Darklands: A Vampire's Tale

Overview

Twenty years ago, Susan Archer witnessed the brutal murder of her beloved twin brother.

Now, the murderer, Devin McCree, has returned. Although Devin is a "Deathwalker," Susan soon discovers that he is not the monster she has feared for so long.

Leaving her old life behind, she joins Devin on his run from a crazed vampire hunter. Unwilling to let his love disappear, Michael soon follows.

Can Michael save ...

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Overview

Twenty years ago, Susan Archer witnessed the brutal murder of her beloved twin brother.

Now, the murderer, Devin McCree, has returned. Although Devin is a "Deathwalker," Susan soon discovers that he is not the monster she has feared for so long.

Leaving her old life behind, she joins Devin on his run from a crazed vampire hunter. Unwilling to let his love disappear, Michael soon follows.

Can Michael save Susan? Does she even need or want to be saved?

"Darklands: A Vampire's Tale" is a violent tale of survival, bloodlust , and two people trying to hang on to the last shreds of their humanity, while teetering on the edge of immortality.

"Darklands: A Vampire's Tale" is the first volume in the Darklands Vampire series.

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Editorial Reviews

joder jo
This was an engrossing story from beginning to end. The bloodletting is intense as is the sex and it draws you in deeply to the storyline and doesn't let go until the final page, which ends on a cliffhanger. I highly recommend this to those looking for an exciting read with intense action and intriguing characters. Be prepared for the ending, which leaves you clamoring for more and I encourage Ms. Burgess to write faster since I'm dying to find out who survived.
Lady Caella
Darklands, A Vampire Tale by Donna Burgess is a fabulous dark urban fantasy novel.
Diana Book of Secrets
Darklands was definitely a change of pace. The tone was gritty, dark, and violent, with several cringe-worthy moments...I would recommend it to fans of urban fantasy and horror, and vampire romance looking for something darker.
Leilani Loves Books
Burgess was new to me and she definitely impressed me. I look forward to more of her work, vampire's specifically!
Scarlet Libertine
I was so exhausted with the "pretty" emo lacy vampires of fiction that I thought, that's it! I'm never reading another one! I quit!

Along comes Burgess with a story satisfyingly violent, gory enough to thrill, and sadistic enough to stir the audience to the darker yearnings of the villain and the hero alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982966518
  • Publisher: Naked Snake Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 359
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Burgess is an author of dark fiction and poetry who enjoys surfing, painting and has a deep affection for all things Monty Python and low-budget horror flicks. Over the past fifteen years, her fiction and poetry has appeared in genre publications such as Weird Tales, Dark Wisdom, Sybil's Garage and others. She has been married for nineteen years and has two children.
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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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    Thought-Provoking

    Intense reading

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    Darklands - definitely the darker side of being a vampire

    This was the opposite side of the coin from The Truth About Vampires that I reviewed yesterday. It was the dark, seamier side of being a vampire - complete with lots of gore, violence, and sex. The majority of the story takes place in a little seaside town called Dunwich. This is where Susan and her brother Peter were living when he was killed. She had since moved away, but when Devin reentered her life they wound up back in Dunwich. It was not the Dunwich she remembered though, and I loved the was Ms. Burgess made you feel like you were in a deserted town that was filled with transients, lost souls, druggies. . .very dystopian. Like many seaside towns it is complete with an amusement park, long since deserted, which contains creepy aspects all by itself. She fills you in with just enough of the past through flashbacks to leave you wanting to know more about the main characters and how they became the people or things that they are in the present. As this is just the first book in the series though, she doesn't give you everything. There is still a lot of history between Kasper and Devin that is unknown. I liked Susan's character and how she changed through out the course of the book. In the beginning she was just a young college kid looking for a good time - which inevitably led to her brother's death. Now, years later, if you didn't look too close, you would think that she had a pretty good life and relationship with her live-in, Michael. Underneath though, she still seemed to be drifting, never really getting passed Peter's death. When Devin resurfaces after all this time, it doesn't appear that she willingly goes with him, but that he forces her hand. I think she was just looking for an excuse to leave her mundane life and try to figure out where she fit. I see her becoming stronger throughout the book and beginning to embrace her new lifestyle - to go from just surviving to actually fighting to survive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    Wait until someone proofreads it!!!

    The characters are interesting and the story enjoyable. However, there are so many typos and syntax errors. Did anyone proofread this prior to publishing? Maybe that is why it is only 99 cents. If you don't mind the mistakes, it's a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    This is not your typical vampire romance book but...

    "This is not your typical vampire romance book but i still really liked it. Susan is a cop who has not aged in 20 years due to Devin biting her when she was younger. He saved her life when she was young and than later by accident took her twin brother from her. Devin stays in the shadows for 20 years watching her before he comes back for her and turns her. But not all is happy when they have a nazi vampire hunter after them. I am looking forward to the next book"

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