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- Print Length: 422 pages
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- 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: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #471,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve never been a fan of vampire novels, but that doesn’t matter when the writing is strong. Some of the images of horror stick in the mind vividly. A toddler vampire slurping over its feast, then there’s the empathy you develop for even secondary characters. Poor Julie, I so wanted her to escape, but she didn’t, and had me feeling the loss. And then I realised. God, she might come back as a vampire now. And I really liked her.
Also have to say, I adore Stump and Corpse, and hope to meet them again in Joe Coffin: Season Two. I currently have in my wardrobe over 150 books waiting and usually keep to a strict order of reading. Hmmm … can I wait a year or so begin book two? I think my rules may have to bend a little.
I was engrossed in the storyline what was going to happen next ‘don’t take it off’ I found myself saying.
The story is fast paced, light hearted and has a smattering of humour, not your typical dark vampire story. Yes, there are swear words, but none that are not in common use and not offensive. I grew to like Joe and would have him in my corner any day. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.
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?
The title is perfect. Joe Coffin: Season One needs to be a series. It wouldn't be out of place on a list of Netflix Originals.
At the heart of the book is a driving thriller. Then, when you add all the gore, humour, sadness, revenge, violence and sexy bits, it turns into something completely different and original. I love that the story is told from different PoV's and flits around between past and present. It all comes together to make for quite a brilliant ending. The sense of suspense at the end of each chapter, particularly towards the end of the book, hooks you in and makes Joe Coffin: Season One quite addictive.
I do have one criticism about the book, and it is purely personal, but I think it's just that bit too long. I think, maybe, that the book would have had more of an impact (on me, anyway) if it was shorter. I also found that, at times, there was some repetition.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be reading Joe Coffin: Season 2.
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