Read: 28th– 30th August 2016
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
…So what’s this book about?
This book is a vampire horror story with an action thriller theme based in the here and now over approx 483 pages. At the time of writing this review, Uprising is the first book in a two book series.
The official blurb says;
A new war is dawning…
For millennia, the vampires walked the earth undetected, feasting on humans in keeping with ancient tradition.
In the Information Age, vampires realised they must be more careful to avoid detection. In the late 20th century they created the global Vampire Federation to police vampire activity, with special agents like Alex Bishop authorised to hunt down her own kind who break the laws.
The old traditions are history.
But not all vampires bow down to Federation rule. When rebel vampire Gabriel Stone declares war against them, Alex and her team are plunged into danger.
Police inspector Joel Solomon, haunted by a secret terror of vampires, discovers a series of corpses left behind by Stone’s bloodthirsty gang. As he and Alex are drawn together in an unlikely alliance between human and vampire, the race begins to destroy the evil Stone before his uprising tears their world apart.
…So, what did I like about it?
I haven’t read anything by this author before and I must say I found his writing style very easy to read, his story development easy to follow and his characters very believable.
I loved the way that the story kept me guessing; the twists and turns, the mystery and intrigue, it’s a real action thriller. Although most of our main characters are vampires, this is not another paranormal romance; the Vampires here are top predators – humans arefood, not equals. The detail and background that Mr Mariani gives to all of the characters that we meet along the way in this tale adds depth and realism to the whole story without slowing the pace.
…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
No, not really. The only reason that it didn’t get a 5 star rating from me was due to the ending. The battle may have been temporarily won in this story but the war is far from over and we’re left wondering what happens next to some of our main characters.
…So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this book; I can see it making it onto the big screen! It’s a suspense thriller with as many twists & turns as The Da Vinci Code with the killer vampire battle feel of Blade! I’ve already added Book 2 “The Cross” to my wish list. I haven’t read many horror/suspense thriller books in this vein (excuse the pun) so the only book I can compare it to is William Massa’s “Ice Shadows (Occult Assassin #2.5)” which I loved too.
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