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Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One (A Dystopian Vampire Novel) by [Wilson, Robert S.]
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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
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  • Publisher: Empire of Blood Books; 1st edition (September 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LD2TKK
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By CL Nicolas-Stegall on September 18, 2011
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So, I've been an "aficionado" of vampires for almost as long as I've been reading novels. From Stoker's Dracula to this latest, by Robert S. Wilson, Shining In Crimson.

I have to say: I'm really impressed.

Wilson's dystopian Empire (formerly the good old U.S. of A.) is well-thought out and carries a weight and depth to it unlike many others I've read about. The vampires of his world are both tribal and democratic, as well as useful tools of the Empire itself.

The characters each have a richness to them that leads you to worry for them, hate them, admire them and/or loathe them. Hank, in particular, is a man with a fully developed back story that plays its part in defining who he is and how he handles the tragic circumstances in which he finds himself.

Although Toby could have used just a little more fleshing out, near the end of the novel we see some further depth to the boy that I hope promises some interesting turns of event in future volumes. And, let me say that I do fully expect there to be future volumes!

Such incredible conflict of character is displayed in wonderful relief with the person of Simon. His storyline is such that I would have never guessed from his entry onto the scene near the beginning of the book. Wilson has done a fantastic job in truly doing something different with the "whole vampire thing."

The only reason that this novel did not get five stars from me is the partial cliffhanger of an ending... but that is to be expected as this is to be the first in a trilogy of novels. All well and good. Now, where the hell is the next one?? :o)
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I got Shining in Crimson as a free give away and was immediately interested in the plot after reading the description. Like many of the other reviewers, I love the idea of using really badass, creepy-crawly vampires rather than the more classical versions, a la Underworld or Blade or Twilight. The one part of Shining in Crimson that really stood out to me was the suspense. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what's around the next corner and keeps this up from beginning to end. Normally this would be enough for a 4 star. For me, the biggest draw back was the feeling of being told what was happening, rather than being shown. That could be just my preference (obviously it is to some degree, given the 4 and 5 stars). I think anyone who is a fan of vampire lore, especially those drawn to the grittier, more horrific vampire lore, will definitely find a nice place for Shining in Crimson in their collection.
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Loved this so much I am re-reading it again to make sure I did not miss a thing. For a first time novel Robert S. Wilson created a masterpiece. His weaving of story lines, creation of characters the the telling of back stories work wonderfully together culminated in a refreshingly new vampire story. This is one story I wanted to go on and on.

What impressed me was the new version of the vampire genre. After reading hundreds of stories of novels this is truly an original.

Brilliant work. Cannot wait for the next one.
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I have to be fair. I read this book when it was still being developed and crafted. It was near completion but it was still a draft copy.

That being said I am really eager to read the completed work. The draft was of such amazing quality and work.

Let's put it this way. I don't much care for Vampire stories, but this story is so much more then blood sucking pretty boys that all the tweens swoon over. These characters are real people, the vampires have a story to tell, and there are great intertwining plots in this story. There are real conflicts and struggles for the main character.

If a person who doesn't much care for vampire books can enjoy this, I am certain diehard fans of the genre will enjoy this as well.

You are getting some damn good writing for a damn good price.
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I absolutely loved this book!! Most indie authors don't have what it takes, but this author far exceeded himself, creating a vivid world. This dystopian vampire novel is one of the best I've read in years. Looking forward to reading more of Robert S. Wilson's work!

Vincent Hobbes
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As you may know already I'm bored to death of zombies, they were never my favourite classic monster, and they haven't really suffered in the same way as my favourite monster The Vampire. If I were a man prone to weeping, the treatment of my beloved creatures of the night would have me sobbing in the corner. Luckily I'm made of stronger stuff. So every time I pick up a new Vampire novel, I get a little bit worried.

I've had Shining in Crimson in my book pile for what seems like an eternity, the combination of a new author tackling my boys always sent a trickle of fear down my spine. And you know what I wish I had picked up this book as soon as I had got it. RSW has created a a refreshing take on the vampire and the vampire novel. A world ruled by a mental Religious Empire, that uses the vampires to strike fear into the hearts of it citizens is a work of genius. This arrangement has worked in the past, but the Vampires are not happy with this arrangement any more, they want to rule the world. Caught up in the middle of this on coming war is Hank Evans, sentenced to be fed on by the vampires for the smallest of crimes. Hank will battle with every ounce of his being to escape and save his son.

This is a well written, and hugely entertaining novel, that manages to discuss moral and religious arguments without ever becoming preachy or sounding like a soapbox for RSW. My only criticism of the book is the opening chapters could have done with being edited down, as it did take a little while for the book to grab me. But stick with it folks this book is worth it

You'll not find some glistening torsos and smouldering eyes in this book. What you will find is a brilliantly thought out society of Vampires. The book does not deal with black and white issues, the humans as the good guys, and the vampires as the monsters. You'll find good guys and monsters on both sides of the war.
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