Birth of a Dark Nation

Birth of a Dark Nation

by Rashid Darden


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Justin Kena never knew his own strength. He was an average guy stuck working at a mediocre nonprofit in Washington, DC, unsure exactly where his next professional steps would take him. He was awkward, bored, lonely, and bordering on depression. With nothing to lose, he accepts a proposition from his friendly neighborhood corner boy that forever transforms his life.

A guru and a hustler all at once, Dante earns Justin's trust and ushers him into a new and terrifying world just under the surface of the one he's always known. In this world, men and women are nothing more than food for daywalking vampires and housing for sinister demons. This lifestyle consumes Justin until he's not even sure he could turn back-or if he even wants to.

Over the span of centuries and thousands of miles, from slave coffles in West Africa to the antebellum South; from the black sand beaches of Dominica to the back alleys of the nation's capital, Justin and Dante will live by the precepts of justice and redemption while satisfying their most carnal urges:

A lust for blood...and a thirst for life.

This is the Birth of a Dark Nation.

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ISBN-13: 9780976598664
Publisher: Old Gold Soul
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Birth of a Dark Nation 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rashid Darden's "Birth of a Dark Nation" takes vampire novels to new places. His creation of a race of vampires that came from Africa to the new world and have no issue existing in the light brings new blood (pardon the pun) to a genre which has seen a good portion of its stories surround the traditional white Eastern European vampire trope. One of my favourite things about the novel is that the vampirism itself isn't cute and cuddly. So much of the vampire genre lately has been about, well, sparkles, that it's refreshing to see vampires who use humans for food, who have a bit of bloodthirst in them. The beauty is, despite the violent nature of having to take blood from another, the daywalker characters are all relatable, interesting and easy to identify with. The majority of nightwalkers are portrayed as the bloodthirsty vampire we've been missing in this genre since the advent of boyfriend vampire novels like Twilight. What I really like here is that there is a very strong relationship in the novel, but it's treated with realism in regards to the vampirism. No character loses who they are in the relationship, and its growth is as far from teenage vampire angst as you can get. I was glad to see more than a singular first person POV - the stories told within the book of the daywalkers' history are done in first person from other characters, and I think this opened up the story in a great way. In fact, my favourite sections were the past history. The fact these vampire characters have lived through time as slaves, lived through life in America through Jim Crow and carry all that history with them as personal history rather than inherited history makes their personal journeys in the world complex and fascinating. It makes you as a reader question how you would feel and react in their situation. The historical aspects of the book are all very well researched and are alive with the colours of another time. Justin's initiation into this knowledge is very powerful - he gets to live emotionally with this history as his "new history" and it's a powerful thing to see him work through this. My least favourite aspect ... the fact that we are left hanging and the sequel is not released yet! Darden does a great job of setting up another book, and there is a lot of tension and questions in the final chapter. I'm really looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The great thing about reading a good book is the author's ability to paint pictures with words. The pictures painted by the author of this book allowed me to be transported to another place in time. I saw, with great clarity, everything being described. I felt the pulse of the Razadi. The intricate layers of the concurring stories worked as the current pushing me forward. I read this book in 2 days. With a schedule as busy as mine, I would not have thought I'd get through it so quickly. But I was there, in that world, in that space, and I didn't want to leave. The history, the language, the multiple narrators, the names..... it made the journey so rich and the emotion so real. In a day of tell all books, and less than fulfilling fiction, Birth of a Dark Nation stands out, giving the world new reasons to keep reading. Thank you Rashid Darden! Your gift is one that we all benefit from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a cool twist in a sea of never ending vampire themed story arcs. Worth the money. You won't get any spoilers from me. :-p
MrWill More than 1 year ago
 Birth of a Dark Nation by Rashid Darden is a charming novel about vampires of African descent who travelled to the United States during the transatlantic slave trade. The plot follows the life, love, and adventures of its chief protagonist, Justin Kena, a young African American man from Washington, DC. The first pleasing thing that struck me about Birth of a Dark Nation is the explicit detail Darden provides as he introduces each new character. He thoroughly describes every aspect about each person, from their physical attributes to their unique personality traits. He provides the same level of detail when describing scenes, depicting sounds, and when presenting transitions from one scene to the next. He makes it easy to visualize everything, and I quickly became immersed into the plot almost as if I were right there amidst the action, which added to the novel's realism. I also found myself easily identifying with some of the characters. In addition, I could relate to some of the situations that Justin faced, such as having to help the inept employee who was clueless about how to reboot her computer; never having attended Carnival DC; and meeting a random person on a street corner. I initially was a little apprehensive about reading a novel on the subject of vampires. But I also was a bit intrigued, given that it focused on African vampires as opposed to mainstream ones. I was not at all disappointed. This excellent work infused comedy and drama brilliantly, and I dare say it is among the most exciting novels I have read in a long, long time. I have read each of this author's previous novels (Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany, also known as the Lazarus Trilogy), but Birth of a Dark Nation is without question the best. It is great prose, filled with many twists and turns - surprises and "I thought so" predictable moments - all of which make this a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading works of fiction. Birth of a Dark Nation takes the reader on a memorable adventure, and can hardly wait for Volume II.