Sunset

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Overview

By Day

Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker – a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three ...
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Overview

By Day

Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker – a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

By Night

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers – handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion.

By the Sword

Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa’s service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war…
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Editorial Reviews

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The Best Vampire Fiction Releases of 2011: "...the ambitious, grand-scale, science fiction backdrop and labyrinthinely plotted storyline was impressive, to say the least."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456354855
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arshad Ahsanuddin is a practicing hematopathologist, a laboratory physician specializing in the diagnosis of diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. Yes, he's a blood doctor writing about vampires. The irony isn't lost on him.

If you enjoyed this book, or if you wish to leave feedback, the author can be contacted through his website at http://pactarcanum.com

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    A Must Check Out! Very intelligent and intricate read. This wa

    A Must Check Out!

    Very intelligent and intricate read. This was a well written futuristic novel about Nightwalker vampires, Daywalker vampires, and Sentinel races, and the aftermath resulting in their exposure to the human world, after millennia of walking around virtually undetected. This was also the emotional story of `Daywalker' Nick and his struggles with his very human like relationships.

    This book opens with a terrorist plot that goes wrong. It was effective, action packed, and had my attention from the first page. It introduces all the race players effectively, and some of the main characters of this novel.

    The author did a really good job at world building, though the inner `governing' structures of all the races did get to be confusing at times. All the houses and masters, and their individual titles were a lot to take in, but you quickly figure out the gist of it, and who the main players are. That being said, when minor characters were introduced or when all these players came together en masse, I was a little confused.

    Frankly, what surprises me the most about this novel is how this author kept me so interested, even though most of the time I was trying to grasp the world he built. Maybe it was that the character development was so well done, that the inter-personal relationships and love triangles or (square as one other reader put it?) were so intriguing, gut wrenching and full of emotion, that I had a difficult time putting this book down, even though I struggled through some elements of this story.

    In acknowledgment of the `elephant in the room' - Though I am a very open minded, accepting individual of people's sexual orientations, I have to, on a side note, acknowledge and commend the author for his eloquent writing and development of the gay relationships in this novel. Though I am heterosexual, and reading about male gay relationships may seem outside the comfort zone, I was not uncomfortable in any way. I was able to empathize with Nick's emotions and upheavals; they were really no different than the emotional rollercoaster of feelings between men and women, so it did not distract from the plot line, and it wasn't a point of focus for me in any sort of negative way. It was very contrary to that; I was very emotionally invested in the main character, because I could relate to his feelings, and understood them.

    This was, however, outside of my comfort zone in terms of the "Sci-Fi" portion of the book. Though I was fine with the AI technology, I really don't do well with many Sci-Fi books because I am a visual reader... and if I have a hard time visualizing parts of the book, I lose my `link' to it. Some of the technologies were a little hard to visually grasp. I found the introduction of the space shuttles/ships and mentions of off Planet bases to not be relevant to the story line in this book, and left me confused... again... but it may serve its purpose in upcoming installments.

    Very interesting novel, and I enjoyed it. I will definitely be keeping this author in mind, and very open to continue this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    It's time to admit that I am a die-hard Vampire and Sci-Fi fan.

    It's time to admit that I am a die-hard Vampire and Sci-Fi fan. What the heck if Captain Kirk was a Vampire, it would be Nick! Ah yes, Nick... the really complex, die-hard hunky hero of "Sunset." I have to hand it to the author, the complexity in the story left me reading passages over and over again. It is not a book that you can just skim over, you have to really read it and digest it and in the end, the base story is what counted. I was stunned that there were a few wrenches like time traveling back hours to years. However, I was able to adapt and it was kind of nice to be challenged with the time travel. There were other twists thrown into the story; however, they were good because they were explained later. If there was a story in need of going to the big screen it would be this because the visuality in the book is spectacular. I really hated putting my Kindle with "Sunset" down after I read 29% of it, because it was captured my attention.

