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Dacre Stoker is a Canadian-American writer, athlete, and filmmaker. He is the author of Dracula: The Un-Dead, and is the great-grand-nephew of Bram Stoker. He lives in South Carolina with his family.
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Product Details

  • Series: V Wars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; 1st Edition edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613771517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613771518
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry but this book was a disappointment. Any anthology of the 'zombie/vampire/end of the world' scenarios these days will almost always be measured against World War Z. I was seriously hoping that I was going to get an anthology that did to vampires, what World War Z did to zombies. V Wars made a futile attempt to capture the same excitement and adventure that World War Z had.

V Wars starts slow and never really picks up the pace in the way I was hoping for. I first thought that the several different story lines would integrate into a powerful conclusion. The connection between the different stories is tenuous at best. Almost all of the stories take place in the USA limiting the broad global scale that could have been told.

After a few chapters, the thing that confused me the most was the time scale. None of the stories are told in a linear time scale and confusion quickly built up as to where in the sequence of events each of the individual stories took place.

There are a couple gems in the book, most notably by Gregory Frost and Yvonne Navarro. I felt that the very short stand alone stories that were done by Maberry as the novel progressed were thrown together to add some semblance of a broader picture. These stories by Maberry could have been the ones that tied it all together and added the epic scale I was hoping for.

There were way too many editing mistakes for such a great quality hardback; most notably spelling 'desert' with 'dessert', missing punctuation ("into his carotid She feels"), poor grammar ("I thought it might you").

I can only hope that this book set up a world where a sequel will come out and completely blow us away with action and suspense. I will be the first in line to give V Wars part 2 another chance.
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Overall, I liked this book. Pretty graphic at times. These are not cute vampires at all. V-Wars is a series of story arcs (broken down in parts (part I, part II) scattered thorough out the book) about characters who get changed by the vampire virus. The stories are not written in a linear timeline. Some stories happen before the V-Event, and some happen after the V-Event, but they are not presented to us readers in a tidy fashion. The stories go back & forth, makes it hard to keep track.

Still I enjoyed reading most of these story arcs (each written by a different author). We did not get to see too much of an actual war, mostly each arc dealt with one vampire and how he/she dealt with life after they changed.

I am now following V-Wars in the comic format as well. Especially since Joe Ledger from Code Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry appeared in V-Wars #6 and should be in issues #7 and #8. I think a second volume will be out soon V Wars: Blood and Fire: New Stories of the Vampire Wars. Looking forward to this novel as well.
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V Wars, edited by Jonathan Maberry, is a collection of stories set in the same world but written by a bevy of talented authors.

In the world Maberry creates in V Wars, a prehistoric virus has been released from polar ice, awakening recessive genes in the human genome. The virus triggers changes in some humans, awakening physical changes that are varied and dramatic. Before long, vampires walk among us. Some are benign; many are not.

Maberry's collection of tales does well and more credibly what X-Men (at least the movies--I'm not familiar with the comics) tries to do: it portrays a genetic mutation that changes a portion of humanity, causing ostracization, fear, violence, and, of course, government action. I've always been dubious about what the reaction to the X-Men. After all, the powers they have seem to be magical and useful. On the other hand, the mutations in V Wars result in a change that seems to drive its mutants to, well, suck blood.

That seems a bit more against the public interest than the power to start fires, freeze objects, levitate, or any of the other number of changes that Stan Lee's X-Men undergo.

Maberry does an excellent job tying the stories together with a common story that intersperses the tales. While the majority of the stories seem to take place in and around the American northeast, especially New York City, V-Wars treats readers to a semi-global perspective, with stories from the American southern border with Mexico, in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, and one that crisscrosses the globe, starting in Antarctica, jetting off to Romania, and stopping through France, too. Some times we read from the vampire's perspective; other times, from the humans.
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By Pipeline on February 4, 2016
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Wow! Jonathan Mayberry has put together a great collection of stories here by well known authors. Not only that, they all flow as if it were one story by one author. A fantastic collection that I'd recommend to anyone.

On a side note, I chose to read this after reading all the current Joe Ledger novels Mr. Mayberry has published to date just to see how his writing is in another genre. Suffice to say, I feel I'll be reading his entire catalogue.
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