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White Vampyre (Europa City Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leon Steelgrave
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In the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:11-12

Global warming has decimated the planet; and thirty years after the Great Flood the remnants of Europe are crowded together in a vast conurbation that occupies the remaining high ground. Old racial hatreds have re-emerged in the face of growing unemployment and civil unrest, and human vice remains unaltered.

As Europa City spirals into anarchy, Detective Kurt Brecht finds himself forced to confront both the demons of his past and those of his present drug addiction. Aided by the mysterious Lady Methedrine, he must defeat Isaac Vaughan, the head of the powerful Tessler Corporation, and thwart his ambition to seize control of the city.

About the Author

Leon Steelgrave lives in Scotland with his wife and his record collection. He has a degree in Electronic & Electrical Systems. He doesn't recommend it. He does recommend listening to The Doors, The Sisters Of Mercy, and Tori Amos, and reading Raymond Chandler, Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman.
His hobbies include rock ‘n’ roll and clubbing, because sometimes you just have to get hot and sweaty with total strangers. He confesses to having committed music journalism but denies any carnal knowledge of his mother.
Leon Steelgrave is willing to discuss potential sponsorship deals with Jack Daniel’s and Harley Davidson, though not conjointly, as driving under the influence is bad.
White Vampyre is his first published work of fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LSFFK0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Raised and educated in what he describes as a town of narrow streets and even narrower minds, Leon Steelgrave was afforded plenty of opportunity to hone his acerbic wit. If he never looked back, he certainly spent a lot of time looking inward, a practice that has stood him in good stead, not least in his writing career.

At twenty-one he decided to try and earn a commission for writing one of a series of Judge Dredd novels then being published by Virgin Books. The commission proved beyond his youthful reach but he did keep the rejection letters, their content being such to persuade him that he might one day become a professional writer.

While a career in electrical engineering provided the means to pay the mortgage, it was a youth spent reading seminal British comic 2000 AD and an involvement in the Goth scene of the late 1980's that inspired the creation of Lady Methedrine and the setting of Europa City. The early works of Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman also played their part in warping his young and impressionable mind, for which he remains indebted.

White Vampyre, his first work of fiction, was originally published as a Print On Demand paperback by Booklocker.com in the USA in 2003. Out of print for a number of years, he recently issued a revised version via Kindle Direct Publishing. Two sequels are currently in preparation along with a police procedural, A Pauper's Shroud, and a collection of early short stories.

For those who may be interested: he prefers his music fast and loud, takes his coffee black, is partial to malt whisky and willing to discuss sponsorship deals with BrewDog and Harley Davidson. Though not conjointly as driving under the influence is bad.

The author currently resides with in Aberdeenshire with his record collection. Plans are in progress to relocate to a walled compound in the Highlands. You can assist by purchasing his books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A blisteringly good novel! 3 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kurt Brecht is seeking to right wrongs and bring the bad guys to justice and for him the ends will always justify the means. Driven as much by events in his past as by the high stakes he is playing for in the present, Brecht is an avenging angel, albeit one with a pocket full of thrill pills and a smart one-liner for every occasion.

When Brecht gets into what, even for him, is extremely serious trouble, his childhood rescuer, father-figure and mentor, Guyon Sajer, takes his journal. It's no secret that Brecht is a wild card and Sajer has protected him for as long as he could, but the journal reveals secrets that even he could never have guessed.

In the telling of White Vampyre, Steelgrave plays around with both timelines and perceptions, but very cleverly and in a way that enhances rather than confuses the story. From the start, the book races along at breakneck speed. The opening scenes are stark and powerful and tell you everything you need to know about Brecht. He's a terrific character: imperfect, complex, single-minded, and with an unshakeable sense of justice. As the tension ramps up and the body count gets higher, only the mysterious Lady Methedrine keeps her cool. But who is she? And what part does she play in the events that have taken Brecht to the edge?

