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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Welcome to Hell! First and foremost, not what I was expecting.

Welcome to Hell!

First and foremost, not what I was expecting. I thought this was a book about vampires as the main characters and not minor ones. When I realized this wasn’t the case, it didn’t dampen my spirits to push forward. 
This is a story of a dystopian society...
Welcome to Hell!

First and foremost, not what I was expecting. I thought this was a book about vampires as the main characters and not minor ones. When I realized this wasn’t the case, it didn’t dampen my spirits to push forward. 
This is a story of a dystopian society gone mad. The Earth apparently has endured WWIII or another catastrophic event which released the “Black.” This phenomenon has transformed the planet into an utter and unrecognizable land of waste and decay. Even the soil is wrecked with rote and despair. The hero, Mr. Cross and his band, are on the hunt to find “Red”— leader of the vampires and the master “The Old One.” It is time for the reign and terror of the vampires to end and humanity to rise and rebuild. Sounds pretty enticing, doesn’t it? Well, it is and it isn’t.
The pros of the story are the dripping descriptions of each and every scene. That is also a problem we’ll address later. You can taste, smell, and feel this horrid landscape which reeks of death and broken bodies. The story provides an excellent timeline, which flows extremely well. This is very refreshing, since many authors today want to add multiple and distracting flashbacks. None here.
The creatures Cross and his entourage encounter are some of the most gruesome believable monsters I have come across in awhile. You will shudder as your mind pieces together and formulates a picture of the grotesque beings attacking the group. Very realistic.
The fight scenes are, too say the least, full of non-stop action. The one that really sticks out was in Chapter nine. Very intense!




The cons As stated earlier, dripping descriptions. This is way overdone. I found myself, like Cross and his fellow combatants walking knee deep in muck and mire, slugging thigh deep through the eerie landscape of a host of overburdening adjectives. It was almost unbearable at times. In fact, as you start getting to the end, I believe the author lost his thesaurus, because the depth and amount of adjectives dramatically tales off, and the story starts flowing like a greyhound. 
Fight scenes. I’m one for believability when it comes to fiction. I detected a bit of George Mann in the scenarios. There is no way a human could endure such horrific injuries and continue on, especially without rudimentary medical care. 
The ending. Without going into detail, knowing there is a second book in the series, left me flat. Very discouraging.
Who will like this? Those looking for a travel into the bowels of the unknown not knowing when or what will be lurking in the dark waiting to bring about your demise. 
3.75 stars

posted by Dawson59 on March 1, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This is a hard book to write about. While the author does an oka

This is a hard book to write about. While the author does an okay joy of developing his characters, locations and events, the story just wasn't, to me at least, one of the books that I pick up and don't want to put down until I had finished it. The characters didn't int...
This is a hard book to write about. While the author does an okay joy of developing his characters, locations and events, the story just wasn't, to me at least, one of the books that I pick up and don't want to put down until I had finished it. The characters didn't interest me enough to do more than care a little bit what happened to them. Some of what seemed to be major characters had little development to them and events at times seemed to be rushed and the ending seemed to be there to finish it up. Want to kill time, this is okay. Want to be grabbed, maybe look somewhere else.

posted by Rich_Hayes on May 20, 2013

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    This is a hard book to write about. While the author does an oka

    This is a hard book to write about. While the author does an okay joy of developing his characters, locations and events, the story just wasn't, to me at least, one of the books that I pick up and don't want to put down until I had finished it. The characters didn't interest me enough to do more than care a little bit what happened to them. Some of what seemed to be major characters had little development to them and events at times seemed to be rushed and the ending seemed to be there to finish it up. Want to kill time, this is okay. Want to be grabbed, maybe look somewhere else.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    Recommend

    Not a bad book started off slow but got quite good as it went along def gonna the second in the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Imagery surpasses the wildest imagination

    The horror science fiction genre generally does not appeal to me, which is why I've never read any of the books about sparkly vampires; however, Steven Montano's imagery from ethereal spirits to the undead had me devouring his story with an unbelievable voracity. The unlikely hero, Eric Cross, made me want to cheer for him as well as wish I could slash vampires right along with him. I felt his sadness, fear, anger, pain, hurt, and loss not only throughout every twist and turn of the savage battles against the undead but in his own turmoil haunting his conscience. The author's perfect placement of comic relief afforded me opportunities to release the death grip I had on my e-reader before he plunged me further into the black. 'Blood Skies' grips the heartstrings and invokes a sense of fear while making the reader beg for more.

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