A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

by Stephen A. Benjamin

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A Change of Heart by Stephen A. Benjamin

In a corner of the galaxy far far away, Dr. Cy Berger, operating the first interplanetary veterinary service, lands on an alien world where he and his assistant are tasked with saving a young dragon suffering from congenital heart disease. Daunted by the thought of cardiac surgery on a dragon, Berger has no choice but to try because the tyke’s fire-breathing parents have promised him a place of honor at their dinner table—roasted, with an apple in his mouth—if their son dies.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151316187
Publisher: TWB Press
Publication date: 03/13/2015
Series: The Galactic Circle Veterinary Service , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 224 KB

About the Author

Dr. Stephen A. Benjamin was born and raised in New York City. He received his A.B. degree from Brandeis University, and his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, and he’s a board-certified veterinary pathologist. He has been a university teacher, researcher, and administrator, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His interests in human and animal health are reflected in most of his short stories and novels. He lives in Colorado with his wife, and enjoys traveling, especially visiting his family, fishing, golf, skiing, cooking, and writing fiction.

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A Change Of Heart 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Girlintheswing More than 1 year ago
Gabriel wanted to live his life in peace. He didn’t wish for fame or riches. He just wanted peace; from his drunken abusive uncle for his aunt, from cruel bullies at university and from his heartsickness over his unrequited love for his close friend- Rachel. But, one fateful meeting with a dying vampire changes everything. Gabriel’s destiny is rushing up to catch up with him even if he wasn’t ready for it. Okay, warnings first: • If you don’t like reading violence and savagery with a pinch of sadism, back off now. • If you’re tired of reading about extrordinarily beautiful, exceedingly superhuman vampires, this is not for you. • Also, this is a book of 600 pages. So, check your patience before you pick it up. Now, my checklist does include the first two. So, personally, I was glad when the book ended. Mark Benjamin writes with a shifting point of view. The problem is that the POV can shift to anybody, however small the character, at any point of time. Also, since we cover the same event from different POVs, the story takes a long time to move from plot point to plot point. Hence, the 600 pages. Another issue with this is that most the voices sound the same- the males are mostly testosterone-driven, violent, cocky idiots and the girls, well, they aren’t given much page time, so, they are all exceedingly beautiful. And that’s it. Now, the girls aren’t even central characters, so, I shouldn’t be bothered by this. But, unrequited love is the single-most, commonest and direst motivation fueling most of the scheming men in the story and I wish I understood just what made these girls so special, instead of just being told that they’re very beautiful. Another annoyance I had with the book, and this sort of a pet-peeve for me, is the rapid change in Gabriel. But, that is probably just me, because I’m not into current mainstream vampirism. But, don’t be turned away from the book because of these things. The story has meat (or blood, should I say). The characters are presented from both the vampire and humans ends of the spectrum and this makes them so real that you’ll be wondering about whom you should root for till the end. And since this is only the first part of the series, your question is not going to be answered. The world-building is quite comprehensive and that, I thoroughly enjoyed. The heirarchies, the rules are delivered to us in piecemeal throughout the story rather than as an info-dump. The merging of the modern world of Gabriel and his friends with the ancient one of vampires is also seamlessly achieved. BOTTOMLINE: Overall, if you’re into vampire lore and fantasy with action genre, then you’ll like this book. It caters to most current trends in vampire fantasy while avoiding the melodramatic pitfalls of young-adult fiction. So, I suggest that you read the blurb on the cover, maybe try the first two chapters if you’re still doubtful and then, go for it. Happy Reading!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite A Change of Heart by Mark Benjamin follows the story of Gabriel as he finds his way into the midst of a vampire war. The humans hate the vampires. The vampires have an internal fight for power. Gabriel just wants to get home without bullies beating him up, or dealing with his drunk of an uncle. His plan in life is to graduate and get a good job so he can help out his aunt. When he finds a dying man in the alley, he chooses to hide him from bullies. Turns out the man wasn't human. The vampire turns him, thinking he's the one from his Vision, but dies before Gabriel can understand the transformation he's to endure. That's when his life changed. Arthur wants to kill Lucas. Darius wants to kill his siblings. Everyone has an agenda. The humans want the vampires dead, and the vampires have a power struggle. Poor Gabriel is just thrown into this world by being in the wrong alley. A Change of Heart has an interesting literary structure, with various scenes from a different character's perspective. Mark Benjamin handles the structure well, allowing insight to a character to be gained with each scene. Gabriel's voice is the biggest, but having voices like Rachel and Peter, it allows one to garner sympathy for characters who may not have been seen otherwise. It helps that's done in third person, so it's easy to follow what's happening with the human (Knights) side, and the vampire side, and then with Gabriel and his friends. A Change of Heart is a literary approach to vampires, taking several viewpoints to create one story, like a puzzle coming together. Perfect for lovers of vampires looking for something new.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
A Change Of Heart by Mark Benjamin is a different take on vampires living among us. It kind of reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino film meets the Underworld movies (just without the werewolves). Mr. Benjamin’s writing for this book is totally different from most of the other authors I read. This book was good and I felt bad for the main character, Gabriel, or at least I hope he is the main kind of hard to tell. The one downside is that the author writes it in a way that made me have to take notes on the character he was focusing on for that chapter. I’m guessing at traditional role the character were. What drew me in for this book was the interesting plot that the book has. I still think the main idea is good. I am sadly giving this book a three butterfly rating, as it didn't live up to my expectations. Anyways until the next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUTHOR ASKED ME TO READ AND GIVE AN HONEST REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK! To read more of my reviews please visit my site: baronessbooktrove.com