Choice of the Cat (Vampire Earth Series #2)

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The alien Reapers have ruled Earth for forty-five years. David Valentine is a member of the human resistance, who is now being trained as a Cat-an elite stealth warrior. His first mission is to investigate the threat of the Twisted Cross, a mysterious new force under Reaper control.

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Overview

The alien Reapers have ruled Earth for forty-five years. David Valentine is a member of the human resistance, who is now being trained as a Cat-an elite stealth warrior. His first mission is to investigate the threat of the Twisted Cross, a mysterious new force under Reaper control.

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Choice of the Cat, the sequel to E. E. Knight's debut novel, Way of the Wolf, continues his Vampire Earth saga, in which alien overlords have conquered Earth and are hungrily harvesting human souls. Standing in their way are pockets of resistance that have vowed to fight back against impossible odds to reclaim the planet.

Lieutenant David Valentine is a member of the Wolves, an elite regiment proficient in tracking down and killing the enemy Kur and their minions of vampiric Reapers and troll-like Grogs. But when a battle with the enemy goes horribly wrong and Valentine is unjustly threatened with a court-martial, he's forced to resign his position with the Wolves. Fate intervenes, and he is offered a position as a Cat, a select stealth warrior who usually works alone and is sent into the most dangerous situations. Together with the deadly (and beautiful) Smoke, a female Cat, Valentine is sent on a mission across the Great Plains Gulag to find out why enemy soldiers are wearing the symbol of the Twisted Cross. Fans of postapocalyptic fiction should thoroughly enjoy this captivating and highly original series. While not on the same level of scope and profundity as classics like L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth and Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the Vampire Earth saga is a military science fiction/horror thriller comparable to John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata sequence (A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, et al.) and Harry Turtledove's Worldwar saga. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451459732
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Series: Vampire Earth Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 227,461
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

E. E. Knight was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota and now calls Chicago home, where he abides in domestic felicity with a spouse, a young son, and assorted pets. He invites readers to visit his Web site at vampjac.com or his blog, Bohemian Word Werks.
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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    Starts off slow...

    It’s best if you read Way of the Wolf before going into this one, as events flow from one book to the other. It was off to quite a slow start although I thought the idea of the Twisted Cross was interesting and worth the read. The action does pick up but not for a while as the reader follows Valentine through his training to be a Cat (uber stealth soldier). I’m still on the fence about Valentine. Actually, let me take that back. He’s starting to annoy me. However I can’t just drop the book because I find the main character annoying. Why? because the supporting characters in this book actually help and made my reading rather entertaining. I’d have to say Duvalier is awesome. She’s just what this series needs. She may not be perfect (she does carry baggage with her) but she provides that bit of life to carry on the plot and made it interesting. She’s definitely got grit. Now what got to me was Valentine trying to get into her pants or admiring her from every angle possible. Oh for crying out loud. Seriously? Is this series going to be like James Bond where he has to do at least one female character in every book? because if it is, I’m afraid of pursuing this series further. Another character that really stood out was Ahn-kha. He’s hard to describe, although he seems to be this rather large, hairy sasquatch looking furry thing but really overall seems to be such a gentle giant. I liked him from the start and was rather glad he joined the plot as well. I suppose, it was his gentle manner that endeared me to him. Not only that but well, he’s really like a talking Chewbacca. How can you not like him?! The plot as mentioned before, was off to a slow start, but it does pick up its’ pace with battles here and there. It seems to be the standard method of these books but it helps carry the plot along. It’s not too bad, as the action scenes are well written, but I’m sure it’s going to get old quickly and hopefully things will change as the series progresses. The ending leaves off to the reader looking forward to another adventure and wondering where Valentine is off to next. Fans of Way of the Wolf will probably enjoy this one just as well. Otherwise it might not be for everybody. I thought it was all right although I’m in no rush to get the next one. I’m just getting ready to roll my eyes at the next love interest Valentine has. Seriously, I do not find the appeal in Valentine. All I see is a robotic super soldier. (Unlike some book crushes I have) :P but that’s another story. I’d say take it or leave it with this one. However if you do pick this up, read it for its’ great supporting characters, because Valentine just gets annoying after a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    Incredible

    I had had my doubts about the book at first, and after buying it I had waited a couple weeks before reading it. What a fool I was, the book picked up really fast, great action, great humor, great... everything. I loved how Valentine changed the lives of the people he met along his way, whether that be saving them from death, or causing it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Better than first one

    This book is so much better than the first one and the first one was completely awesome. I was very engaged in it. I would buy these up as fast as I could, but I dont have the money. I highly sugest everyone reads it, whether you love science fiction, fiction, action, romantic style books, or nomfiction books, this book has it all and more. Also a very intruiging plot and characters. I couldnt put it down.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Second Book In The Series

    Having read Way Of The Wolf, and pleasantly surprised that it was not a typical vampire story, I decided to read this second book. I find the stories well carfted and very enjoyable. It is a mix of thought and action. My grandson is enjoying them also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    Vampire Earth Series

    This review is not only about Choice of the Cat(VES#2) but includes #'s 3,4,5,6. All were fantastic escape reads. Amazing concept and writing. Look forward to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Very entertaining science fiction novel

    It has been forty-five years since the Kurians invaded Earth. The world as it once was no longer exists as mankind devolved into a medieval age because machinery for the most part no longer exists. The Kurians are safely ensconced in their fiefdoms all over the world sending Reapers to feed on human essences that are sent back to them. There remains packets of human resistance, assisted by the Lifeweavers who were the losers in their war with the Kur............................... David Valentine is a wolf with enhanced senses given to him by the Lifeweavers and he and his wolf pack fight the minions of the Reapers whenever they can. During a vicious firefight, David takes charge of the battle, but later is forced to resign for the decisions he made. The Cats, solo operatives working inside the Kurian zones, recruit him. His first assignment is to find out about the Twisted Cross, an elite fighting force of Reaper that have some of the characteristics of man. He and his fellow Cat companion Smoke must finding a way of learning their enemies¿ secrets if they want to have a chance of winning the war.......................................... Fans of apocalyptic thrillers will want to read the second installment in the ¿Vampire Earth¿ series. The reapers are an unusual kind of vampire who suck the part of their victims to inhale their life energy and then relay it back to their master, a Kirian. The hero of this book is a warrior who kills the enemy without a second thought yet is still able to save the victims of the aliens. E.E. Knight has written a memorable and very entertaining science fiction novel.............................. Harriet Klausner

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