Drayton (The Taker)

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Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
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Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he lives. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.
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Words: 14,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458026941
About Tony Bertauski

Father. Husband. Teacher. Writer. Not always in that order.

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Review by: Alysa H on Nov. 09, 2013 :
This is a very ambitious novella. It's got paranormal elements but really veers closer to what most would call Literary Fiction. It's the first of 5 novellas featuring the character Drayton, but as I understand each one is self-contained. This single installment, by itself, would be better suited to a longer novel form, in order to develop the setting and characters a bit more.

I very much enjoyed Bertauski's depiction of the lowcountry, as well as the Barnes family in all their implicit complexity. I would have liked to see a bit more of these people and their world, in order to care more about them and also for Drayton's presence to have a bigger impact. I also felt like there should have been multiple character arcs to go with the multiple POVs, and only some of the character arcs given had any real closure.

Drayton is complex, too, but his nature is hinted at rather than revealed. He admits that even he does not know exactly what he is (hint: he's some kind of immortal energy vampire). This would almost be fine, except it feels a little like a cop-out rather than the alluring-mystery-slash-choose-your-own-allegory that I assume it's meant to be. If Drayton himself is given any closure by the end of Part 5, I wish that more seeds were sown here in Part 1. I'm not sure if I'll continue this series, but I do want to check out more of Bertauski's work in general.
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Review by: John Davis on Nov. 05, 2011 :
great read; enjoyed
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