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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 23 minutes
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- Publisher: LMBPN Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: February 1, 2017
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- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B01N5USD55
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In a post apocalyptic world, the vampire heroine Valerie escapes from her blood thirsty (pun intended) father and brother, flees Europe and crosses the Atlantic to America. Unlike, most vampires, she has a strong sense of honor and sets out to serve justice where ever it’s needed. New York hosts it’s own group of diabolical bad guys, so Valerie builds an army of were-creatures, vampires, and humans. Together, they free the city just in time for her brothers arrival and the inevitable fight to come.
“What, I’d be the Queen of the Damned? I don’t think so.”
To tell the truth, I burned out on vampires, and the like, a long time ago. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, I read the Anne Rice books. I enjoyed them at the time, but by the fifth one I was done. I got bored with them, and after a while the whole idea of vampires seemed pretty ridiculous. Apparently, not many other people felt that way. Over the past 30 years, vampires have become extremely popular, and they’ve brought along were-wolves for the ride. However, regardless of how sparkly the vampire and how ripped the were-wolf’s abs were, I was still not interested.
Being a big fan of Sloan’s Falls of Redemption series and knowing that Anderle must being doing something right because all of his 15 or 16 TKG (The Kurtherian Gambit) books have hundreds of reviews each and nothing less than four and half stars on Amazon, I thought I would give Justice is Calling a shot. So really, it’s because I loved reading about the Mawtu that I decided to pick up a vampire book again.
So, if I don’t like reading about vampires and were-wolves, then what did I like about the book? That’s a good question, and the answer is that I liked reading about the vampires and the were-wolves, and the were-bears, pumas, whatever. Anderle came up with a good sci-fi origin story for them, but I don’t want to spoil it here, and I can’t remember if it was explained in this book or if I heard it on a podcast.
"That's not sticking. You want to give me a nickname, go with something like King of Death or Mighty One."
There was a good balance of plot and character development with just the right about of action. Sloan and Anderle harmed a lot of bad guys in the making of this story, and I never felt it dragged on or got slow. However, it seemed balanced with both character development and world building. By the end of the story, they leave you with four to five characters that you really want to read more about. Also, in addition to tidbits of TKG lore that were planted throughout the book, the authors also set the groundwork for this new setting.
The story takes place about 150 years after Anderle’s solo books. There are plenty of references to things that happened in those earlier books, but I don’t feel not having read them hurt my enjoyment in any way. The story is pretty solid and stands well on it’s own.
I’m a fan of post apocalyptic fiction and have read everything from zombie invasions to true prepper fiction. Justice is Calling is different because it’s set so much farther into the future. Well, it’s also got the vampires and were-wolf things, but is that any different from having zombies? When the story first starts in France, it seems very post nuclear war, but when Valerie gets to America, it takes on a Blade Runner vibe that I really liked.
“Rather, I believe, that justice is calling for this fight to occur. Who am I to take justice away from those who need it?”
I rate Justice is Calling five out of five stars. It’s hugely entertaining, funny at times, full of violent action without being overly graphic, and a lot of fun. However, I’ve reached a point where I’m invested in more series than I can keep up with, and now, in addition to the next two Reclaiming Honor books, I also want to go back and start reading Anderle’s original TKG books. I know, it’s a terrible problem to have, but at least there are only 15 or 16 of them.
We get a new heroine and a new story arc. Valerie is a vampire made that discovers her origins might not be as noble as she thought. Now she's out to set things right and see justice done. And if she gets to put a little crimp in her brother's plans that's even better. Unfortunately the world has gone down hard, elements of civilization remain but it's a dark future. A future where even a vampire might not be the worst thing out there.