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Night of the Vampires

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    4 Gold Nuggets

    Masked behind the death and destruction of the Civil War, a more sinister war rages. One of a supernatural kind.

    Cole Granger, a Texas sheriff and his friends-a former union soldier and a Confederate native, have put aside politics to fight the real enemy of humanity. Vampires!

    Cole has learned that in this war any hesitation could cost him his life. But, in the midst of a battle to cleanse the "disease" from a Union prison he encounters a woman with lightning reflexes and a sassy wit. Only her tongue isn't the sharpest tool in her mouth and he'd be dead, if she'd wanted him to be.

    Half-blooded vampire, Megan Fox, is in Washington D.C. at the request of General Robert E. Lee. She's to aid in the extermination of the vampire infestation that's ravaging both North and South by teaming up with her brother's three-member hunting party. Except her brother, Cody, doesn't know he has a sister or that she's come to help.

    When she suddenly appears in the midst of a fight to cleanse the prison of vampires, the three men are immediately suspicious of her motives. None more so than Cole. Although he trusts Cody with his life, Cole is unwilling to simply accept that Megan is his best friend's sister or that she's on a military mission to help them.

    That changes when President Lincoln seeks out Megan and asks her to put an end to his wife's nightmares of a little drummer boy who's out to destroy everything. The President sends Megan and Cole to Harper's Ferry to find the grave of the vampire child with orders to put his soul to rest before more of his contamination spreads.

    But, Cole will have to learn to trust Megan and Megan will have to learn to believe in Cole if they are to survive the Night of the Vampires.

    Heather Graham's paranormal, historical romance is written with such finesse one wonders if she hasn't stumbled upon a dark, terrifying truth that our government would prefer to keep hidden. But, the story isn't about conspiracy theories or subterfuge. It's a story about two very different people forced to overcome prejudices on their quest to make the world a safer place and they happen to fall in love along the way.

    The vampire element provides a fresh take on the atrocities our Nation suffered during the dark time of the Civil War. Despite the oppressive nature of that tragic era, this story isn't bogged down by the retelling of consequential events. Rather it's presented as if those events are going on around the characters, on the periphery, allowing their story to move forward unencumbered by the tomes of history. Ms. Graham provides enough descriptive detail to give a sense of life in war-torn America circa the 1860's without a drawn-out expository-something I prefer to avoid when reading fiction. The setting never overpowers the plot and sometimes that is difficult to accomplish when using monumental historic events for authenticity.

    In case you're wondering, Night of the Vampires is filled with more suspense than horror. Now, there are some throat ripping, heart-staking, off with their head moments that will delight vampire enthusiasts; but, I believe that readers who are less blood-thirsty will also find this book enjoyable.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    I hesitated to purchase this, vampire romances are not normally

    I hesitated to purchase this, vampire romances are not normally my favorite. The romance is secondary and the storyline is refreshing. A couple of misstatements, not typos, were distracting for a moment but only a moment. Good story and recommend it.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

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    Night of the Vampires

    Most of us know how deadly and devastating the civil war is. Now try to imagine it even worse. With a third enemy that doesn't care which side of the war you are on. If you are human, then you're fair game. There is a pestilence that is ravaging the land, both North and South, and that pestilence is an army of savage vampires that seem intent on wiping out the human race all together. Only a select few realize the truth behind the strange deaths. Most choose to believe that it is some strange new disease that is highly contagious.

    Megan Fox is different. She knows the truth. In fact, half of her is the truth. She is half vampire and has managed to retain control of her hunger and kept her soul. She is on the hunt to eliminate the vampires that have turned to pure evil. Along the way she finds her half-brother, another like her, that also hunts the vampires with a group of his friends, and has been for years.

    One of these friends is Cole Granger, a Texas sheriff that has not taken any sides in the Civil War. Apparently Texas has too much to deal with - outlaws, Indians, and vampires. Word of a large outbreak of this "disease" in a military prison brings them East and into the very heart of the Civil War. Cole finds it difficult to trust Megan at first. After all, he's only met one other half-vampire before and tends to hold to the kill it before it can kill you mentality.

