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M.E. Brines spent the Cold War assembling atomic artillery shells and preparing to unleash the Apocalypse (and has a medal to prove it.) But when peace broke out, he turned his fevered, paranoid imagination to other pursuits. He spends his spare time scribbling another steampunk romance occult adventure novel, which despite certain rumors absolutely DOES NOT involve time-traveling Nazi vampires!
A former member of the British Society for Psychical Research, he is a long-time student of the occult and a committed Christian who sees himself as a modern-day Professor Van Helsing equipping Believers for battle against the occult Principalities and Powers that rule a world in darkness. (Ephesians 6:12)
The author of three dozen books, e-books, chapbooks and pamphlets on esoteric subjects such as alien abduction, alien hybrids, astrology, the Bible, biblical prophecy, Christian discipleship, conspiracies, esoteric Nazism, the Falun Gong, Knights Templar, magick, and UFOs, his work has also appeared in Challenge magazine, Weird Tales, The Outer Darkness, Tales of the Talisman, and Empirical magazine.
*I'm often asked how I square my Christianity and "messing around" with the occult, as if I'm partial to bestial things with a goat under the amber light of the moon or something. No so. I'm a student, in the same way I used to study Soviet weapons and tactics back when I was a US Army officer. This gives my work a unique perspective no matter what your belief system. I don't judge. I just present the information and let the reader decide.
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
Decent read. Yes its two stories in one, but they are linear and elements of the first play into the second. Good old fashion Vampires! no glittery crap no forests etc. Good old fashion stake'em or melt em with Holy Water! As usual for Brines, His knowledge of history and paranormal comes through in subtle details. After all the mass produced garbage in the genre its like finding little Easter eggs.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 25, 2011 :
First off, this is two novellas featuring the same main character rather than one complete novel. I hate it when you can't tell that from the description.
The writing style, tone and storyline is nothing to ah-hem, write home about (sigh, I apologize, but I couldn't resist) and there are enough grammatical and punctuation errors that I for one, noticed them (but I am judgmental about such things).
This is a rather uninspired story about a man drawn into vampire hunting almost against his will, and if vampires are the kind of things you like, you might enjoy this. The author has called it noir with a paranormal tinge... I would consider it a vampire story with a noir tinge
Considering the price, I guess it is worth reading. The author does at least, have a line or two that made me smile, with a wry sense of dry humor that I happen to like. That, and because overall it was readable and made sense, I give it three stars instead of only two.
(review of free book)