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Two boys in the west of Scotland awaken an ancient vampire. And the only way to stop it is in the power of a book - a bible detailing the dark religion of the Eldren. But time is running out, and the sun is getting low.

Are you afraid of the dark?

You will be.

©2014 William Meikle (P)2018 Gryphonwood Press

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 08-14-18

Pretty good vampire novel

I kind of liked this. There were some great ideas, like vampires had their own version of the bible where they were the chosen ones, as long as they eschewed drinking blood. There were of course the troublesome element who fell in with Old Nick and became eeevvviiilll.

The story is set in a small Scottish town, and the characters fit the setting, if a wee bit stereotyped (it is a small town after all). It begins with a married couple discovering the burial place of the bloodsuckers, then later two kids looking for kicks accidentally wake up the vamps, who set about taking over the town. All the tropes are here - garlic, stakes and so forth - but in a nice touch, crosses don't work.There's some silly bits that are touched upon too, like the army coming to suppress the vamp uprising, having known about them all along, covering up other outbreaks.

The narrator was good, nice to hear a real "Scottish" accent on an audiobook, but I found at times I drifted when listening, as the material didn't always grab hold like audio needs to.

If you like vampy horror, you should probably check this out. Maybe I need to read it instead.

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Vampires and their dark bible

A great vampire story. Has a new twist on an old tale. It involves the origins of vampires and their dark bible. A town is in peril after a couple of boys unwittingly bring the master vampire back to life. Escaped mental patients, vampire hunters, good vampires and evil ones and school gym teachers. What else do you need for a good vampire tale? I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Vampires the way they were meant to be portrayed.

Vampires the way they were meant to be portrayed. The atmosphere was done well and I really like the backdrop of rural Scotland. The narrator did a great job. The ending seemed like it came too fast, not that the story felt rushed but in that I wanted more before it ended.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Vampires...

I am a big fan of William Meikle and the narrator Chris Barnes as well. I am unfortunately not a very big fan of vampire stories.

There’s plenty of action here but the whole vampire backstory didn’t work for me and I didn’t gel with any of the characters. I pretty much was wanting them all to die horribly.

There are plenty of other very good Meikles out there, this one just wasn’t for me.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher and have voluntarily provided this honest review.

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Love at first bite!

WOW! What a great listen! The story was unique and not just your average run of the mill vampire story. William Meikle created some amazing characters with good depth that make the story nothing less than captivating. I found myself listening at every opportunity. I love his writing style! The point of view changes frequently but does not make the story hard to follow. Without spoilers, the twist and turns caught me off guard and I really enjoyed the alternate bible passages as they gave the book a very unique depth others often lack. From the beginning, Chris Barnes's narration was absolutely amazing. I can’t imagine anyone else doing this book. Do what you have to do, but don’t let this book pass by. Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, my review is honest and from the heart!

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I loved this!

This was my first horror audiobook experience and it was great! Very well written.

I'm trying to write this without any spoilers. Mostly I'm thinking, "just get this one!"

I was wondering if it would be too creepy in audio format. Some audiobooks have a different feel than their written counterpart but this had the perfect narrator (Scottish brogue). Barnes's accent isn't difficult to understand and now that I've heard this book, I can't imagine having any other narrator. He nailed it.

While listening that this novel, I kept thinking it reminded me of an Anne Rice novel but without all the emo. I especially enjoyed the alternate "bible" readings. It has several POV's that eventually intertwine to an amazing ending and I'm really hoping there is a sequel to this.



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Vampires Everywhere!!

I liked this book. It kept me interested in what was happening and when I received this as an audible book and it was a little hard to follow along with at first as between the characters but after awhile I was able to keep up. Now if you read this as a physical book or ebook it might be easier to follow along with. But I'm not sure. But either way it was a good book! I personally liked it and I liked how that the vampires can be good and evil and that they have their own Bible and laws directly from God. And how the hunter came about and how he can feel the vampires. Anyways I liked the book. You be the judge. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Eldren

Eldren was the best parts of my 80's vampire features. A lot of Fright Night, a dash of Lost Boys, some Salem's Lot... whatever, put it in there. Heck, I even felt a little Interview with a Vampire for some reason. The point is that I loved this story. And it was none of those movies/books. It was it's own journey and more. The ending tied it up enough for me to get hopeful for a return. This was the kind of story that started slow and I really thought that I would be writing a bad review at the end but it proved me wrong. Chris Barnes did a great job narrating this book and that played into it as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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couldn't keep up

I recieved this book free of charge for an honest review. narration wasnt bad after you accepted the accent but I couldn't keep up with the story line and quit after a few hours of trying. it just seemed to jump around to much I was never sure who, what or when it was focusing on and just lost the enthusiasm to keep listening

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Not for me

I had a hard time with this book. I felt lost throughout the entire thing. It jumps back and forth between characters, which is usually no problem for me to keep straight, but for some reason it felt jumbled to me.

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review