In the wake of pretty-boy Vampires & sweet Southern faerie vamp lovers, comes Alan Ryker, trailing behind him the real thing. Vampires...ugly, animal-like, smelly, and mean...and one (one town dealer) who has a semblance of intelligence left....just enough to spawn cruel vengeance. Add in a "hero" who isn't, whom you love to hate (or at least I did), and you have a real, modern-day Vampire thriller.
It takes place in the farmlands of Kansas, where something has been slaughtering cattle. The local sheriff calls in an expert, but no one can figure out quite what is going on. No one, that is, but Keith Harris, our hero (sort of), who discovers & figures out the mystery and takes the solution into his own hands. Keith has his own struggles to contend with, and soon we begin to wonder who the true monster really is.
This is an excellent novella for those who pine for mean, ruthless, vampires who stalk their prey and ruthlessly devour them. The only negative I could say about it, is that it wasn't long enough! I want more!
This was an enjoyable prequel to The Balancer series. I like the concept of those called Balancers and am interested to see how they interface with other supernatural beings. It wasn't really long enough for me to gain any affinity (or lack thereof) for the main characters. In fact, the main character, who is supposed to be the most well-liked central player, was a annoying to me! To me he came off as arrogant and just not that likable yet. However, I'm expecting I'll get to like him as I get to know him better.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer, though. I kept hearing the characters voices as being educated, sophisticated men, especially because of their "advanced" age. The dialog would fit with this, and then all of a sudden the word "gonna", rather than "going to" would be thrown in, for example. This is my prejudice (partially because I'm a former English teacher) and hopefully, it won't ruin my enjoyment of the first installment of the series.
All in all, this was a worthwhile introduction to what I hope will be an interesting series
Things are heating up and this small town isn't as innocent as we once thought! Lots of drama and suspense. Who killed 2 people in a short period of time? Were the murders related? And who's the strange out-of-town "consulting detective?"
Come one Bex! Let's have the next installment!