#DeadThings

 
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3.6 (2)
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Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Darryll Johnson, Illustrator
Publisher Name
Corona Sky Productions
Genre/Type
Age Group
16+
Published Date
July 12, 2012
ISBN Number
0615669204
ASIN Number
      
In the year 2011, the world has entered the Final Century of Man and vampire all around the world prepare for their revolution. Pressured by the vampire Elite, Archduke of the Americas Aryk Killen must find a suitable successor. Aryk finds a worthy human candidate in Phillip Du Lac, a former Iraqi Freedom US Marine. After returning home from Iraq, Phillip receives word that his twin sister, Cecil was found dead. Though ruled a suicide, Phillip is not able to accept her death; Phillip goes on self destructive search "tour" to find his sisters “murderer”. His blind conviction catches the attention of a 200 year old vampire; who finds Phillip's vigor just what he needs in an acolyte. Phillip is tempted by the idea of immortality and Aryk and gives Phillip the first-hand experience on what it means to be a vampire. Questioning his own sanity, Phillip follows Aryk who leads him into "belly of the beast". Vampire Basic Training was sent into recess when a plague of demons descends on a small Floridian town, the home town of Aryk. Antagonist turned Anti-Hero; Aryk is the only creature strong enough to defend his mortal neighbors and defend his territory. Book one in the three-part #DeadThings series.

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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Writing Style 
 
5.0  (2)
Plot/Story 
 
3.0  (2)
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
2.0  (2)
Characters (if applicable) 
 
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4.0  (2)
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More of a Political Thriller than Traditional Horror.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
2.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0
I came across #DeadThings in a Santa Monica book store; I was drawn in by the abstract cover. Author Reese Riley takes the vampire concept in a uncharted territory. Many of the traditional mythology remains intact (vampires are weak against holy items, sunlight, beading, ect) a throwback to the original vampire mythology which was lost due to books like Twilight and Interview With the Vampire.
Good Points
One of the most interesting things about the #DeadThings, Novel is the author Reese Riley’s way of using a traditional Horror character (the vampire) into a symbol for politicians in general. Aryk is the Archduke of the Americas, essentially the president of all Vampires in North America; however he has been in exile for thirty two years. After receiving outside pressure from his vampire Colleague, Aryk caves in to the pressure of procreating and selects the young Jarhead, Phillip as his successor. Phillip has his own agenda, he is actively on the hunt for his sister’s murderer. Aryk agrees to provide the vampire who murdered his sister if he agrees to join vampire Dark Brood. But before Phillip can be turned immortal a plague of demons descend on Aryk’s home with the intentions of eradicating the entire human population.
Aryk falls somewhere between anti-hero and villain; his desires are to keep peace between immortals and mortals but uses sinister means to complete this objective. Phillip struggles with rather he is losing his sanity and if Aryk is no more than a delusion.

The author strongest when Aryk takes the lead; he is charismatic, scary, and even at times funny. He and Phillip have an interesting bromance and strong chemistry. As a whole #DeadThings is a solid story and its open ending ensure the reader more to come from the series.
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More of a Political Thriller than Traditional Horror.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
2.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
I came across #DeadThings in a Santa Monica book store; I was drawn in by the abstract cover. Author Reese Riley takes the vampire concept in a uncharted territory. Many of the traditional mythology remains intact (vampires are weak against holy items, sunlight, beading, ect) a throwback to the original vampire mythology which was lost due to books like Twilight and Interview With the Vampire.
Good Points

One of the most interesting things about the #DeadThings, Novel is the author Reese Riley’s way of using a traditional Horror character (the vampire) into a symbol for politicians in general. Aryk is the Archduke of the Americas, essentially the president of all Vampires in North America; however he has been in exile for thirty two years. After receiving outside pressure from his vampire Colleague, Aryk caves in to the pressure of procreating and selects the young Jarhead, Phillip as his successor. Phillip has his own agenda, he is actively on the hunt for his sister’s murderer. Aryk agrees to provide the vampire who murdered his sister if he agrees to join vampire Dark Brood. But before Phillip can be turned immortal a plague of demons descend on Aryk’s home with the intentions of eradicating the entire human population.

Aryk falls somewhere between anti-hero and villain; his desires are to keep peace between immortals and mortals but uses sinister means to complete this objective. Phillip struggles with rather he is losing his sanity and if Aryk is no more than a delusion.

The author strongest when Aryk takes the lead; he is charismatic, scary, and even at times funny. He and Phillip have an interesting bromance and strong chemistry. As a whole #DeadThings is a solid story and its open ending ensure the reader more to come from the series.
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