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The Recruit (The Faction Book 1) Kindle Edition
"...different and interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
--ButtonsMom2003, Xtreme Delusions
"...a unique spin on the mythology."
"I liked the details that made this world come to life."
--Anne Barwell, Drops of Ink
"Albright does not allow her imagination to be confined by tropes in The Recruit and it is an enjoyable story that I would recommend."
--Kirsty, Joyfully Jay
About the Author
- ASIN : B07FNY789R
- Publisher : JMS Books LLC (June 16, 2018)
- Publication date : June 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2625 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 79 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,739 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Addison Albright is a new-to-me author. The Recruit is the first in The Faction series.
The Recruit was a super fast, not too deep novella that I read in under and hour.
At the start, Albert shows how the Faction goes about recruiting new vampires, where they must be of a specific age and look to fill a role needed in the group, as they cycle their identities and professions. Choosing Phillip, who is dying of terminal cancer, Albert feels a spark.
The whole of the novella is Phillip's transformation into Neil, and I don't mean the transition from human to vampire, as that took less than a second and less than a sentence. which was anticlimactic in the extreme. Neil's diction, clothing, and profession as a delivery man.
The world-building is quick and simple, not explained or shown. The romance is instant fated mates. Blood Mates. Yet a blood mate is not explained, nor does anything have to happen metaphysically to tie them together. The romance is just accepted from the start, no hot and steamy on the pages. I need to add that there isn't even any fade-to-black action. It's nonexistent in the romance, intimacy, and physical. The author tells us it exists a sentence here or there thrown in, but there is nothing shown whatsoever on the pages. Most important to me was some sort of emotional intimacy, but then again, Neil and Albert don't show any emotions.
To be quite frank, while this was a quick read, with no editing issues, and was easy to follow and fall into the story, there wasn't much depth to capture my attention. It felt like a checklist of things, which meant the emotions were missing.
As for Phillip turned Neil, who was a thirty-something with terminal cancer... he fit int the Faction because of his age and maturity. His age and condition would have matured him, yet he comes off as an adolescent throughout the pages and the next installment, perhaps younger at times in his actions/reactions. Like jumping at a noise, then running into Albert's arms to shudder like a spooked puppy. This comes off as someone decades younger, without living experience, and it made it difficult for me to take him seriously.
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Albert Manlii has existed for over two thousand years, I say ‘existed’ since he is a vampire and not alive. Now he is the faction leader responsible for recruiting one or two willing converts. In spite of being immortal vampires can die; some leave the faction in one way or another when immortality becomes more than they can bear.
Albert spots a man he believes is perfect and a man that he is sure is his blood-mate. Of course he would love nothing more than for this man to meet all the requirements to be recruited but even if he is his blood-mate he will not interfere in the procedure that has to be followed. The recruit has to be a certain age, intelligent and capable of fitting in, he has to have no ties, meaning family, spouse or close friends that would miss him or could possibly notice him once he is pronounced dead. Now research has to be done on his candidate, a man who is no doubt dying from cancer and will be given the choice of becoming a vampire or dying.
Phillip Brewer is dying from a very rare form of gall-bladder cancer so deadly that from the diagnosis one month ago he now has a week or two to live. Albert approaches Phillip with the offer of life or death and it doesn’t take Phillip long to agree to life even if that life is as a vampire. The change is very fast and was done in the park where Albert and Phillip were meeting a small exchange of blood very different from what is portrayed in the movies and it is done.
Like Albert, Phillip feels a connection with Albert although he is unaware of the blood-mate bond and he is given a new personality, new eye color using contacts, new hair style, new clothes and a new name. Phillip is dead; long live Neil Franklin from Texas. Even looking in the mirror Neil no longer sees Phillip.
This was such a unique take on vampires, they can be in the sun, they use blood from a blood bank, they only recruit those that are dying and they stay together as a family. Short but wonderful.
It was very interesting to see the how and why the vampires choose certain persons to join them. I loved seeing the way they worked and getting to know the rules they create for themselves. I loved the interactions between all of them. It was an easy book to read, enjoyable and with a nice and steady pace. It had a more contemporary feeling than paranormal, even considering it was a book about vampires, but there was something about the way they handle themselves that just felt that way. The plot was fine but I did feel like it could have accomplished so much more for such an interesting concept.
I didn't think it was very romantic and that was one of the few issue I had with it. The relationship between Albert and Phillip just didn't felt right. I find it hard to connect emotions with them and to care for them as a couple. They didn't have great chemistry and, in general, their relationship felt a little forced. I ended up more interested on how the world worked for them than to see them evolve as a couple.
It was an enjoyable book. I had a good time with it and overall liked it. It could be enjoyable for M/M readers who like paranormal elements.