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Buy *Skarlet: Part One of the Vampire Trinity (Vampire Babylon)* by Thomas Emson

Skarlet: Part One of the Vampire Trinity (Vampire Babylon)
Thomas Emson
St. Martin's Griffin
384 pages
October 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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As if taking drugs in and of itself weren't bad enough. In this new vampire tale for the modern age, taking the snythetic drug Skarlet not only gets you high: it kills you--and then brings you back as a blood-sucking demon. Just say no, indeed. Emson fashions a unique take on the vampire story featuring Jake Lawton, a soldier returning from the Iraq War with feelings of bitterness and isolation. Lawton ends up facing another type of battle when he fights to keep this new drug out of the dance club where he acts as bouncer.

It is a refreshing look at an oft-told tale about the unseen undead walking among us. Here it is 2008, London, and an army of vamps are waiting to suck on their first human hosts. Here is a brief interlude where the story reverts back in time to Nebuchadnezzar's Palace in Babylon in the year 331 B.C.

The undead's cries swept across Babylon. The smoke from their burning bodis belched out of the palace and rose into the dawn.

Alexander ducked an attack by the red beast, and as the creature swept overhead he thrust the spear upward. A shriek burst from the vampire's throat as he tusk pierced its chest. It's body disintegrated, raining ash over Alexander. The tattered remains of its scarlet skin fluttered to the floor.
This is a terrific description, both vivid and articulate. Emson is a a wonderful writer who loves him some vampires. They are absolutely evil and mean and strong and otherworldly and unbeatable--maybe.

This is the first book in his Vampire Trinity, which will next feature Krimson.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2012

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