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Delicate Dependency [Paperback]

Michael Talbot
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18 Nov 1982
"The tension builds page by page to a stunning climax . . . I doubt that I will ever forget it." - Whitley Strieber, author of The Hunger and The Wolfen

"[O]ne of the most impressive explorations of a vampire mind ever written . . . a novel of considerable suspense . . . compelling and deeply original." - Darrell Schweitzer, Encyclopedia of the Vampire

They are cool to the touch and alluringly beautiful in their ageless youth. Their laughter seduces, their brilliance beguiles. They guard the secrets of science and history, and the answers to the mysteries of life and death lie within their vastly superior knowledge. In centuries past, they were known as the Illuminati. They are the vampire.

Dr. John Gladstone, a scientist in Victorian London, is thrust into their world after his carriage runs over a young man of angelic beauty named Niccolo. When Niccolo kidnaps Gladstone's child and vanishes, the doctor must go in pursuit, with the help of his daughter, Ursula, who is enticed by the lure of eternal life, and Lady Hespeth, whose demure exterior hides a dangerous obsession. Why are the vampires taking children, and what is the connection to Gladstone's experiments with a deadly virus? And how can he possibly prevail against a race of immortal beings with power and intelligence infinitely beyond his own?

Michael Talbot's The Delicate Dependency (1982) is often cited as one of the best vampire novels ever written. This highly anticipated new edition, the first since the book's original publication, includes a new foreword by Jillian Venters.
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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (18 Nov 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038077982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380779826
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 9.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read 30 May 2014
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Having read all of Anne Rice's vampire chronicles, and just generally any and every vampire related book, I went into this presuming I'd really like it. But I loved it! The writing it smart and well thought out, lots of plot twists and the characters are really easy to become emotionally invested in. I would recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 July 2014
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Definitely a different way of thinking about the vampire as a species and how they view us homo sapiens. Beings so long lived, with such knowledge gleaned over centuries would be as this book suggests.We would be as children to them. I really enjoyed this take on the vampire world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the "truth" about the vampire! 5 Jan 1998
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Michael Talbot has woven a tale of the vampire unlike any you have read. He places them historically in the development of the human race, identifying them as artists, popes,collectors and inventors. He depicts them as the curators of all things important to human kind. It is the way they obtain those things worth protecting that is the meat of his book, The Delicate Dependency. Set in London at the turn of the century, a kidnapping of a child occurs which sends her father and a renowned vampire hunter on a chase all over Europe. The father is a physician who has discovered a lethal virus.

While on the search the fabric of vampire society and history is revealed to the reader. Complex, sumptuous, sensual and immortal, the vampire move about the world gleaning all that is best, surviving on the blood of willing victims who serve them.

Revelations at the close of the book produce a "back to the future" which is all too keen and chilling.

The book departs from the usual blood and gore of Ann Rice. Talbots style and understanding of the world surpass all other vampire books I have read. Devastating content for a feature film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Masterpiece 30 Dec 1999
By Tony Millett - Published on
I like others have read and re-read this book many a time. It's truly a literary piece of genious. Not just a novel about biting necks and drinking blood, but a brilliant story written with great images (no, not pictures...) and the most descriptive words/phrases of any of the vampire novels. Way more accessible, and far better written than the more popular Rice novels. If you can get your hands on this,do not let it out to anyone. This book has a tendency to disappear like a sock in a clothes dryer. Yes, I was foolish enough to let a few of my copies out only to have them never returned. My one copy now is stapled to my forehead...
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just your average "vampire novel"!! 19 Aug 1999
By Claude J. Morrison - Published on
It is a pity that this book is so inexplicably obscure and out of print. Michael Talbot is an author who can write with authority and imagination. It certainly makes me want to read other material he has written which, at a glance, seems to be of unusual variety. My guess is that he is a true renaissance man with an extensive working knowledge of a great many subjects. Contained in this tale is a "whodunit" of truly page-turning proportions and a morality play that sets this head and shoulders above any other story in its realm that I've ever read. I just wish I could get my hands on one copy (or a half dozen!) It seems to be one of those books that has a way of disappearing - (I've owned three copies) - If you're reading, Michael Talbot, let me know where I can find this - and thanks for a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Vampire Novel 29 Nov 2009
By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. - Published on
I read this novel when it was first published in 1982 and I was enthralled. I loved everything about it, the characters, the winks to Literature and Art, the fine writing. I wrote a fan letter to the author, and Michael was kind enough to exchange a few letters with me, and one lovely art-print card that I now use as my bookmark for the book. Everything about this magnificent vampire novel is exactly right; it has enough of the traditional vampire lore to satisfy the true fan, and yet it handles the realm of the Vampire with taste and imagination.

I began to re-read the novel every year, and I bought many extra copies to give to friends. Of course, I did not know, during those many readings, that Michael had leukemia, from which he would shortly die. Knowing that now has added a real poignancy to every new reading of this haunting book. I have not read it for many years. I began a new re-reading last night, and I am now at page 147. I am as beguiled as ever, utterly bewitched by a master story teller. Rest in peace, dear Michael Talbot. Hopefully someday your book will be reprinted in hardcover, as it so deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only 5 stars? I'd give it 10 29 Jun 2005
By Ned - Published on
This is the BEST vampire book ever written. You will love it.
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