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Vampire on the Orient Express (Avery & Carter Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07TNP6YNG
- Publication date : June 26, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4062 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 203 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The year is 1914. The Orient Express has just departed Paris, France with businessmen and important people on board. The two main characters, Sam Carter a/k/a adventurer and Lucas Avery a/k/a British diplomat are literally right in the thick of it on board the train. It seems that there are other interesting characters aboard the train as well including what seems to be royalty with a Count and Countess along with their man servant on board.
The book starts off with a little world building and character descriptions, but when the screams start on the train is when the books kicks into high gear. Sam Carter along with Lucas Avery investigate and what they find is beyond their imagination. No one would ever dream that vampires are riding the train, but that is what Sam and Lucas find when they delve deep into the train cars.
The book reminds me of the old "cloak and dagger" stories, but this one has more of a twist as instead of cloak and daggers the characters have "stakes and holy water". The book moves along at a fast pace and I was entranced by the feeling of the characters as it really makes you feel that you have been transported back in time. The story literally flows along and keeps the mystery of the vampires secret or I should say "cloaked in the shadows" until the big reveal.
The author, Shane Carrow, just grabs the reader from the first page and literally throws them on a time machine back to 1914. The atmosphere of the Orient Express surrounds the reader and makes them feel like they are really there. I did have this starred with 4 stars, but the more I think about it I have decided to make it 4.5 which I will round up to 5 stars as I really did love this story and will be putting it on my favorites shelf.
That being said, I'm glad I did.
The concept was intriguing. While we are confined to a train for the better part of the book, I felt that the world building and character development was well executed and didn't leave me feeling as though I were missing out simply because the 'world' we experience wasn't more expansive.
I liked the characters. I liked the setting. I loved the originality of the concept. My only real critique relating to the book were purely stylistic preferences, so I can't even fault the author for that.
In short, I quite enjoyed this historical paranormal book, which has a very unique style and feel. I've already downloaded the second book, and imagine I will devour it just as quickly.
Very compelling and Nicely Done!
Given this the first book of a series, I expect the author will provide additional character growth over time. In many ways the tale reminded me of an early horror film, offering an old-fashioned vampire story wrapped in superstition, folklore, and slowly creeping chills.
The story does have a complete wrap at the end but sets the stage for Carter and Avery to continue working together.
Top reviews from other countries
It took me a little while to get into it but I got there in the end.
Upon reading it I got the feeling of the characters along the lines of the movie league of extoridary gentleman and a Dracula.
The speed/action of the book flowed quite fast and kept you gripped when the monster first fled the train & Avery & Carter went after it.
Well worth the read 😁