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Chiaroscuro: The Mouse and the Candle

Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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God’s will be done.

After 11 years as a priest living by these words, Father Antonio Molinari never imagined who would teach his strongest lesson of faith - vampire.

As a member of a secret order within the Vatican, he investigates and debunks supernatural events. A case of possession brings him to the French countryside, where two local clergy offer him the chance of a lifetime. They claim to have captured a vampire, and beg his expertise in helping them study the fiend.

When their monster turns out to be a little girl, cursed to spend eternity hiding from the sun, he cannot bring himself to destroy her. The priests, mistaking his compassion for diabolism, panic, and his efforts to protect an innocent child prove fatal.

He awakes caught between light and darkness.

Hunted by the Church he once served as well as the fiends he once destroyed, Father Molinari clings to his faith there is still room for him in God’s plan.

But God is quiet, and the darkness tempting.

©2018 Matthew S. Cox (P)2019 Matthew S. Cox

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An Incredibly Compelling and Emotional Story

I have to be honest, it took me quite some time to get into this book. I had a few starts and stops and just struggled to get on board. I finally decided to start fresh and listen to the whole story and I am really happy that I did. No idea why I struggled, but once it clicked I was in awe of the narration, story telling, and writing. This was a wonderful tale and is not like any other vampire tale I have read. I’m not a huge fan of vampire stories, however this one stands far away from your typical vampire story and is well worth listening to. This is a book that I will definitely revisit in the future.

The way the book is written made me think of some of the older classic horror novels. It definitely seems a bit out of place when compared to current vampire stories, but I would say that is the charm. Above all I really liked the plot. To me it was a love story between a father and his daughter. Sabine isn’t his daughter, but his drive to protect her and raise her to be a god-fearing vampire was beautiful. I thought the twist of religious vampires was quite neat. Their internal struggle to be who they are while also respecting God’s wishes was quite original. No spoilers, but the end was solid and quite emotional for me.

Father Molinari and Sabine were great characters. As a father, I had great respect for how Father Molinari worked with Sabine and did everything he could to protect her. I thought Sabine’s character was written exactly how an eight-year-old acts, and I can only assume that she looks just like Kirsten Dunst in that one vampire movie. I loved how over the years Father Molinari stayed static and almost shunned technology, while Sabine grew throughout the years and embraced the evolution of the aging world around her. I thought it was hilarious that Molinari thought TVs would be a fad while next thing you know Sabine is playing video games. The development of the characters throughout the timeline was amazing and gets you that much more intimate with them.

First time I had listened to Christopher James Mayer and I hope it won’t be my last. He has a great voice for narration and I really enjoyed his character voices. He definitely brought them all to life and made the story a lot of fun to listen to.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 09-12-19

Loved it

A Humanizing story of Two god fearing vampires fighting the temptation to give in to the dark side
I liked that this takes place over centuries without feeling like your missing something
Great narration and not your typical vampires highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Surprising!

I received this from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

Not at all what I expected, and it was very good. This may sound strange in describing a "vampire" book, but there are hints of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo hidden in the story, especially when the main character is talking about redemption and God's work in a man's heart.

I really enjoyed this one.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 10-10-19

Unique unlike modern day vampire fiction

Over many years I have read a lot of vampire fiction. I grew up reading the Anne Rice chronicles and in later years the twilight series. When twilight became so commercialised I think that vampire fiction lost direction. Every book I read afterwards was over romancisised and aimed completely towards the teen girl market. I love this book because it has rediversified and is again more reminicient to the classics. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that the novel covers such a large lifespan . I was completely immersed and loved the feel of the book and the emotions behind it . I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review