- 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: #19,795 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.
I enjoyed the back and forth of Cameron's afterlife and look forward to the next installment. The European setting was nice although I always trip over the French references while reading. There were also a few really obscure words from time to time that even Wikipedia couldn't puzzle out - sarnies? minging? Bint?
Overall though, a well written and engaging book.
Well written, slightly Great Gatsbyish, with a hint of all the best WWII movies ever.
And yes, I've already purchased the sequel. I'm stepping onboard for the long ride with Cameron and his crazy life!
Cameron Blair is frankly, cheerfully wicked, without ever quite stepping over the line into absolute evil. Among his thieving, dog-slaying criminal deeds, he yet refrains from littering or killing endangered species. It is impossible not to like him, and I look forward to more books in this vastly entertaining series.