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Valentine's Rising (The Vampire Earth, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2005
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I have no doubt that Knight is going to be a household name in the genre. -- Silver Oak Book Reviews
Knight is a master of description and tension. -- Black Gate
About the Author
- Publisher : Ace; 1st Prn Dec 2005 edition (December 6, 2005)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451460596
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451460592
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.98 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #889,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Differently to other sagas the author does not repeat themes and sustains permanently tension.
E. E. Knight (b. 1965) has developed a thrilling saga, the author mix different genres fluently: sci-fi, fantasy, terror, military & thriller giving way to a vibrant & gripping tale.
The story is placed in post-apocalyptic scenery where an alien race, the Kur, has subdued all Earth powers installing a reign of terror & servitude over humankind.
Some human enclaves still resist and confront Kurian Order. They are backwater regions that stubbornly fight to remain free.
These free communes are aided by other ancient aliens the Lifeweavers that train humans and develop latent potentialities within them creating Wolves, Cats and Bears to fight the Reapers with some chances to succeed. Wolves work in packs with military organization similar to commandos. Cats are loners that work behind enemy lines as spies, saboteurs or assassins. Bears are dangerous berserks able to kill Kurians almost singlehanded.
The main character is David Valentine. He has been a Wolf (see "Way of the Wolf") afterwards a trainee Cat (see "Choice of the Cat") and an autonomous Cat fulfilling his own mission (see "Tale of the Thunderbolt").
At this moment he is recovering from an almost fatal ambush and unbearable shock of finding out that the Ozarks are nearly overwhelmed by a Kurian all out attack.
The exploits narrated in this volume are really thrilling describing Valentine's intent to guide 700 combatants back to the last resistance core of Southern Command.
He chooses the most improbable mean to do it: to pose as renegade ambitious military leader trying to escalate positions in Consul Solon's army.
These actions give way to a non-stop adventures rollercoaster.
The author explores in depth the feelings and emotions of Valentine forced to act ruthlessly and cruelly. How can he reconcile this with his natural humanitarian self? Is he justified? The reader will decide, Valentine can't and his conscience tortures him relentlessly.
Another interesting issue of this book is to see a Bears team in action and a couple of very interesting secondary characters as Xray-Tango, Styachowski, Hank and the reappearance of Captain Beck.
This is a book that may be enjoyed by sci-fi, fantasy and action adepts as well as general public too.
Only one caution (applicable to the whole series): some scenes are really truculent, be warned.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
***SPOILER ALERT STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW***
Basically the fourth book rolls along nicely picking up right where the third left off. Sufficed to say Valentine ends up having to make a decision about halfway through the book that given all the established lore of the character should be an easy slam dunk. "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum.... and I'm all out of gum." Well the author decides to glaze over all the import stuff and on one page Valentine is thumbing his noes at certain death and the next page he is handing a newborn child to a reaper for a midnight snack. And now your thinking "but its a bomb not a baby right? Or maybe a gun that he shoots the reaper with? Or a steak or something right?". No. The baby gets eaten and then Valentine has a nice calm conversation with the reaper after words.
At this point I removed my book mark from the book closed it and promptly looked up how to send the rest of the series back for my first ever return to amazon. So yes this book is pretty much on par with the first three, probably a little better then the third, up too the point the author decides to destroy his hero and turn him into a villain. This one scene completely ruined the entire series for me and considering there are five more books after this one I can't see it being anything but a long depressing spiral into the depravity of humanity. With no happy ending.
My other gripe is a total lack of tension. Something always happens to save the day that is improbable. Reapers are so scary to the characters but they get trashed in every fight.
The first novel was awesome! The second was ok, the third was a waste, and this one is just on cruise control.
I'm done with this series for a while, it has just become too boring.
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Une bonne série. Par contre 1 étoile en moins à cause de cette édition papier moins bonne que la notre.