I love Guillermo del Toro's movies, but this book was only so-so. Basically reads like a slightly re-written script for Blade 2.
One thing that bugged me was how the narrator is inconsistent in how he pronounces the main character's nickname. Character's name is "Ephraim", and he is called "Eph". Usually Pearlman pronounces it with an "ee" sound, but occasionaly with an "ef" sound.
Waiting for Joe and Mike Talbot.
I loved this book. It is a keeper. I didn't find it slow at all. The narration was very well done. I really enjoyed the dialogue and the description by the authors. The only thing that was strange to me was the musical "interlude" between chapters. Can't wait for Part 2.
When I heard that Ron Perlman narrated this book, I couldn't resist. The first part of the story was engrossing and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a lot of vampire tales out there and this one was a pleasant surprise. Ron Perlman's voice and narration is addictive and I find I want to listen every chance I get. I can't wait to finish this saga...
Started strong, with a fresh & intriguing slant on vampires. Unfortunately, once the groundwork was laid, no story followed. Just degenerated into good guys chasing bad guys, and good guys chasing bad guys, and .......
Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by this book. The story was unimaginative, boring, predictable and yes, just another vampire story. The first couple of chapters are actually pretty good and you think things may actually get interesting. Unfortunately, it falls apart quickly after that. There is nothing unique or interesting about this except perhaps that it takes place in NYC. To add insult to injury, the narration was painfully 'monotone' with no real attempt to get into character. If you're into vampire stories then you might be able to stomach this but in the end you'll probably be shaking your head. BTW, if you always wanted to learn about rat social behavior, this is the story for you as a considerable amount of time is spent discussing it (vs. discussing the actual vampire theme). Good luck.
I first downloaded the free first chapter. It sounded really interesting. Got me pulled right in. However, after the first hour or so the book just lost all interest. The narrators voice puts me to sleep. There is no personality what so ever in his voice. Story was ok. Nothing special. I dont recomend it at all. I wish I could get a refund.
So, we've reached the point where another vampire story has a difficult time proving new or interesting.
This yarn is no exception. There are some bright spots regarding the mechanism of the transmission of the curse and an attempt to reconcile existing folklore with pseudo science, but the actual tale is poorly crafted. I'm all for the willing suspension of disbelief. This tale, though, is laughable. Ron Pearlman's outstanding narration cannot overcome.
A geriatric with crippled hands and a heart condition is able to engage successfully in single combat with a century-old predator.
Becoming extremely angry allows any character to slay any vampire.
CPR is capable of curing fatal heart arrythmia. This can be done only while a master-level vampire (posessing superhuman strength and agility) fights with a main character a couple of feet away in the same room.
Decapitation of vampires (usually in low light) is exceptionally simple and the elderly are quite capable of this.
Should the vampire invasion come, I'll be perfectly safe, provided I'm a geriatric with a heart condition.
My guess is that Del Toro (who is exceptionally talented and creative) provided Hogan with an outline. Hogan, a hack, demonstrated utter mediocrity in the exectuion.
Oh, and divorce is bad. As, apparently, is insightful character development.
There were aspects of this book that were entertaining but over all it was just a bit over the top w/ violence, slashing, blood and guts, missing the intrigue and suspense that it needed. Good reader, but if you want to experience a good vampire novel try "The Historian". Sorry it just did not drive me to even finish the final chapter and after so many hours that says a lot.
Ron Perlman does a good job with a story that is great in concept (another unique take on the science behind Vampirism) but not well executed. The authors seem scattered in their presentation of the story, which comes across as being disjointed, with parts that may have been filled in later, and a lack of flow, particularly in the action sections. Generally I love this genre, and really enjoy GDT's film work, but this one left me feeling "meh."