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Bound In Blood [Paperback]

David Lord
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

In what promises to be the first of a series, Lord shows that he has a good eye for detail, but this debut novel amounts to little more than an episodic account of the kills of his remorseless vampire protagonist, Jean-Luc "Jack" Courbet. Having been converted to vampirism, along with his actress mother, No‰l, in 1870s Paris by Phillipe, Marquis de Charnac, Jack stalks the all-too-trusting and willing gay men of Greenwich Village. His crimes draw the attention of not only the local gay press (which chronicles "the Horror of West Street") but also his despised mother, who's attempting to blackmail her son into revealing the location of Phillipe's grimoires of power. Jack's lethal seductions of his victims, fleetingly met and unmourned, are too gruesome for a sustained erotic charge. The author forgets that it is the threat, not the actual act of killing, that produces the greatest emotional tension and interest. In addition, the sexual explicitness may be disconcerting for readers seeking more conventional or "straight" thrills. As one character tersely comments toward the end of the novel, "And as smart as you are, and with all that you've learned over the years, you couldn't find another way to stay alive without killing people?" The same could be asked of the motives of this talented author. Lord could establish a name for himself, provided he stops treating potential victims of his darker creations as numbers to be disposed of swiftly after use. On the other hand, he may remain content to produce the gay vampire equivalent to American Psycho.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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The vampire Jean-Luc Courbet rises after sunset and admires his own beautiful physique before going out to the gay bars of New York City. There he trolls for good-looking young men with whom he can have sex. Unfortunately for these fellows, Jean-Luc follows his lovemaking by draining them of every drop of their blood. He hides the bodies as well as he can, but soon enough the police discover them along with additional corpses killed in the same way. It seems that another vampire is at work, and Jean-Luc suspects an old enemy. Through flashbacks, the reader learns how Jean-Luc became one of the undead and who it is that wants to destroy him. There are many things to criticize about this novel stilted dialog, poor plotting, lack of character development but this book has nothing even remotely to do with literature. It is about titillating the reader with one sex scene after another. Not a suitable purchase for most public libraries. Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I'm a tried and true Anne Rice fan to the point of collecting first edition hardcovers. As a gay man I love the pansexuality of her characters in both the Witch series and Vampire Chronicles. I find it sometimes frusterating that the homo-eroticism in her books never goes beyond into the physical sexual arena. In this novel, great characters are fleshed out and the full on sex and eroticism is very much evident. The vampires are true vampires without the 'love them anyway' of Rice's Vampires. The descriptivenes is satisfying and clearly the work of a mature storyteller. The story line is quite interesting and compelling as well. Hopefully there will be more books to follow this mother and son vampires through more battles in the near future. Anne Rice this isn't but if you want sex and vampires, this is your book.
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I wouldn't recommend it unfortunately, I view this book as a plain killing Vampire story not Erotic. And I would not buy another of this type. I love to read about Vampires I read romances or erotic, but this was the worst of any type I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist on a very old tale Nov. 17 2001
I liked the book, and couldn't help but give it a 5. But when it comes to vampire stories, I'm fairly easy to please. Films, books, comics, stories . . . I find them all thrilling and exciting. That despite my intense disgust for other forms of bloody movies and books. So, please take this review with a grain (or pound) of salt. <grin>
Jack is the "hero" of the story, a vampire living in New York who must do his evil deed every couple of days. As other commentators have stated, he has little if any problem with his continuous killing, as a decent vampire should. His prey tend to be strong, young, gay men who are immediately attracted to this mysterious, strong, blonde, blue-eyed Adonis. Often the death scenes (of which there are many) become an erotic journey whereby Jack is fulfilled in two respects before his prey often happily sink into oblivion. So if you're looking for a gay erotic horror story, this might be right for you.
I will be honest and say that I was actually a little unsure of any real plot when I finished the book. Yes, it does lay the groundwork for a sequel, but of what? We got a brief glimpse into the life and past of Jack, which was interesting for the most part. But I saw little leading up to the end and the potential transfer of center stage to another "hero" in a sequel. It would have been much better if there were stronger ties between Jack and the few remaining characters alive at the end of the book.
A wild read, which I enjoyed immensely. To everyone else - take your chances!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A character no one cares about.... Oct. 12 2001
This is one vampire who really doesn't care about any of his victims. And there are plenty of them, over and over again someone is introduced, killed and forgotten. The main character, Jack, seems like he doesn't really care about anything but himself. The ending is like a relief just to know he's supposedly gone. I wouldn't recommend it unfortunately.
