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Publisher's Summary

In this ambitious and wildly original debut - part social-political satire, part international mystery - a new virus turns people into something a bit more than human, upending society as we know it. 

This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult with the local police, it's an impossibility that threatens her understanding of medicine. 

Then, more bodies, dead from an inexplicable disease that solidified their blood, are brought to the morgue, only to also vanish. Soon, the US government - and eventually biomedical researchers, disgruntled lawmakers, and even an insurgent faction of the Catholic Church - must come to terms with what they're too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world. 

With heightened strength and beauty and a steady diet of fresh blood, these changed people, or "Gloamings", rapidly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society. Soon people are beginning to be "re-created", willingly accepting the risk of death if their bodies can't handle the transformation. As new communities of Gloamings arise, society is divided, and popular Gloaming sites come under threat from a secret terrorist organization. But when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, runs for political office - well, all hell breaks loose. 

Told from the perspective of key players, including a cynical FBI agent, an audacious campaign manager, and a war veteran turned nurse turned secret operative, A People's History of the Vampire Uprising is an exhilarating, genre-bending debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.

Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Robert Petkoff, Rene-Marie Villano, Jim Meskimen, Ron Butler, Taylor Meskimen, Maxwell Hamilton, Andrew Kishino, Karissa Vacker, and Jeff Bottoms

©2018 Raymond A. Villareal (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A major document dump - and that's a good thing! We have it all here: a complete oral history of how our world - our species - changed forever. Raymond Villareal's sense of fun is palpable as he plays with legal thrillers; good, old, dogged police work; international intrigue; hard science; dirty politics; and, yes, classic, heart-stopping horror. Somewhere, Dracula himself is sitting up late into the day enjoying the hell out of this." (John Griesemer, author of Signal & Noise and filmmaker of the web series Parmalee)

"Told in the jumbled, frenetic urgency of a discarded case file, this is the history of both a social movement and a vector for disease. Mr. Villareal's vampires are not the ones we find most comforting. They are not seductive or beautiful or tormented anti-heroes. No, they are more terrifying than anything like that, an infection that will spread throughout our body politic, our institutions, our history, and ourselves." (Paul Park, author of The White Tyger and All Those Vanished Engines)

"A wide-ranging, readable thrill ride for fans of the genre.... A spectacularly creepy ecosphere.... A strong contender in the genus of apocalypse fantasy." (Kirkus Reviews)

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The story is slow, jumbled, doesn't capture your full attention, nor give a reason to pay attention. The chapter where the author basically writes a court desposition complete with accurate leagese is where I completely lost interest. The character's reactions to character defining moments was glossed over or just ignored making them seem robotic and less human than the vampires/glomings. There is no climax, no build up, no characters to care about and the story ends on the same note it starts, never going anywhere. Read the Wikipedia entry for the book. It will be more interesting. and save you some money.

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Build-up to nothing

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So I have to say I was excited for this book. I love the oral history as World War Z is one of my favorites. This story had a great premise, relatable, interesting characters and insight into parts of society not immediately obvious such as the details with the church.

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The story is at times dry as a subplot will go on without much detail. The whole story of Dr. Scott is rather mundane after the first several incidents. Also, I felt it was unclear exactly what was going on in the churches organization. It seemed to shift abruptly without much insight. There is a lot of this in other side stories as well. The book also abruptly ends with no resolution of any kind, leaving the reader confused and possibly expecting a sequel? Yet there is no cliff hanger or any indication of story continuation other than the fact plot threats are left unresolved.

Overall I found it an average read, it has a great premise but was less than expected and doesn't even hold a candle to WWZ or Robopocalypse.

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Almost great

The world that is built in this story is fun and interesting, and the creeping way the vampires infiltrate and slowly normalize themselves is genuinely enjoyable. But then the entire story just hits a wall and never really recovers.

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horrible

boring uneventful not worth the time... a whole lot of nothingness. don't waste your time or money

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