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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456325639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456325633
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,699,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in the middle of the American Midwest, Dennis Sharpe has been a writer as long as he can remember. His mother has told many people about the fantasy and science fiction stories he'd write on scraps of paper, and staple together as his 'books', before he'd attended his first day of formal education.

He has spent many late nights at diners and dives, drinking coffee with a tattered notebook to put a voice to his feelings of himself and the world around him, and other worlds that can exist only in fiction. The voices in his head don't ever stop talking to him, and so sooner or later he has to get out onto a page all that they've filled him up with.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Miller, Chrissie Pappas, Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Issac Asimov, and countless classic literary influences, Dennis continues with the ability to write what at a glance might seem absurd, but quickly begins to resonate with our own thoughts and emotions. He writes people we know, love we've known and lost (and found again), and places we've been in our lives and in our heads. Even his fictional characters and worlds carry enough of the grey areas we experience in day-to-day life, to let us find the truth in his words, no matter how fantastic.

These days he can be found still writing, drinking coffee with friends, or spending time with his loving wife Scarlett and children (the true joys of his life), in Western Kentucky.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Dennis Sharpe
Blood & Spirits
The Coming Storm #1

This book intrigued me from the start, and I was soon completely transfixed by the world and characters the author had built. Well written, the story flowed smoothly and definitely has a unique spin on creatures of the night. Never a dull moment, I was kept entertained throughout and happily turned page after page to see what was next in store for Veronica & co. A great book that's fast paced and full of action.

I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Vampires yet again, I thought, when I came across Dennis Sharpe's Blood and Spirits. This is a genre I have never really cottoned to and yet when I started reading, it was a book I couldn't put down till the wee hours of the dark. Which goes to prove, never judge a book by its cover or its genre.

Veronica Fischer, a vampire and also a brothel madam, a combination that blew me away, has an eight year old ghost under her care who has gone missing. Along with that, Veronica's world comes under attack. And that's as much of the plot I am going to tell you.

Sharpe has written a tight, fresh mystery that combines vampires, fantasy, zombies, a little bit of love and sex.., and most importantly it is different.

For me the coolest aspect of of the story was it being narrated in the present tense. Not writers can pull it off. Sharpe has.

Read it. You will not regret it.
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By Paulette Mahurin on 7 Mar 2013
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Dennis Sharpe's Blood & Spirits was a tightly written good read which I enjoyed. The story is written in the first person of the character Victoria Fischer who is an interesting combination of vampire and madam, alluring in obtaining her meals literally and metaphorically. Her mentor and source of what converted her from human to vamp, Jules, is who she turns to for help when things around her start to fall apart and others are out to destroy her. The cast of characters expands to include girls working for Victoria, a love interest, cops, a zombie, and others to create twists, turns and mysteries that come together in a cohesive plot that holds interest throughout.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Blood & Spirits" by Dennis Sharpe is the first in The Coming Storm series and was recommended to me by a friend. I used to like True Blood but for some time now I have found the market for Vampire stories over-saturated and did not expect too much from the book.

I was pleasantly surprised when from the first few pages the quality of style and content showed a confident and purpose-driven manner of writing. A short prologue introduced the background of the main character with great sensitivity, something which I also often find over-done or over-dramatic. Here it sets the scene in an understated way.

Forward to the present the little child is now a grown up Vampire who sells sex so she can feed on the blood of her clients. Veronica Fischer (great name btw) is an odd character with many quirks that is not your usual heroine of a vampire story and I am grateful for that.She has taken an eight year old ghost called Rachel under her wing who disappear after Veronica's house is set on fire. It becomes transparent that someone out there is targeting her and trying to set her up. Together with some friends, a love interest, who is also a Vampire, and her protector she sets out to get the girls back, fighting a malicious and vile Zombie and his associates.

The side characters are just as lively and colourful as Veronica, in that respect the book did remind me of True Blood, the TV series that I loved because the characters were playing with stereotypes but remained rather unique. I loved to hate the Zombie as much as I enjoyed seeing Veronica mess things up here and there and then succeed at other times.

