Vampire of God
Javan Shepard
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Vampire of God
Javan Shepard
Parker Publishing
250 pages
March 2008
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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This is a rather strange book about an accidental vampire coming to understand her condition and travelling across Africa and Europe to try to find a way to reverse the change. Simone Tarry is turned unexpectedly into a vampire by another vampire, a woman named Shadia. All that Simone knows about Shadia is that she recently visited Lagos in Nigeria, so Simone travels there to try to find out more about her unexpected assailant. As Simone travels from Lagos to Portugal, Greece and further, she learns more about her new situation and discovers that there are an awful lot of other vampires out to get her.

The writing style of this book feels odd, as if it were made up of a succession of events. The sparse characterization makes getting into Simone's head and understanding much of her behavior difficult, and the odd strand of Christian belief running through a novel with murder, swearing and sex is an uncomfortable fit. A couple of brief romances provide some light relief from the otherwise occasionally dreary events of the story, with flashbacks occurring at random-seeming intervals as we learn more about Simone. Certain plot elements are incomplete and underutilized, such as the police investigation into Simone's tussle with Shadia in Washington, and many of Simone's powers are never adequately explained. The underlying concept of the book, the origin of the vampires, is well-thought out and interesting, but the writing of the book isn't polished enough to make it an engaging read. It's ultimately a disappointing book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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