Having read one of this author's stories in an anthology I couldn't believe it when I got this, his first novel. All I can say is,This extraordinary novel must be read lying down!! Read it anywhere else and you risk being knocked over by its amazing, gripping, story of resistance in the face of awful, overwhelming odds. Or you will be so on the edge of your seat that any one of the plot's many twists and surprises will send you over the edge. The characters are well drawn and there are some of the best vampire descriptions I've ever read.
Gunn manages to convey the terror of the situation and the blood, sweat and tears of his heroes with some fine, gritty writing. It's good to read a great story that's well-written, not at all clotted with cliche. In fact, the descriptions of action and the inner life of the hero are so well done and the world of the novel is so vivid that it creates a virtual universe in the mind. And if you thought you knew every way to stop a vampire...think again. At some points I felt my heart going a bit too fast and tried reading it with my hands over my eyes. It's that good.
And, a true sign of a great book, reading it a second time is just as good. Buy it, treasure it and mark my words - watch this writer.