books/stories were a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed them immensely. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Our culture has lately embraced a genre in which a monster (human or supernatural) distributes justice as need be. Dexter is a serial killer, but it is OK since he only kills murderers. Anne Rice's vampires generally kill only those who deserve it. Lately, even Hannibal the cannibal can be said to be a defender of justice in a cruel sort of way. So it is no surprise that in The Drayton Chronicles we have a Reaper of sorts (sometimes described as a vampire) that tries to defend the defenseless, balance the books, or bring someone to their mental senses.

The Chronicles are divided up in a number of stories. Most of them involve Drayton distributing justice in some form or another. Drayton's need to see things put right is a sort of "thank-you" for taking someone's soul and thus empowering Drayton. The early portion involves punishment dealt out to thieves, liars, the privileged who misuse their power, and a pedophile. The last story is unique. Instead of a horrid person, Drayton helps an older doctor appreciate his past life, so that when he finally dies (and Drayton takes his soul) he is finally content.

The stores are well written. I found myself wondering who really was the monster in each story, Drayton or the human who inflicted pain on others and thought that they could get away with it. In any case, the resolution in each story was satisfying.
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When I write reviews now, I always decide on my rating, then read the 3, 2, and one star ratings. As I did with The Drayton Chronicles. I couldn't believe some of the negative comments. Sometimes I think I must be crazy, liking the books I like. I thought The Drayton Chronicles was brilliant. The first little phase was a little extreme, and it took a while for the story to get going, but from the first page, I knew it s one of those books you couldn't get enough of and never wanted to end. There's a clarity, a simple declaration in this book. This is how it was, and this is how it is. And the writing is superb. The meaning is easy to understand. The ending, though simple, was somehow profound. I don't know how Bertauski does it. I just picked 'Drayton' at random, because I like vampires. This was after being blown away by The Discovery of Greeny Spooner, also by Bertauski. I will be checking out all of this author's work.
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I don't really care for vampire stories but I found Drayton to be something different. He's not really a vampire by normal standards. He civilized and he has honor. He even tries to fulfill the last requests of people who's deaths he witnesses.

I liked the character and that is what carried me through these short stories.

Please note these are 5 short stories, rather than a standard book. I found them all to be enjoyable yet sadly I found the last one to be the weakest. If the collection had ended on a higher note I might have awarded this 5 stars.

Recommended for readers interested in a new take on vampires.
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