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Faolan O' Connor's Drawing Dead, Book 1 (A Faolan O'Connor Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 15, 2015
If Mickey Spillane or Dashiell Hammett had written books spiced with the supernatural, they might have come up with something like Drawing Dead. Meet Faolan' O'Connor, the Mike Hammer of the undead. --Clay Gilbert - Dragon Con Panelist and Author of Dark Road to Paradise
Brian McKinley's Drawing Dead is The Godfather of vampire novels. Godfather, as in a pioneering effort, breaking new ground in its expertly weaved combination of two harsh, unforgiving, brutal worlds, at a level unprecedented in its scope, artistry and detail. The perfect blending of what may at first seem to be two disparate genres, merged in such seamless perfection that readers and authors alike will wonder in amazement why no author has written this perfect merger before.
Godfather, as in recalling Mario Puzo's classic 1969 Mafia novel, and the impact it has made on the literary world. Just as Puzo's The Godfather exceeded the prose and craftmanship level for what readers expected of a mobster novel, McKinley's Drawing Dead exceeds readers' usual expectations of vampire novels and mobster novels by blending the best of both worlds and forging a newer and greater category all its own in the process.
A world of life beyond life, death beyond death, where the turned henchman Faolan O'Connor gains power even he could not have imagined. Power that could take him to heights the human mobster he was could not have imagined, yet also the power to lead him to his ultimate fall and demise. Faolan holds the cards of power, yet only fate will know if he is drawing aces, or if he is Drawing Dead. --Daven Anderson - Author of Vampire Syndrome
About the Author
Brian Patrick McKinley doesn t really exist. He s a constructed mortal identity used by a relatively young Vampyr in order to publish the truth about The Order. Due to the world-wide influence of The Order and its minions, these accounts must all be published as fiction; however, they are all very real and actually happened. Sometimes the names and sequence of events have been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty, and to keep from getting sued.
Brian is no longer a typical Vampyr and, for this reason, lives in hiding and writes from a secret location. Sure, you can look for him in New Jersey and you might even think you ve succeeded, but that guy in the author photo is just some actor who lives with his mom in the basement of her house! The real Brian lives a life of danger and excitement; he loves Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire as much as he loves Chicken Fried Steak. He s a reader, a role-player, and a dreamer who doesn t believe that liberal is a dirty word. He s lived many lifetimes and is eager to share as many of them as possible with his readers.
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That underworld itself takes on a whole new meaning, with the vampires operating right under the noses of their human counterparts in the heart of 1930s New York City. As in the Vampire Hegemony stories, we see a highly complex, if still divided, society, with vampires of all ages and walks of life. At the center of all this is Faolan O’Connor, a young gangster who aspires to work his way up the food chain, only to become a young vampire who aspires to work his way up an even larger food chain. As with most gangster protagonists, O’Connor is a ruthless and manipulative opportunist whose main goal is to eventually dethrone the reigning boss and take the spoils of victory for himself. Not exactly the type of hero one would expect to root for, but his underdog status serves to endear him to the reader. O’Connor’s methods may be questionable, but his need to be more than what he is, to better himself and prove to everyone that he’s more than just another common thug, is a drive that is relatable, albeit to a certain extent. We can’t help but be in his corner, especially with so many comparatively nasty vampires pitted against him.
Another solid entry in the category of “Gothic Noir”, DRAWING DEAD is appealing on a variety of levels, from the semi-sympathetic hero and odd collection of gangster vampires to the witty and exciting narrative. The sequel cannot come out fast enough.
Well I certainly enjoyed this take on vampire society, it felt natural and almost inviting. Brian got the main character right with this one and the various antagonists through out the book felt fleshed out and entertaining.
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