Flesh and Blood

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A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking.

But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for. Why was a man who claimed to know her sister ...

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Overview

A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking.

But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for. Why was a man who claimed to know her sister from an online vampire forum shot dead moments after Claire interviewed him? Why are her sister’s symptoms getting worse in the hospital? And why have agents from the Vatican taken a sudden interest in Claire?

Consumed by doubt and growing paranoia, Claire barely has time to ponder her next move before a violent confrontation in her apartment changes everything. She quickly finds herself on the run with a mysterious stranger who says he wants to protect her but may not be quite what he seems. Can she trust him?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477817469
  • Publisher: 47North
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Dersch is the pen name the author uses to ensure that readers don’t knock on his door in the middle of the night to ask him about vampires. Born in Munich, he’s the author of three #1 bestselling German-language Kindle horror titles. In his other life, Daniel is working on a PhD and collects mechanical watches.

Gerald Chapple is an award-winning translator of German literature. He received his doctorate from Harvard and went on to teach German and comparative literature at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has been translating contemporary German-language authors for over thirty-five years. His recent works in prose include two thrillers for AmazonCrossing, The Zurich Conspiracy by Bernadette Calonego and The Russian Donation by Christoph Spielberg; two works by the Austrian writer Barbara Frischmuth, The Convent School and Chasing After the Wind, both completed with his cotranslator James B. Lawson; Michael Mitterauer’s probing history of Europe from 600 to 1600, Why Europe? Medieval Origins of Its Special Path; and Anita Albus’s wonderfully idiosyncratic book, On Rare Birds. His poetry translations have focused on Günter Kunert for almost twenty years. He lives in Dundas, Ontario, with his wife, Nina, an architectural historian, and a black Labrador. He can often be found studying birds, butterflies, and dragonflies, or listening to classical music.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    Claire just wants to take care of her younger sister, Amanda, wh

    Claire just wants to take care of her younger sister, Amanda, who must be having a psychotic break. Vampires aren't real, right?

    This action packed, often dark, sometimes creepy and horrific, mysterious narrative frequently leaves the reader questioning who, if anyone, is the good guy. While the lines are often blurred, by and large, it is up to the reader ultimately and/or perhaps to future/prequel/side adventures.

    Characters are vivid, flawed, often scarred, emotional, and varied.

    Overall, a rich read.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Dark, Character-Driven Vampire Tale

    Wouldn’t you be skeptical if your sister or anyone came to you and said a vampire was feeding off them? Could the illusion be the side effects of drugs? Claire is a journalist, experienced, hardened and not one to believe anything she cannot prove, but her sister’s crazy rambling may have validity. As Claire digs into the possibility that vampires may actually exist, her institutionalized sister is worsening, changing and becoming the very thing she feared. When Claire is rescued from death by a fierce and alien-looking creature, she becomes a believer. George is not an “ordinary” vampire, he is the product of Nazi experimentation, a hybrid that no longer craves blood, but still is capable of inhuman powers. With the resources of secret cabals on their tails, led by the Vatican itself, Claire and George form an uneasy alliance to rescue her sister from the horrors of evil. Will they survive? Will George and Claire's attraction create a strong enough bond to succeed? Will dissension in the ranks of the Vatican's forces cripple their mission?

    Flesh and Blood by Daniel Dersch is a dark game of cat and mouse played between the secret forces of the Vatican, looming over two people fighting against time with only the determination to live and succeed. This character driven plot gives insight into the personalities of each character, while keeping the tension high in this twisted thriller-mystery.


    I received this copy from 47North in exchange for my honest review.

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