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Vampires of the Scarlet Order
Book 1 By Author David Lee Summers
Soldiers of fortune and seekers of acceptance is the way I would describe the first book, Vampires of the Scarlet Order by Award Winning Author David Lee Summers.
The novel opens with an introduction to a young man wanting to obtain revenge and suffering from extreme loneliness. In the High Middle Ages, he meets Lord Draco, and is recruited to the Scarlet Order vampire mercenaries.
I was entranced with the history. I felt like I was there. Fear and honor ran through my fingertips as I read. It was strange, but the alliance with the Church, seemed to almost make sense. A great character and somewhat sad, Lord Draco endeared himself to my soul.
Quickly, I was whisked away from the Middle Ages to the Wild, Wild West in the United States. I felt like the shift happened flawlessly. The real life characters were written so well, that I thought I was actually getting an eyewitness encounter with Billy the Kid!
Then to Modern Times we come to more characters which emerge and captured my attention. I loved the way Mr. Summers does not “villainize” the vampires. He makes me want to cheer for them and cry for their loneliness and heartbreaks.
Vampires of the Scarlet Order took me on a wild ride from year to year and century to century. I absolutely became enthralled with the characters. Desmond, Lord Draco being my favorite! Even if you are not a fan of Paranormal, this novel should be on your list.
What got me is that even after reading it, I’m still wondering about the Vampires of the Scarlet Order. I love the cover too, it seems to leap at me!
For this, and so much more, I will have to rate this novel as FIVE STARS and must read for all!
Vampires of the Scarlet Order:
Vampires of the Scarlet Order is an action-adventure novel about an elite cadre of vampire mercenaries who have worked throughout history as pinpoint assassins. Under the command of Desmond, Lord Draco, the Scarlet Order worked for the Spanish Inquisition, Napoleon, and helped to defeat the Ottoman Empire. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, vampires are too expensive, too untrustworthy, and frankly, too passé for governments to employ any longer. Nanotechnology can be employed to engineer more reliable super soldiers. What’s a vampire got to do for job security?
Vampires of the Scarlet Order
From the journals of Dr. Jane Heckman: Toward a Theory of Vampirism
I have been a vampire for just over a month now and I’m still sorting out what exactly it means to “be a vampire.” I am not aware of any formal, scientific study of vampires. It would appear that we are rare creatures. Classical studies such as Montague Summers’ The Vampire, His Kith and Kin and The Vampire in Europe do little more than survey vampire literature and relate second and third-hand accounts of vampire encounters. More recent studies do little more.
My own field is ballistic and explosive physics, not anthropology, biology or any other field of study that might be more relevant to the study of vampires, which are also known by such names as nosferatu, revenant, vrykolakas and so forth depending on the region of the vampire’s origin. This journal will endeavor to be a first-hand account of my observations. However, since the study of creatures such as vampires is outside my discipline, these notes may lack completeness.
I was born a human but became a vampire through a process of being attacked by a vampire that drank my blood. I, in turn, drank the blood of the attacking vampire. My attacker claims to be a 550-year-old vampire who calls himself Rudolfo.
* * *
“For the record, my name is Rudolfo Jésus Juan Ramírez de Córdoba.” Rudolfo’s voice caused me to jump involuntarily.
“How long have you been looking over my shoulder?” I asked huffily laying my pen down.
“Only a few minutes. I saw the title and thought I’d do what I could to clear up any misconceptions you may give your poor readers about me or about vampires in general.” Rudolfo shrugged nonchalantly.
I took a deep breath then let it out slowly. “I’d rather you not stare over my shoulder.”
Rudolfo grinned. “What do I have better to do than watch a beautiful woman work? Besides, it’s interesting.”
I waved my hands at the older vampire. “You could go watch television or something. There’s lots of women to watch there.”
“I hate television,” said Rudolfo, wrinkling his nose. “The stories jump all around. Just as they get interesting, some shill comes on to sell me something I don’t need. It’s very annoying.”
