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I have always been a fan of such old school monsters as the vampire, the werewolf, the unquiet ghost and the walking dead, and always had the strong ambition to write a novel with one of these creatures in the spotlight. Caden is Coming is my vampire story, but unlike the works of Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer, most of the bloodsuckers in my novel are true spiritual descendants of the original Dracula, returning them to the roles of villain and anti-hero they were always meant to play. Caden is Coming is roughly the same length as Stephen King's Salem's Lot.
It's sequel is Big Crimson, another vampire epic, in which a truly good deed does not go unpunished.
One of my short stories, Pick Your Poison, could best be described as The Stand meets Dracula and the Wolfman. A concept that would make for a great straight to DVD movie. The other one, You Never Know What's Going to Come Through the Door, turns on the mundane encountering the extraordinary when a vampire has to go shopping for a new suit.
Beating Plowshares into Swords is an alternate history of the Vietnam War and comes from my lifelong passion for history, especially military history. I also enjoy speculative fiction and this story is actually the first thing I ever tried to seriously write. It had been sitting around for more than a decade until I pulled it out recently for revisions before putting on the final touches. Alternate History is a sub-genre all its own, but I wanted my first work to be something other than the usual tropes-no What If the South Won the Civil War or What If Hitler had been victorious. I tried to do write something unique, something fans of this sort of thing might enjoy. Hope I was successful.
At the present time I am trying to write a fantasy novel; wish me luck because it's much harder than it looks.
Update: Writing that fantasy novel really was harder than it looked, so much so that I took a break from it and went back to the alternate history sub-genre and the result is the novel, All the Way with JFK: An Alternate History of 1964. It's my take on one of the great What If's of the 20th Century when I speculate on a world where Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet missed the President's head on that fateful day in Dallas. My original intent was to write another novella, but I so fell in love with the story that when I was done, it was epic length. Look for it on Smashwords.
And I have gone back to fantasy novel, started over with a fresh take on it; so far, I'm pleased with the results.
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on March 13, 2015 :
This book is certainly filled with suspense. The human characters are described in enough detail to really feel bad when they are killed. Less so the vampires. Their motivation is very clear, and the gory factor is also very present. (This in a movie would be one bloody epic.) I was very sorry to see the extremely bad guy among the humans (Henry) get killed. Somehow I thought he would survive sort of like George Clooney did in "From Dusk to Dawn." I was glad for the ones that did survive and hope that in upcoming books you will somehow reconnect father and son. Frank has had a hard life and it just seems to go further downhill. (Well, but the good news is that he survived, right?)
So good book. Wanted to state that first. But for the love of somebody what crappy spelling, and sentence structure. Grammar missing entirely. It is great to use "Spellcheck" but unfortunately that menu item can't determine if the spelled right word fits the sentence. And some sentences have to be looked at several times to "get it" they are so garbled. I get it that there are no editing or proofreading folks out there anymore and so books are too long, don't connect up, and have bad spelling and grammar. Just the way it is.
And like this review, the book is a bit too long. Some of the gore could be eliminated without being missed.
But the ending was a real surprise (at least to me) and just did not see that coming at all!!! So very suspenseful and a complete thriller. Tormented souls hoping for forgiveness and some really evil souls, not just on the side of the vampires.
This is one group of vampires that is not at all glamorous and attractive, even though some may be alluring. And Caden seems like he should be hanging (or creating) a better group of vampires.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)