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Drayton can’t leave the Lowcountry.

He once believed he was a vampire when he terrorized villages and slaughtered for blood. Now he absorbs essence from the dying’s final breath and rarely stays in one place. He has been in the Lowcountry far too long.

Everything is about to change.

After witnessing an elderly man’s death, Drayton vows to protect his wife. He assumes the job of her gardener in Charleston’s historic district. But when a young woman named Amber enters the garden, he soon questions who he is protecting.

And from whom.

Drayton will finally discover why he has roamed the planet for so long. He will learn the purpose of his existence and why he has absorbed human essence all of his life. Before he uncovers his roots, he will return to his blood-thirsty days of old.

For the first time, Drayton will become the prey.

Interview with the author

Q: Did you ever think you’d write about vampires?

A: Nope. Drayton came out of nowhere when I was at a community theatre production of Dracula. I figured that an immortal vampire would more likely become compassionate and wise as he grew older. Twilight put a different spin on the vampire genre, much different than Nosferatu. Drayton’s nothing like Twilight. Or Nosferatu.

Q: What's a downside to writing a character similar that's similar to you? 

A: Predictable. Boring. If every book I write is similar, it ceases to surprise the reader. That’s what I loved about Drayton, he was just the opposite of me. This paranormal being was fearless not out of bravado but the wisdom brought about by countless years of immortality. I called him a vampire because it was the word that fit him the best in his early years, but he became something much for that. Whatever a vampire becomes after the gore and bloodsucking, sort of like the caterpillar and butterfly. 

Q: Do your characters ever resemble you in your beliefs?

A: Some do.

©2018 Tony Bertauski (P)2018 Tony Bertauski

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  • 08-30-20

Brilliant, Deep & Complex.

This is hard to review because it is complex, thought provoking, tense and, above all, addictively entertaining. Tony Bertauski is clearly an author that thinks very carefully about what, and how, he writes. I really don't want to give away anything from the story for fear of not being about to stop recounting it. This is one of those rare stories that stays with you long after you conclude the book. It’s beautifully woven together with each character bringing their own story to the novel raising the overall narrative. The best recommendation would be to say: read it, it’ll make you think whilst entertaining you.
At first I wasn’t taken with Rhett Samuel Price’s narration, and I mean ‘at first’ because that quickly changed. He brings a heavy gravitas that the story needs and his deep tones suit the mood of the book perfectly. By the end I simply couldn’t believe what an outstanding job he has done. (What had I been thinking at the beginning?) Each character, each scene, comes to life with his reading making this a perfect combination of story and reader.