    Now that I read the book, I better put the brown bag back over my head and pretend that I'm not a Sci-fi fan and wait patiently for the another book in the series to come out! Well done but I only recommend this book for mature audiences and I sure am glad I am part of that audience. Good read with 5 out of 5

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Fantastic Genre Blurring Adventure

    Nick is forced to reveal not only his powers but the existence of supernatural beings to the whole world on national television in order to prevent a group of terrorists from blowing up a nuclear bomb. This is the start of this action packed story. In the end he befriends one of the terrorists, Jeremy, when it is revealed he is a latent sentinel and was just awakened. Sunset is a story that seems beyond categorizations. It is a fantasy novel filled with ancient vampires, power filled sentinels with genetic memory to kill those same vampires. It is a science fiction romp with space flying and futuristic weapons. It is an espionage thriller with layers of deceit and alliance that are ever shifting. And it is a romance in which you can never really decide who you want to win the final affections of our main characters. But more importantly, this was an engrossing and engaging read that I would highly recommend. Arshad built a comprehensive world that you can just imagine yourself in as you read through the pages. And more importantly, he filled it with a cast of characters that you can't help but fall in love with. They are stupid and arrogant and do all the wrong things for all the right reasons but then they are caring and self-sacrificing and genuinely awesome. However, there were a few jarring moments. I was a bit confused and possibly overwhelmed by the romantic triangle (square?) with Rory, Lorcan and Jeremy all being in love with Nick. Rory and Lorcan's obsession with Nick did not seem to add to the story and just muddied the waters. Perhaps more with this plotline will be revealed later in the series and I will discover why it was absolutely necessary but as is I think the story would have been better without this strange arc. There were a few other minor details that pulled me out, such as it seemed that almost every one of the main characters used to be an internationally acclaimed musical artist. It wasn't bad, just odd. Nevertheless, despite these few jarring moments/plotlines I absolutely loved this book. It had the kind of in depth plot, world building and character development that is missing in a lot of books these days. 4.5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    HIGHEST recommendation - AMAZING book, highly engrossing - MUST READ

    If I could, I would give this 10 out of 5 stars - this is one of the most amazing things I've read in . a long time. I was initially intrigued by Arshad's description in our forum that it was a "gay vampire" story - but it is SO much more than that. It is a romance of unbelievable beauty; it is an adventure, full of thrills, excitement and terror; it is a science fiction story, part space opera, and has elements of self-sacrifice for the greater good; it is about vampires, and magic-users and humans and how difficult it is for everyone to try to live together - but how wonderful it is when they do. It is about redemption, hope, love and growth. It is . AMAZING. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    The basic plot revolves around Nick Jameson, who is known as a Daywalker, or a vampire who has been redeemed and received back his soul. He is instrumental in stopping a plot that would have destroyed the greater Los Angeles area with a nuclear bomb; as a result, the metahumans are exposed to humans, and Nick is then appointed as the Ambassador to Humanity. We are introduced to the various races - the Nightwalkers, who are the vampires; the Daywalkers (already described) and the Sentinels, who are magic-users genetically programmed to hunt and kill the vampires. In North America, an unprecedented situation has been created where a truce has been put into effect - the Armistice. Opposed to the Armistice are the unaffiliated Sentinels and the Court of the Nightwalkers.

    I can't go into the plot much, because I don't want to spoil things - I will say that I laughed many times; I cried several times, too, and that is very unusual for me. I felt like these characters had become my own friends, confidantes and enemies - Arshad is masterful at descriptions and characterizations, and you will come out of this book truly feeling like you just returned from another world. I am eager to get on to the rest of the trilogy - "Sunrise" and "Moonlight." Watch for my reviews later this weekend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    MUST READ

