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A cynical, wise-cracking vampire charged with protecting the Balance - the secret existence of a race of LIVING vampires that have evolved alongside humanity for thousands of years.
Part-spy, and part-commando -- James Bond with fangs. Lawson mixes shrewd cunning with unmatched lethality to get his job done. He tries his best to dismantle conspiracies, dispatch bad guys, and live long enough to get home.
A power-hungry member of the vampire governing body, the Council. She wants absolute power and will stop at nothing to get it. Even if it means kidnapping a child.
Naive and innocent, but filled with an awesome power to conjure the spirits of dead vampires and make them do his bidding. When his father is mistakenly killed, Jack is alone. Unprotected.
A traitor to the cause, bent to Arvella's will, he'll do anything she asks.
Now Lawson's got one chance to rescue Jack - even if it means traveling halfway around the world to do it.
From the blood-slicked streets of Boston to the skyscraping Himalayas, the action never stops.
This is the second book in the Lawson Vampire series, originally published back in 2002. This book also contains an excerpt from THE DESTRCUTOR (A Lawson Vampire Novel #3) and runs approximately 84,000 words.
Praise for Jon F. Merz:
"Lawson is more like Jason Bourne than Dracula, making this a vampire mystery with broad appeal." --Booklist
"A powerful novel by a man who knows the turf already." -NYT Bestselling author Robert. B. Parker
"Jon F. Merz's novels move at a break-neck pace, twisting through a landscape of thrills and terror." -- Douglas Clegg, author of The Infinite and The Priest of Blood
"...a fine stalking session in vampire-noir land...a series and talented writer I'll be sticking with all the way." -- Mort Castle, author of The Strangers and On Writing Horror
Praise for Jon F. Merz's THE KENSEI (A Lawson vampire Novel #5):
"If James Bond, True Blood and Kill Bill created a mutant hybrid of a book, it would be The Kensei. A bullet train slice 'em, dice 'em mixture of action, suspense, and vampire ninjas. Did I mention vampire ninjas?"--Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Fury and The Darkness
"The Kensei is an action novel with real bite. Vampires, Yakuza killers, crooks and animal-monster hyrbids. Jon F. Merz brings his A-game and then ratchets it up to a whole new level of supernatural action. Highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory and Patient Zero
"In The Kensei, Jon F. Merz seamlessly welds gritty detail with myth and legend to create a thrill ride into the shadow-world lurking beneath modern Japan. Lawson's fight against evil has bone-crunching authenticity. Plus, it has vampires, ninjas, and vampire ninjas. What more could anyone ask?"--Christopher Farnsworth, author or Blood Oath
About The Author:
Jon F. Merz is a writer with over a dozen published novels, a producer for New Ronin Entertainment and a trained black belt ninja. He has taught defensive tactics to civilian crime watch groups, police, military units, and agencies like the US Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. In his past, Jon served with the United States Air Force, worked for the US government, and handled executive protection for Fortune 500 clients. He lives with his wife and two sons in suburban Boston.
(This version uploaded 11 August 2011)