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C. David Belt was born in Evanston, WY. As a child, he lived and traveled extensively around the Far East. He served as an LDS missionary in South Korea and southern California (Korean-speaking). He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Aerospace Studies. He served as a B-52 pilot in the US Air Force and as an Air Weapons Controller in the Washington Air National Guard. When he is not writing, he sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and works as a software engineer. He collects swords (mostly Scottish), axes, spears, and other medieval weapons and armor. He and his wife have six children and live in Utah with an eclectus parrot named Mork (who likes to jump on the keyboard when David is writing).
on June 04, 2012 :
I am reviewing a copy I received from the publisher. Good story, I liked the ending and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. I would have liked to give it 3 1/2 stars because I'm a little ambivalent about it. I liked it, but I'm not crazy about it.
The police are unable to bring the murderer of Carl's sister to justice so Carl infiltrates the vampire cult himself seeking justice. He doesn't believe in vampires and believes it is all part of a Goth fantasy, until he finds himself changed. But a very important step has been skipped, Carl did not willingly become a vampire.
Horrified and unwilling to kill to survive, Carl flees the cult and is found by Moira, a repentant vampire who teaches Carl what he needs to survive. But there is an interesting twist, Carl is a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- a Mormon. Can God forgive him for becoming a vampire? Is his soul lost forever? And can Carl and Moira destroy the vampire cult?
It is a story of choices and redemption and my favorite character is actually a very minor character -- Ben. Ben is a slave boy who's been turned by his Master and is trapped in slavery as a vampire forever.
So again, some really great moments in the story, but there was too much repetition which keeps me from really liking the book. Moira and Carl discuss something, and then Carl meets with his Bishop and has to explain it again. In most stories we'd see, "And Carl laid the plan out for the Bishop." In this book, Carl repeats everything he and Moira discussed. While it was slightly annoying, it didn't make me want to quit reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)