Returning home after two years in the Caribbean, fighting the Kurian overlords and their Reaper henchmen -- nightmarish alien invaders who look on humans as nothing more than expendable slaves and succulent livestock -- David Valentine is back in the Ozarks and needed more than ever.
In Valentine's Rising, the fourth installment of E. E. Knight's post-apocalyptic Vampire Earth saga (Way of the Wolf, Choice of the Cat, and Tale of the Thunderbolt), Valentine finds the Ozark Free Territory -- one of the last bastions of human resistance left in the world -- nonexistent and the once formidable Southern Command now "a madhouse of angry, well-armed drunkards." Valentine also finds a megalomaniacal human named Consul Solon who, with the help of the Kurian overlords, is trying to reconstruct a huge region of the southeastern United States into a confederation of alien-run provinces. However, Valentine has some deadly tricks up his sleeve -- some so powerful that they could, if utilized properly, turn the tide of war and help humankind take back their planet -- and he vows to do whatever it takes to stop Solon's dream of empire from becoming a reality.
Fans who enjoy post-apocalyptic thrillers like Stephen King's The Stand, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer, and Magic Time: Ghostlands by Marc Scott Zicree and Robert Charles Wilson will treasure this action-packed saga, which blends military science fiction à la John Ringo with blood-curdling Lovecraftian horror. Butt-kicking science fiction adventure at its very best! Paul Goat Allen