The best thing about the original '30 Days of Night' book (and to a lesser extent, film) was the vampires as insatiable, violent, force-of-nature---nearly a-human despite parts of their appearance. By the time we get to this book, we have much more human vampires, physically and mentally, with good ones, bad ones, funny ones, married ones, and one who sure seems to be bucking for 'vampire with a soul'.
O.K., it could be argued that the vampires attacking Barrow, AK, were a self-selected and particularly vicious bunch...but this seems a double-talk explanation retconned into existence to allow more books to be written more easily, and in any event the initial power of the world of the initial premise is substantially weakened.
In addition, there are a couple of examples of extremely convenient characters who seem to exist only as long as they're needed, and then are disposed-of. In fact, the authors (perhaps Mr Mariotte, a more seasoned veteran less in love with the property and here to make an honest dollar) hang a lampshade on this when one character is likened in the text to a machine that is thrown away the moment its usefulness is at an end. Not every character is important, or can be fully fleshed-out in an airport novel, but even so it's offensive to human dignity to basically treat any of them as just part of the plot machinery.
All in all, I'm sorry I touched the odious Kindle DRM in order to read this book; the quality is not worth the uncleanliness conveyed thereby. I wish I could get my money, and more the two hours I spent reading this, back, or at least be able to give it 0 stars. The numerous spelling errors didn't help, probably not the authors' fault, though a case or two of characters in a conversation's being confused are so.
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"Has the raw, even brutal energy of a horror movie from the good old days...sharp and unforgiving." Clive Barker "A shocker of a horror tale with an original premise and a Matterhorn-sized mountain of tension." Maxim --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Jeff Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels, including thrillers Empty Rooms and The Devil’s Bait, supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, and horror epic The Slab. With his wife, the author Marsheila Rockwell, he wrote the science fiction/horror/thriller 7 SYKOS, and numerous shorter works. He also writes comic books, including the long-running horror/Western comic book series Desperadoes and graphic novels Zombie Cop and Fade to Black. He has worked in virtually every aspect of the book business, including bookselling, marketing, editing, and publishing. He lives in Arizona, in a home filled with books, art, music, toys, and love. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000T5P9ZW
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Media tie-in edition (31 July 2007)
- Language : English
- File size : 677 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0743496523
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,240,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
4.1 out of 5
4 global ratings