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Skarlet: Part One of the Vampire Trinity (Vampire Babylon) Paperback – October 2, 2012
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“Emson feeds fresh blood to the vampire genre in this visceral hybrid of plague, panic, and the paranormal, which launches a series worth watching… Furious pacing doesn't preclude harsh poetic imagery as human greed blurs lines between friend and foe, victim and victimizer. Lawton's personal crises enrich the splattery carnage, and the plot is lent pathos by a misguided human population as dismal as the undead. The vampires of this energetic and philosophical fable are the rotting, deadly creatures of folklore, and a refrehsing change for readers who weary of the sexy undead.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Very exciting… Fast paced, with sharply defined characters and a very clever historical explanation for the modern-day vampires (it involves ancient Babylon and Alexander the Great), the book should find a large audience. It's worth pointing out that this is no "vampire romance"; it's an out-and-out horror story, dark and brutal and thrilling.” ―Booklist
“The premise behind the rise of the vampires is fresh and clever, and with this established and pieces of the backstory falling into place, the suspension of disbelief can be all but taken out of the equation, leaving you to enjoy the bloodthirsty rampage that Thomas has unleashed on a well researched London....A crimson delight. A gripping, action rich adventure thriller that breathes new life into the vampire mythos.” ―MyFavouriteBooks.blogspot.com
“Emson weaves a compelling story across multiple times and places, from Alexander the Great conquering Babylon to Iraq when the Ottomans ousted the British in 1920 to the most recent war in Iraq....And to somehow take these disparate locations and tie them together with modern London without skipping a beat...was quite entertaining.” ―BlogCritics.org
“London is gritty and grimy rather than glamorous, the vampires are mindless killing machines and the story's heroes are all realistically un-heroic. Fast pacing is maintained through out the book and the overall result is a most readable novel.” ―LoveVampires.com
Top Customer Reviews
A mysterious new drug, only with the marking "S" has made it's way into one of London's dance club, despite bouncer Jake Lawton and his best efforts. Unfortunately, the partiers find that this is a drug with lasting affect. Everyone who tried it soon convulses and dies. Yet, unlike most hard drugs that end in death, this one does not. After 24 hrs, they all return, thirsty for blood and ready to regain their dominance over the humans.
Lawton already has a murky past and becomes the perfect scapegoat. Not only is he eager to clear his name and live a normal life but he also wants to find answers to why the girl he once loved has become cold and blood thirsty. In order to do so, he must work with the journalist who soiled his name and the dealer responsible. All the while, London is under attack and no one is safe.
What I liked: This is a story that weaves many lives together to create a big picture. I LOVE when stories do this.Read more ›
Fear grips London as dozens of clubbers die after taking a sinister new drug.
But that's only the beginning. 48 hours later, the dead clubbers wake up - and it's open season on the living, who are butchered for their blood.
Soon, London gives a name to its terror: Vampires.
Jake Lawton, bitter and betrayed after the Iraq War, finds himself fighting another battle - against the growing army of immortal hunters and their human cohorts. Lawton joins forces with the journalist who brought about his downfall and the dealer tricked into distributing the drug. And together they take on the spineless authorities, the ruthless cohorts, and the hungry dead.
But the vampire plague unleashed in London is nothing to what lurks beneath the streets - Waiting to be fed ...Waiting to be resurrected ...Waiting to reign again over a city of human slaves ...
Thomas Emson writes with the urgency of a man who has a gun to his head and some deranged fan yelling `WRITE!' in his ear. The prose is so stripped down it's indecent. He's not a pretentious writer: there's no other agenda than to tell a good story. Fans of Stephen McGeagh's HABIT and Shaun Hutson's later work should love him.
His characters are brilliant.
The good guys are a who's who of antiheroes: ex-squaddie Jake Lawton, his bouncer mate, Milo, and Fraser Lithgow, the drug dealer at his local club, lead the pack. The chemistry is brilliant, Emson's dialogue-driven approach perfect for hacking out drama and conflict and comedy amongst our main players. Flashbacks from Lawton's time in Iraq feature heavily, with a scandal involving the execution of an allegedly unarmed insurgent providing an engaging sub-plot.Read more ›
Forty-eight hours after the clubbers died, each victim rises from the grave with a thirst for live blood. Reporter Christine Murray who destroyed him allegedly for killing an unarmed civilian in Iraq and Lithgow the dealer who brought the drugs to Religion join Jake as they battle an ancient conspiracy fostered by human avarice.
This is a superb vampire thriller that stars a scapegoat hero and a strong support cast. The fast-paced storyline deftly merges pathos with gore. Fans will enjoy exciting Skarlet as the drug of choice becomes blood.
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I only collect books that are worth reading again and this 3 book series is worth reading over and over again. Loved this! A super great buy!Published 3 months ago by Stephanie P.