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5.0 out of 5 stars Something new in Vampires!, 21 Nov 2013
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Paul T. (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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'Salutaris' is a vampire story like no other.

For one thing, unless I missed it somehow, the word vampire is never actually used! That the central character is a vampire is something that is inferred, implied, suggested - but not actually said.

And in fact there is a great deal in the story that is not actually spelled out It has a mystical atmosphere: things happen which aren't quite explained, characters appear who may be more than they seem. If this leaves the reader feeling slightly bemused, then all the better to identify with the main character, who is himself struggling to understand what is happening to him.

John Hance is a brilliantly conceived character. A musician, a teacher, a priest, he is spared the blood-lust of his nature by a quite ingenious means (that I will not spoil the surprise of by revealing!) Tormented by pain and wracked with guilt over events that took place two hundred years ago, he finds solace only in his music. Until Emmy comes into his life, and things begin to change.

The details of that change I'll leave to you to find out! I'll simply say that it seemed to me that this was not a story about vampires at all but about human beings: about their how the past can cripple us, and about how redemption can find us. And it is one of the most marvelously conceived and beautifully written stories I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Take on the Vampire Novel, 12 Feb 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. For all the main character is a vampire, we never see him indulging in his bloody practices. The book is beautifully written and the characters attractive. I'd definitely recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Anne Rice, 25 Oct 2013
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Gev Sweeney has done something I never imagined could be done: something entirely new and surprising and excellent with the tired old theme of vampires. There's no twinkling eternally young and eternally annoying Edwards here. But a lot of compassion and power and even a guinea pig. The writing is compelling, and the story hooks you from the first.
Started reading it last night, and have just finished it today. If you don't own a kindle, download an app for pc, mac or smartphone or nag until the author does a paperback.
Move over Anne Rice. There's a new girl on the block.
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