White Vampyre is a fast, furious, page-turner of a book. It's dark, violent and deadly, exploring issues of power, exploitation, sacrifice, addiction, greed and integrity. It's a blisteringly good novel for a writer at any stage of their career, and especially impressive as a debut. I loved it. I recommend it unreservedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A future Hunter S Thompson? 25 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
The year is 2056 and the remaining part of Europe still above water after the Great Flood of 2019 has become Europa City, a giant conurbation that is home to the 45 million souls who survived. The city is a powder keg of racial tension, crime, corruption and violence. Europa City Police Department struggle to maintain law and order. Kurt Brecht, vice cop, driven by his traumatic past and his drug addiction, dispenses his own personal brand of policing. Unlike Judge Dredd, Brecht is man who believes in justice rather than the law.
So far, so dystopian, but White Vampyre is not a straightforward SF thriller. Told partly in flashback through the device of Brecht's journal, we learn of his encounters with Lady Methedrine, an apparently supernatural being who mirrors his moods and chemical intake. She promises Brecht the strength and power to achieve his goals in return for total subservience.
Steelgrave has clearly read, watched and listened widely and references to books, poetry, films and songs are sprinkled liberally throughout the book and those were just the ones I spotted. Happily, these references are not dwelt on or underlined, but just dropped in to be enjoyed by those who happen to recognise them. On top of that, Steelgrave knows how to drive a taut and energetic story which keeps you wanting to turn the page. This is dark, violent story in which many of the characters die gruesomely. There is humour too, often of the black variety, and Kurt Brecht is an anti-hero who can deadpan a one-liner with the best of them. Steelgrave is at his best when he allows his humour to shine through and his imagination to take flight.
The thing which really distinguishes this SF thriller from others in the genre is its treatment of drugs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good first novel 6 Dec 2004
By Kuryakin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The year is 2056 and the remaining part of Europe still above water after the Great Flood of 2019 has become Europa City, a giant conurbation that is home to the 45 million souls who survived. The city is a powder keg of racial tension, crime, corruption and violence. Europa City Police Department struggle to maintain law and order. Kurt Brecht, vice cop, driven by his traumatic past and his drug addiction, dispenses his own personal brand of policing. Unlike Judge Dredd, Brecht is man who believes in justice rather than the law.

So far, so dystopian, but White Vampyre is not a straightforward SF thriller. Told partly in flashback through the device of Brecht's journal, we learn of his encounters with Lady Methedrine, an apparently supernatural being who mirrors his moods and chemical intake. She promises Brecht the strength and power to achieve his goals in return for total subservience.

Steelgrave has clearly read, watched and listened widely and references to books, poetry, films and songs are sprinkled liberally throughout the book and those were just the ones I spotted. Happily, these references are not dwelt on or underlined, but just dropped in to be enjoyed by those who happen to recognise them. On top of that, Steelgrave knows how to drive a taut and energetic story which keeps you wanting to turn the page. This is dark, violent story in which many of the characters die gruesomely. There is humour too, often of the black variety, and Kurt Brecht is an anti-hero who can deadpan a one-liner with the best of them. Steelgrave is at his best when he allows his humour to shine through and his imagination to take flight.

The thing which really distinguishes this SF thriller from others in the genre is its treatment of drugs. We are not spared the truth about drugs, including the truth that they can make people feel good as well as bad. Wisely, Steelgrave declines to answer definitively the unspoken question of whether Lady Methedrine is supernatural or merely the figment of Brecht's drug fuelled imagination. In the end, this is a book which owes as much to Hunter S Thompson as it does to Judge Dredd.
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Levels of Entertainment 7 Mar 2013
By Liam Sweeny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed White Vampyre. Steelgrave's protagonist, Kurt Brecht, is a credible character in a post-apocalyptic world. Europa City speaks to the uniformity that, though societies can be radically changed by a global catastrophe, the individual fabrics hold tight. In Europa City, the social struggle is vibrant, and the dynamic of power is maintained. It is neither utopia nor dystopia; it's life. And that's the great quality of this work. It's futuristic technology does not define it - the characters do. The dialog is crisp, and the pacing is great. Hard to put down. I recommend picking this up.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast, furious, page-turner of a book 3 Feb 2012
By Julie Lewthwaite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Kurt Brecht is seeking to right wrongs and bring the bad guys to justice and for him the ends will always justify the means. Driven as much by events in his past as by the high stakes he is playing for in the present, Brecht is an avenging angel, albeit one with a pocket full of thrill pills and a smart one-liner for every occasion.

When Brecht gets into what, even for him, is extremely serious trouble, his childhood rescuer, father-figure and mentor, Guyon Sajer, takes his journal. It's no secret that Brecht is a wild card and Sajer has protected him for as long as he could, but the journal reveals secrets that even he could never have guessed.

In the telling of White Vampyre, Steelgrave plays around with both timelines and perceptions, but very cleverly and in a way that enhances rather than confuses the story. From the start, the book races along at breakneck speed. The opening scenes are stark and powerful and tell you everything you need to know about Brecht. He's a terrific character: imperfect, complex, single-minded, and with an unshakeable sense of justice. As the tension ramps up and the body count gets higher, only the mysterious Lady Methedrine keeps her cool. But who is she? And what part does she play in the events that have taken Brecht to the edge?

White Vampyre is a fast, furious, page-turner of a book. It's dark, violent and deadly, exploring issues of power, exploitation, sacrifice, addiction, greed and integrity. It's a blisteringly good novel for a writer at any stage of their career, and especially impressive as a debut. I loved it. I recommend it unreservedly.
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