    Let me first say that upon reading the tags for this book, I was a little leery.
    Futuristic gay vampires?
    However, curiosity got the best of me and I am so glad that it did.
    People. throw your preconceived notions out the window, this book is great!
    From the very first couple of pages, Arshad throws you into the middle of the action and doesn't bring you back.
    The writing of this story is amazing.
    Arshad seems to effortlessly write a very complex story line AND makes it easy for the readers to follow.
    I could tell in reading it that a lot of thought, incredible imagination and hard work when into Sunset.
    He covers all the bases in this book, action, suspense, mystery and yes some romance too.
    But the romance in this book is one of things that sealed the deal for me.
    The relationships of the various characters in this book are very moving.
    Arshad writes about love in some of it's purest of forms and covers that spectrum as well, too.
    There is happiness, joy, despair, sadness and most importantly, hope.
    He even ups the ante of most love stories and instead of a love triangle, you get love squared!!!
    In short, this was a very good read and I recommend you give it a chance.... still not sure?
    He even throws in some straight love for us heteros' out here.
    So, come on, what are you waiting for???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    FANTASTIC

    This was awesome!!! I couldn't stop reading!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Fun read

    Arshad has created some loveable and complex characters.The story has a good mix of action and romance. Although the story ended on a happy note, I was left with so many more questions about the past and future for each them. I immediately went to find the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    WITNESS

    Xan? I have a gift for you. It is a heart. You don't like it. Xan? I am lonely. Lays on top of him. I am lonelyyyy. -Wolf's Conversation. Part of It.-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

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    Welcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Dice

    He curled up tightly, covering his ears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    loved it

    i have read 2 books out of this series and have not been disappointed love both

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Ro

    A girl with purple eyes that are slanted ightly but still very big, slightly tan skin some jean shorts and black tank top and flip flops comes in. "Hello." She says. Her voice is sugary with slight country accent. She lets her waist length red curly hair fall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Will

    Does anyone wanna chat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Amy

    Training center ~amy

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Enjoyable and engaging storyline

    Sunset is the first novel in the Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin. Kind of. There are currently two books in the series, and although Sunrise is the chronological beginning of the story, Sunset is intended to be read first. This allows the author to drop the reader immediately into a thrilling moment in the story, in which a terrorist event results in the inadvertent revelation that a few species of "meta-humans", including vampires, have been living among humans secretly for centuries in parallel societies, complete with their own complex political structures, alliances, and issues. Although the reader is dropped into the story midway, all of the necessary backstory is revealed along the way when needed (sometimes the dialogue used to introduce relevant backstory seems a little contrived, but it does the job).

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The writing is clean, artfully composed, and engaging; the author's intelligence and precision shine through in impeccably crafted sentences. The beginning and end are absolutely thrilling - the action is gripping, as is the drama of the individuals facing those intense situations - towards the end, I could not put the book down. The political tensions, both between the humans and meta-humans and across the meta-human society, are palpable and credible, and they help to give the story depth and make it engaging, causing the reader to really think about who is right, or, as in real life, if more than one side is right.
    The book is not without its flaws. It is far more story-driven than character-driven, which makes for an engaging story overall, but sacrifices the reader's emotional identification with the characters. The characters don't seem to have distinct voices - they all just appear to be proxies for telling the author's view of the story. In a world rife with xenophobia and political tension, allegiances never shift, and no one really struggles with a decision or with their loyalties - which seems a bit incredible especially for the characters that cross racial boundaries. Shifting, or at least questioning, loyalties would have given the book more depth and also challenged the reader to question their own loyalties as well. Further, the middle of the book does not flow together seamlessly - it is clear that the author is jumping around to introduce characters and concepts necessary to set up the thrilling finale, but it can feel a bit random while making one's way through the middle.
    However, for a story-driven book, the detail is extraordinary. While the characters may seem a little flat, and often dialogue seems a bit contrived for the author to introduce a key fact or to explain in retrospect something that probably just should have been made clearer along the way (there are some long lectures from random characters), the world itself is larger than life. Ahsanuddin truly brings the world to life by injecting it with far more color than is strictly necessary for the story arc, immersing the reader in an alternate version of Earth, and the political tensions help to really sell this world to the reader.
    Overall, it makes for a fun read, and the premise that the meta-humans managed to keep themselves hidden from humans until 2040 makes great fodder for daydreams. There is plenty of action, and it isn't intellectually or emotionally exhausting. If you enjoy vampire or fantasy themes, this book is a great escape from real life.

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