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Generation V [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Brennan
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Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 447 KB
    • Print Length: 319 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451418409
    • Publisher: Roc (7 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009KUWUZ4
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Damn near Perfect.. 22 Jun. 2013
    By J. Finn
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Fortiude Scott is your normal underachieving 20 something trying to get by on a minium wage job with a degree in film theory thats not worth the paper its printed on, save that he also just happens to be the youngest scion of a Vampire family ruled by his almost 700 year old mother and his two siblings Prudence and Chivalry.

    I didnt know what to expect when i picked up this book what i got was a clever and engaging read that manages despite the glut of Vampire books that are out there to put it own spin on the Myth Vampires are living creatures in this series they age and are born just not in the manner that humans are how this is handled and the fresh take on the Renfield story are some of the books best parts.

    Yet its Fortiudes family and his relationship with them that is the real high light, Fortiudes family are Rich and Influcential there is no doubt ( at least in the case of his mother and Chivalry) that they love Fort, but there is also little doubt that a Vampire is very much a sociopath even Chivalry who seems the most 'Human' of Forts kin is by most definations a serial killer while Prudence Forts big sister seems almost psychopathic at times, for Fort raised by humans this creates moral difficulties not helped when he meets a Non Family vampire for the first time and realises that in comparsion his family are Saints.

    Its Fort struggles to do the right thing that powers this tale, a para normal action adventure with heart very much in the vein of Patrica Briggs and Jim Butcher do yourself a favour and check it out.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the vampire myth 9 Mar. 2014
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    This was a well written story, with great characters and a cracking pace. Looking forward to more from this author.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 20 Dec. 2014
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    Fully didnt expect to like this book but after the first chapter I couldnt put it down. An very interesting take on the usual (and pretty much unchangeable) vampire story!!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A great new vampire series. 30 Oct. 2014
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    Just finished reading Generation V by M L Brennan. I loved this. It was a total whirlwind of a book - basically, I simply couldn’t put it down. I think I’ve found another definite series to add to my lists here – in fact, who am I kidding, I’ve already bought No.2 and preordered No.3 – yeah, that good! Such a treat. A vampire story with a difference in that at the moment the main character Fort barely has any vampire characteristics at all and therefore the whole paranormal element is brought to the story by others. Anyway, not to get ahead of myself.

    Set in New England in modern day times the story brings to us the Scott family. Madeline, proud vampire matriarch and alpha of not just her family but the whole region. She rules with an iron fist and doesn’t suffer fools. Her children. Prudence, Chivalry and Fortitude. The whole family differs in age range and although vampires are incredibly long lived they aren’t immortal. Madeline now looks more matronly, I can’t remember how old she is to be honest but let’s just say she has a lot of years behind her. Consequently, she is a very powerful vampire. She’s unable to tolerate sunshine. And, she has sired her own offspring. Prudence and Chivalry are both also fully fledged vampires. Fort however is the baby in the family – he’s in his mid twenties and not yet grown into his fangs.

    The central story revolves around another vampire entering Madeline’s territory, with her permission of course. Unfortunately this particular vampire has rather unsavoury tastes to say the least and although he has been given freedom to hunt his actions are really quite revolting!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut 21 Sept. 2014
    By Danielle @ Coffee and Characters - Published on
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    My oh my, what can I possibly say about Fortitude Scott? Fort’s life is a complete mess and the poor guy got a crappy deal in life but this kid has a freaking heart of gold. He’s the guy that never gives up even when he knows.. knows, that he is on the losing end. Fortitude is genuine and sincere and a complete push over in the beginning but watching him figure out who he wants to be and what he has to do to get there is worth the journey!

    I truly enjoyed reading Generation V. It’s honestly a book that I probably never would have picked up had I seen it on a shelf and what a shame that would have been. Brennan has an entirely new take on Vampires and the super natural world as a whole that was really interesting and unique. The story is unlike anything I’ve come across and Suzume, well, she’s freaking amazing and I want her to be my friend. I highly recommend you give Generation V a shot. It will not disappoint and just wait till you get to the little fox and the bathroom. I’m not kidding when I say I read this part and laughed out loud suffering several, ‘that chick is crazy’ looks from the random strangers near by.

