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The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation [Paperback]

Steve Stanton
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Sep 2010 Bloodlight Chronicles (Book 1)
In a post - cyberpunk future, where global economic activity is carried out in a virtual - gaming realm, a new blood - transmitted virus has become a black - market staple due to its temporary rejuvenating effects, forcing infected ''Eternals'' into tightly knit underground communities where they must hack the V - net for basic food and shelter. In the first book of a series that ''revitalizes the cyber - fiction genre with its vivid prose and believable characters'' (Library Journal), Zakariah Davis and his wife Mia are among those infected with an alien virus that vastly prolongs life, and their blood has become a black - market staple due to its rejuvenating effects. Their teenage son Rix does not carry the Eternal virus, and Zakariah is consumed by the search for an ''activated sample'' with which to inoculate him. In book two, Mia is murdered in retribution and the family is overcome by grief. Zak goes on a quest to contact her spirit in the afterlife while Rix wants revenge at any cost. Niko, the teenage clone of Zak's dead sister, has received the Eternal virus and been captured by ''vampires'' who drain her blood nightly for its rejuvenating effects. After Rix helps her to escape, she finds sanctuary at the bedside of her comatose progenitor, Phillip Davis, whose brain is being reconstructed in a clandestine neuroscience laboratory. Zak enlists the help of a famed lecturer on psychic research, Jackie Rose, and together they travel to the home of a Haitian shaman, Tono, a prophetic spiritual healer. Rix and Niko team up to find Mia's murderer and finally confront her killer in the lair of the Beast.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229547
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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About the Author

Steve Stanton is the author of Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation (2010). His short fiction has been published in twelve countries, including translations into Hebrew, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, and Romanian. His writing regularly appears in more than two dozen magazines and journals, and he currently serves as the vice-president of SF Canada, the bilingual organization of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. Stanton lives in Washago, Ontario. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read should be a great series 4 Jun 2014
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This cyber punk story set in a very different future offers much for a first novel by an author and first book in the Bloodlight Chronicles trilogy. It took a while to get into the story but once I did I was hooked and am really looking forward to the other volumes in the series. Eternal's are people who appears almost vampire like, their blood rejuvenates them, they will live longer, be healthier. But in order to become eternal you must receive the alien virus, The internet can be plugged right into with wet ware. So we have Eternals, humans, virtual space, space travel and more all in a tightly written story packed with action.

Cast of Characters:
Zakariah Davis - Eternal, v-Space guru
Mia Davis - Eternal, wife of Zak, warrior
Rix David - human, son of Zak and Mia,
Jimmy - Zak's longtime friend and associate
Niko Davis - clone of namesake, sister to Zac
Phillip Davis - Zak's estranged father, power broker
Helena Sharp - rich, Director of the Eternal Research Institute
Dr. Silus Mundazo - Head researcher at the Eternal Research Institute
Colin7 - Clone of first human to have his intellect loaded into the machine
Colin McPherson - scientist, creator of wormhole technology, see above


This story revolves around Zakariah, and his story revolves around getting an activated sample of the virus for his son Rix. There is almost no length he will not go to; to protect his son in this way. Sometimes life get's far more complicated than we ever expect or plan and that is what has happened to Zak yet again. And as we will find out a number of people have been pulling strings to get Zak to help them with their plans and use the bait of the sample for his son.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read series should be great 4 Jun 2014
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This cyber punk story set in a very different future offers much for a first novel by an author and first book in the Bloodlight Chronicles trilogy. It took a while to get into the story but once I did I was hooked and am really looking forward to the other volumes in the series. Eternal's are people who appears almost vampire like, their blood rejuvenates them, they will live longer, be healthier. But in order to become eternal you must receive the alien virus, The internet can be plugged right into with wet ware. So we have Eternals, humans, virtual space, space travel and more all in a tightly written story packed with action.

