Dhampir

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A frightening journey into the mysterious life of a new vampire hunter.

Set during the late 1800s in the English Midlands, Dhampir is based on the gypsy legend that a male vampire could father children through a female mortal. The result produced a vampire hunter with all the extraordinary strength and abilities, but none of the vampire father's weaknesses. Born without a father, and having lost his mother when he was five, Caine Griffith is now 25. He is searching for clues to ...

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Overview

A frightening journey into the mysterious life of a new vampire hunter.

Set during the late 1800s in the English Midlands, Dhampir is based on the gypsy legend that a male vampire could father children through a female mortal. The result produced a vampire hunter with all the extraordinary strength and abilities, but none of the vampire father's weaknesses. Born without a father, and having lost his mother when he was five, Caine Griffith is now 25. He is searching for clues to his life and unknown legacy, a legacy of terror, betrayal and revenge he never knew existed outside the safe confines of his home. During the reading of Caine's mother's Last Will and Testament, a stack of diaries surfaces to turn his world upside down. He questions his very existence. Where did he come from? Who is his father? And what is the connection of all this to the mysterious stranger killing townspeople in the most brutal way possible? What will his mother's diaries tell him about his past, his legacy and the father he never knew? Will he survive to find the answers to these questions, or will he also succumb to the stranger's violence before the mystery is solved?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595184293
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Interesting reviews, but some are highly inaccurate

    I read with great interest the reviews for this book. In particular, the one who stated, 'What dissapointed me the most is the authors misconception of how vampires are created.' (sic) I wondered how there was a misconception when the book wasn't about how vampires were created, but how dhampirs are created - though the vampire legends were adhered to in this story. The book is accurate - painstakingly so - and it is obvious a lot of research went into its writing re: the myths of vampires (and their 'kin'). I think the reader should judge for themselves if the book merits their attention or not. Don't let any review (or reviewer) decide for you - make up your own mind. However, I can honestly say this book was accurate insofar as vampire legends go. Something tells me some of these people have been reading far too many Anne Rice novels (perhaps it was the three recommendations). She's an accomplished author, but she has changed the way vampires are viewed (and created) from the original myths and legends. That's not a bad thing, after all it is just fiction, but research the old myths (not fictional novels, but historical commentary), ask an expert on dhampirs, then read this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Good book

    I would recommend the book and have actually have to several people. I found the characters believable. A little more detail would have been nice, but over all I liked the book, story was interesting from from beginning to the end. I loved the ending it was exciting.
    It's a nice book to set back relax and just enjoy it for what it is a darn good story. Some complained about predictability, but that is nice when you want light reading for entertainment sake.
    Do not under estimate the author! She is good. And as for how vampires are created who said you have to stick to the tried and true why can't they be created in other ways?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Awsome!

    This book, in my opinion, is a great book, it is good from begining to end, and it leaves an opening for another book, i recommend this book to whoever likes these knds of things, and i hope that this author writes another book, because i want to read the next chapter of this book if one ever comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2002

    Good plot line and intriguing characters

    I don't know about the others (or is it 'other' singular, due to the fact the last four reviews all seem to say the same thing and aren't far enough apart)but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters are intriguing and the plot line was interesting. Different from other novels I've read in the same genre. Look forward to the sequel if there is one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    Dhampir

    In short, this book did not live up the the expectations I thought it would exceede, and turned out to be unsatisfactory, predictable, and unbelievable. I would not recommend this book to anyone, not even those who are new to gothic type literature. The storyline was completly predictable, the characters were too perfect, unrealistic, and empty, and the language in which the book was written... what language? This novel completly lacks characterization and texture, do not waste your time reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Dhampir

    The overall storyline of this novel was very unique, interesting, and predictable. The character development in this book was also very little. I would not recommend this book to any avid reader of vampiric fiction, or any avid reader at all. The dept of her characters went no more than a few sentences, hardly anything for the reader to latch on to! For instance, the main character's mother, Mary, she was a rich little girl who grew up in a well off family. Never once during the entire course of the novel did I once come across how her family became so wealthy. I also have only a very vague idea as to what she looks like! This is one of those books that you'll read, and forget about quickly. Do not be allured by the appealing cover of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Dhampir

    What else is there to say? I felt that this novel was poorly written, and exceedingly predictable. I felt that the characters of this novel were underdeveloped, and too perfect. I came across many holes and gaps in their personalities and lifestyles that were not answered as the story progressed. What dissapointed me the most is the authors misconception of how vampires are created. Take my advice and stay away from this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2002

    Dhampir

    This novel started off pretty good, but ended in a predictable fashion. This book was too much plot and not enough character. The characterization of this book was filled with gaps and holes everywhere that were not filled during the course of the novel. Personally, I wouldn't recomend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Robyn Rocks The Vampire World

    What a wonderful first novel from this talented Texas author. 'Dhampir' (a vampire hunter) is creepily elegant from start to finish. The story of itself is a tale of terror and a tale of the search for knowledge. A knowledge that Caine (the main character) may or may not want to actually uncover. The twists and turns Caine struggles through will keep you reading page after page until ulitmately you realize you have finished 'Dhampir' in one sitting. IT'S THAT GOOD!! Ms. Swaim's use of descriptive darkness fills this novel to overflowing. You will be sucked into this darkness immediately, and the darkness will not release you even when you turn the final page. The gothic setting reminds one of the writings of Mary Shelley, but the jump-out-at-you surprises bring to mind Clive Barker and older Stephen King. You will not be dissapointed in following Caine as he searches for who his father is, why are the townspeople being butchered, and most of all, what will his mother's diaries reveal to help him in his fight for life or possibly death? A great read for not just the horror/gothic fan, but for anyone who likes a well presented story of life (and death). Pick it up, you won't put it down until you turn the final page. Hopefully this is just the beginning of Ms. Swaim's assualt on the book world. 'Here are the diaries, Caine'. He pointed to the bundle Caine had noticed on the desk as he entered the room, 'You may want to take them with you'. AND SO WILL YOU.

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