- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pocket (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671034677
- ISBN-13: 978-0671034672
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 4.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,694,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Embrace: A True Vampire Story Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Kirkus Reviews Readers...will get some sense of the shadowy fantasy lives of "kids fallen through life's crack." -- Review
About the Author
Aphrodite Jones is the author of the New York Times bestseller Cruel Sacrifice; the bestseller The FBI Killer, which was made into an ABC-TV movie titled Betrayed by Love, starring Patricia Arquette; All She Wanted; and Della's Web. She began her professional writing career at age twenty-one, with a nationally syndicated column for United Feature Syndicate. A published journalist for more than twenty years, she has also worked as a radio news director, lectured about writing as an assistant professor of English, and, for the last decade, has devoted herself to human interest and hard-news stories. Born in Chicago, raised in New York, and schooled in Los Angeles, Jones now works from her home in West Hollywood. Visit her Web site at www.aphroditejones.com.
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#1: Rod does something horrible.
#2: Rod tells all his followers that he is something .
#3: Rod does something weird.
#4: Rod explains that he is something else than #2.
Ok, next paragraph, start over. This sums up about the first 320 pages of this book. I have no idea how this actually was published. The story, while being an interesting one, is horribly told in this book. There is a lot of stuff that the author just threw in the book that does not fit in the story, make sense, or is absolutely meaningless. I'm glad I paid $0.01 for this book and not full cover price.
Aphrodite Jones may be able to "look terror right in the eye" as the back of the book says, but she sure didn't know how to tell about it with this book.
As is common in her books, the tone is conversational and fact-oriented. For those unfamiliar with her work, Aphrodite Jones has an approachable writing style that makes her books more timeless than most True Crime authors. She does her research and it shows in her books. This is a fascinating, sad, and compelling read.
Sure, it may sound like an open-close case, but what makes it so interesting is two things...
1. The media really exploited this case as a way to slam the "Goth" culture, which T.V. knows nearly nothing about. Most of the emphasis they put on the case is that Rod Ferrel dressed and acted like his vampire character Vesago in his insane/immortal fantasy world. He was so insane and had such a Charles Manson/Jim Jones thing going with his friends, he made them all believe they were vampiric demons sent to Earth to open the gates of Hell. At times he sounds dillusional but intelligent, but at other times he just sounds like a misguided idiotic teenager, which he basically was. News and T.V. said he drank his victim's blood but the murders were actually not based on vampirism, but based suprisingly soley on stealing a car and not being arrested for that! So the actual crime wasn't a vampire sort of thing, it was a theft gone wrong of thing. The media though just because he dyed his hair black and wore all black he was a goth, but really he just had a highly disfunctional family and suffered from schizotypal personality disorder.
2. In the author's opinion, this double murder showcased a decline of moral and sweetness in the American youth, paticularly the alternative crowd. Indeed, she calls whatever this is, I'm guessing schizotypal disorder, a "religion", which implies it has something to do with Wicca/Pagan/Satanism, or some other alternative religion which isn't fair to groups of those crowds. They get enough crap from intolerant Christians enough, and don't like having an isolated sick, drugged up, bad seed teenager's crime being traced to them.
I recommend this book if you want to know about the case in great detail, what happened before the murders in Kentucky and Florida and how the coven came together, and after the murders and what happened at the trials. After reading the book, I felt sympathy for Ferrel, he was messed up and it sounds like his horrible mother had a very negative influence on him. I enjoyed reading about what Rod was tied up in while he was in Kentucky, and about how he almost went on a rampage there, got expelled from school, tried to kill his mom, drank his friend's blood, gained countless followers with his dark showmanship, and allegedly tortured cats and dogs. Buy it to get a good look at the possibilities of what can happen when unstable teenagers go absolutely out of control.