    Generation V is a book I am extremely grateful I had the chance to read. The characters captivated my attention and the story kept me turning the page. I will admit to occasional lulls in the story but it was pretty awesome none the less! M.L. Brennan has generously provided me with a signed paperback copy for one of my lucky followers to win so I hope you all enter this amazing giveaway and I hope that the lucky winner loves meeting Fortitude Scott as much as I did.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Story About a Vampire With Morals 7 May 2013
    By A Book Obsession.. - Published on
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    Generation V by M.L. Brennan introduces readers to Fortitude Scott, who has a more than a few problems: a degree in film theory that isn't getting him any work, a job he hates, he's behind in his rent, and he's a vampire. But not quite.

    On top of that, there's a new vampire in town, and shortly afterward, girls vanish. Fort's family are much stronger than him, and they all think he should reconsider getting involved. Fort's partner in this is a shapeshifter by the name of Suzume (all jokes about foxes aside, she's clever, likes to have her own way, and is very mischievous). The trouble is, she's not always willing to hang around when things get tough.

    For a vampire who hasn't fully matured, it's dangerous to get involved in this kind of thing, and Fort is thought of by his family to be kind of sweet, but interfering in things that he has no business sticking his nose in. Like an overly curious puppy who just has to learn the ways of the world. To his credit, Fort sticks to his moral code, and refuses to give up, simply because it seems impossible for mature vampires to empathize the way he does. In fact, no vampire has the sort of moral objections, or empathy that Fort demonstrates, a question that plagues him throughout the book. He's different than his siblings, and not only because he hasn't transitioned into a full vampire.

    The book offers a few supernatural creatures that aren't seen as often in urban fantasy, such as elves, and the kitsune, but there are also witches, and some very creepy vampires and Renfields. Another interesting twist is the way that vampires have children. No, it's not pretty, but it makes for a good Silence of the Lambs homage scene or two, and is well-explained with the unique take on vampire physiology.

    With this new world and different rules, Brennan has written a book that doesn't reinvent the vampire, but gives readers one who's more ordinary than not, and still figuring out who and what he is, which makes him easy to identify with.

    Fort's squeamishness and tendency to be a bit of a doormat with certain people, such as his ex-girlfriend, can be a bit annoying, but it's a character point, and thankfully he does learn to stand up for himself both in his personal life, and as a vampire, with results that surprise him.

    Without calling this `a story about a vampire with morals,' Generation V manages to be exactly that, and for the most part, the hero is called on his superior attitude and learns a lesson or two that may just keep him alive.

    (Reviewed for A Book Obsession..)
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars New Vampire Mythos - Quite Original 22 May 2013
    By Cosmic Bob - Published on
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    The new novel by M.L. Brennan, "Generation V", is a very entertaining entry in the genre. I like the central character Fort, he seems somewhat normal for his age, in spite of being a vampire. The author has an interesting twist on vampires and how they reproduce and age. What it means for the book is that the readers don't know everything about these vampires right from the start, and so we learn things as the story moves along, which is pretty interesting. I don't like to write spoiler filled reviews, so I'm not going to delve into specific plot points.

    That said, the story itself is good. Well paced, there were no spots I wanted to skip over. The other characters are well drawn. I especially liked Suzume, but I suspect we were supposed to especially like her. The villain of the story was sufficiently bad so that we really wanted him to go down.

    The world building is also very good. Things fit together well, there are no incongruous elements. And we're discovering some new things along with the main character, so that's always a plus. I liked the highly original way Brennan presents vampire reproduction.

    I would like to mention the writing. It's really good. Several times I was struck by how well Brennan expressed something. One time, in particular stuck with me through the whole story. It was near the beginning: "His dark eyes gleamed like ocean water under a full moon...". I found that this was REALLY evocative. It's not the only example, but it was the one that really stuck.

    There were plenty of things left open and so we can hopefully expect more from Fort and Suzume.

    I'm really looking forward to more books in this series.
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun urban fantasy with a creepy new vampire mythos 10 May 2013
    By Kate - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

    As a member of the "now what do I do with this liberal arts major" generation, like Fortitude in GENERATION V, I was curious how this sort of post-college existential crisis would play out in a book about vampires. Vampires are generally known as rather confident, sexy and definitely wealthy, and Fort was about as far from those qualities as one could be. He has a cheating girlfriend, a job in a grimy coffee shop, and about $7 to his name for 90% of the book. The result is a very relatable main character that gave me a reason to invest in GENERATION V.