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This has got to be the single worst book in the vampire genre that I have ever read.
First of all, the Author is verbose. His clinical descriptions of Jack's "seduction" and killing of his victims slows the pace of the book to a crawl. He is extremely repetitive, I felt like I was reading the same page at several different points in the book. Also, Lord focuses not on the seduction of the victims, but rather the killing of them, as if I were reading a catalog of a serial killer. The book is about as erotic as Jeffrey Dahmer's Rap Sheet.
The Character of Jack has got to be the most one-dimensional character that I have ever seen. He is also the first "progagonist" that I hoped would die a horrible death. At least Jack's mother, Noel, has some explanation and motivation behind her behavior. Jack, simply is a bloodsucking, remorseless, immoral vampire. There is absolutely no depth to his character at all.
One of the basic paradoxes of the vampire genre (when told from the point of view of the vampire) is that despite the fact that vampires are supposed to be soulless, they struggle with things like remorse, love, etc. Things that only a person with a soul would deal with. This book has none of that.
Instead, the book feels like it was written by a fundamentalist christian, dealing with his own internalized homophobia. It feels as though vampirism is used as a metaphor for homosexuality. As though neither of them are redeeming in any way.
My reccomendation? read "Desmond" instead. That is one of the best in the genre that I have read, standing near the quality of Anne Rice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No suffering vampires here! Aug. 16 2001
Loved the novel. A page turner indeed. What I loved most about it was the different way it dealt with vampires. Jack is not searching for a meaning to his existance or god, he's a vampire and all he does is for his survival. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author, David Thomas Lord.
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By Gregory
This story was a little repetitive. I suppose a vampire doesn't have much to do except chow down on peoples' necks. Not too many different ways this process can be told? This book sure illustrated that! With each venture of Jacks need to feed on some poor boys neck, I felt I turned back a few pages and re-read the same blood sucking attack. I guess I was hoping for a romantic romp between the two magnificent creatures on the cover. I was fooled! The author seemed to repeat the scenes over and over and over again, with only name changes of his victims. Jack's evening ritual to ready himself for his exit into the night was even duplicated in each chapter. This book could have been shortened to one hundred pages and still told a complete story. Sorry Jean Luc, but your life as a vampire was putting me to rest without your teeth poking away at my neck! Another thing that irritated me like a loose eyelash stabbing away at my eyeball was the use of the author's terminology on body parts. It was as if he was trying to tell us he was at one time in the medical field. This drove me crazy! The ending was a little predictable too. The hints that have been planted throughout the entire book nearly gives the ending away. Perhaps this was the author's intention. The only reason I continued flipping the pages of this book was to verify my thoughts on the finale to be correct, along with wishful thinking this tale would improve. I was delighted to discover a little bit of a twist at the end, but yep, just as I thought. I hope the sequel to this book is un-like the first. I am not up to reading this same book twice. Good luck on your next journey Mr. Vampire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE SEQUEL
I loved this book.. I don't have anything bad to say about it.. The end did make me stress a bit.. but It will all be okay if there is a Sequel.. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Dan Carver
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the sex and action???
This book would fall into the same category as many movies I have seen. It COULD had been a great book if they just would have developed it more and gave more detail into the parts... Read more
Published on June 18 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Great til the end...
I picked up this book in anticipation of a long plane trip. I was completely enthralled in the book, loved the characters, the plot, everything. Read more
Published on April 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THE BOOK, HATED THE VAMP!
Jean-Luc (Jack) Courbet seems to be your average wealthy 27-year old Greenwich Village inhabitant with the tall perfectly muscled body of a gay Olympic God. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by Robert Edler
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to be Jean-Luc Courbet's companion.
After reading this book I wanted so much to reach into the story and be with Jean-Luc. The ending is a shock and leaves you wanting more,I can hardly wait for another book by David... Read more
Published on April 21 2002 by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars New Millenium Vampire
I read most of these other reviews before I read BOUND IN BLOOD. I'm glad I did. It was because of the weak reviews that I picked it up.
The book's a shocker. Read more
Published on March 12 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars POORLY DONE
I thought this book would be a fun romp - WRONG! It's a darkly inappropriate look at a protagonist rife with self-loathing and a plot with more holes that a pair of 2 year old... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars It's got it all.
This is the first type of book I read that is about a gay character and it was great. I mean it had it all gay, love, sex, deceive, etc. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A very suspenfull gay thriller
This is the first book that I have read by David Thomas Lord, but
I will definitely check out his other books as well. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2001
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