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Winter Duty (Vampire Earth Series #8)

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    A good read if you like the series

    This was a good installment to the series. It was not the best of the series but it will keep you entertained and rooting for Valentine to find a way to end the occupation.

    I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Continuing Vampire Earth Story

    This series is the engrossing story of David Valentine's battles/struggles against the Kurian Order which controls most of the populated areas of Earth. Headed by aura consuming Kurian masters and enforced by their bloodsucking, virtually indestructible avatars called Reapers, the Kurians feed from the human herd dominating humanity through fear, propaganda and manipulation. The human majority cooperates with the Kurians and many serve these masters in a military, political, administrative and/or religious capacity. These cooperating humans are dubbed Quislings within the Ozark Free Territory in which Valentine was trained and received his initial Lifeweaver augmentation as a 'wolf'. Although related to the Kurians, Lifeweavers don't feed from aura and oppose the practice by enhancing certain human abilities in three categories: the long-ranging human wolves, the infiltrating human cats and the virtually unstoppable human bears. Valentine is the only known human to be enhanced with all three. He's the most dangerous human weapon against the Kurians.

    In this installment Valentine is left in Kentucky with quisling recruits and a few holdovers from Southern Command of the Free Ozark Territory. Although he argues for more support with Southern Command, a new conservative administration has decided to consolidate power. He's left in a half-deserted, mock-up fort with half-trained troops of dubious loyalty facing probable Kurian retaliation. This story follows an election by Kentucky clans to either remain neutrally unorganized or become an independent state politically opposed to the Kurians. Valentine provides security for that caucus and is then sent across Kentucky to collect wounded Southern Command forces left behind in the care of allied clans. Meanwhile, a Kurian plot to neutralize Kentucky opposition becomes operative. Although less intense than some of the earlier books, this tale is fast-paced and well-plotted with a surprising conclusion. I recommend it to any series' fan and recommend the entire series to anyone who enjoys action, adventure, morally difficult decisions and a complex, well-developed protagonist.

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