Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemonyby Brian McKinley
Avery Doyle loves vampires; he's read every novel, seen all the movies, and researched the folklore. When his first one-night-stand, Caroline, turns out to be a true vampire on the run, he jumps at the chance to leave his ordinary life and join her as a "child of the night." The honeymoon ends, however, when Caroline's brutal Creator Sebastian enslaves them on his island estate and Avery must confront the dehumanizing reality behind his dreams.
In order to survive, Caroline and Avery take their place as servants in Sebastian's household during a gathering of the most powerful vampires on Earth, the Hegemony, and soon find themselves involved in the myriad intrigues and deceptions that form the night-to-night existence of The Order.
A society of wealth, power, and inhuman decadence whose existence is protected by human complicity and disbelief, The Order is the immortal aristocracy hidden behind the giant corporations and political leaders of the world. Sebastian, however, has a plan that will change The Order forever and shatter human civilization.
To avoid this terrible fate, Avery and Caroline will not only have to defy the most powerful creatures on Earth, but also confront the darkest aspects of themselves. For in the world of the Hegemony, even victory may cost them their souls . . .
A fast-paced thriller that both re-imagines and pays tribute to the traditional vampire, Ancient Blood is a story of love, ambition, sacrifice, and betrayal that is frighteningly human.
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Reading this book took me into a new world. I connected with the characters on a level I don't usually find in books for how real he felt. He wasn't a super model or superman even if he was supernatural. The story was positively riveting! I feel like there is more to this book and do hope to see it become a series. There is so much more I want to know about every one of the people in this book. They inspire truly passionate emotions, be it hatred, pity or love.,
Mr McKinley writes a great book that falls back on the classic horror genre, something that has been missing lately with all the paranormal books out there. I'd recommend this book to any Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz fan out there.
This was a solid, well-written and realistic take on vampires. There's a definite irony to the story of a guy who loves vampire movies getting turned into a vampire and finding out that it sucks, but this comedic premise is played out with depth and brutal immediacy as the main character basically has his life's dreams shattered. Still, it's not all gloom and doom, since Avery still provides a great deal of humor and often undercuts the grandiose monsters of the Hegemony with jaded, pop-culture comparisons and movie references. It's an odd blend of visceral horror, quirky black comedy, and even political satire: vampires as political authority who are out of touch, narcissistic, and power oriented to the point of near-obliviousness. Look closely and you'll notice, as I did, that each of the council members represents a vampire archetype from the classic to the modern, which I thought was a clever touch by the author. On a personal note, I also really appreciated the fact that many of the vampires actually sounded and behaved like people from earlier time periods! It's so rare nowadays to find vampires that aren't totally hip with the times despite being eons old, which always strikes me as a little ridiculous! Highly recommended!
A wonderfully, character driven story with the love of two vampires as the central plot. Ok, this is not Twilight, folks. This is for the big boys and girls who love great dialogue to go along with all the horrors that vampires bring. Author Brian Patrick McKinley simply tells a great story, piting vampire against vampire with the two lovers Avery and Caroline caught in the middle. There are some brutal, violent scenes here, but all necassary in the telling of this story. Well written and with great pace, I thought Ancient Blood was one of the better vampire stories I have read in awhile. Go read this, you will not be disappointed. Nice job, well done.