4.0 out of 5 stars So much fun and vampires too!, March 16, 2013
I liked this book. The author has a really good sense of humor and the type of ironically funny material in this book is just the type that I appreciate. I was hooked right away on this story, and although I could kind of see what was coming in the first chapter, the way the author wrote it put a spin on things that I wasn't expecting. I hadn't read the other books in this series when I began this one, but it can stand alone okay. The author has done a good job giving the reader enough information that it isn't difficult to piece together what may have been missed in previous novels.
I particularly liked the way the Christopher Benson chose to take the plot at the halfway point of this book. Even though you are pretty convinced you know what is going to happen, he manages to surprise you by going an altogether different direction. This book was fun and entertaining and was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If you are a fan of vampires but are tired of the conventional approach, this would be a good choice.
I did find a few editing errors her and there throughout reading this, but nothing that was terribly distracting. Mostly it was a missed word here or there or incorrect usage such as:"as he lied there." Overall it didn't detract from my ability to like and have fun with this book. I'd recommend it.
Dracula, The Lost Boys, Twilight- I've always been intrigued by vampires. When given the opportunity to review Vampyre 2000: No Rest for the Wicked
, I was eager to take a walk on the wild side. I found the main character, Cornelius, to be quite fascinating. Born in Africa in the 1800's, he is "turned" into a vampire while shackled on a boat by slave traders. And that's just the beginning. In this third book in the series, we meet Eloise, the lady that saved Cornelius all those years ago when he washed up on a beach and Kisasi, a pretty young freed slave. A deadly love triangle forms and tragedy soon follows. Fast forward to present day and a "Vampire Killer" is terrorizing Massachusetts. Cornelius feels compelled to rectify this "situation" and a road trip like no other occurs. Needless to say, there's never a dull moment! Christopher Benson allows us to follow Cornelius over 200 years to present day. The flashbacks in time shown through snippets of memories are my favorite parts of the book and what makes the story truly unique. Vampyre 2000: No Rest for the Wicked is quite exciting and unlike anything I've ever read before but please note that it's not for the faint of heart. Blood, gore and adult situations all play a part in this thrilling journey, but no self-respecting vampire would be caught dead without them.;)
Morning Glories and Moon Flowers
I love your characters and the storyline was imaginative and exciting! You did good!! I very much enjoyed it!! Congrats!!
(I REALLY enjoyed the book. The characters really stick with you.)
~Holly, Idaho Falls
Simply: READ THIS BOOK! Well crafted and fast paced, I sincerely found VAMPYRE 2000 difficult to put down. Deeper in the story lies a subtle subtext that racism, bigotry, and revenge are really what makes one a monster. Likewise, the story suggests that love is what truly makes one "alive." Happily, the story speaks to all readers, while pleasing genre lovers as well. Thanks for sharing with all of us, Chris. I can't wait for more!
~James, Bookseller, Idaho Falls
This is a must read! This book shows that great hurdles can be overcome to become alive in love.
~Barbara, Idaho Falls
I really enjoyed your book. It was an easy read. It was very fast and intriguing. I found a few grammatical errors that could have easily been missed because of the intensity of the overall contents. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to speak with you. Thank you for sharing this book with me. Thank you for coming to the Walrus and Carpenter Books for a book signing. I appreciate your enthusiasm and fantastic charisma. I await your next book with baited breath and hope for your continued success. I hope to see you again soon at the store and to meet your wife. I know that she must be very proud of your endeavors.
~Justine, Walrus and Carpenter Books
I recently finished reading Mr. Benson's book and I really enjoyed it. It was very easy to get into this book and I really enjoyed the ending. I thought it really tied the characters together very nicely. I hope to read more of his work!
~Andrea, Idaho Falls