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Combine a Boston P.I., the Vatican, and vampires, and what do you have? A novel-and a series-that will appeal to fans of Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, and Dan Brown.

A brilliant new vampire novel by a Bram Stoker Award-winner. P.I. Peter Octavian is drawn into a search for a stolen book--the handbook of a secret sect of the Catholic Church used as a tool to purge vampires from the Earth. And he'll do almost anything to find ...

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Overview

Combine a Boston P.I., the Vatican, and vampires, and what do you have? A novel-and a series-that will appeal to fans of Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, and Dan Brown.

A brilliant new vampire novel by a Bram Stoker Award-winner. P.I. Peter Octavian is drawn into a search for a stolen book--the handbook of a secret sect of the Catholic Church used as a tool to purge vampires from the Earth. And he'll do almost anything to find it--because Peter is also a vampire. Original.

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In this present-day vampire novel, the vampires, or ``Defiant Ones,'' are being hunted by an ancient Vatican group trained in sorcery who carry out their extermination with sadistic pleasure. Peter Octavian is a Defiant One who has sworn off the ``blood song,'' drinking only hospital discards. For his belief that humans are not cattle, he has been ostracized by his own vampire family, but when he sees the pattern of vampire deaths he tries to gather his erstwhile fellows into a resistance movement. As the Vatican cabal begins its sorcerous attack, most of the Defiant Ones join Octavian in fighting off demons and banshees in a huge clash amid Venice's yearly carnival. The Defiant Ones win the battle, and the novel ends with the beginning of a new era in which vampires and humans will try to coexist in peace. Unfortunately, with the exception of Octavian and a few of his friends e.g., a charmingly feisty undead Buffalo Bill Cody, the vampires are as unappealing a group of sadists as the cabal. Reasonably entertaining for vampire fans, but perhaps too big a story for one volume; the author might have done better with a continuing series.-A.M.B. Amantia, Population Action International, Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441019052
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Series: Shadow Saga Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 284,650
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Golden is the author of more than twenty novels, including the critically-acclaimed Strangewood, and six nonfiction projects. He has worked in the comic book field for both Marvel and Dark Horse, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He received the Bram Stoker Award for his nonfiction work, Cut: Horror Writers on Horror Film. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Visit his website at www.christophergolden.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Incredibly good

    One of my fellow booksellers dropped this book in my hand and insisted I read it. I am very grateful for that command. I did see some slight similarities in this to the old TV series 'Forever Knight' in that the main character is in law enforcement and since I loved that series, I figured I would like this book. WOW. This is not your typical gothic vampire story. The church has kept secret the origin of the vampire race and it is about to be revealed. You will meet news reporters, historical figures and witness THE battle of the ages. Very enjoyable... can someone PLEASE pick up the next two in the trilogy for a reprinting??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    Why is it a popular trend to sympathise with Vampires?

    Okay, I've read Anne Rice, and I'm a fan of her work and what she does but that is different.I think she was just trying to do something new and original, not necessarily say to the reader, 'wouldn't it be cool to be a vampire!'. Over the past twenty years the idea that a vampire is 'an evil thing', that 'it has no soul' or that 'it is a demon' has been chalenged. Vampires are killing machines. They have no souls, and a reanimated by demonic entities or evil spirits. Therefore, they are evil. I'm sick of the idea of feeling sorry for them. It's not that I hate them, no, not at all! I love 'em! I guess the major reason why I am so fascinated with vampires is because and why they make a good story because they are the ultimate villians. I guess i'm sort of a sucker for the the old classics, but I like stories about vampire hunters, and feel that there should be more of them. The problem is is that there are not many strong vampire killing heroe characters (with the exception of Blade, Buffy, and Anita Blake) in fiction. In reference to the author's comment; 'If vampires could transform themselves, on a molecular level, into mist or a wolf or a bat, isn't it silly that they would have to stop there?'. Not exactley. That idea comes mainly from Bram Stoker's imagination, even though there is the legend of the stregoi in Eastern Europe that can transform into certain animals. Vampires transform into bats and wolves because they can only control certain nocturnal creatures such as themselves. All that set aside, the idea of a story about a war between vampires and humans is a great idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    I couldn't put it down

    I was really expecting just another 'good' vampire novel but was amazed by the writing and the plot twists. I came to care about the characters since they were so well developed. The story was fantastic. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    awesome

    This book is amazing I think I must have read it like 5 times already. The story and the characters are so well written that you almost think its real. When I read this book I absolutely fell in love with Peter Octavian; he's wity, charming, playful, and an all around dreamy vampire guy. All the characters in this story were amazing I never wanted to put the book down. Christopher Golden is a really awesome writer I love reading his books they always keep you sucked in until the very last page and then when the book is done you just want it to keep going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2002

    A MUST READ FOR ANY VAMPIRE FAN!!!!!!

    I'm a vampire book/movie fanatic. This book should be a movie as soon as possible. Tell Mr. Golden to keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    Exceptional and Outstanding Novel

    Saints the title given to the priests in the novel, and Shadows the vampiric term in this novel are very uniquelly used in this novel. The plot always keeps you on your toes, and very little is constant throughout the novel. The author uses very descriptive wording giving the reader a clear picture to follow. In my opinion this is an outstanding book and I would recommend it to my friends and others, but not the weak of heart. A book that you will never put down once you start reading, until reading this novel I never enjoyed reading for recreation....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    this is a great book

    this book has it all.action love demons and parties it a great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    Vampires rule the Day?

    Christopher Golden blends horror, sex, and humor together and captivates the reader to just simply keep reading. It was one of the best books I have read. It only took me one sitting to finish this masterpeice.

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