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A cop, artist, musician, firearms instructor, fishing guide, public speaker, ranch hand, radio personality and novelist, David R. Lewis has seen life through many eyes and from many perspectives. From childhood on the banks of the Sangamon River to adulthood on a metropolitan police department, through hardscrabble years deep in the Ozark Mountains to working in broadcasting, David has gathered a wealth of life experience that is as evident in his words as it is on his face.
David lives with his wife, Laura, in the country outside Kansas City on seven miles of bad road, where he watches turkeys, dodges deer, argues with two Australian cattle dogs, and devotes his time to writing.
on Dec. 09, 2015 :
I normally try to stay away from "vampire" books, but read this one and am glad I did. It is almost believable.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2013 :
This review is long overdue.
I would not normally go out of my way to read a vampire novel, but the blurb grabbed me.
The story itself is very engaging. Casey, the world-weary "Nosferati" no longer craving blood, under Moira Flynn's microscope. She's a researcher who has noticed peculiarities in Casey's patients. The AIDS victims he administers to, while locked up in prison, have a much higher survival rate than the average.
From this point Mr. Lewis launches a gripping story that not only is a well written thriller, it also proposes a truly probable origin story for vampires. I literally couldn't put it down. And months after reading it, I can't get it out of my mind.
For a book to get 5 stars from me, it needs to grab me as a reader and make me forget I'm reading. I was in Casey's world. And I want to be in it again.
Read this. You won't regret it. A SOLID 5 stars.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on June 27, 2013 :
BLOODTRAIL by David R Lewis is smart written, thrilling. An easy to read but hard to get down because of the twists and plots you don't expect. David R Lewis keeps surprising you. BLOODTRAIL is one of the most original vampire stories I have read, a real page turner till the end with lovable characters , realistic world-building and even some medical background info. You will love this one or hate it. I certainly loved it.
Ok I have to admit that during the medical research of Casey the facts and the overflow of witty comments from the characters where a little too much, that it for me disturbed the story. But never less during the complicated DNA explanations good to follow. What I don't get is that there was no love/sex scene. Everything is described in detail the deeds, acts from the characters history to cruel to mention. But I missed the scene where the vampire Casey was showing his 400 years of experience where he was bragging about or a lovely scene about the birth of his twins.
Love to read more about Casey and Moira Flynn. But I am afraid the story ends with the amazing BLOODTRAIL!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
An intricately woven vampire tale that keeps you wanting more. The historical and scientific content was unique and engrossing. I particularly liked the way the author separated each character's story in the beginning and then tied them all together. An enjoyable read.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2012 :
This book is unlike any vampire story I've read. There is a little of something for everyone. The story is packed full of science, history, suspense, humor, and emotion. Having all of those attributes is quite an accomplishment for one novel.
I love stories where the reader can watch people grow together and develop into somewhat of a family. This is definitely a character driven story. I won't go too much into it because I dislike spoilers, but all of the relationships are believable and full of emotion. There is a little romance, but not over the top. It is mostly just about a familial love and friendship.
The story itself is intriguing, suspenseful, and plausible. I love how the author threw in brief glimpses of the "bad guys" point of view. This takes place when the main characters are feeling somewhat settled and where, ordinarily, there would be a lull in the story. Instead, they are sitting there contently enjoying life while the reader is on the edge of their seat anticipating trouble ahead.
The dialogue is witty and engaging. There is flow to the writing that makes this book incredibly readable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next in the series. I recommend this novel to anyone interest in reading about vampires, who aren't necessarily looking for a Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)