- 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: #12,888 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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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...
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.
The writing itself is done well and flows nicely, but for me there was too much exposition, as if reading Cameron's diary, and not enough in-the-moment action. It wasn't until 75% into the story that a true purpose and plot driver emerged. Though an intriguing story line, it fell a little flat for me. Were I able to rate on the half-stars, I'd give this piece a 3.5/5 but am rating at a 4 because of the technical strength of the writing itself.
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.