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Product Paperback – May 15, 2013
..."Product succeeds because McCain has created a universe where vampires exist as more realistic beings. They are not the mythical blood sucking pale ghosts as so often described in literature, but instead they are presented as infected souls who have to take in amounts of human blood to stay alive...The imagery is dark and the words used paint graphic images within the readers mind, but it all fits together coherently... This is not just another vampire book, instead it is a refreshing take on a genre that has been so frequently misused in recent times."
--Red City Review
"Luckily there is no sparkling vampires here. Horror abound, this story is filled with violence, blood, and more. The author does a really good job at providing the old myths the justice they deserve. Author Ian McCain was able to fill the story with so much eye candy, I couldn't peel my eyes away. Very well done Ian, I can't wait to read more!"
"Product is a quick and excitingly entertaining read. It will most definitely captivate any horror fan ready to open wide and drink it up." --Portland Book Review
About the Author
Ian S. McCain is, in the simplest terms, an entrepreneur, a fan of puzzles, a marketing strategist, a social butterfly, a husband and a father. Currently he spends his days working in a shed, repurposed as a business office. He has a background in film production and scriptwriting, having written, produced and/or directed six award-winning short films which have been in competition in over sixty national and international film festivals, winning various Awards and Critical Accolades. Ian spent the ages of eleven to seventeen legally blind due to a degenerative eye disease, and later started the patient and family resource website www.kcvision.org. He has a terrible singing voice, but is however a surprisingly good dancer. By day Ian works in Information Technology as the Director of Operations for an IT consulting firm. At night, while his family is sleeping, he writes; trying hard to strike a balance between creative and business worlds. Ian lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, two sons, and their dog.
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Ian McCain has written an ingenious new take on a popular tale. No ordinary vampire story to be sure - "Product" is gritty, original, suspenseful and...yes...violent. Yet, the violence certainly works and is definitely necessary. McCain's ability to write descriptive, gripping and graphic scenes is unfailing and highly commendable. I could see "Product" easily being turned into a movie.
If you think vampire books are all the same, think again. Ian McCain has come up with a decidedly new and innovative approach to the subject with his book, "Product". I would highly recommend it to readers searching for an exciting, fast-paced thriller that's sure to leave them satisfied and asking for more. I can't wait for the sequel!
The author alternates between old Romania and the beginning of vampires, and modern days. While hoping to avoid spoilers, I can say that both will converge at some point. Else what would be the point? Over all it was well done, the characters were believable, and I came to like Ernie. He has a conscience.
The story is told in the third POV present tense and that's where it lost a few points for me. I can live with it. I've read and loved books written in present when they make me forget the tense, and Product succeeded in doing so most of the time. Yet there were those moments when I really wished it were past tense. This is just me being picky. It is only a personal preference and has nothing to do with the story itself.
Being both a lover of SciFi and Horror genres, while also having a background in science and technology, I have always found myself being caught between a desire to immerse myself in a story, while at the same time not thinking to myself "that could never happen!". The result is more than a couple books that I never manage to finish due to my not being able to stop mentally debunking aspects of the story. I am happy to say that Product held my attention throughout the entire book and also has me anticipating what will hopefully be a series. McCain's writing style is rich and descriptive, with a slightly different approach for a novel of writing in the present tense. While the present tense style caught me a bit off guard at first, it felt a bit script-like in the delivery and seems to actually help the reader (at least in my case) visualize the situations.
Overall I really enjoyed it, there weren't any parts that I thought were unneeded or tainted with filler, everything flowed quite nicely and the thrown in twists and turns definitely kept it entertaining all the way to the end for me. I highly recommend it