- File Size: 1153 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Class Act Books (October 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G7B87RY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,163,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Night Man Cometh Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Becoming a vampire has rendered Damian more or less a wild animal who must hunt human blood to survive, but his deep urge for immortal, romantic love has given him an appreciation of human ethics. Time and again he refrains from killing or from turning others into vampires, even at the cost of his own health or mental stability, as he considers the moral implications of how his acts may affect his quest for transcendent love. Though impelled to survive as a vampire, and guilty of dozens of atrocities against humans over the centuries, at critical moments he chooses cooperation and empathy over raw hunger and lust.
The Night Man Cometh can also be read as a future history of the different ways vampires, as a small subset of the world's population, could coexist within human society and outside it. Upon becoming a vampire one may be instantly endowed with near-invincible powers, not the least of which is the charisma or glamour which is often all that's needed to paralyze a victim, but a vampire must also contend with numerous drawbacks including the hunter's uncertain quest for the proper food, the quick extermination brought by exposure to sunlight, the necessity of relying upon enthralled humans to take care of one during daylight hours, the possibility of being attacked by vengeful humans during those vulnerable hours, and, oddly, the fact that buried aspects of one's human personality may come to the fore to create fresh conflict and instability.
The vampires become what they must to survive: sometimes they are mercenary soldiers, sometimes they are prisoners, and often they must fake their deaths to start new lives as existing human generations vanish beneath them. The book posits different kinds of vampires: the Vampyre from England who converts a victim via a method more akin to infection, and the winged Sansmort from France, who employs a more psychological method of "turning" the victim.
What I drew from this book was the sense of a tragic choice of a rather unsatisfactory immortality in order to flee the terror of personal extinction. But cheating death only brings Undeath, not true eternal life. And the same hungers Damian had while human are magnified in this new state and uncomfortably accompany him through the centuries. Yet his still intact deep human nature offers a possibility of breaking out of that endless cycle of disappointment.
review by Michael D. Smith
It took me several chapters before I realized I had cheated myself out of one of the better literary treats of the last several months, possibly longer. This novel covers such a huge scope of around 3500 years that it boggles the mind. It is a changing genre novel of historical, horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and ending with a bit of science fiction. Never read anything like it unless you want to count HG Wells masterpiece The Time Machine.
It starts out with a young man who only wants 2 things from his existence, he wants to live (this is during the Black Plague) and he wants to be with his love Antoinette. He will get his wish and lose much more in the process. Damien became a vampire by choice, making some terrible and soul killing decisions when he did and now he must live with himself. There are some terrible things in this book but it is a more dark look at vampires.
This is not a short vampire romance novel with a great "happy ever after" this is a masterpiece of work that covers some horrible things concerning our hero Damien and tragic periods of history. Life is not all roses and happiness, far, far from it. Damien tries to retain a bit of humanity from time to time which serves to frustrate him as much as it helps him at times.
What he really wants is to find "the one", that woman who will make him feel complete, the true love he has always wanted but seems to lose each time he comes close.
This is not a singular romance, this is a story of a vampire cut from the Dracula mold of Bram Stoker (garlic, crosses, holy relics, all hurt him) and his search through centuries for the woman he feels sure is out there if he can find her. He is at times heroic, other times tragic and many times, just the vampire he has become.
A large part of the action takes place prior to the 20th century since that is the time that shapes his persona but we are taken on a ride through history and into the yet imagined future with this novel and all of it captures the imagination.
I give this 5 Stars because I cannot think of anything to compare it to and the scope combined with the highs and lows of Damien's life is exceptional. It felt like the author may have rushed the ending a bit but then again it was almost to the point of "you gotta stop somewhere" and the ending was very fulfilling and satisfying to me. Highly recommended but this is NOT a novel you will read in one session, it may take days to soak it in, but I loved it.
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