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Monday, November 21, 2011

Sheep Review: Shining In Crimson by Robert S Wilson

Looking for a vampire story without romance? Yes, it does exist <G>. Wilson has put a new spin on the vampire theme in this well crafted story with characters that will intrigue and move you.

Shining In Crimson: Empire of Blood Book #1  
by Robert S. Wilson

Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood. 

Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren’t for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank’s only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.

Twenty years ago there was a civil war in America and a twisted extremist religious group took power and set up an Empire. During this bloody war a new threat appeared, vampires. The Emperor created a fragile truce between the humans and the vampires with the following conditions: the vampires would stay within the city limits of Las Vegas, now called Necropolis, and the Empire would regularly send them humans to feed upon. Anyone deemed a criminal or sinner by the church was sent to die as vampire chow. Most people living in this new world don’t remember much of life before the Empire. Anyone who disagrees or remembers too much of the old days are sent to their death in Necropolis.

But things are changing. The vampires are no longer happy with the arrangement and want to take down the Empire, but they are divided on how to do this. The Empire, and especially the Emperor himself, have some skeletons in their closet and they're willing to do anything to make sure those skeletons stay there. Caught in the middle of the brewing storm is single father Hank and his son Toby. Hank has unwittingly discovered something that can change everything for all political players.

This is a story of survival, betrayal, political corruption and love. Wilson does an excellent job of moving the story forward while also giving us strong character development. There is plenty of butt-kicking, blood-spilling action, but also lots of beautifully written and touching moments sprinkled in just the right places as all the characters fight for survival.

The story ends with enough resolution you won’t think of it as a cliff-hanger. However, things have been set into motion and the characters must now face the consequences of their actions. I am looking forward to the next book.

4 Sheep!

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  1. What a fascinating premise! Will definitely check this one out. Thanks for a great review!

  2. Butt kicking vamps?! Sounds like a good time. Would you say that a romance within the pages would have made the rating better? You know me and my smut...must have it!

    Robert's on my TBR list. Looking forward to it. :)