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Valentine's Rising: The Vampire Earth, Book 4 | [E. E. Knight]

Valentine's Rising: The Vampire Earth, Book 4

Ozark Free Territory, 2071: The Kurian Order has reigned for 50 years. Using the dreaded power of their Reaper avatars, the alien, vampiric Kur hold dominion over the Earth and its inhabitants. Yet there are those who would rather die fighting than surrender to the unquenchable thirst of the enemy - those like David Valentine .
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Publisher's Summary

Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

Ozark Free Territory, 2071: The Kurian Order has reigned for 50 years. Using the dreaded power of their Reaper avatars, the alien, vampiric Kur hold dominion over the Earth and its inhabitants. Yet there are those who would rather die fighting than surrender to the unquenchable thirst of the enemy - those like David Valentine .

Returning to the Ozark Free Territory, Valentine is shocked to find it overrun by Kurians under the command of the merciless Consul Solon. In a bid to turn the tide, Valentine leads a courageous group of soldiers on a desperate mission to drive a spike into the gears of the Kurian Order. Valentine stakes life, honor, and the future of his home on a rebellion that sparks the greatest battle of his life - one that he may not survive...

Bonus Audio: Includes an exclusive introduction by author E.E. Knight.

©2005 Eric Frisch; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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    Rick Burlington, ON, Canada 12-17-09
    Rick Burlington, ON, Canada 12-17-09
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    "More of the same - but that's a good thing!"

    I stumbled onto the Valentine series a while ago and have faithfully followed it from the first book through to this one (Valentine's Rising).
    Some have complained that the series is a bit rough. That may be true - but the characters are engaging and the world very interesting (if dark).
    If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic worlds and science fiction you are likely to enjoy this series. The Valentine series also has a very epic span. Personally I found it immersive and very enjoyable.
    Are you a Wolf, Cat, Bear or a Quisling? Listen to the books and I'm sure you'll form an opinion!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie jacksonville, FL, United States 08-04-12
    Leslie jacksonville, FL, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2006

    I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.

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    "The very best of Vampire Earth!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Read this book.In the first three books Mr Knight develops an incredible future Earth where old myths gather new and cohesive explanations that make stories about vampires, berserkers, Native American legends, holey artifacts and trees, and other long ago oddities into a believable whole. He chronicles the life of a hero from his teens tbrought the angst of a constant war between humanity and a race of nearly immortal beings that knock man off the top of the food chain. Each book further develops the characters more deeply--exploring the very best--and the shameful--thoughts that make every human such a mixed bag of hero and villain. I've read this series many times--and this book is always my favorite. Non-stop white knuckled action told by Mr Rummel in perhaps his best performance (and he has lots of good performances!) This looks like a pulp fiction style novel from it's description--but it isn't; this is excellent literature with thought provoking but realistic (though fantastic) scenarios. Read it the first time for non-stop action, then come back and find that this author not just a good storyteller, but a clever and skilled author as well. Read this series--and in particular this book--I can't imagine any fantasy / science fiction, action / war, or thriller story fan not enjoying this. It rocks. All the way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humanity at it's worst in war, but at it's best in the selfless individuals laying down their lives for their fellow soldiers, and commitment to freedo--just as our soldiers do every day.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I most enjoyed the end--so would be a spoiler!


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

    There is a minor sub-plot over the past three books, where despite incredibly unfair, selfish and unjust treatmen resulting in an end to Valentine's career dreams --results in an understandable grudge. But when fighting for the good of his men, Valentine sacrifices that grudge, much as he would sacrifice his life for his fellow soldiers. This was very thought provoking to me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Keaau, HI, United States 07-29-12
    Phyllis Keaau, HI, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2002

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    "A Solid Series, Well worth the credit(s)!"
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    Well written and well performed sci fi. Although the plot is old (aliens having taken over the earth and the survivors continue the battle), this series was pretty refreshing. Good characters, intelligent story telling that doesn't drag, reasonably good balance of action and character development. Its not a five star, but worth the credits as the series will provide you with many hours of entertainment. Definitely recommend starting with book one of the series for best reading/listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeff La Mirada, CA, United States 11-02-12
    jeff La Mirada, CA, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen, a little slow in the beginning"
    What did you love best about Valentine's Rising?

    There a conflict between what he knows need's to be done and what he is willing to do. "DO THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS" there is a point where he has to make a choice the life of a new born baby for all the lives of his command around 600. Not counting all the pensioners he will rescue later total # 1400 people. This is a question that has plague the minds of many commanders in WAR. The author is trying to make this as close to realistic as possibly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between the people, it seems it could be real.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and E. E. Knight (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    overall it does compare very well, my only issue is how short the books are. i am use to much longer book 20hr plus .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i have read the others and again great stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 07-28-12
    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sometimes, deception is the better part of valor."

    In the aftermath of overwhelming defeat, David Valentine gathers up a crew of survivors and tries to make for the remnants of Free Territory. Low on men, supplies and weapons, their chances look slim, so Valentine hatches a plot to get his men fed and supplied with weapons. If they can't beat the enemy, they will join them long enough to get guns and a mission to be 'the advance force'.

    They come close to pulling it off, but living inside the enemy camp requires Valentine to make too great a sacrifice, and all hell breaks loose.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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