- File Size: 1237 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: angela lockwood (August 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EMEN1P6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,940 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Language in the blood: Book 1 Kindle Edition
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They are, after all, nightmare creatures who feast - often savagely - on hapless humans and yet... and yet we find them fascinating.
In Angela Lockwood's novel "Language in the Blood" we meet Cameron Blair, a vampire with a unique gift that allows him to instantly learn the languages of the people he feeds on. This, as you can imagine, gives him an enormous edge in seducing his victims while helping him to avoid capture and, likely, instant execution.
What sets this novel apart from many others in the genre is the fact that Lockwood takes us on a fascinating journey through Cameron's "life" after he is turned into a vampire on a World War I battlefield. He does not realize, at first, what has happened to him and there is no one to guide him: His "Maker" simply turned him into a vampire and then disappeared leaving Cameron to sort out his new existence on his own.
He does, but as a boy from the streets of Edinburgh it is not easy for him to learn what he must to survive and, ultimately, to both embrace his new life and profit from his new existence.
In Cameron, Lockwood has created a character that you can both like and dislike at the same time. He is bewildered at first, confused and alone: As he struggles to avoid capture by the soldiers he apparently deserted after being turned into a vampire and attempts to adapt to his new life we feel enormous sympathy for this young man who has been thrust into a nightmare. Later, as he learns to "be" a vampire we dislike his ability to be cruel and calculating; his willingness to kill.
And yet we still find him fascinating.
Lockwood's narrative is smoothly written and she has infused Cameron's story with humor, pathos, danger and sarcasm. The dialogue is crisp and the plot contains some nice twists and turns as we follow Cameron from his earliest days living on rats on the streets of Paris to his life as a wealthy man living aboard a yacht on the Cote d'Azure. In addition, Lockwood has added some finely drawn secondary characters to the narrative; men and women who pass through Cameron's long life. Some become friends, others become lovers and a few are enemies intent on his destruction. She has also shown us that, in the end, Cameron has perhaps not completely lost his humanity and is still capable of "doing the right thing" for a friend.
If you are a fan of vampire literature, this book is one you should definitely read.
And if you're not a fan, I'd suggest that you will still find an intriguing story and interesting characters woven together by a writer who knows how to tell a compelling story, no matter the genre.
A wonderful story and a book I highly recommend.
The cover suggests this is a comedy with bite but there's little humor. Upon reflection I think it must be the rather cynical and barbaric sense of humor the main character Cameron carries throughout the novel. This is a dark, disturbing, immoral, and brutal story but it's the tone and the simple way it's laid out with ease that left me unsure if I enjoyed it or not. There's no doubt it's well written and quite different from any vampire story you'll ever read. Cameron is one vampire you won't forget!
Word Building: 4/5
Story Flow: 3.5/5
Picky Bitches OVERALL SCORE = 4/5
There are some time line gaps in this long chronicle set all over Europe and the UK from 1915 to present. This took some getting used to, the shifts back and forth in time, but in the end I started to warm to it. At first, I wish the author had put more words to the initial vampire attack! But then there’s a method to the author’s madness and it wraps up very nicely.
As far as vamps go, Cameron Blair is a ‘genial’ one. At least, in the beginning. I found it fascinating to follow the transformation of this vampire over the years as he digs himself into darker holes and is afflicted by more blood craze. And this is probably one of the book’s strengths. It explores the criminal underground of Paris and London, and the MC’s inherent involvement. In the vamp’s own words, “getting paid for being violent was hilarious.” This dark side of vampire behaviour, how one survives for the long haul, is bound to be entertainment for urban vampire-fantasy lovers. Spoiler: this vamp hates mirrors, sunlight and cat blood.
This vampire is both on the prowl and the run, cycling through a series of endless identities to stay one step ahead of the law... The story starts to get very interesting when the MC tracks down his maker. I will not go into details and spoil it, other than to say it ends with a very provocative twist.
I found myself gravitating between liking the main character and then not. As I find stories with characters that are cast in more shades of grey more interesting than standard formula, this worked for me. The character inevitably got darker, leading to more twists along the way. There are stories within stories here in this full length novel, as the author explores the life of Cameron Blair, aka Blairy, for whom we develop some sense of respect, as we peer deep into the doorway of his mind...
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