    Fort wasn't the only thing keeping me reading GENERATION V, but he was a large part of it. I liked him as a character- he grew from a bit wimpy to a lot stronger, both in personality and physically. And while he had a bit of a tendency to let people take advantage of him, his singular focus in the book is saving somebody else. Most of the other characters were also well written and multi-faceted. For example, Fort's mother Madeline seems like a conniving mastermind, but you also get the impression she really cares for Fort. That depth made her interesting and sympathetic (even though I wanted to hate her a little).

    Other than Fort, Brennan's vampires are callous and uncaring about human life. They creeped me out in that kind of psychopath serial killer way. On top of that, the vampire world building is different than any other vampires I've come across. For example, the vampires have to create hosts to bear children for them, and they aren't immortal, they can die of old age. The unique mythology plus the inclusion of Fort's kitsune bodyguard Suzume gave the book a different vibe than most urban fantasy I've read lately. It is easy to fall back on typical vampire traits and I felt Brennan's new, creative take on vampires was a breath of fresh air. Creepy fresh air, but fresh nonetheless.

    As the first book in the American Vampire series, GENERATION V offers a nice complete story line but leaves plenty of questions open for future books. A little of this is due to the fact that it sometimes tended to jump around a bit, but in the end, I'm left very curious where the series is going. After such a solid debut, I'm sure the second book, IRON NIGHT, will be every bit as enjoyable as the first.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Debut 23 Jan. 2014
    By Mr. M - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I know what you're going to say, Urban Fantasy featuring vampires, please no more. I have the same feeling. The genre is flooded with nothing original. But I am proud to say that Brennan has taken a tired concept and turned it on its head. While the cover may suggest something akin to Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, the story within does a great job of bring vampires back where they belong while taking the vampire mythos and turning it on it's head.

    Fortitude Scott is your typical young man. He loathes coming home to family dinners and struggles to keep hisdead-end job in order to pay his bills and rent. The only difference is that he was born a vampire. Fortitude doesn't display typical vampire behavior either. According to Brennan's mythos, Vampires are born through surrogates and that they slowly evolve into vampires over time. Fortitude is nearing the end of his "humanity" and preparing to embark on his true path. A path he is very hesitant to take. I found myself struggling to like Fortitude. On one hand he was very much like myself around the end of my college days and on the other, he was a bit too empathetic towards others, especially strangers. While his background was interesting, I felt that the fact that he lived with a coven of other vampires should have hardened his heart a little bit. But it wasn't the case. However, by the end of the novel, he had won me over as a fan.

    My favorite character by far was Suzume Hollis. A Japanese shapeshifter charged with protecting Fortitude. Her sense of humor was right up my alley and I enjoyed her repartee made for a few laugh out loud moments. I hated when she wasn't in a scene. She quickly won me over and while I did get quiet a bit of her background, I would love to know more about her and her family.

    Another strong portion of the book was the vampire mythos that Brennan created. While daylight may not kill a vampire in Brennan's world, over time they become more and more sensitive to it. Fortitude is not an only child. He is joined by his sister Prudence and brother Chivalry. Each of them have their separate personalities and you could immediately see how they were formed once you meet the matriarch of the family, Madeline Scott.

    As the story progresses, we learn that creating a vampire is extremely difficult and Madeline seems to have found a way to perfect it. When a vampire from Italy calls on Madeline, we get a glimpse of the world and protocols that the vampires adhere to. We also learn that Vampires and shape shifters are not the only one's to exist in the world. Vampires appear to be at the top of the food chain and Madeline seems to have a monopoly in the New England. While we do get a pretty good picture of the world, it is fairly obvious that there is much more to uncover and learn as the series progresses.

    Generation V contain a lot of references to molestation and child rape, which made me a tad uncomfortable but since it was crucial to the plot was reasonable. The story is quite good. Blending information of the world at large, while the plot progresses was flawless. My only complaint is the cover. It seems a little too close to what you would find on a romance novel. While having it as an eBook solves the problem, I had the paperback and had no plans to step outside and get caught dead or undead with that book cover.

    Generation V does a great job of taking back the vampire Urban Fantasy genre and putting it back on track. Fortitude does come off with a bit too much empathy but it only strengthens the character in the end. A great debut for the author and an impressive start to a series that should find a great many fans, myself included. Recommended.

    Overall 8/10
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