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A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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I caught my breath, even from across the room. All I wanted to do was look into her eyes. It was as if she knew the reason I was there and that I was looking for her.

The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town walks out of the morgue. To the CDC investigator called in to consult the local police, it's a bizarre medical mystery. 

More bodies, dead of a mysterious disease that solidifies their blood, begin disappearing from morgues nearby. In a futile game of catch-up, the CDC, the FBI and the US government realise that it's already too late to stop it: the vampire epidemic will sweep first the United States and then the world. 

Impossibly strong, smart, beautiful, and commanding, these creatures refuse to be called 'vampires'; they prefer 'gloamings'. They quickly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society: physically graceful at sports, endlessly enthralling on TV and incredibly intelligent at business. Soon people are begging to be 're-created', willing to risk death if their bodies can't handle the transformation. 

But just as the world begins to adjust, the stakes change yet again when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, decides to do what none of his kind has done before: run for political office. 

This sweeping yet deeply intimate fictional oral history - told from the perspective of several players on all sides of the vampire uprising - is a genre-bending, shocking, immersive and subversive debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.

©2018 Raymond A. Villareal (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"Solid supernatural thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

"A spectacularly creepy ecosphere, not to mention some genuinely horrifying frights... The start of a vampire epic and a strong contender in the genus of apocalypse fantasy." (Kirkus Review)

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Great story, only minor issues.

A really well written story, I really enjoyed the different points of view employed. The only (very specific and minor issue I had was some of the science stuff was not spot on and jerked me out of the story a bit, but this would only be relevant if you were a scientist who specialises in Haematology, which is what I am, but even then, was pretty close. I will say, however the Australian accents in the performance were appalling, to the point where I had to relisten to some parts to understand what was said - which is particularly bad since I myself am Australian.
Overall, it was a really well written story, and I have and will recommend it to others.

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Neat idea poor execution

While the premise is interesting and the action compelling the book fails in its world building. Several logical issues abound when imagining people's response to creatures that subsist on human blood. The author also shows noticeable ignorance of non-Western religions or cultures, in how he depicts places like China reacting to vampires. Moreover the likening of vampires to people with a disability is odd, since they also gain media attention for their power and physical prowess. It's unclear whether the author is making an unpleasant comparison between our society's minorities and vampires, or whether he's merely showing the vampires callously (but inexpertly) taking advantage of societal structures. Either way the rise of the vampires seems extremely implausible.

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An excellent production

This audiobook is a showpiece on how it should be done for narration through to story telling and execution a master piece and wonderful experience to both listen to and enjoy a must listene