Review: The Vampire Way – Derek Clendening
The book begins by introducing us to Damien Masonite and his sister, Candace. Two intriguing characters who are obviously vampires looking for a place to call their own. A place where they can be themselves and not encroach on another vampire’s territory. While these two are pertinent to the story, they’re, ironically, not its main focus.
The author then introduces us to the book’s actual protagonist, Rick Thompson. He’s 18 years old and aspires to be a writer. He’s an all-around good guy with a peachy outlook on life, one who’s willing to take risks, if needed. Upon meeting Damien, he can’t help but think that his days are numbered. Damien is cold, callous, and quite ruthless. He’s also not afraid of staking his claim on Rick.
When his friends start succumbing to Damien’s influence, Rick starts questioning whether he was right all along – vampires have invaded the city. Rick knows that he needs to stop Damien, at all costs, but he wonders if he can actually do that.
When the vampire makes a move on his girlfriend, Rick realizes that he can’t stand by and let him win. Vowing to make everything right, he pushes aside his insecurities and tries to thwart Damien’s plans. Yet the one thing that he hadn’t counted on was losing his friends in the process.
This book was quite an interesting read. I confess, though, that the shift of point-of-view at the beginning did confuse me a little, as was the frequent transitions into the point-of-views of several other characters. While this type of story might take some getting used with all the different shifts in the storyline, it is, for the most part, quite intriguing. Overall, though, the story’s action does flow along and is quite consistent.
Synopsis: Eighteen year old Rick Thompson is a marked man. When Damien Masonite comes to his school, he knows something is up. And when his friends start falling to vampire attacks, he knows that he and his girlfriend Laura are next. The quest to understand immortality, true love and undying friendship compromise his safety even more. Can he keep his best friends, his true love and keep his mortal life?
Derek Clendening lives in Fort Erie, Ontario where he works at the public library. When not writing he enjoys reading and is a die hard football fan.
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