The national best-selling "master of deception and tension" (Black Gate) returns to the Vampire Earth.... The race is on to claim the area between the Ohio River and Tennessee. What's left of the resistance is hiding out in the tangle of central Kentucky hills - leaving the powerful, well-organized Kurian vampires the opportunity to fill the void.
Major David Valentine knows there's only one way for them to find help before the Kurians settle in: a desperate dash by hijacked rail, followed by a harrowing river journey.
Valentine unites friends old and new in the effort - but the Kurian Order won't easily yield the blood-soaked Kentucky soil.
Bonus audio: includes an introduction written and read by Author E. E. Knight.
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I rate this book better than average in this series. and have read the bad reviews that are posted about book #9. its bunk....... this is very E Z to follow and covers all the needed info. do not allow these reviews
to keep you from reading or listening to this book..... this series is the best i have read and i will eagerly wait to buy the next book.
I really love these books! If you burn through authors like I do, you will be happy to discover this well crafted 9 book series. Go, E. E. Knight, Go!
I have read few series that allows a character to grow the way Val does in this series. The series moves Val through distinct stages of development as a man during a time of constant war.
I also really enjoy how the author weaves in details of parts of the US that I have lived in, which adds another layer of interest. Listening to the author describe the south, northwest and the midwest brings a new perception of the places that I am living or have lived
My favorite character is Val, but Val and Ahn-Kha have a great storyline that keeps me into the storyline. The relationship is about loyalty and friendship not unlike Frodo and Samwise, but more mature and cynical.
The narrator does a great job with the voices and accents. It helps keeps the characters straight and adds a nuance to the story
Yes, totally worth the credits! Great story and really good performance!
Any E.E. Knight books! You deserve to read the back story. Way of the Cat!
They nail the performances, just the way hey talk is magic!
Who's side would you pick, that of the betrayer who lived or the man who dies with honor!
Worth the credits, you will not be disappointed!
I enjoyed the earlier books in the Vampire Earth series and got this one just to see what happens to Valentine and Blake...not much! Seems Knight is just trying to keep the series in play rather than creating a new and engaging novel. Each installment has gotten weaker in every area- plot, theme, characterization, writing.. Too bad because I do love the characters who were developed beautifully in the first few books. I'm done now until he get to the final chapter and then I would consider listening if the reviews are excellent.
Authors have to know when to "hold 'em and when to fold 'em"
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
I'd read other reviewers' comments about this being a transition novel, and not very good, but the first 8 books are great so who wouldn't continue with the series?? I thought everything was progressing fine as usual (aside from more informative narratives than usual), but one part of the story that I was expecting to last a chapter became the heart of the story. From there, transitions were sometimes awkward, as one scene suddenly became another, making it a bit difficult to follow. If this was the first in the series, I might have chalked it up to an unfamiliar narrator, but Rummel is quality as usual. In the end, I would say poor editing is the likely cause.
Some important shuffling of characters happened, I suppose, but no major plot developments. Likely just an average transitional novel, not a decline in the series. I will still look forward to #10.
I loved this series until this book. What a let-down. I felt like someone else wrote this. The action sequences were completely disjointed, very hard to follow. It almost seemed like there were errors in the audiobook! Please get this series back on track E.E.!
I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
I really enjoy this series, and was surprised when this novel was so different from the others. The detail of events was incomplete, and the story was left half-told. Perhaps if I listen a second time, I'll figure out what I missed--but so far, I'd have to say the author is coasting from the last novels to get to the next novel, and this story is left wanting (badly.) I was tremendously disappointed--even character development was poor, and this guy is great at character definition--new elements were shown all over the place, but not developed. I will probably buy the next book when it comes, but hopefully I will get more story for my money. I wonder if Mr. Knight was under a lot of pressure to get this to press, or if he had a maximum word count or something. Just not his style.
That there feels like a conclusion coming to the series
Narator had a monotone voice
Opening felt like old books in the series
I don't like filler books in long series writings I found this one lacking action as per the history of this series
I have listened to all 8 books in this series and really enjoyed each one. I agree with the other reviews, this book left me thinking "wait what the hell just happened?" I felt like I was not told a part of the story that should have been explained. Not only was that a huge disappointment because I felt a bit confused but the story line was weak, E.E. Knight is now only writing to prolong his novel count. My recommendation is to save your credit. Move to the Brandon Sanderson Mistborn Trilogy if you haven't read it yet!
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