On this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of mankind still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. Brought into the Wolves - an elite guerilla force sworn to win back Earth - Valentine leads his first command in the Kurian Zone. Driven by the losses of his past and the hope of a future, Valentine is in it to win. No matter how long it takes. No matter what doom awaits him beyond his wildest nightmares.
Bonus Audio: Includes an exclusive introduction by author E.E. Knight.
©2003 Eric E. Frisch; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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"Its what you expect, and thats not a bad thing."
I was hovering between 3-4 stars on this one, then realized i was looking forward to getting the next book enough for it to be a 4 star.
The narration started off a bit iffy, but quickly improved. The "vampire" angle has been approached with an original take, and I enjoyed that. Its becoming hard to find good "Gothic" Sci-fi/fantasy lately without wading through masses of poorly written erotic chic-lit with the cover a cross between Fabio and Boris karloff.
This is as advertised. A Military/vampire hunter theme, centered around a single likable character, written almost in a Horatio Hornblower fashion. All good things in my opinion.
Post Apocalyptic, vampires, traitors, corrupt politicians, guns and battles there is something for everyone if you don't mind your fantasy novels pushing the bounds of credulity (Oddly enough, some people want more realism in their fantasy novels.)
I enjoyed it, and i especially enjoy the fact that its 7 books, aka no waiting on the next one.
"A Mixed Genre"
After reading some of the negative reviews I was hesitant to purchase this book; however, this hesitancy proved to be entirely unfounded.
As the author says in his introduction, he personally enjoys military fiction, vampire, and werewolf fiction, so that is what he wrote. This is military fiction set in a future where "vampires" and "werewolves" are at war. Within the boundaries and tropes of military fiction there is good character development, plot advancement, etc. I suspect that those that have been exceptionally critical of this book have more of a problem with the genre than E.E. Knight's work itself.
That being said, if you are looking for Gothic horror, this book will most definitely not meet that desire. If you are looking for a post-apocalyptic war story with a monster flavor this is perfect.
"Unexpectedly engaging - enjoyable!"
I was initially skeptical about this book. I usually go in for intelligently written "hard" science fiction and was put off by the "pulp" feel of this one after reading the description. On a whim, I tossed it in the shopping cart and gave it a whirl. After about an hour into the book, I realized that I was fully engaged and listening with rapt attention to every detail. It drew me in and took me to a very different world - one that I looked forward to being in (oddly enough).
The book has a very post-apocalyptic, post-invasion survivalist feel. Engaging and enjoyable - the narrator keeps your interest and draws you into the flow of the story. The story brings a feeling of watching separate acts in a play - consecutively occurring tails rather than a continuing storyline - this does nothing to take away from the story. As things progress, these "tails" get longer and more intense.
This was very entertaining! Not a terribly deep book, but engaging nonetheless. I will definitely listen to the second in the series.
This book does a great job introducing you to the World of Vampire Earth. It lays a solid foundation for the rest of the series. I have bought the first four books and will continue to buy the rest. E.E.Knight is a great author and Christian Rummel does a wonderful job narrating the stories.
Straight forward characters, very decent world building with a refreshing post-apocalyptic western/supernatural scene.
The narrator is a bit sub par, but all in all I have a found the series to be quite entertaining.
A very weak 4, but a 4 nonetheless.
"A new look at the post-apocolypitc earth"
I love it! A solid if not fully explicated, scifi background for a near future world, with believable human characters, tons of action, and realistic adventure in identifiable geographic surroundings. A lot of backstory and lengthy flashbacks dropped this from 5 to 4 stars, although that same skillful explanation sets a great foundation for a series. Looking forward to book 2!
"Vampire Earth 101"
I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT
Lots of different elements in this book make for an interesting concept. A western with vampires and aliens. Knight says this is the second book he wrote and the first to get published. I wanted to like it as the competing subjects matters, seem interesting when you think about it. I also like that the story takes place in the Ozarks, where I live. My town is even mentioned as a border town. Unfortunately, it does read like a first attempt. The above phrase happens often, a character knows something is going to happen, but he can not explain why he knows. This is a novice way of getting around difficult situations. The world building, which should have been the best part of the book, was done through lecture. It was like sitting in a college class listening to a professor describe Vampire Earth 101. I don't want to be told, I want to be shown.
THEIR BRAINS ARE AT THE TAIL END, KIND OF LIKE THINNER HERE.