    As the death count rises and more and more vampires are brought back, Megan struggles with her rising feelings for Cole and strives to earn his trust. But can they learn to trust each other and work together in time? The scales are tipping, and it's not in favor of the humans.

    This story had quite a nice twist on traditional vampire historical fiction novels. Since the war is taking place, it's very easy for unexplained deaths to be blamed on wounds received in the field. And with so many being buried away from home, who is there to notice that the dead aren't staying put. The characters of Megan and Cole were very well written. Neither one really trusted the other, with good reason, for quite awhile. Their relationship grew in a very realistic way, even if it did progress rather quickly. The downfall of Megan's character is that she is obsessed with the search for her father, a full vampire, and her search puts many in danger time and time again. It just seemed like she never learned and grew.

    3/5

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

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    Seeking More!

    Not all of Graham's books leave me looking for another in her name, but this one sent me on a hunt. I especially wanted Night of the Wolves.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    A refreshing different story

    I was totally taken by surprise when reading the story. At first when it spoke about historical wars I really just concluded that I wouldn't be interested. I kept reading to see what the angle and the storyline could possibly be about. I'm glad I did because I couldn't put it down. What was refreshing was the battles with the vampires and the action. There was more action in this story then "attraction denial" between two characters, which usually takes up the first five to six chapters of Graham's books. There was always some kind of incident happening that just made me want to keep reading to find out the resolution to the situation. Finally when the romance did occur between the characters it was nice but the action and the main problem at hand was more of the focus. Not whether or not the two characters were attracted to each other. I enjoyed the book and was hungry to see what was going to happen around the next corner, and I was very sad that the excitement was over once I had finished.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Wonderful Romantic Historical Fiction

    In "Night of the Vampires", vampires are not your suffering protagonist who is trying to hold on to their humanity. Here, vampires return to their role as horror monsters in this romance set during the Civil War. Except, in this universe's Civil War, there is a third player who doesn't care about the differences between North and South or slavery or states' rights - this one wants to use Americans' distraction killing each other to establish nation of vampires.

    Our heroine, Megan Fox, is a vampire hunter from the South and she struggles with her past and her identity. Cole Granger is a Texas sheriff who put down a vampire infestation before and has been working with other vampire hunters from the North. Cole and Megan collide with each other during a hunt to put down an infestation at a Virginia prison. She must prove that she's not a vampire, not a spy for the South and is indeed the sister of one of the hunters. Above all of that, she must prove that she can be trusted when in a fight.

    Graham weaves a wonderful historical fiction tale that takes the reader back in time. The pain and the horror of the human war is a powerful backdrop for this battle with vampires worthy of any horror film. Readers of paranormal romance or historical fiction will love this work!

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    The key to this exciting historical romantic fantasy is the matter of acceptance that vampires exist

    During the Civil War as the Northern and Southern armies fight, an insidious threat to both uses the fog of combat to kill soldiers from both camps. Vampires are dining on humans.

    At an infested prison, Texas Sheriff, Cole Granger and two allies are destroying the infection when a lightning fast woman appears in their midst. Half breed Megan Fox works for Robert E. Lee in an effort to exterminate the non human half of her gene pool, vampires. She also seeks to find her brother Cody who is one of Cole's two anti-vampires associates. Cole is attracted to Megan but distrusts her until President Lincoln sends them to Harper's Ferry to find the grave of the vampire child who apparently started the current epidemic. However, to bring peace to the child, they must endure the all night attacks from the vampires, but to do so each must trust their heart not their head.

    The key to this exciting historical romantic fantasy is the matter of acceptance that vampires exist and had a role to play in the horrors of the war. With that premise, Heather Graham presents a strong saga as his love must overcome his instinctive bias against vampires, even half breeds; and she must trust a purebred with what is left of her soul. If not, this pair will die before the night is through. Readers will appreciate this strong Civil War drama as the paranormal elements are cleverly intertwined in the story line.

    Harriet Klausner

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