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on Feb. 14, 2013 :
The Blood of Cowards is an impressive example of a successful short story, where each word is carefully chosen and each sentence fits perfectly together to compose a harmonious and powerful story.
The story unfolds with a vivid description of the surroundings, which makes you feel like standing right next to the vampire Lazarus, hearing the gunfire and smelling the stench of war, but also perceiving the beauty of the countryside.
The plot, a vampire preying on three deserted soldiers and considering turning one of them, is fascinating in its simplicity, yet at the same time exceptional in its stunning outcome.
Reading The Blood of Cowards was a real pleasure and I admire the author's eloquence. Words like: "with a delicious stab of pain", "...emerald peaks surrounded the black water like a titan guard", "...like a wave of red paint crashing against my brain" created perfectly clear mental images with an amazing effortlessness.
Watering your mouth, this short story makes you wish for a full-length novel about the life and destiny of Lazarus Kalon, vampire.
(reviewed the day of purchase)