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Former pirate and vampire sire Anne Bonny is bored from spending almost a century on a tropical island and makes her way to St. John’s after receiving the last thoughts of her creation, John Snow. Once in Newfoundland she engages with Joseph and Cassandra, both of them surprised to see a vampire that doesn’t wish them harm.
Joseph, who is dealing with his failed relationship with Cassandra and his new one with Anne, has forgotten a human figure from his past, Augustus Green, a pimp and murderer. Green plans revenge for the brutal beating Joseph and Cassandra gave him months ago.
The Emperor Commodus, leader of the vampire council, has commanded his subjects, Count Dracula, Countess Elizabeth Bathory and others, to swell the ranks of his evil army by creating brainwashed vampires. Hope is not lost though as other vampires secretly prepare for the war to fight for their survival and humanity’s.
Anne Bonny devises a plan that would mean the death of the Countess and replacing her. Joseph must make the decision to join Anne on his own. As his enemies gather, so do his friends, and Joseph discovers he has allies he never even knew about. The good side of the Council holds its own meeting that Joseph and Cassandra are secretly invited to.
With Anne and Cassandra at his side, they wage a desperate battle against the Countess, in the hopes of not just defeating her but striking a pre-emptive blow against the forces of evil. Joseph is ready to take on his greatest challenge yet. If he wins, good will prevail. If he fails, he will enable the destruction of the entire world. With a lot riding on him, Joseph can only hope for help from old friends and old flames alike, if he is to turn the tide of destiny.
This is the third book in the Newfoundland Vampire series and while it can probably be read as a standalone, why would you want to? Do yourself a favor and start from the beginning so you can see the growth of the main character over the stories. This is not a trilogy--there are more adventures ahead for these characters and you don't want to miss any of it!
In one sense, it is very much Joseph's story as he deals with the aftermath of becoming a vampire and coming to grips with everything that means. It is also very much a good vs. evil story as he and his friends fight against the vampires who want to take over the world.
The story is well-written, the characters fully fleshed out, and the relationships -- well, they can get interesting. Do yourself a favor-- if you like vampires, pick this one up. 4 stars.
Again he found her, Cassandra. He couldn’t get her out of his head. Everything reminded him of her. He knew it was natural, they had done so much, and he had loved her—or at least he’d thought so.
He needed a break, something lighter. Taking the turnoff towards the Outer Ring Road and Memorial University, he turned on the radio, something modern for a change of pace. Tomorrow was Halloween and he would need to get some candy but for now there was sweet beer and he sure as hell wanted a drink.
He settled onto the couch and started to work on his first glass of Newcastle Brown Ale, something he hadn’t had in a while. After his beer was half gone the movie started. A Fish Called Wanda, a movie he enjoyed when he first saw it years ago, was on first.
His second beer went down well enough. The movie was about 45 minutes in and he was just about order his third beer when a thought occurred to him. This is how it all started, this is where I met Cassandra and my human life ended. It was two months ago but it feels like yesterday. Now I feel stuck.
Instantly shaking off the intoxication from the two pints, he went up to the bar and paid the tab. He couldn’t plod on as if nothing had changed, because everything was different.
I’m a vampire, damn it! He could do anything he wanted. He was lonely, horny, and he wanted female companionship. He was sick of feeling shy and awkward around women. It was time someone else was on the receiving end of a seductive vampire.
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