- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Pectopah Productions Inc. (October 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986864145
- ISBN-13: 978-0986864148
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,665,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Michael Andre McPherson earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Toronto, but soon found his true love of writing after a trip to Afghanistan.
Working in the film industry for more than ten years, McPherson’s assignments ranged from production managing low-budget independent films to camera assisting on Hollywood blockbusters. He has since left the film industry and now co-owns a multimedia software development company.
McPherson’s short stories have been published in Storyteller Magazine and have won various awards in the Bloody Words Mystery Convention’s short story writing contest. His story “Working with Psychos” won first prize in the 2006 Great Canadian Story contest, while he placed third in the James Patrick Baen Memorial writing contest for another short story, “Acclimatization.” He is currently hard at work on his 1000 Souls series.
McPherson lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
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The world is normal in this thrilling story, people come to slowly realize, perhaps too late that evil has come to take them away from their beds. Some realize quicker than others, some never see it coming.
This was a fantastic story and I was sorely disappointed to discover that the second book has not yet been finished, nor is there a tangible version of the first book available yet. This is worth the read, and when it does come out as something other than an e-book, this is one of the few tales that I intend to purchase and set on my bookshelf.
Bertrand is an overweight call center computer tech support person in Chicago. His parents died a few years ago and he now lives alone in their house with the highlight of his day being lunch (wings and beer) with his co-worker Jeff. Bertrand decides that he needs to start making some changes in his life - his Dr is after him for his weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels - because he doesn't want to die alone as a 24 yr virgin. This is actually the best decision he could make because he joins Jeff at his gym and meets Joyce, a personal trainer.
Bert is starting to "get the heebies" whenever he goes - he feels uneasy walking down his street, riding the train, even eating lunch because there seems to be fewer people around each day. He hears screams one night at his neighbor's house across the street and when he goes to investigate, there is no body but there is lots of blood. The police take an hour to show up and then don't do a thing. People aren't coming to work (the news says it is the flu), houses are popping up for sale everywhere, and the streets are empty.
He and his friends finally discover the existence of "vampires" or, as he names them, "rippers", after the first series of reports of murders in the "Jack the Ripper" style. The Rippers don't have fangs, they aren't afraid of holy items, and garlic won't keep them away BUT they do drink your blood after they slit your throat with a handy little knife. Now, he and his friends (along with others that they pick up along the way) are hiding during the night and trying to stay alive. That is, until they decide to start fighting back.
What separates this book from other "vampire" books is that it isn't just a blood and gore story. Instead, the author combines the "faiths" of true believers of different religions/philosophies from all parties - Bert and his friends, the 1000 Souls, Christianity, and the "Head Ripper" himself. I don't know if that is the best way to describe it but everyone has a reason for what they are doing and it isn't just for gratuitous violence and/or survival for either side.
The best part of the book to me was the concept of the 1000 Souls. I am not going to get into it because it would be a spoiler but it was a really interesting twist that I haven't seen before. The author has several other outlooks on an apocalypse that are totally different than the "normal" scenario regarding the food supply (and I am talking actual food - like corn, green beans - not people for the Rippers :-) that I hadn't read or thought of before. Love it when that happens because I read at least a book a day and it takes a lot to surprise you after a while.
What I don't understand - how can book four be out now but not two or three?? But since I love this one so much, looks like I am not going to be able to wait and read them in order (I love instant gratification) and will buy it now.
Can't wait to see what happens next!