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Blood Groove [Mass Market Paperback]

Alex Bledsoe

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Book Description

3 May 2010
When centuries-old vampire, Baron Rudolfo Zginski, was staked in Wales in 1915, the last thing he expected was to reawaken in Memphis, Tennessee, sixty years later. Reborn into a new world of simmering racial tensions, the cunning Nosferatu realizes he must adapt quickly if he is to survive. Finding willing new victims is easy, which gives him the strength to track down a nest of teenage vampires in hopes of learning how his kind cope with this bizarre new era. But these young vampires' limited knowledge of their true nature comes strictly from movies and paperback novels. Zginski offers to teach the young vampires the truth about their powers and forms an uneasy alliance with the teenagers. They must learn quickly, for there's a new drug on the street - a drug created to specifically target and destroy vampires. And as Zginski and his allies track the drug to its source, they may unwittingly step into a fifty-year-old trap that can destroy them all.

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765361612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765361615
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,266,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intoxicating brew of mystery, humour, and horror. This edgy, enthralling, entertaining tale is recommended for all fantasy collections." Library Journal" --Library Journal

About the Author

ALEX BLEDSOE grew up in West Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (home of Tina Turner). He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for mustard and trolls.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Grisly, ghoulish horror story, with unsexy, unsympathetic vampires 25 Jun 2009
By Mrs. Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Plot Summary: Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in the heart in 1915, and he rises again 60 years later when a medical pathologist removes the gold stake from his corpse. He's finds himself in Memphis, and sets about finding fellow vampires. The `locals' form a small tribe of heartless misfits who live in an abandoned warehouse littered with body parts and maggoty corpses. They're little more than animals, and Zginski soon takes control of the lot, along with a human girl who provides warm meals at his command. One of the vamps is killed by a mysterious powder, and Zginski tracks down the dealer with the unwilling help of an assistant coroner. It turns out an ancient nemesis is trying to kill Zginski, for good.

I think this is a first for me. I really wanted the vampires in this book to DIE, and usually I'm doing a "Sis Boom Rah! Gooooo Vampires!" chant. Not for these guys. I'd say this book is closer to a flat out horror story rather than my preferred flavor of urban fantasy with a dash of romance. Maybe some people want to call this one a `dark urban fantasy,' and that's fine, if you like your vampirism pitch black without a drop of cream to sweeten the story.

Even though I was disappointed by the completely unromantic take on the vampires, I have to say that I was vastly entertained, in a sort of ghoulish, can't wait to see what horrible, disgusting thing happens next. I felt like a rubbernecker at the scene of a fatal car accident, and my eyes kept scanning quickly for the bodies under the tarps. I don't recommend this book for squeamish fans who like to read vampire-lite, or for anyone who wants to read about sexy, sympathetic vampires, because they won't be found here. Bledsoe's story is laced with evil, sexual depravity, and hopelessness; the guys on white horses don't win here.

I found the mid-1970's setting novel and retro, but the constant barrage of racial comments felt irritating after a while. It doesn't help that Rudolfo looks down on blacks, women, and all humans as vermin, but strangely he fits right in with all the racial tension portrayed in the story. The best moments of the book came when Rudolfo was educated about the music, movies, and technology of the 70s. When Rudolfo started questioning the lyrics for the song "A Horse With No Name," I almost laughed. Some stuff from the 70s is baffling, and having some stuck-up European blue-blood question it all was quite clever.

