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V-Wars Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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V Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars was released in 2010. I did not come across it until 2012. I am so glad I did not miss it. V Wars in an unique anthology. Read morePublished 8 months ago by N. H.
Excellent addition to the V-Wars universe! The various authors and their short stories within are very fitting to the feel and mythos of Jonathan Maberry's V-Wars comic book... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lannister
Thanks to the melting of some arctic ice caps, a strange virus has been released that has activated some long-hidden DNA in certain people, bringing out what appears to be vampiric... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Camille
Loved the different stories that all fit together to make a good book. Can't wait for the second book to come out.Published 13 months ago by mpinto2
Maberry has a talent at putting together a great cast of believably and likeable Heros and villans with those in between. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rollin
I've read some of Maberry's stuff before and liked it a lot.The other authors did not disappoint either. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Smitty 3317
this is probably the best book on vampire that I have read yet. The book take the vampire and turn the story more realistic and with different stories by different authors makes... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joey Wewe
Veery weak collaboration. Choppy to read and no character development. Not worth your time or money. You've been warned. Stay awayPublished 19 months ago by matt