By Michael Andre McPherson
Published: June 16, 2011.
A century of war with the rippers--the vampires--has brought civilization to its knees. Chicago is a walled city ruled by an intractable pope, manufacturing is non-existent, and ammunition is running desperately short. The Pope sends Alex Fitzallan--already a veteran of a major battle by his nineteenth birthday--on an impossible mission to St. John's Keep, far north of Chicago.