In the end, I didn't feel one drop of empathy for anyone in the story, save the hapless human victims. While this wasn't my favorite kind of story, it gave a good fright.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bloody tale of Memphis vamps 12 July 2011
By MyBookishWays - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Blood Groove was such a blast! This was my first Alex Bledsoe book, and it's definitely made me a fan. Blood Groove takes place in 1975 Memphis, amidst racial tension, groovy tunes, and hot, sticky, southern grit. Baron Rudolfo Zginski finds himself in a Memphis morgue after the (very unlucky) pathologist yanks the cross out that's been stuck in his heart for 60 years. After a nice meal, he heads out into the Memphis night. Meanwhile, we get to know a group of rather ill kempt "young" vamps that are living in a rundown warehouse in the sticks. The standout in the group is Fauvette, perpetually 14, turned when she was a virgin, what seems like a lifetime ago. The details of her death and subsequent turning are heartwrenching, to say the least, and Fauvette longs for true death, even if she can't bring herself to meet the sun. She hates what she's become and the habits of her housemates horrify her more and more every day. I'll be honest, they're a rather gross bunch, and if you have a sensitive stomach, you may find yourself covering your eyes (you'll be peeking though, I promise). Weaned on movies like Blacula, and vamp lore, these young vamps live in ignorance of their true natures, and what they can become. That's where Baron Zginski comes in. He discovers Fauvette in an alley after she's forced herself to feed, and is inexplicably drawn to her, and you will be too, because the real star of this novel is Fauvette. She gets a rough start, but as Zginski brings her out of her shell, and shows her the truth of her kind, her inner beauty begins to shine through, and acceptance with what she is, and who she is, is inevitable and wonderful to witness. Fauvette begins to rub off on the arrogant Zginski, and he begins to realize that he's lost some of his humanity and empathy. The Baron is not charming, he doesn't sparkle, and he's horrified at the fact that woman and non-whites have the same rights as everyone else does. He's most definitely an anti-hero, and frankly, at times I wanted to smack him, but then again, he came to maturity at a time when things were very, very different, so you can see how he might be puzzled at the new state of things, even if you don't condone it.
Blood Groove is not for the faint of heart. The focus is on Fauvette's group, but it also follows the coroner as she tries to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of one of the vamp gang. Zginski is hot on the trail of this new drug too, since it could threaten his kind's very existence. There are some truly horrifying and tragic moments, as well as plenty of sex, blood, and violence. This is horror at its best, and it's unflinching, but never gratuitous. If you enjoy quality horror, with writing that crackles off the page and doesn't let up, you're gonna love Blood Groove.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 70's Noir, Unique Characters 11 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
He did a good job of presenting well rounded characters with unique voices. I enjoyed the mind warp of a story told from a Noir-"esque" narrative but set in the 1970's. I haven't read the remainder of the series yet but it's on my list. Worth the read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but... 24 Sep 2009
By Mike Hammer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD|Verified Purchase
Blood Groove is book that captures your interest and keeps it, but sometimes just barely. It was fun to read a modern vampire novel set in the 70's (kind of like Life On Mars on BBC). It evokes forgotten memories in those of us old enough to have lived during this period. Bledsoe has created some intriguing characters and blurs the line between "good" and "evil". The vampires are not evil, but very self centered and and unsymapthetic. The humans are not good, just trying to survive.

All of the things mentioned so far made the book a fun read. However the constant racial and gender stereotyping got old quickly. It made it seem as though the sole reason for setting the book in the 70's was to take advantage of the shallow thinking of some people during that time and have an excuse to potray negative racial and gender roles and language. It was almost bad enough to make me stop reading a few times.

But I am glad I did finish the book. But it was like eating a brownie with nuts when you don't like the nuts. Overall I enjoyed the experience and it did end with me wanting to know what would happen next.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected from the Blurb 3 Mar 2013
By Lizzzie - Published on Amazon.com
Alex Bledsoe is a good author. I can recommend a few of his books without reservations, but I don't recommend "Blood Groove".

When I started this novel I was expecting something with a touch of comedy, or sympathetic characters who would survive to see the next book. No such luck.

When the description includes "Blackula" you don't expect to be introduced to characters who, while they seem engaging at first, turn into heartless murderers or victims, or both. The title "Blood Groove" sounds like the story should take place in a disco, not a rotting warehouse. If I was given this book as a manuscript without title or blurb I might have been less disappointed.

The story is seen through the eyes of characters who are on the hunt for knowledge,both humans and vampires. The humans hunting brings them into the path of hungry vampires who use them and kill them without a second thought. The young vampires die by misfortune or stupidity. Who are we supposed to be cheering for? The Humans? The ignorant young vampires? The Baron? The only character I like who survives is Mark, and he could be dropped from the book without any loss of plot.

I will buy other Bledsoe books, but not featuring Zginski. The Baron is a cold heartless vampire who was a cold heartless man. His act of vengeance at the end of the book show him to be without mercy or remorse, and if he hasn't changed after the events in this book, I have no desire to follow his adventures further.
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