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Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren't for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank's only son. Now, Hank must do ...
Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren't for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank's only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.
"A big-scale vampire thriller that changes the rules."-Scott Nicholson, author of Liquid Fear, The Red Church, and They Hunger
"One of the best surprises I've had in a long while. Writing with a smart, self-assured ease, Robert S. Wilson has given us a gift with Shining in Crimson. Part Underworld, part Escape From New York, Shining in Crimson is genuinely frightening, genuinely thrilling, but above all, first-rate storytelling. I'm a Robert S. Wilson fan from now on!"-Joe McKinney, author of Flesh Eaters and Apocalypse of the Dead
Posted September 13, 2013
Posted September 7, 2012
SHINING IN CRIMSON is a nice departure from the usual vampire books. This one has a unique storyline, one that I enjoyed. The story revolves around Hank Evans who is sentenced to death. Death under the New Empire rules is to be sentenced to Necropolis, the former Las Vegas, now inhabited by vampires. The vampires take care of the criminals and the Empire doesn't waste money on prisons.
Hank doesn't want to die; he has a son who depends on him. Through an unusual event Hank manages to survive those first crucial hours and all he can think about is getting back to Toby, but the very fact that he has survived has now put him in the sight line of both the Emperor and the ruling vampires.
This is an inventive story with characters who are well-fleshed out and will make you care about them - both human and vampire alike. It's a fast read that will keep you guessing as to what happens next. My only criticism is that none of the story lines are wrapped up at the end of the book. It is definitely a cliff hanger. If you're looking for a engrossing post-apocalyptic tale, you'll not go wrong picking up this one.
Posted February 23, 2012
Vampires, Dystopia, Megalomania – welcome to the glorious Empire, where sinners are dumped in Necropolis and fed on by the creatures of the night.
For Hank, separated from his son Toby and exiled to a certain death, what follows is a journey into, and out of redemption. He lives and dies as a new cross-breed, and must make sacrifices to keep his son safe.
For Simon, former Mediator, the end comes quickly – but then discovers he is more than he was before, and the Head of the Vampire Council, Ishan, takes him in as a Brother.
For Peter, and one time lover Rachel – a time for revenge and to usurp Ishan’s supremacy. An ageless conflict borne of hunger for power and for blood.
With plenty of action, bags of tension and a dark and sinister take on hagiocracy, Shining in Crimson is a wild ride through a diseased future. I impatiently await a second book in the series!
Posted January 28, 2012
Shining in Crimson has two kinds of vampires – the natural vampires (the ancients) who are just what vampires were meant to be – lean, mean, blood-sucking machines – and human vampires, who are the members of the Vampire Federation, trying to preserve their little corner of the former USA in agreement with the Empire.
The way this story is told is interesting – the history of the vampires and the humans is told via a series of flashbacks during the book which gives a feeling of history and provides the backgrounds of the characters gradually. Flashbacks can be difficult to write and meld into a story, but in Shining in Crimson it is done seamlessly and doesn’t detract from the current day story.
I did feel that in a few places the action either wasn’t fast enough or was too fast which resulted in me being a little confused as to who was siding with who and where characters were and what they were up to at certain points in the book.
Overall, Shining in Crimson has some great elements and is a well-written book. As a writer, Mr. Wilson sells a good story and builds solid characters, which are key elements in any good book.
Posted January 7, 2012
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Posted May 14, 2014
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