Thursday, November 15, 2012

[Review] Kavachi's Rise by Mike Kearby

Title: Kavachi's Rise
Series: The Devouring #1
Author: Mike Kearby
Genre: Damnation Books
Publisher: Horror, Thriller
Words: 56,000


Book Description:

A Dark Secret. Thomas Morehart and his sister, Kara are vampyre, not the undead, but creatures evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to mimic their prey, man. Then - rescued from a Nazi Prison Camp, Thomas and Kara are brought to the U.S. and forced to work inside government-owned mortuaries. Now -betrayed by the government sixty-seven years later, Thomas and Kara are in a race against time to transform back to their feral states or risk Exsanguination by government sanctioned hit squads.

My Review:  I haven't been into vamp books so much lately.  I'm kind of over creatures that have lived for hundreds of years falling desperately in love with sixteen year olds.  Ew!  Anyway, Kavachi's Rise sounded nothing like the typical vampire novel of late - and it wasn't.  This story is dark and gorier.  It is everything a vampire story should be.  The vampires, Thomas and Kara aren't undead but more evolved creatures.  

I was fascinated by the Nazi Germany part of the story.  The happenings of those times were so twisted and horrifying, that it's hard not to be fascinated by what happened.  I also liked the gypsy aspect - another group that fascinates me.  The book read like Mike Kearby did his research.  

The book is well written.  I didn't notice any errors in spelling or grammar.  The characters are well developed. The plot moves along nicely though there are places where it can be a bit confusing.  Overall, I give the book four stars.

About the Author:
From Wikipedia: Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.

Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created ""The Collaborative Novella Project"" The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work.
""Ambush at Mustang Canyon"" was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards.
""A Hundred Miles to Water"" was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction.
“Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.

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