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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Aleksi is a sabatour, working for the Russian army to cause as m

    Aleksi is a sabatour, working for the Russian army to cause as much chaos behind Napoleon's lines as possible. But the year is 1812, and the French advance towards Moscow is seemingly unstoppable. Aleksi's comrade Dimitry says he knows twelve mercenaries from Wallachia-brutally effective in combat and dedicated to fighting the Turks. And at first, the Twelve seemingly deliver all that Aleksi and Dimitry could hope for. But Aleksi begins to wonder what, exactly, allows these mysterious new allies to cut down so many Frenchmen with seeming impunity, and, as he investigates, he is gradually drawn into a world that he thought only existed in nightmares and fairy tales, and discovers an enemy greater than the French, who may take from Aleksi everything he holds dear...

    Generally, I thought Twelve was a refreshing new take on the vampire thriller. From Ann Rice to Twilight, it has become an increasing trend to portray vampires as sex symbols, such that the line between vampire novels and romance novels becomes increasingly blurred. Twelve's vampires, on the other hand, are inhuman monsters. They are seemingly devoid of any sort of personality or soul, and see humans as some combination of playthings and food, in a way that reminds one quite strongly of serial killers. There is nothing redeemable about them, nothing one could possibly befriend or fall in love with-they simply must be destroyed, for the good of humanity. After dreck like Twilight, its good to see vampires return to their roots.

    Aside from this, Kent is really good at plotting, building suspense, and writing action scenes, and his characters are well-developed. Their were only two complaints I had about the book, that bumped it down from five stars to four: first, Kent overdoes himself describing their brutality, and throws in one scene in particular that wouldn't be out of place in the Saw or Hostel movies, and that I'd rather not have read. The second is that, while, towards the end, trust and faith become important themes, throughout the whole book, Aleksi has a romance with a prostitute (which becomes very important to the plot), though he has a loyal wife and son at home. The consequences of this are never explored in-story, and seeing Aleksi have page-long inner monologues on loyalty, faithfulness, and doing the right thing while boinking a call girl can strike one as a tad...hypocritical. Other than a few worries by Aleksi, though, the story never explores this.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Good book to pass the time with.

    I just finished reading Twelve today. I picked up this book because of my sheer curiosity about the story. Not to mention the story does take place in Russia, a country of which my family is from. So all in all it felt good to, once again, pick up a book that is very much rooted with in my culture. Let alone seeing certain words and letters in my language. I guess I can say that I felt very much "at home" when I read this book. The history is very minimal (which is fine with me) and it seemed like at times Nepoleon's war on Russia was more of a background kind of thing while the forefront events were taking place with the oprichniki and Iuda. I consider this book a good read for escapism and when you have leisure time on your hands. If your a huge history buff than this one may not be for you to read. Otherwise I found this book like the critics have said it, "A bloody good tale."

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