In different places we see glimpses of Knight's imagination. He has the ideas to put together a top notch novel or series, it is just a shame a publisher or editor did not force him to work harder and longer to come up with it. Hopefully, like many other writers have done, he will get better and better through experience. Sometimes getting published or popular early in your career can be the worst thing to happen in the long run. It could stifle his growth as a writer.
As far as the narrator, I don't know if it was him or just the way it was written, but at the end of each sentence where these long pauses. The result was to make the book sound like a child's letter. Hi, how are you. I am good.
"A good story and interesting world"
It was a fresh take on the vampire novel.
This is a jumble of different genres, vampire, post-apocolypse, and science fiction. So, not much else to directly compare it with at this time.
I like the scenes when the main character learns to use his new found abilities.
This is a good book. The series is pretty good for about the first 5 books and kind of dwindles away to nothing. Plus, the author never really gets anywhere with resolving the series. Based on the quality of later books I think he will probably quit writing them before he reaches a conclusion. This is a great book as a stand alone, but don't expect the main story line to go anywhere.
"Slow Start To A Good Series..."
I personally own this audiobook in both Audible and the first eight in the series in Graphic Audio format, so I feel I can safely say I know this author's work. This initial novel has a slower than preferred beginning, and I wish the pacing was better.
However, a vampire-ravaged earth losing the war, and it's a science fiction story? Now, that may have promise. This DOES have promise, and the concept is well-designed for the listener.
An inter-galactic space-faring race of vampires have finally made their way to earth, and the story opens on a rag-tag group of survivors being led across the swamplands of Louisiana by an organized and well-trained cadre of warriors. The premise builds with flashbacks of the hero's beginnings within the country's warrior caste, or what's left of it.
We get a slower than desired entry into the hero's upward move in the ranks, and his experiences in the process.
Its the writing good? Its good for the type of story being told. This isn't Heinlein. This isn't Martin. This is pure escapism, so don't expect eloquent prose.
That being said, I've already listened to a number of books in the series, and I can recommend the series as a whole, again, as pure escapism. The author grows in the writing of these books, so treat the escapism for what it is: A fun listen.
"Suberb and Innovative"
I stumbled across this book and am amazed that I had not heard of it before. Mr Knight successfully blends the military novel with some basic Vampire culture to create an innovative and captivating story.
Although this novel will likely not satisfy someone looking for a hard core Vampire novel, it is a good read/listen. I have already purchased the second in the series and am glad I did.
Additionally, the narration is fantastic. There is a wide range of accents and voices and it is a pleasure to listen to. Although, I often turn off my ipod with a bit of a southern drawl :)
"Vampire Earth: Like Warhammer but better"
I greatly enjoyed this novel, which surprised me. To explain, I don't normally like vampires and dislike fantasty fiction in general (excluding the works of Terry Pratchet), and as such I've always avoided novels that include vampires for such reasons - that and a dislike of bloody details that usually seem to fascinate these authors. This novel, however, manages to capture a world inhabited by vampire like monsters but not focused on these demons directly. Cast in the mould of the Warhammer novels, the book focuses on the military in a sci-fi setting, but manages to pull off a more engaging world than the far future of the warhammer universe (which I do like as well). It manages to efficiently explain the world the novel takes place in, and the descriptions of events and places is of a high quality. The novel has convinced me that the Vampire Earth series it worth trying out in its totally.
"One of the best series I've read"
Not about vampires
Valentine of course, well in this one anyway. As the series progresses Ahn-Kha is mine and a lot of fans favourite but he doesn't appear in the 1st book.
Mr Knight is to be quite honest, a brilliant writer but a god damned boring talker and this doesn't change in any of the other books in the series, that said, it is nice to hear the writer giving a little insight into the story and giving you little teasers of what is to come.Christian Rummel on the other hand is a voice genius, at times you'll be sure there is more than one person reading, especially with the female voices and he also gets accents spot on, which is more prominent in the later books, when you get to Tale of the Thunderbolt you'll see what I mean.
No tears for me in any of the books so far, but I have laughed a few times, at lucky escapes and even more at the lucky Mr Valentine with the ladies, he does seem to have a bit of the James Bond going on, he has got lucky in every book so far, every time a different woman, lucky fella :)
When you see Vampire Earth, you immediately think, "not another vampire series", but this is not another vampire series at all. Yes there is an alien race, the Kurians, that kills humans to kind of "drink" their blood, but this is more about combat, camaraderie and doing the seemingly impossible just to survive than anything else and you won't find any love struck teenage girls going gooey over this type of blood sucker, of this you can be sure!
Luv it, Luv it, Luv it. I want more more more. Loads of action, I just could not put it down. I have just brought book 2.
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