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The Cross by [Mariani, Scott G.]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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Praise for THE CROSS:

“Essential reading for those bitten by the vampire craze.’
- Closer Book Club

Praise for UPRISING:

“It's got action . . . it's a thriller . . . more hardcore Underworld action than Twilight angst. This could be the one for you.”
- Falcata Times

“Dark and dirty . . . returns vampires to their rightful place as the creatures of nightmares.”
- Monsters and Critics

“Exhilarating . . . [the author] makes his undead realm seem genuine.”
- Midwest Book Review

‘Mariani certainly knows how to rack up the tension in this high-octane thriller’
Lancashire Evening Post

‘Smart, action-packed thriller…it’s completely addictive.’ Closer Magazine

‘This fast-paced thriller leapt off the page!”
Closer Magazine

Book Description

There are worse things than vampires...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH0230
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So, vampires. For a scaredy cat like me, reading horror is a challenge. And when I think of non-sparkly vampires or non-Joss Whedon-esque vampires for that matter, I think of scary guys trying to kill me. So vampires aren't a natural subject for me to be reading about. But at the beginning of this year I decided that I'd challenge myself to reading more outside of my comfort zone, so horror was definitely on the menu. Thus, when I was asked about reviewing Scott G. Mariani's The Cross, I said yes and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.

As The Cross is the second book in the Vampire Federation series, after Uprising, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't get some of the continuing storylines, but as it turns out Mariani explains what we need to know, without going into info-dumping mode and I never had the impression that I didn't get what was going on due to not having read the first book. It seems like The Cross picks up almost where it left off and introduces us to our protagonists and villains in several chapters.

The reader is taken along on a whirlwind ride of conspiracies, a hidden world inside the one we know and in a way The Cross reads more like a thriller than a supernatural horror novel. And I really liked that. In this book the vampires aren't the monsters, but they do represent the other, a different outlook on life - or maybe rather undeath - than humanity propagates. Mariani's vampires are actually likeable, even the bad guys, Gabriel Stone and company, are not completely beyond the pale and are quite engaging, but then they aren't the biggest villains, they get trumped.

The truly scary characters aren't even vampires, they're a human and the Übervampyr. And these latter are scary but rather unfathomable.
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A brilliant follow up to Uprising! The fantastic cliffhanger ending to the first Vampire Federation book literally left me gasping for breath and wanting more. I had high expectations of the second book in the series, The Cross, and I have not been disappointed. Mariani reassembles the same cast of characters for an even more exciting and fast paced vampire thriller. The tragic and touching love story between Alex and Joel continues, Gabriel is back with a vengeance, and young Dec Madden emerges as a hero to be reckoned with. If anything, this book is even more fun than the first. It's gruesome in places, but mixes humour and political satire witih some of the best writing around. A must read!
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Scott never fails to impress me with his imaginative twists and turns! The Cross is a worthy sequel in the Vampire Federation series that builds on the strong foundations of "Uprising". The characters grow and develop with some surprising results, and the new "team members" soon feel like old friends.

The only recommendation I would make is to read Uprising first; this is definitely a series that must be read in order!
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This book lives up to its reviews. Builds on the existing characters from Uprising together with some new characters. Great now Joel & Alex are on an even footing, you can see they will be a force to be reckoned with and you're dying for the moment they meet again.

Although Gabriel is my favourite character, he's so insulting and loves the good things in life.

This has definitely become a subject the author can extend, my daughter's just read through the book and loves Alex and keeps asking me when the next instalment is out and I hope soon!

In the meantime, I have just ordered a kindle and going to read Scott's Ben Hope series.
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I have both books and it's a must to read. They were both excellent. The first book was hard to get into at the beginning, as it went from one place to the next, but then I couldn't put it down. As soon as I finished the first book I went straight to kindle store to get the second book. I loved that as much or maybe more so. The problem I have, is there another book to follow on. It doesn't say there is. Please please please let there be another book.
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The Cross picks up immediately after the events at the end of it predecessor, Uprising. The reader is immediately thrust into the fallout of the previous novels conclusion. Each of the sides in the conflict has retreated to their respective corners and are licking their wounds.

The action remains just as bonkers as it was in the first novel. There are various sword fights, explosions, massacres and even a Mexican stand-off involving a cable car. I was particularly pleased when I realised that no character is safe, everyone is fair game. Mariani obviously delights in throwing the odd curveball at his readers.

Meanwhile Joel Solomon is coming to terms with the prospect of existing as a vampire. His relationship with Alex has been strained to breaking point, and it is interesting to watch his internal struggle as he accepts his new life. Dec Maddon also returns as the world's least well equipped, but most enthusiastic, vampire hunter. His journey offers some nice light relief to all the hacking and slashing going on around him. Dec isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he is great character.

There are a couple of new characters introduced to help expand the VF universe. Without a shadow of a doubt, a psychotic mad man called Ash is my clear favourite. He is an insane human who believes he is already a vampire. His actions are violently destructive, and when he does finally meet some genuine vamps, you just know that there will be blood. His unpredictable nature, in tandem with his brutal savagery, makes all the scenes Ash appears in some of the best in the novel.

It is becoming increasingly obvious as the story develops that the VF are just as corrupt and twisted as the Traditional vampires.
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