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Fevre Dream Paperback – September 28, 2004
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“An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels . . . Fevre Dream runs red with original, high adventure.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner
“Stands alongside Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire as a revolutionary work.”—Rocky Mountain News
“Engaging and meaningful.”—The Washington Post Book World
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Marsh meant to turn down York's offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve--coupled with the terrible force of York's mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankind's most impossible dream.
Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire's quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman's dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.
Top Customer Reviews
Abner Marsh is a Mississippi steamboat owner, whose fleet (except for one old lug) has been destroyed. His last hope of regaining his prestige rests entirely on accepting Joshua York's offer to build the largest, fastest and most beautiful steamboat on the river, in which he will be a co-partner. Abner respects Joshua almost immediately (and vice versa) - despite sensing he is not being entirely truthful, and that something is very wrong. Only his natural courage, and love for the river, allow him to suppress his misgivings.
The novel is excellent but rarely brilliant. The author supplies a great deal of historical colour and atmosphere throughout the book which - fascinating and entertaining as it all is: mid-nineteenth-century Mississippi steamboat trade routes, the ships' fierce competitiveness, including night races on the river, the slave trade conducted in buildings linked to grand hotels, the New Orleans 'dance-halls', reeking with corruption - reduces the tension and the potential for terror.
In his characterisation, however, he does much better. Abner Marsh is a grittily realistic, larger than life, yet sympathetic individual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
George R R Martin does it again with this historical vampire thriller. It lost a star since it ended so soon.Published 13 days ago by chemiprof86
I don't normally read this kind of book, but Martin's storytelling and writing made this tale very enjoyable.Published 17 days ago by gizzy
Well written and exciting. George R. R. Martin puts a different spin on the life of a vampire. Definitely a good read.Published 24 days ago by Bonnie Alexander
An interesting take on the vampire genre. I always enjoy the characterization and prose of GRRM. Slow at times, with heavy detail on steamboats, the story picks up at times and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JB
Great storytelling as always with Martin. The characters come alive, as does the setting and imagery. Nice work George. Nice work.Published 1 month ago by ryan d devereux
This was an excellent book! Unlike ASOIF this book has less characters to memorize and is thus less complex and a quicker read, this however does not mean it is any less of a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron McKinney