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Avery Doyle loves vampires; he’s read every novel, seen all the movies, and researched the folklore. When his first one-night-stand, Caroline, turns out to be a true vampire on the run, he jumps at the chance to leave his ordinary life and join her as a “child of the night.” The honeymoon ends, however, when Caroline’s brutal Creator Sebastian enslaves them on his island estate and Avery must confront the dehumanizing reality behind his dreams. In order to survive, Caroline and Avery take their place as servants in Sebastian’s household during a gathering of the most powerful vampires on Earth, the Hegemony, and soon find themselves involved in the myriad intrigues and deceptions that form the night-to-night existence of The Order. A society of wealth, power, and inhuman decadence whose existence is protected by human complicity and disbelief, The Order is the immortal aristocracy hidden behind the giant corporations and political leaders of the world. Sebastian, however, has a plan that will change The Order forever and shatter human civilization. To avoid this terrible fate, Avery and Caroline will not only have to defy the most powerful creatures on Earth, but also confront the darkest aspects of themselves. For in the world of the Hegemony, even victory may cost them their souls . . . A fast-paced thriller that both re-imagines and pays tribute to the traditional vampire, Ancient Blood is a story of love, ambition, sacrifice, and betrayal that is frighteningly human.
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Hi! For many many years now I have enjoyed reading about a number of subjects, but I've always gotten a special thrill when I saw a new vampire novel on the shelf that looked interesting. Like most of us, I've started to fear for the future of the vampire as a character and the vampire novel as a form. But I believe that the vampire is a big symbol and one that's endured for hundreds of years. Vampires can represent so much that there's no reason to think that they won't be around for hundreds more. To me, that's the true immortality of the vampire. By sharing so many of our basic traits and needs, they have become the perfect symbolic creature to represent whatever one wants to say about our current culture. There's a certain black-comedy, be-careful-what-you-wish-for element to Ancient Blood: A Novel of The Hegemony that I think is especially relevant and timely amid the slew of hunky teen heartthrob vamps out there, but the story is more than a satire. I have a lot of similarities to Avery in my vampire fandom and tried to express both the beauty, the fascination, and the horror of the vampire throughout this novel with love despite the slightly deconstructionist tone. The vampires in the novel all very deliberately represent a particular type of vampire from cultural history and fans of the genre should get a treat out of recognizing the various characters for what they reflect. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much I have enjoyed writing it!About the Author:
Brian McKinley is a New Jersey native who has been interested in vampires for most of his life. He is also the author of Drawing Dead, the award-winning first volume in the Faolan O'Connor series, and working on his next novel.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1484062205