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VampCon
     

VampCon

4.3 13
by Armand Inezian
 

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ISBN-13:
9781478279525
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/10/2012
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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VampCon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampcon is unlike any vampire story I have ever read. In fact it’s unlike any story I’ve read. In Armand Inezian’s take on the old legend every vampire has a unique ability based upon the sins they committed before they were turned from mortal to vampire. For example, a priest who had an unhealthy fear of mortality finds that he has the power to be able to show people where they are fated to die. I found myself wondering what special abilities some of the priests who’ve been in the news recently might have had, but that’s besides the point. I think my favourite character was Ariel Lockhart of the house of Greyson. A nice play on words here, with a nod towards Armand’s publisher. In life she turned a blind eye to terrible crimes being committed around her. Now, as a vampire, she lives in darkness, travelling the Dark Corridor, slipping in and out of shadows at will. The central character, Jonathan Stoker, was turned by the beautifully named Genevieve Sint Joris because she enjoyed the irony of turning a man named Stoker. Jonathan suffers from clinical depression. As Armand puts it, “Jonathan didn’t like to think about families, and the idea of children brought tendrils of depression creeping into his mind.” Ariel Lockhart has the ability to cast ’summoners’; spells so powerful they can rearrange time and space. One such summoner has commanded Jonathan to attend a vampire congregation in Boston. Donnach McRory ( good to see Scottish skulduggery replacing the usual Eastern European vampire variety. ) has demanded the attendance of every vampire at the ‘Vampcon’. However McRory is himself possessed by a demonic spider creature, so that this congregation will be less about singing and hand clapping and more about carnage and mayhem. The stage is set for a battle for survival, not just of vampires but of mankind itself. Armand Inezian is an English professor, and his command of the language comes through time and again in his writing. The text is sharp and to the point, the dialogue effortlessly natural. This novel is bulging with original ideas, any one of which could have formed the basis of an entire book by a less gifted author. Is there too much here? Too many characters? Too many special gifts? Perhaps. Once or twice I had to backtrack to reorientate myself. Also there were only brief references to Armand’s Armenian heritage. I was a little surprised this didn’t feature more prominently. However these are minor issues compared to the overall 5 star experience of Vampcon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are interesting, story moved right along. Wouldn't mind seeing a sequel. Jonathan Stoker receives an invitation to a vampire meeting. Being a loner. He refuses. Fate brings him back to play his part in what's going on including saving his mortal son. Will he be successful? Read and find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WANNA BE A VAMP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He races in..and raced to next res.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks at Aston.
clynns More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from the author for my enjoyment and to leave an honest review. The book takes place in New England. This is the story of Jonathon, a new vampire who is trying to find a way to save the other vampires from evil where both species can live together in the same world. Jonathon, has had his presence requested at VampCon (Vampire Congregation) by the committee. All vampires are to attend. There are two towers; North and South but only one, the North can be seen by vampires. The North tower where VampCon is being held is a portal into another universe. In that universe things are not what they seem. There are shape shifters, hideous spiders, and super powerful villains. I loved this authors imagination coming through with the spiders and shape shifters. The detailed description of Ariel's mishaps are vivid and gory. The author’s ability to take what we are fearful of and enlarge it through description (spiders) is fantastic. We aren’t fearful of an ant, but make it 10 feet tall and saliva dripping from it’s mouth is a whole different story. My difficulty in understanding this book came in trying to link all of the characters. In chapter 17 there were 20 pages and 13 characters brought into play. Some like Ariel and Jonathon and Jake were there throughout the book, but the description of the others didn’t provide me the links to join the characters. I also had a hard time connecting the Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Part 1 takes place in VampCon. The beginning of Part 2 takes you to some time in the future. It’s not clearly written what has taken place or why there is a time lapse between Part 1 and 2. It was difficult to see the connections between the characters in the beginning of Part 2. You don’t find out until the last page of Part 2 that it had been a two year lapse between Part 1 and Part 2. Part 3 seemed to flow much better. But I still feel like there were so many characters brought into play that I couldn’t keep them straight because I didn’t have enough information on them to do so. I have only previously read the Twilight series and beyond that, Dracula when I was a kid many, many, many years ago. I’ve had a fascination with ‘things of the night’ all my life since I was a kid watching Boris Karloff. Some things are new to me; such as shape shifters. Having no preconceived notions of what to expect, I’d say it was ok. The book was a little on the long side at 678 pages.
MIssy75Howie More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 stars. Tons of stuff happening, maybe a bit too much, and the point of view jumps around a little (the chapter is of a certain person, then the next chapter is a different person). Didn't seem like there was any main character, but it seemed to start as if John was the main character. When done, you'll feel like you read 2 books, non stop action and twists. John (vamp) tries to leave Boston but fate seems to be against him. Ariel tracks him down and tells him he needs to answer the summons and go to the Congregation. He gets a call from his son and rushes back to Boston to attend the Congregation & try to find his son. Peter & Jake (John's son) show up at the tower and Abby lets them in, even though they are late (even though Abby is part of the McRory house, she's abused by Donnach and tells Jake that Donnach is planning on killing everyone). John is already in the tower thinking that his son is safe because the tower was locked up before his son go there. As everyone settles in for the day things begin to happen. The building shakes and the power goes off & on. Then vampires are attacked. Donnach is possessed by a demon. As the vampires gather to try to defeat Donnach, he and his people attack. Donnach is killed and Peter takes the demon into himself. Then the story moves two years later. They gather together again to try to find Peter and kill him. Wallace & Genevieve go to Russia, and the others go to Benneton after Peter. The problem is the Peter has already left. They do find Ariel, and the all head back to Boston after realizing that's where Peter is headed (the 2nd tower). They battle Peter and knock the demon out of him and Ariel takes possession of it. Peter is killed & the tower/spiders are eliminated. HJ & Genevieve strike a deal, John goes to work at a school as the IT guy while living at one of Sully's places. He writes to Jake, but they don't see each other. A few wording/tense issues (p. 138 spluttering)(p. 188 Finally, as she'd hoped, HJ's hormones kicked in), but pretty clean book. Not a easy read, really need to pay attention because there is a lot going on all at the same time, but a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fast moving adventure starts when Jonathan gets the invitation to Congregation of Houses, a meeting  of all vampires and the head honcho.   Through the possibilities of losing his son to the crazed vamps,  to  working with those that created him that he loathed, it all came down to each character pressing on individually to work as a team to take down a magical power that threatened everyone's existence even mortals.  I cannot believe all the twists and turns it kept me up most of the night to finish.   
DLeeH More than 1 year ago
If you are like me and are constantly on the go with ereader in hand, don't start this book until you have time to sit down to read it. But be sure to make time. If you try to read a chapter at a time, it gets confusing. This book is not like the Twilight or TrueBlood series with cookie-cutter vampires. In VampCon, each creature brings their own skills and uniqueness to the story. It is intense and sometimes a little long. However if you like vampire books that are not mainstream, you will enjoy this one.