“All right, all right,” I relented. “Get a chair or something, just don’t stand there. It makes me nervous.” I paused for a moment then looked at Rudolfo again, my brow furrowed. “Are you really a vampire named Jésus?”
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” he said, eyes twinkling as he pulled up a chair.
* * *
As a vampire, I find my outward appearance is very nearly the same as it was when I was human. At the time I became a vampire, I was a woman of 42. Admittedly, some of the changes I record are qualitative: My skin has become smoother and more taut, yet somewhat more pale, taking on something of an alabaster quality. My eye color seems more vivid. My lips seem fuller and a brighter shade of red.
My senses also seem to be improved. I can hear fainter sounds and see more distant objects. Looking up at the night sky, I am able to distinguish the rings of Saturn, something well beyond normal human ability. I should emphasize that my vision does not seem to magnify objects. I simply seem to have improved resolution, as though there are more rods and cones in my eyes. Perhaps an eye test with a qualified optometrist would be in order.
I appear to have acquired the ability to sense the thoughts of others and to project my own thoughts into the minds of others. Though various studies have been made, I know of no study that has definitively demonstrated the existence of telepathy in humans. I also know of no satisfactory hypothesis describing a mechanism for telepathy. Perhaps further study of this ability with vampires would yield better results than it has with humans.
I have become stronger. It is much easier for me to load my crossbow than before I became a vampire. I can now easily subdue and feed upon human males that I estimate to be two and a half times my weight. Because I was neither a violent person nor the subject of an attack prior to becoming a vampire, I do not know what I was capable of as a human. However, I strongly suspect I was not capable of such a feat of physical prowess.
More quantitatively: My canine teeth now extend approximately 0.125 inches below the neighboring teeth. In spite of what is shown in many vampire movies, my canine teeth do not retract, they are fixed much like those of a dog.
* * *
“What an unflattering comparison,” muttered Rudolfo.
Turning around, I scowled at him. “What do you mean? Dogs have long canine teeth. It’s a reasonable comparison.”
“So do cats,” he said, grinning wistfully, displaying his own fangs. “And I would say you have feline grace and charm.”
“If you don’t stop interrupting, you’ll see what a bitch I can be,” I growled.
Bio of Author David Lee Summers
David Lee Summers is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories and poems. His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror.
David’s novels include The Solar Sea, which was selected as a Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice, Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order, which tells the story of a band of vampire mercenaries who fight evil, and Lightning Wolves, which is a wild west steampunk adventure. His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and Apocalypse 13.
In 2010, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award.
In addition to writing, David edits the quarterly science fiction and fantasy magazine Tales of the Talisman and has edited three science fiction anthologies: A Kepler’s Dozen, Space Pirates and Space Horrors.
When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Learn more about David at www.davidleesummers.com
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I have been following Emily Guido’s blog for some time and I’ve enjoyed the snippets she’s shared from her novels as well as her thoughts about her personal life journey and the writing process. So, I decided it was about time I read the first novel in her Light-Bearer series, Charmeine.
Charmeine opens in heaven, where we learn about two angels who are deeply in love. One is Tabbruis, Angel of Self-Determination. The other is Charmeine, Angel of Harmony. In chapter two, something has happened. Tabbruis and Charmeine have been separated by time and space. Tabbruis wakes up in the land of Canaan and befriends a shepherd boy named Joseph, wearing a colorful coat. When marauders break into the camp, Tabbruis tries to stop them. In the process, he discovers that he’s a fanged creature with a craving for blood. The centuries pass and Tabbruis doesn’t age. Eventually he meets…
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October 13, 2014 | Categories: REVIEW, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon Kindle, Angel, Angels, Arts, Author, Author David Lee Summers, Blood, Blood-Hunter, Books, David Lee Summers, Light-Bearer Series, Literature, Love, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Tabbruis, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampire, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 2 Comments