Vintage Soul

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Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. When, despite the finest in natural and supernatural security, a sexy and well-loved, three-hundred-year-old lady vampire is kidnapped right out from under her lover's nose, Donovan is called in to investigate.
He soon finds that there is much more to the case than a simple abduction when an unknown intruder invades his home and steals a very rare, very ancient ...
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Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. When, despite the finest in natural and supernatural security, a sexy and well-loved, three-hundred-year-old lady vampire is kidnapped right out from under her lover's nose, Donovan is called in to investigate.
He soon finds that there is much more to the case than a simple abduction when an unknown intruder invades his home and steals a very rare, very ancient manuscript. There will be no ransom for the kidnap victim, and if Donovan doesn't prevent an ancient, forbidden ritual from reaching its culmination, far more than a single vampire's undead existence will be at stake.
Calling on his lover and partner, Amethyst, and an odd assortment of contacts, informants, and connections, Donovan follows the ghostly trail of the kidnapper through a winding maze of intrigue-always a step behind-through magical battles, murders, and confrontations with a rogue band of young vampires intent on beating Donovan at his own game.
Vintage Soul is a dark urban supernatural mystery with a hint of romance. Set in an underground society, a city within the city of San Valencez, California, it opens portals to the unknown darkness that surrounds us. Fast-paced, strewn with clues, investigation, and magic, this is a book sure to slake the appetites of fans of mystery and the supernatural.
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The first in a series of paranormal vampire mysteries begins with the abduction of a sexpot vampire with "the smooth, flawless skin of a seventeen-year old," and a dress that "rippled with every shift of her well-muscled form." Several more impossible crimes follow, complete with near-endless descriptions of effortlessly subverted security hurdles. Detective DeChance is brought in by the vampires' council of elders to find the perpetrator. Tall, dark and handsome, DeChance is also an accomplished wizard whose spells protect him from vampires, and his girlfriend (also tall and beautiful) is an expert in the magic of crystals. As the kidnapper taunts his victim with details of his plot (in a voice "empty of mirth but dripping with contempt"), the flat plot spins out predictably with mystical smoke and plenty of explosions, but little real craft.
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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    Vintage Soul has Bite.

    David Niall Wilson introduces us to a world of Darkness... vampires are real, integrated into society, magic is real and has its mores and rules. When a centuries old Vampire is kidnapped from her home, for the purposes of fulfilling a forbidden and vile ritual, her lover turns to DeChance, a human wizard, book collector, and oft times private investigator.

    This book book has no "Fat", it's lean and quick to the punch. Once the kidnapping hits it just rolls forward with a force and drive all its own. We have a 'whodunit'... a villian who has intricately planned every step and who's crimes only start with the kidnapping. At every step he has thought ahead and planned.

    The book runs at a quick pace and on a good rainy day you can probably finish it in one or two sittings. The characters are all interesting and multifaceted, and since this is a planned multi-volume series there are a ton of threads for new stories, new facets, and even more character growth.

    If I had to find one thing to detract (and to me it wasn't an issue) it was laying the ground work. David needs to explain exactly how the magick works, all the rules, so we're hit with multiple paragraphs descriptions. I find them fascinating, though they do slow the tension somewhat. Again once the groundwork is laid the rest of the books in the series will be able to gloss over those details, only use them for flavour or for their own tension (summoning anyone...? Dramatic is the short version). His magic would be right at home to the victorian era ceremonial wizards of Europe. I could easily see Dr. John Dee performing most of DeChance's spells, throw in some Enochian characters and we're set.

    Dave has created a unique and interesting world, one that harmoniously fits into our own. I would easily use the term Urban Fantasy-- which has changed in meaning over the years... I remember when UF meant DeLint, and it was Elves in Brooklyn type of thing. Now it has the connotation that its a book by a women writer, featuring a strong female lead fighting against supernatural forces. Well as far as this reviewer is concerned, Urban Fantasy is when fantastic/ supernatural themes/races/tropes are used in a modern/ realworld setting. OK? Though I will admit there is some romantic themes heavily involved within the storyline.

    So to sum it all up... we have bevy of interesting/deep characters running through a classic mystery which just happens to contain supernatural themes/trappings. We also have a lot of action and a bit of romance. Excellent read and I'm looking forward to the second volume, Heart of the Dragon.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    his is a fascinating urban fantasy noir

    In San Valencez, California someone with incredible skills breaks into the home of Johndrow, not an easy task considering the security he has and that he happens to be a master vampire. That individual killed an ancient wizard who was his security chief and abducted his lover three century old vampire vixen Vanessa. Neither of these actions is the work of a normal break and enter caper. Whoever did this has extraordinary power, but Johndrow has one goal: bring back his beloved home.----------

    However, he is also realistic about a counter assault as his unknown foe he assumes has much greater power than he has. He needs help so he turns to ancient manuscript collector, the human mage Donavan DeChance, who walks on both sides of the normal-paranormal spectrum without fear of either. Donovan, accompanied by a crow, a cat and his lover the mage Amethyst, begins the inquiry into the super paranormal as the sleuth magician fears a ritual has begun that could destroy a hell of lot more than just a vampiress.-----------------

    This is a fascinating urban fantasy noir that grips the reader from the opening encounter with bored vampires partying in a penthouse and never slows as the human mage casts spells to stop his opponents. The whodunit is terrific as the hero and his retinue explores the darkness made even darker by a grim serial killer who drains the blood of the undead. Fans will want to join Donovan and company on their trek to solve a supernatural murder mystery before it is too late.--------------

    Harriet Klausner

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