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V Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars | [Jonathan Maberry, Nancy Holder, John Everson, Yvonne Navarro, Gregory Frost]

V Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars

In this sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars, mankind is unwittingly infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called junk DNA becomes activated. Depending on their racial and ethnic heritage, they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the "others" that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves - it goes much deeper than that.
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Publisher's Summary

They are hunting us.

In this sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars, mankind is unwittingly infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called junk DNA becomes activated. Depending on their racial and ethnic heritage, they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the "others" that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves - it goes much deeper than that.

Conceived by Jonathan Maberry, V Wars features stories from various frontlines as reported by such contributors as Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, James A. Moore, Gregory Frost, John Everson, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Scott Nicholson - as well as Maberry himself, of course. The result is a compelling series of tales that creates a unique chronicle of mankind’s response to this sudden, hidden threat to humanity.

©2012 Idea and Design Works, LLC (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jason Baulkham Hills, Australia 06-13-13
    Jason Baulkham Hills, Australia 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to V Wars the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed V Wars. An enjoyable listen with a good collection of stories woven together over multiple chapters. If you have ever listened to the Wild Card books it is similar to that. It is very different to World War Z, which is told as a series of recollections from survivors. This is told much more as a narrative. I was expecting the former but ended up enjoying the latter.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-19-13
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Ringside Seat for the Vampire Wars"

    I was hesitant to buy this book based on the tepid reviews I'd read. When I finally did listen to it, I wondered what took me so long. I really enjoyed this book, and the varying takes on modern vampires.

    This book is skillfully rendered, and despite the many voices and authors, manages to remain thematically consistent throughout. V Wars avoids the typical "good-guy/bad-guy" dynamic, and raises a number of thought-provoking issues.

    What I liked about this book was what I found lacking in books like World War Z--character. This book is first and foremost about people surviving in a difficult time, not about monsters. One of the best genre books I've read in some time. Give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Troy DALLAS, TX, United States 01-29-13
    Troy DALLAS, TX, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "Where is the War?"

    The concept for this is pretty cool, and that's what got me to check it out. Basically, this is a set of short stories / novellas, that are loosely connected in that they involve a Patient Zero that sets off a virus turning people into vampires. Typically I prefer the Dracula type gothic horror vampire, but this seemed to me for some reason to be more along the lines of 30 Days of Night modern version. That was my perception going in. Either way, they don't sparkle, so I figured it could be fun. Also assumed that as an anthology of sorts, some stories would be better than others. Such is the case here.

    There is some excellent character development throughout, and some of it is actually worth it. As to the so-called V-Wars... it's mostly build-up and not enough carnage. To be fair, it reads almost realistically in places, like this could happen this way, and there are plenty of social ramifications explored. Other parts, some characters are way too accepting of the changes rather than panicking, and plenty of explanations are left simply to "we don't know why it happens this way, it just does." At a couple of points, I was left wondering if this was still a story about vampire wars. The whole book isn't disappointing, just large chunks of it. But there was enough to feed my imagination in places that I felt it was generally worth it overall, in small doses. Had this been a single-story novel, I probably would declare it a failed attempt, but anthologies tend to be a little more forgiving since each author has their own take on what they want to explore. I just wish they'd focused more on the overall war. In this case, the microcosm of character study didn't reflect the larger picture as a whole. It's there, just not as in-depth as I would have liked.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Osseo, MN, United States 01-28-14
    Alice Osseo, MN, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    What would have made V Wars better?

    I could not get past the third story, it was really just horribly disjointed maybe it got better, but I just could not continue, not even the narration pulled me in.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    May have gotten better after the three I had listened to, the premise was interesting which is why I had picked it. It just didn't work for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sivitrii Zillmere, Australia 01-12-14
    Sivitrii Zillmere, Australia 01-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't work for me, might for others."

    Though I'm a big fan of the vampire genre, and I really like a number of authors who contributed to this audiobook, and a couple of the narrators as well, I just couldn't get into it. I don't feel like the world ever really came together. There weren't many likable or even approachable characters in my view though others might enjoy it more, it wasn't the quality that was lacking but rather it didn't appeal to me personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 10-13-13
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fresh approach to the age-old monster!"
    What did you love best about V Wars?

    I really liked the approach that the researchers took in trying to find answers to the V Event. Treating it as within the realm of nature, instead of supernatural.


    What other book might you compare V Wars to and why?

    The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Torro. Both deal with widespread vampire outbreaks potentially leading to the extinction of humankind. Humanity is fighting for its survival as civilization falls apart.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are multiple narrators. All are good, but some are better than others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it would spoil the surprise for anyone who read this review before listening to the stry!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great listen for anyone who likes vampires, and stories of apocalypse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 07-23-13
    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 07-23-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.

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    "Interesting Premise"

    This is a good book. Not your normal Vampire fair. Worth a credit....but dosen;t not get my stamp as a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noah Franklin Park, NJ, United States 02-05-13
    Noah Franklin Park, NJ, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great stories but not the voice acting"

    the voice acting can take awhile to get used to and it's not very good but the story elevates the book to a good rating

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "A mixed bag"

    As with any collection of stories there is winners and losers. Jonathan Maberrys story and his narrator knock it out the park. Worth buying just for that. Proper scary. That guy has a voice born for horror. Other stories pale in comparison. Not the same quality as World War Z.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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