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The Night Man Cometh Paperback – 2011
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This novel was pretty much a gift from someone who suggested I read it, as with a lot of literary gifts I put it in my "To Be Read" stack and moved on until about 45 days later I pulled it out in my version of Kindle roulette.
It took me several chapters before I realized I had cheated myself out of one of the better literary treats of the last several months, possibly longer. This novel covers such a huge scope of around 3500 years that it boggles the mind. It is a changing genre novel of historical, horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and ending with a bit of science fiction. Never read anything like it unless you want to count HG Wells masterpiece The Time Machine.
It starts out with a young man who only wants 2 things from his existence, he wants to live (this is during the Black Plague) and he wants to be with his love Antoinette. He will get his wish and lose much more in the process. Damien became a vampire by choice, making some terrible and soul killing decisions when he did and now he must live with himself. There are some terrible things in this book but it is a more dark look at vampires.
This is not a short vampire romance novel with a great "happy ever after" this is a masterpiece of work that covers some horrible things concerning our hero Damien and tragic periods of history. Life is not all roses and happiness, far, far from it. Damien tries to retain a bit of humanity from time to time which serves to frustrate him as much as it helps him at times.
What he really wants is to find "the one", that woman who will make him feel complete, the true love he has always wanted but seems to lose each time he comes close.
This is not a singular romance, this is a story of a vampire cut from the Dracula mold of Bram Stoker (garlic, crosses, holy relics, all hurt him) and his search through centuries for the woman he feels sure is out there if he can find her. He is at times heroic, other times tragic and many times, just the vampire he has become.
A large part of the action takes place prior to the 20th century since that is the time that shapes his persona but we are taken on a ride through history and into the yet imagined future with this novel and all of it captures the imagination.
I give this 5 Stars because I cannot think of anything to compare it to and the scope combined with the highs and lows of Damien's life is exceptional. It felt like the author may have rushed the ending a bit but then again it was almost to the point of "you gotta stop somewhere" and the ending was very fulfilling and satisfying to me. Highly recommended but this is NOT a novel you will read in one session, it may take days to soak it in, but I loved it.
Based on the hit musical of the same name, created by Philadelphian play write and glue huffer, Charlie Kelly, the plot centres around a small nameless ‘Boy’ who is held captive by a short, elderly and oft confused Troll.
As in the original musical the novel’s protagonist is the dreaded Nightman, who’s ability to see in the dark and awesome karate skills make him a formidable badass.
Each night, the Nightman pays the Trolls confounded toll and gains access to the boy’s hole. Sadly, the novel deals with the rape themes with none of the grace or subtly of the musical, the infamous “Gimmie that leg, Boy” scene falls flat compared to the original, where the Nightman’s sense of enjoyment was palpable.
While there are undoubtably dark themes with the story, such as pimp trolls and unrequested penetration, there is also room for love and passion. This comes from the fiery love affair between the boy (who is a metaphor) and the princess, the princess is enamoured by the tiny boy and yarns for the boy to be inside of her.
Inspired by this forbidden love, the boy over-comes the Nightman’s noctural predilections and becomes the Dayman, champion of the sun, karate and friendship (for all).
The Nightman Cometh is a story of troll based sex trafficking, nocturnal penetration and, ultimately, love. Suitable for children and adults a like!
I must start this review by saying; if you haven't read a book by this author you are doing yourself a great disservice. I have read some other books by Tony Paul de Vissage and I love `the voice' he writes with.
For this story, beginning in France in the 1200's culminating in the year 3535, I keep hearing the song by Zager and Evans, "In the year 2525" running thru my head.
As I said Mr. Vissage begins in Limousin, France May 21, 1249. The story is the search by Damian La Croix to find something so simple, you would think his life's yearning would be easy to achieve. All he wished for was the love of a good woman who he would make his wife. He wished for a home and children and a love he could grow old with.
In the first chapter, called Antoinette, Damian is 24. He is engaged and thought he had found his true love Antoinette, the sister of his best friend Armand. But the fates had something more in store for him, as `the plague' hit his countryside in France, and many including his Antoinette were infected. Completely overwrought, he wandered from her home to his own and came upon the place where they were burying the dead. They piled bodies and burned them in huge holes in the ground. It was here he made a pact with THE DEVIL... or should I say le sansmort, an immortal, a vampire.
He planned to bring this immortal home and let him feed on some of the help at his parents Estate in return for becoming a Vampire. It was so simple, he would turn Antoinette and his best friend Armand and they would have no worry of disease, and he would have Antoinette forever. I must say at that point I did not like him very much, because he allowed his Mother and Father to die as well as the entire Estate be ravaged by this Immortal. Best made plans, always go awry as Antoinette succumbs to the plague and Damian is left bereft and now immortal.
Our author gives us glimpses of his travels as he lives in different countries, years stretching to centuries. We follow Damian at his happiest and saddest, seeing him and his friends along the way in Paris, England, The Americas, Charlestown NC, California, NY and Chicago. As a reader, your emotions turn from the shocking beginning and feeling anger, to pity for his search. But you can't help feeling his steadfastness in his search for The One.
I really enjoyed the book immensely, and the ending did not disappoint. I loved how the author offered us small changes thru the years in dress and vehicles. It was not a science fiction story as we got past the year 2000 with outrageous machinery. I loved the flying car, though, they were so Jetsons. Again Mr. de Vissage's writings are descriptive and flowing and the dialogue always has a hint of an accent. His writing voice always draws me in and allows me the opportunity of being in the story. Isn't that the sign of a good story teller?
If you like a good Vampire story, and this is not the simple boy meets girl story, you will love this.
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Review and Review Chairperson for The Paranormal Romance Guild