Bound In Blood: The Erotic Journey of a Vampire

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In what promises to be the first of a series, Lord shows that he has a good eye for detail, but this debut novel amounts to little more than an episodic account of the kills of his remorseless vampire protagonist, Jean-Luc "Jack" Courbet. Having been converted to vampirism, along with his actress mother, No l, in 1870s Paris by Phillipe, Marquis de Charnac, Jack stalks the all-too-trusting and willing gay men of Greenwich Village. His crimes draw the attention of not only the local gay press (which chronicles "the Horror of West Street") but also his despised mother, who's attempting to blackmail her son into revealing the location of Phillipe's grimoires of power. Jack's lethal seductions of his victims, fleetingly met and unmourned, are too gruesome for a sustained erotic charge. The author forgets that it is the threat, not the actual act of killing, that produces the greatest emotional tension and interest. In addition, the sexual explicitness may be disconcerting for readers seeking more conventional or "straight" thrills. As one character tersely comments toward the end of the novel, "And as smart as you are, and with all that you've learned over the years, you couldn't find another way to stay alive without killing people?" The same could be asked of the motives of this talented author. Lord could establish a name for himself, provided he stops treating potential victims of his darker creations as numbers to be disposed of swiftly after use. On the other hand, he may remain content to produce the gay vampire equivalent to American Psycho. (May 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The vampire Jean-Luc Courbet rises after sunset and admires his own beautiful physique before going out to the gay bars of New York City. There he trolls for good-looking young men with whom he can have sex. Unfortunately for these fellows, Jean-Luc follows his lovemaking by draining them of every drop of their blood. He hides the bodies as well as he can, but soon enough the police discover them along with additional corpses killed in the same way. It seems that another vampire is at work, and Jean-Luc suspects an old enemy. Through flashbacks, the reader learns how Jean-Luc became one of the undead and who it is that wants to destroy him. There are many things to criticize about this novel stilted dialog, poor plotting, lack of character development but this book has nothing even remotely to do with literature. It is about titillating the reader with one sex scene after another. Not a suitable purchase for most public libraries. Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Debut novel of a swank gay-vampire series set in Greenwich Village. Jean-Luc Courbet, who bounds over tall buildings, has been around for more than 100 years and, in fact, attended the premiere of Moussorgski's Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi in 1888, which he recalls while having a neck of a long drink in his box at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera. Jean-Luc is a towering snob (the Met is dowdy, American apartments are too squat to be graceful), though in the States he calls himself "Jack." Just arrived on this shore, Jack takes up Village digs and cruises nightly for trim, well-built men, drinking them dry during their raptures as he sodomizes them. Though his beauty narcotizes his victims, we have a hard time warming up to this ice-cold hero, whose normal temperature gives his victims goose-bumps. Before setting forth each evening, with cowboy boots to give him extra height, Jack first sends forth his dark-winged spirit to scan Village streets for the victim whose blood will keep vampirism healthy in his ageless flesh. Nice facts about Jack: he stocks his apartment with food and toilet paper he never uses; his sebaceous glands secrete no oil, so he leaves no fingerprints; he makes love with sexy little nips and bites over an hour's passage, the victim unaware of blood loss. The narrative darts about France and London in long italicized passages as we discover Jean-Luc's origins: his mother, Noël Courbet, 14 when she gave birth to her bastard, went on to become France's greatest actress before Bernhardt. Vastly rich (and blood-sucking) Phillipe de Charnac "turned" Noël, married her, then turned his stepson and became Jean-Luc's lover before Noël murdered him. Shespends the rest of the novel chasing Jean-Luc, intending to kill him as well. Jack, meanwhile, falls for frighteningly beautiful Claude Halloran. Will Jack turn Claude? Will Noël fry Jack? Readably bloody, gay lore galore, but regrettably lacking in gay humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575667645
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Bound in Blood, Book 1

    What started out as an arousing tale of a cruising vampire in New York , quickly hypnotized me into its plot. Once Jack tells his tale of how him and his mother came to become vampires, the story is interesting and fast paced. I found it very hard to put this book down until I had finished it. Although David Thomas Lord vampires are very, very similiar to Anne Rice's (which is probably one of the main reasons I really like these vampires), there are some interesting and seductive secrets about the vampire myth he reveals. There are too many surprises to be spoiled in this review. So, enjoy it as much as I did. I'm sure I'll read this one over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Not the best gay vampire book I've ever read

    This book was okay. Some of the sex scenes were really good but I thought the overall story line was weak. I thought there could have been less gore and more descriptive sex. It definitely ended such that a sequel could be written but it would have to be written better than the first book for me to want to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Mesmerising!