The overall picture and the title of the trilogy refers to 'unquiet' activity of minions associated with Veronica's enemies.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Blood & Spirits Book Review 5 May 2011
By C - Published on
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Dennis Sharpe's first novel, Blood and Spirits, completely wowed me. Blood and Spirits is the first book in the coming series of "dark, urban" vampire stories and promises a wild unfolding storm.

In this book we are introduced to Veronica Fischer--a madam, a vampire, and a friend of spirits, who has to endure the sick, disturbing, and disgusting whims of a flesh-rotting, self-aware zombie.
Sharpe's story takes some unexpected turns. Some will make you gasp, some will make you laugh, and some may make you cry, but none will disappoint.

Veronica tells most of the story in first person in her hometown of Pekin. Her voice cuts with sarcasm and you can feel her frustration, despair, fear, and elation right along with her. She has brought together a team of vampires, spirits, and "breathers" that she both relies on and loves. And, through her story, I grew to love them too--especially the dark humored Frank and the sweet and naïve Julie.

This book has everything packed into it: dark humor, sarcasm, fear, love, loss, disgust that will make you need a shower, and dizzying fight scenes, but Sharpe doesn't lose focus, the characters stay true, and when this story is over, you're left wondering: What is this storm bringing on Pekin?
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What I've been waiting for! 22 April 2011
By Tammy Fisch - Published on
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It's rare when two of the things you've wished for come together in one book. Not only am I thrilled that Dennis Sharpe has written a book of fiction but that he has written one that is so truly unique for this, my favorite, genre. I have read all three of his poetry books and fell in love with his arresting style and have so hoped he would venture into fiction. Blood & Spirits possesses the same lyrical phrasing as his previous work but this time we are taken on a dark journey with Veronica Fischer.

I must say that I love Veronica Fischer! Kudos to Mr. Sharpe for breathing life into such an amazingly strong, funny, independent, and still very feminine female character. This book is a must read for anyone who has been a little jaded or turned off by the stereotypical vampire tale and would love to experience a fresh and intelligent approach to the genre. You think you know where it's going but you are SO WRONG! Blood & Spirits has really given me a new appreciation for character development as each person we encounter is a rich tapestry of the world and circumstances they have endured. You will laugh, cringe, and perhaps even shed a tear but more importantly you will be captivated by Veronica, Sunny, and Paco and, like me, salivating for the next book in the series! I HIGHLY recommend this book!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting ride. 1 May 2011
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This is a fresh view on a genre we all know and love. This book takes you on a ride that has us delving even deeper into a world we cannot see. The story is fast paced and unpredictable. Each of the characters is well developed in a brisk manner without being overly detailed.

Bottom line, this is a great story and I can't wait for the next book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Bite into this book 27 April 2011
By glamorous1210 - Published on
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In my opinion, this book takes readers on an expedition that dusts the film off the usually typecast characters and revives them. It is a refreshing and creative break from the "norm". Overall, it has a non-stop pace and is a "penetrating" portrayal of Midwestern life from a Vampire's perspective - all the muck and madness therein. The characters depicted will allure, enthrall and repulse, whilst maintaining the capacity to resolve complex situations effectively. By far, it is the most imaginative work of fiction that I've read in a long time, hard to put down and now, eagerly awaiting the next one!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Blood and Spirits 2 Jun 2011
By Tony Porch - Published on
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Blood and Spirits

Blood and Spirits is about vampire who runs a house of 12 girls she takes care of, each who have their own individual powers and abilites. She also watches over a little girl who was mudered, is now a ghost and has disappeared. She has to deal with her hunger, a determination to find the little girl, and one heck of a mystery.

This book reads like a detective novel, and I quite enjoyed it. It's fast paced, with the heroine getting herself into one hairy situation after another. I gave it five stars.
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