Review: Solstice – Bryan W. Dull
Gavin Moxley’s life has never been normal. Living day to day, he’s made it his personal mission to rid the world of disease-carrying vampires. In his mind, he’s doing the right thing by making the world he lives in a better place. After all, who’s going to miss a vampire or two? Not anyone he’s knows. At least, that’s what he wants to believe.
These ruthless vampires need to be stopped. Their sole goal is to infect the human race with the AIDS virus. In their minds, the Earth is going down the drain anyway, so why not give it a little push to bring it down further? Gavin knows he’s fighting a battle he may never win. He refuses to allow the vampires to get the upper hand. By taking down a vampire, or two, or three, it allows him to cleanse the filth inhabiting his world.
Gavin’s life takes a different turn when he inadvertently meets Solstice, a half-breed vampire with very unique powers. Deep inside, he doesn’t want anything to do with her, yet the little girl refuses to let him be. In her mind, he can provide her with the protection she so clearly needs, even if he doesn’t see that fact from the get-go. Determined to continue with his mission, he reluctantly agrees to becoming her guardian, of sorts. This new role, unfortunately, is one he’ll never get used.
Diving head-first into completing what he set out to do, Gavin never takes into account just how much Solstice will change his life. She knows things about him that no one else does, and she does everything possible to second guess him. Though he does his best to ignore the fact that she does become useful to him when needed, he knows he can’t rely on her unique gifts for long. If he’s to succeed in cleansing the world, once and for all, he’ll need to remember who and what he is, even if it means diving into a past he’d rather forget.
Solstice has a very interesting premise. It’s not often you encounter a story where vampires are disease carriers intent on doing away with the human race. Bryan did a nice job in setting up the idea for this story, but I do feel that it was a little rushed in places. Solstice’s true purpose is never really explained. Yes, we learn who and what she is, and how she came to be. To me, however, it felt as if she wasn’t quite that substantial. Overall, the story does capture interest. Perhaps the second will answer the loose ends left behind in this first book. We shall see.
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In Gavin Moxley’s world, there is no thin line between right and wrong. In a personal crusade to help sever a line of disease carried by a clan of vampires; Gavin has no choice to be ruthless. The Vampires are purposely infecting the human population…waiting for humans to actively pass it on to each other. Gavin takes no chances and executes them one by one. Not strong or powerful, finding humans before they turn into full vampires is ideal and Gavin’s best bet.
Yes, this is Gavin’s life…
…And nothing ever changes it until a young half breed vampire with special abilities, Solstice, attaches and makes herself a fixture in his life when she asks for his help and protection and when a reluctant Gavin agrees he joins a dangerous game of cat and mouse. There is no safe place and the pair are constantly watching their backs. Torn between his hate and his love for Solstice Gavin is thrown into a moral dilemma that only he can figure out but two things are clear…
His faith and Humanity are being tested and the past is not always forgotten.
About The Author:
Currently living in Cincinnati, OH with his wife (and fellow author Brandy Michelle) and their daughter, Bryan W. Dull goes leaps and bounds to get away from the norm and be his own person with himself and his writing. Since middle school he has always known what he was good at: entertaining and telling stories. He has been consistently writing and coming up with plots for the last twenty years, but just recently decided to share one with the world. His first novel, “Solstice” is a vampire book inspired by his daughter and noir literature.
Born in Anderson, IN, Bryan has also lived in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina (where “Solstice” is based). Being a lover of all things art and pop culture “nerdism”, his interests lie in film, television, comics, games, anime, and books. For a short while, Bryan dabbled in voice acting work only to shift his focus to his family and writing. His favorite authors include, Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Kirkman, Clive Barker, Ernest Cline, and Neil Gaiman.
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