    This book is one of those i-cant-put-it-down books. The ending was a complete shock. It's a book of strong sexuality yet keeps a great story line through the whole story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    Totally intoxicating

    Bound in Blood was well written and captivating. The erotic exploits of the vampire Jean-Luc totally excited me as I read this noevel. I also feel that having him fall in love with claud was a very humanizing thing to do, even though the relationship was dombed to fail from the begining. His mother in constent pursuit of her son also added excitment descriptive book. I feel that we will hear alot more from the David Thomas Lord in the furture, and hopefully a follow-up book to this one which answers the tail of what really happened to Jean-Luc and did Claud eventually obtain the books, and share them with the Jean-Lucs twin. Also what will eventually become of mother of Jeaan-Luc, and if Jean-Luc is dead does his lover or twin take his place as the focus of the novels to come?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    Exciting,Seductive,Emotional

    I have got to say that this is by far the best book that I have read. Jack ( Jean-Luc Courbet)David Thomas Lord's creation in the wonderfull exciting book, from passion to seduction. I could not put this book down. I to hope that there will be a Bound in Blood II. I would love to find out out really happened to Jack, Claude and his ravishing mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    Sharp and Biting

    David Thomas Lord does a sensational job on his debut novel. Despite the excessive sex and violence, it's the best vampire book I've read in many, many years. Lots of new lore and new ways of looking at vampires. Can't wait for his new one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    BOUND IN BLOOD

    Soon to hit bookshelves, ¿Bound In Blood¿ is `bound¿ to pierce the avid horror, suspense reader right where it counts, in the terror-plexus. ¿Bound In Blood¿ author David Thomas Lord masterfully introduces us to Jean-Luc Courbet de Charnac, no ordinary, run-of-the-mill vampire. Through Lord¿s erotic, poetic, yet fast-paced style, I was thrown into a world of suspense so breathtaking, I couldn¿t turn the pages fast enough. My phone went unanswered as I read, meals were late, and attempted communication with me was normally met with, ¿Just let me finish this page, okay? Wait, just one more!¿ With powerful command of the written word, Lord gives nourishment to the mind¿s eye, moving it effortlessly from present day New York to the elegance of Paris in the 1800¿s then back again, all the while endearing us to his characters. We find Jean-Luc, our beloved vampire, both predator and prey. His feeding on New York¿s finest males, which is Jean-Luc¿s richest source for strength and vitality, is not the typical throat-ripping, moon howling affair. The seductive nature by which he reels in his prey leaves the reader either blushing or panting for more. Empathy abounds as each new threat to Jean-Luc unfolds. Not only must he hide from daylight, which, of course, has the ability to destroy him, but a greater, more powerful enemy stalks him¿his mother. Noel Courbet, an undead herself (but only for a prescribed length of time as determined by her creator), is out to destroy her son so that she may gain possession of the one thing he owns that will guarantee her eternal life. Between the police and news reporters hot on Jean-Luc¿s trail, his mother discovering where he is, and a Jean-Luc twin who gives new meaning to the word overbite, one is left more often than not with their mouth hanging open and their pulse racing. Three distinct reactions came with my reading the last line of the book. There was the smile and sigh that all readers have when they¿ve completed a story well told, regret that the story had to end, and finally, wishing the bookstores held more David Thomas Lord novels. Keep an eye on this guy. He¿s going to be big.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fresh blood

    Over a century ago in Paris, Jean-Luc Courbet and his mother became vampires when his stepfather the Marquis de Charnac converted them. In the present, Jean-Luc, known as Jack, lives and stalks mortals in Greenwich Village, a place where the evening always has delightful morsels. <P>However, the active gay community notices Jack¿s appetite. They raise the alarm through the gay media that a serial killer, dubbed as the ¿Horror of West Street¿, hunts his prey amidst their people. Besides the rage of the gay press, Jack¿s mother demands he provide her with Charnac¿s grimoires. As Jack deals with the gay community warnings and his mother, he thinks he may be in love as he finds model Claude Halloran a bit more appealing than just a late night snack. <P> David Thomas Lord shows he is a writer with tremendous abilities yet the first ¿erotic journey of a vampire¿ tale centers on the kill way too much as opposed to Jack¿s seduction of his victim. The premise of a gay vampire is quite intriguing and works in a fresh manner while Jack is a fascinating character whose morals fit a creature hunting humans as food. However, the support cast, especially Jack¿s targets, never feel developed enough so that the audience empathize with their deaths instead of unfeeling statistical counts of cannon fodder. Still, the potential for a great series is here if Mr. Lord allows the audience time to digest the nuances that make the victim human. <P>Harriet Klausner

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