Descendant Hardcover – May 1 2007
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*Starred Review* Horror veteran Masterton delivers one of his best efforts. During World War II, American James Falcon traveled across Europe, hunting vampires for the Allied forces. Now it's the late 1950s, and the cold war is hitting its stride. Falcon is called out of retirement and sent to London, where an old enemy has resurfaced. He quickly discovers that, to beat the bloodsucker, he must confront some frightening secrets from his own past. This is a hugely entertaining novel, at once completely loopy and entirely plausible (once you accept vampires, of course). Masterton's exploration of the nature of vampires (what makes them tick, so to speak) is engrossing and scary as hell, and his descriptions of the violent confrontations between good and evil are unsettlingly graphic. On the other hand, the love story, between Falcon and his partner (a beautiful dog handler), is touching and surprising. Putting down the book before you've finished is not an option. David Pitt
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We then move to 1957 when he is again pressed into service by US intelligence -Duca was not killed but captured by the US who hoped to enlist his services on their side in the coming conflict with Russia .His plane crashed and when it was recently dicovered Duca was resurrected and is now wreaking havoc in London .Falcon is sent to Britain to co-operate with British Intelligence in tracaking down and killing Duca and his acolytes
The action is swift and bloody but he still finds time for an amorous dalliance with Jill his main contact with the British services and events move to a showdown with Duca on board the "Queen Elizabeth" as it readies for sailing to New York .There is however a bitter sweet codocil to the novel which adds depth to the novel.Duca is a suitably nasty villain and James an engaging hero with a wry sense of humour
The main emphasis is action and this is well described and compelling but there is also some quite culture clash comedy as Falcon struggles to come to terms with British life in the mid 50's -warm beer ,shepherd's pie and draconian licencing laws in pubs
Masteron is a consummate pro and this is a very readable and entertaining book .It is unreservedly recommende to all horror lovers and those enjoying a well plotted and swiftly executed tale by an experienced practitioner
This time, as he has his Character re-tell what has happened, he crafts characters in such detail, he spends time hammering out the sculptured purity of the tale. As he still does, this is a tale written in Blood, gore and sex, and yet, he manages to take it one step beyond, showing that he has brought his craft to the tip of excellence. But, always a crowd pleaser, he manages to bring out the most stunning, the most brilliant plot twists that make it a tale so very difficult, as they say, to put down; this is more of the Master Chill-Smiths Brilliance.
Dorin Duca is the focus of the spreading strigoi infection, one of those undead offered the Nazis by the axis Romanian government as unbeatable assassins. The war ends, Duca apparently dead, but ten years later, Falcon is again recruited. Assisted by a British beautiful young police dog handler and her strigoi-hunting canine companion, Falcon is pointman for the MI6 operation to resolve a series of brutal multiple murders by strigoi.
Another fine horror novel by Graham Masterton, despite the fact I burned out on vampires years ago. For years I gathered books and clips and notes on vampires with the idea of some day writing an article on vampires. Before burning out on the subject, I spent one year at college turning all my schoolwork into vampire material. My final paper for anthropology was vampire legends around the world. My speeches and speech class were all about vampires with my final speech on the real Vlad Dracula. I got some unusual sentiments in my yearbook.
These days, I rarely read a vampire novel. I've never even read Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire and generally avoid the latest vampire movies.
But English horrormeister Graham Masterton's supernatural horror is hard to ignore, being one of my favorite writers, and this does have a distinctly different approach.
Dorin Duca is indeed running around southern England in the late 1950's, leaving his victims all over the place. Masterton slyly keeps the reader a bit ahead of Falcon later in the book as the twists begin to take shape, while still leaving the reader in the dark about how this will all tie together. An excellent book. Even for a burnout in the vampire pop culture.