- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3124.0 KB
- Print Length: 422 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ken Preston (31 Oct. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N7UF3WA
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joe Coffin, Season One (A Vampire Suspense and British Gangster Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This was a free copy, from the author's website.
But as I started to read the book, I got pretty engrossed in it and got to the point where I didn't want to stop. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone, even if they do have my reluctance to read stories with vampire content in them. It was exciting enough to let you go with the flow.
The concept of billing this as a "season" of television, with each part an "episode" is one I've been jealous of since I saw the cover some time last year. I would have picked it up then based on that alone, but my reading pile was huge at the time. And each part does have the feel of a TV episode, though the first episode would likely have to have run in a two-hour time slot.
If ever a book deserved to be binge-watched, Joe Coffin is it. Every moment of free time, I was jumping back into Coffin's story, eager to find out what happens next. Rarely does a book grab me like that, though I do love reading. Mostly it's because I have to read in little sips whenever I have time, but with Joe Coffin, I took great big gulps like vampires guzzling the blood of innocents. Somebody needs to put this on TV. Seriously.
I should add here that this copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, as Amazon is fussy about these things these days. But honestly, I'm happy to report that this book is the real deal. And aside from a few books and movies, I don't even like vampires.
But Joe Coffin's vampires aren't glittery, nor are they the mushy vampires you often see in movies, easily dispatched with a wooden stake. These are MONSTERS: violent, hypersexual, and unrelenting. They are formidable opponents for mob heavy Coffin, who as described is pretty much a Frankenstein's monster of a man. In his first encounter with the "Birmingham Vampire," Coffin suffers plenty of damage. But he's not all muscle. He's also pretty clever, and the emotional hits he suffers throughout Season One feel almost as brutal as the battles.
The writing is tight, and the transitions between scenes are as smooth as they are on TV. Preston writes action in a way that you can easily imagine, and his characters are complex and well-drawn. There are some really nasty creations in here. Stump and Corpse come immediately to mind as two of the most imaginative creations I've seen outside of a Clive Barker novel.
There were a few minor editing issues here and there, but for a nearly 500-page book, that's not bad. Even the Big 6 publishers release books with editing mistakes these days. Aside from Preston's tendency to slightly overuse commas and "and," there really were no issues I had with the writing. The narrative was mostly dark, but peppered with some great moments of levity. Plenty of twists, gore galore. I would recommend Joe Coffin without reservation. I mean, vampires and the mob—what more do you want?
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