Blood & Spirits: Book One Of The Coming Storm Trilogy: Volume 1
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About the Author
Born and raised in the middle of the American Midwest, Dennis Sharpe has been a writer as long as he can remember. His mother has told many people about the fantasy and science fiction stories he'd write on scraps of paper, and staple together as his 'books', before he'd attended his first day of formal education. He has spent many late nights at diners and dives, drinking coffee with a tattered notebook to put a voice to his feelings of himself and the world around him, and other worlds that can exist only in fiction. The voices in his head don't ever stop talking to him, and so sooner or later he has to get out onto a page all that they've filled him up with. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Miller, Chrissie Pappas, Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Issac Asimov, and countless classic literary influences, Dennis continues with the ability to write what at a glance might seem absurd, but quickly begins to resonate with our own thoughts and emotions. He writes people we know, love we've known and lost (and found again), and places we've been in our lives and in our heads. Even his fictional characters and worlds carry enough of the grey areas we experience in day-to-day life, to let us find the truth in his words, no matter how fantastic. These days he can be found still writing, drinking coffee with friends, or spending time with his children (the true joys of his life), in Western Kentucky. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I found the blend of the life and the lifestyle given to her by Jules an interesting one. Though it is now a slightly more popular combination, this book was one of the first to blend them seamlessly, especially when it was first published.
Veronica was a very strong character, both in will and in her actions. Though that sometimes means that tricky situations can become trickier, I loved it. I am always fond of lady vamp characters, when they are main characters, because they get away from the idea that there is a 'count' in charge of them or that they should bow to a male leader. They may still be under a male leader, which I like, but they have a fieriness about them that makes them brave, interesting and someone that it is fun to read about, as a woman.
I also rather enjoyed the other characters in this book. I found that each of them was likeable in their own way, or I could hate them, but I was given the perfect amount of detail, personality and even physical description to be able to know and decide for myself about them. I also really felt as though I got close to each of them, almost as if I was part of their lives.
One of my favourite things about this book is the narrative. It also allowed me to feel part of the story. I was able to feel as though I was Veronica, which was brilliant!
Overall, the writing style, pace, character depth and story line made this book brilliant. I really enjoyed reading it and cannot wait for the second book.Read more ›
Veronica Fischer, a vampire and also a brothel madam, a combination that blew me away, has an eight year old ghost under her care who has gone missing. Along with that, Veronica's world comes under attack. And that's as much of the plot I am going to tell you.
Sharpe has written a tight, fresh mystery that combines vampires, fantasy, zombies, a little bit of love and sex.., and most importantly it is different.
For me the coolest aspect of of the story was it being narrated in the present tense. Not writers can pull it off. Sharpe has.
Read it. You will not regret it.
Blood & Spirits
The Coming Storm #1
This book intrigued me from the start, and I was soon completely transfixed by the world and characters the author had built. Well written, the story flowed smoothly and definitely has a unique spin on creatures of the night. Never a dull moment, I was kept entertained throughout and happily turned page after page to see what was next in store for Veronica & co. A great book that's fast paced and full of action.
I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I must say that I love Veronica Fischer! Kudos to Mr. Sharpe for breathing life into such an amazingly strong, funny, independent, and still very feminine female character. This book is a must read for anyone who has been a little jaded or turned off by the stereotypical vampire tale and would love to experience a fresh and intelligent approach to the genre. You think you know where it's going but you are SO WRONG! Blood & Spirits has really given me a new appreciation for character development as each person we encounter is a rich tapestry of the world and circumstances they have endured. You will laugh, cringe, and perhaps even shed a tear but more importantly you will be captivated by Veronica, Sunny, and Paco and, like me, salivating for the next book in the series! I HIGHLY recommend this book!!
Bottom line, this is a great story and I can't wait for the next book.
Blood and Spirits is about vampire who runs a house of 12 girls she takes care of, each who have their own individual powers and abilites. She also watches over a little girl who was mudered, is now a ghost and has disappeared. She has to deal with her hunger, a determination to find the little girl, and one heck of a mystery.
This book reads like a detective novel, and I quite enjoyed it. It's fast paced, with the heroine getting herself into one hairy situation after another. I gave it five stars.