Cast of Characters:
Zakariah Davis - Eternal, v-Space guru
Mia Davis - Eternal, wife of Zak, warrior
Rix David - human, son of Zak and Mia,
Jimmy - Zak's longtime friend and associate
Niko Davis - clone of namesake, sister to Zac
Phillip Davis - Zak's estranged father, power broker
Helena Sharp - rich, Director of the Eternal Research Institute
Dr. Silus Mundazo - Head researcher at the Eternal Research Institute
Colin7 - Clone of first human to have his intellect loaded into the machine
Colin McPherson - scientist, creator of wormhole technology, see above


This story revolves around Zakariah, and his story revolves around getting an activated sample of the virus for his son Rix. There is almost no length he will not go to; to protect his son in this way. Sometimes life get's far more complicated than we ever expect or plan and that is what has happened to Zak yet again. And as we will find out a number of people have been pulling strings to get Zak to help them with their plans and use the bait of the sample for his son. Zak is now partnered with Helena Sharp and the ERI on a trip across the galaxy.

The book is well written, especially for a first novel. It is packed with action both in the physical and the virtual world. There is a little romance, and some spiritual overtures. The book is almost a mash up between Alfred Bester and Robert B. Parker. Is it a William Gibson, no, but it is close and fans of that style will definitely enjoy the read. And with two follow up book there story has numerous places it can go. While writing this review I found numerous negative reviews of the book. I was very surprised, what also surprised me was that rates for each book in the series goes up. So overall a great beginning give it a try.
2.0 out of 5 stars Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation 6 April 2011
By Jasmyn A. Dieck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not sure where to start with this one - probably because I was very lost at the beginning. I thought that perhaps I had picked up a second in a series, but I could find no reference to a first book anywhere. The book in a nutshell is vampires meet cyperspace, but this isn't clear at first.

The Eternals are somehow "chosen" to become immortal in a non-aging sense. People can link to cyberspace by hooking up with a cord coming out of their head which seems to be connected to microchips they have had implanted in their brain. Ok - so far I'm following, but then come the strange references to levels and ranks in the cyberworld with no real explanation of what they mean.

Now, if you take the Eternals and the cyberworld somewhat out of the equation, the realtionships between the people are fascinating. The story revolves around a father, mother, and son. The parents are both Eternals and are trying to find a way to "infect" their son as well. They travel to the ends of the known universe (literally) to try and find this virus. However, beyond this the relationship was rather odd. Perhaps as a result of being so virtual based, the family's responses to each other seemed overly strained and impersonal.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs to learn how to write 30 Oct 2010
By S. R. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I simply couldn't get into it. The writing is so bad, trite, full of cliches, that the reasonably interesting ideas and plot just couldn't compensate. Too bad, but he needs a lot more practice writing before he starts publishing.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action, not enough substance 23 Sep 2010
By Andrea Love - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Received for review from netgalley.

The premise for this book is fascinating: a virus that creates immortality, and the fight of the human race to be infected, the government's efforts to control those infected, and the broader black market for goods, and blood.

It was only after completing the book that I read the author bio, and my frustrations in reading the book made more sense. Stanton in well known for his science fiction short stories and this book read like a long short story. The reader was forced to fill in a lot of gaps on their own and this left the characters underdeveloped, but the action was intense and highly present throughout. Not a bad read, but I'd look for a short story collection.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, action-packed adventure 16 Sep 2010
By Melissa (i swim for oceans) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very action-centric book. Fast-paced, futuristic, and just creepy enough to keep you on your toes, The Bloodlight Chronicles is the story of a bloodborne virus that allows one to live forever and the desperate desire to acquire the virus to enable one to live forever.

It's definitely a unique story, and it has a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing, but my main problem with the story is that there was just SO much going on that I had a hard time getting to know the characters. Without that connection, I found myself getting lost within the story, and not in the best way.

I really enjoyed how the tension and action built to a worthy conclusion, and I just wish I had felt more of a chord or connect with the characters because it would have strengthened my opinion of the book and story, itself. All in all though, it has a nice voice and a great concept.
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