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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I sooo wanted this book to be on par with World War Z 16 April 2013
By William Lorenz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry but this book was a disappointment. Any anthology of the 'zombie/vampire/end of the world' scenarios these days will almost always be measured against World War Z. I was seriously hoping that I was going to get an anthology that did to vampires, what World War Z did to zombies. V Wars made a futile attempt to capture the same excitement and adventure that World War Z had.

V Wars starts slow and never really picks up the pace in the way I was hoping for. I first thought that the several different story lines would integrate into a powerful conclusion. The connection between the different stories is tenuous at best. Almost all of the stories take place in the USA limiting the broad global scale that could have been told.

After a few chapters, the thing that confused me the most was the time scale. None of the stories are told in a linear time scale and confusion quickly built up as to where in the sequence of events each of the individual stories took place.

There are a couple gems in the book, most notably by Gregory Frost and Yvonne Navarro. I felt that the very short stand alone stories that were done by Maberry as the novel progressed were thrown together to add some semblance of a broader picture. These stories by Maberry could have been the ones that tied it all together and added the epic scale I was hoping for.

There were way too many editing mistakes for such a great quality hardback; most notably spelling 'desert' with 'dessert', missing punctuation ("into his carotid She feels"), poor grammar ("I thought it might you").

I can only hope that this book set up a world where a sequel will come out and completely blow us away with action and suspense. I will be the first in line to give V Wars part 2 another chance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The "Change" 5 Nov. 2014
By Coach D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall, I liked this book. Pretty graphic at times. These are not cute vampires at all. V-Wars is a series of story arcs (broken down in parts (part I, part II) scattered thorough out the book) about characters who get changed by the vampire virus. The stories are not written in a linear timeline. Some stories happen before the V-Event, and some happen after the V-Event, but they are not presented to us readers in a tidy fashion. The stories go back & forth, makes it hard to keep track.

Still I enjoyed reading most of these story arcs (each written by a different author). We did not get to see too much of an actual war, mostly each arc dealt with one vampire and how he/she dealt with life after they changed.

I am now following V-Wars in the comic format as well. Especially since Joe Ledger from Code Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry appeared in V-Wars #6 and should be in issues #7 and #8. I think a second volume will be out soon V Wars: Blood and Fire: New Stories of the Vampire Wars. Looking forward to this novel as well.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lots of potential, a few good stories, but something is lacking... 14 Jan. 2014
By Daniel Burton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
V Wars, edited by Jonathan Maberry, is a collection of stories set in the same world but written by a bevy of talented authors.

In the world Maberry creates in V Wars, a prehistoric virus has been released from polar ice, awakening recessive genes in the human genome. The virus triggers changes in some humans, awakening physical changes that are varied and dramatic. Before long, vampires walk among us. Some are benign; many are not.

Maberry's collection of tales does well and more credibly what X-Men (at least the movies--I'm not familiar with the comics) tries to do: it portrays a genetic mutation that changes a portion of humanity, causing ostracization, fear, violence, and, of course, government action. I've always been dubious about what the reaction to the X-Men. After all, the powers they have seem to be magical and useful. On the other hand, the mutations in V Wars result in a change that seems to drive its mutants to, well, suck blood.

That seems a bit more against the public interest than the power to start fires, freeze objects, levitate, or any of the other number of changes that Stan Lee's X-Men undergo.

Maberry does an excellent job tying the stories together with a common story that intersperses the tales. While the majority of the stories seem to take place in and around the American northeast, especially New York City, V-Wars treats readers to a semi-global perspective, with stories from the American southern border with Mexico, in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, and one that crisscrosses the globe, starting in Antarctica, jetting off to Romania, and stopping through France, too. Some times we read from the vampire's perspective; other times, from the humans. Maberry breaks up the stories, too, giving the collection something of novel-like feeling.

As interesting as the collection is, the stories are not all created equal, and it's part of the reason I had a hard time settling on just three stars. I wanted badly to give the book four stars--but several of the stories disappointed, even bored me.

They were few, however, and generally the stories were creative and enjoyable, if occasionally not for the faint of heart. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Stalking Anna Lei" by James A. Moore brings together legends of vampires from East Asia, as John Lei searches for his sister while navigating the dangerous world of Asian gangs amid reports of a monstrous creature that seems to be haunting his every step. Told from John's perspective, Moore has a great voice that makes his story one of the most enjoyable, and his plotting makes the final twist satisfying and unexpected.

"Vulpes" by Gregory Frost begins in Antarctica and trails Ruksana back to her home in Romania. Beware, though: when the change comes to her, the results are anything but vampiric.

Yvonne Navarro's "Epiphany" asks what happens when society's most weak go through the vampiric change, trading vulnerabilities for superhuman power. Red Moon is the orphaned daughter of Native Americans, raped, pregnant, and infected by the virus. Beset by changes she cannot explain, she finds herself on the edge of motherhood in a world that threatens to destroy her for the changes that have come over her.

V-Wars deserves a second installment. It is, in many ways, only the opening chapter in the new world that emerges as vampire and human eye each other and wonder if they will live together or in conflict.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
V-Wars An exceptional anthology! 20 Aug. 2012
By Dead, Buried, and Back! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What do you get when you take an anthology with a story line using a "shared world" concept overrun with vampires,several highly talented authors, backed by the creative mind of Jonathan Maberry? Wait, before you answer that,add a government who's just labeled all vampires as terrorists. Now you have V-Wars!

From the beginning,this story is told through the eyes of multiple characters in different parts of the world. Did I mention most of them are vampires? What's unique about this without giving away any spoilers, are their transformations. What's causing these transformations you ask? For that we turn to Antarctica and a dormant virus which has just been set free from the ice which then affects our junk DNA.

Turning the proverbial page, this anthology from the word go, got right to the heart of the matter focusing on the darker or should I say more frightening aspect of the vampire lore. This was one of the most refreshing concepts of the story.(No glitzy anything!) There are different types of vampires evolving, and each one is based on the individual's heritage.

The story moves at a good pace and while it does change perspectives, it's not hard to follow. Through solid character development and dialogue, we can clearly appreciate the conflicts as the vampires try once again, to rejoin mankind.

In short, This was a great anthology, and it's my understanding it's Mr. Maberry's first one as both a contributor and editor. If this story is any indicator of his future anthologies,then I'll be looking forward to reading them all!

John Farris
Dead, Buried, and Back!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great read! 18 Feb. 2015
By Smitty 3317 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read some of Maberry's stuff before and liked it a lot.The other authors did not disappoint either."V-Wars" was a little reminiscent of "World War Z" but very good ,regardless.Due to melting of the ice caps and glaciers,a virus has been released across the world causing some people to turn into vampires.At first the afflicted are treated as diseased until people start dying very gruesome deaths,then they become hated.Not all of the vamps are bad,but there are some nasties.Throw in a couple of Werewolves and you have a pretty good bunch of stories.
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