Quick & Dirty: Down and dirty first person narrative that follows a "madam" vampire and her troubles.
Opening Sentence: I'm told that it's an oddity that I still sleep.
In a market flooded with vampire stories, I was not expecting much from debut author, Dennis Sharpe. I have never been so happy to be wrong. Blood & Spirits, the first book in The Coming Storm series, is as gritty as it is captivating. I am also pleasantly surprised at how well a man portrays a realistic woman's point of view. Very few can obtain such insight into the opposite sex. I know that I have NO idea what guys are thinking, just ask my husband. Anything I found lacking or obtuse will most certainly be touched upon in the next two books. That is part of the reason this book catches my attention: we learn along with V and her companions in a first-person perspective.
Veronica "V" Fischer is a madam in a brothel house in Middle America. If you don't know what a "madam" is, then this book might be a little too risqué for you. Just remember, I warned you. She has employees, a go-to man, and spirits that she relies on to take care of day to day affairs. She is also a vampire. Found by her sire, Jules, at a young age, V has always used her "assets" to her advantage. She is smart, and runs her house like the business it is. Now there is someone out there trying to tear down all that V has built up, one brick at a time. Rachel, an eight year old ghost that V has grown attached to, goes missing. "Patrons" of her establishment are telling police that they are being blackmailed by her. Someone keeps trying to blow up her brothel house. Can't she catch a break here? The more that happens, the more we see V lose her cool façade. Anyone, vampire or human, can only take so much in so little time. I do so appreciate a character that responses in a more realistic way. V is then forced to admit she is in over her head and calls on her sire for help.
Jules is an old vampire. He is V's "father figure" and has long ago left her to fend for herself. Jules is truly like a dad in this novel. I mean, what adult do you know wants to admit to needing their parents to bail them out of trouble? No one, that's who. He is strong and invincible in V's eyes. So surely anything that's going on here he can fix, right?
The love interest here is an unknown vampire named Garrett. He blows into to town just when things are getting out of control and saves V from some "unquiet" spirits that are attacking her. But is his help as altruistic as he wants us to believe? V is certain that whoever is trying to kill her must be one of her own kind, a vampire. So is this sexy new player on the field a good guy or a bad guy? Can V truly resist him either way?
Frank, V's right hand man, is an ex-cop. He relies on his old contacts on the force to investigate things for V. Frank stays with V, not only because she is his boss, but also his friend. His ex-partner, David Lewis, refuses to understand why he would leave the force and go work for someone they both used to think of as a "bad guy." There is a lot of sexual tension between the two that is never fully addressed. I enjoy the by-play though. Dave helps Frank track whoever is causing problems for V and her girls, even though he would rather see V behind bars instead. The loyalty Dave shows toward Frank is commendable, and the fact that he refuses to give up on his old partner is comforting. I believe everyone should have someone looking out for their best interests, whether you want them to or not. Dave's feelings are evident in everything he does. Will these two work it out? Will they get together, or not? Will the difficulties V is having be the final straw that breaks this long time friendship? Or will it turn into the catalyst that changes their relationship forever?
One of my favorite characters to hate in this story is Paco, the zombie. Nasty looking: inside and out. The maggots hinted at below his skin are a perfect metaphor for the rot in his soul. He is a magic user and holds sway over the spirits around him. Being one of the less desirables of the little town of Pekin, few choose to go to Paco for assistance. Unfortunately, V is left with little choice if she is going to find out what is going on in the spirit world. How can she help those ghosts that mean so much to her without a guide? Will he help her or use her toward his own advantage? I mean, what's in it for him? Will she ever get the smell of him out of her car?
V is a wonderful anti-hero; full of vulnerability and cunning, street smarts mixed in with naiveté. I have grown to adore her and her lackadaisical attitude shining in at the oddest of moments. A diamond in the ruff, Blood & Spirits exceeds many of my expectations from a self-published work. I will be looking forward to future Dennis Sharpe books.
The Coming Storm Trilogy:
1. Blood & Spirits
2. Distant Thunder
FTC Advisory: The author provided me with a copy of Blood & Spirits. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. I only get paid in hugs and kisses from my little boys.