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The Hunt Paperback – March 18, 2008
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David Sherman is the author or co-author of more than two dozen novels, including fantasy series DemonTech and (with Dan Cragg) the popular Starfist Science Fiction series. He welcomes you to visit his website; www.novelier.com, and the fansite; www.starfisthq.org.
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Yes the characters in this book does have to drink blood, they are a bit stronger than ordinary humans and they do live a bit longer. But that is it. They are only a bit stronger, they only live a bit longer and they really do not have any of the attributes that we normally consider to be connected to vampires. There is none of the mystery and the “cool” that I associate with vampires. I know that the blurb stated that these vampires can go out during the day, eat garlic and so on. However, these “vampires” are so far off from what I was expecting that, to me, they are not really vampires. Vampires are mythological figures for which you have certain expectations and none of those are really fulfilled by this book.
It could still have been a read worthy book but I am afraid that I failed to be taken in by the story itself as well. It is really just a fairly unintelligent mad killing spree with sexual overtones and quite a few back flashes. Rocks was initially built up as an interesting character but just before he could assert himself he is turned into some fumbler carrying a lot of psychological baggage from the past.
Then we have the end. Well, it sure as hell put an end to the story. Needless to say it is not a happy ending. It is also an unnecessary ending that felt to me that it was just put in as a cheap way to create some drama at the end.
First book I have read since 2012 that I have put on my “rubbish” shelf I am afraid.
The Multithreaded story moves in a solid method, from hunter to prey, providing details that open up the how, the why, the who, the when and where of the interaction between Rocks and the group he is after.
The group Rocks is chasing is an interesting bunch, they get themselves into situations that are not for the faint of heart. The scenes are very graphically described. There are five members of the group, three women and two men, they are sexualy involved, both with each other and their victums, be warned this is also described very graphically.
The characters are developed as you move into the story, which makes for a very easy read. The balance from end to end also keeps you moving, with little chance for stall. The backstory is filled out in sufficient detail, that you can easily identify with the characters.
I have read, withstanding his nightfighter series (havent got them yet), most of David Shermans tomes. I enjoy his style, he has a great way of balance with all his stories from begining to end that make you feel fullfilled when done, a rarity in this day of mediocrity. A great deal of books on the market build up these giant stories and ramrod you to the end, and then within a few pages of the end, just slam-bang, conclude.
I am, overall, not a fan of Vampires, or the genre. I liked this book because of its different approach. The stigma's of the vampire's of legend were clearly explained away, and believable, within the context of the story. Rocks, his prey, and supporting cast ARE Vampires, expect nothing short of that, just in a different light.
The rating of three stars and not higher is only on a couple points. The violence I expected, its a vampire book. The sexual content was a little rough, and in some cases was a minor detractor to the story. I believe it could have been toned down a tad. A couple of the longer victum scenes I think could have been shorter, giving way to more action on "the Hunt" portion, but again this is minor.
A solid, balance, enjoyable effort!