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Product (The Product Line Book 1) by [McCain, Ian]
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About the Author

Ian S. McCain is, in the simplest terms, an entrepreneur, a fan of puzzles, a marketing strategist, a social butterfly, a husband and a father. Currently he spends his days working in a shed, repurposed as a business office. He has a background in film production and scriptwriting, having written, produced and/or directed six award-winning short films which have been in competition in over sixty national and international film festivals, winning various Awards and Critical Accolades. Ian spent the ages of eleven to seventeen legally blind due to a degenerative eye disease, and later started the patient and family resource website www.kcvision.org. He has a terrible singing voice, but is however a surprisingly good dancer. By day Ian works in Information Technology as the Director of Operations for an IT consulting firm. At night, while his family is sleeping, he writes; trying hard to strike a balance between creative and business worlds. Ian lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, two sons, and their dog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1386 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Ian S. McCain; 1 edition (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP54F26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #874,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was recommended to me by a friend and excellent author, Shan Kodejs, so I thought it was well worth a read... I wasn't disappointed. The book was chilling and by no means typical of so many stories in this genre.

It has the page-turning quality that I love and leaves an excellent opening for the continuation of the story... can't wait to read the next installment!

The way it is written makes it believable which, I think, adds to its scary-factor!
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Ernie Chase is a homeless man whose alcoholism has led him to a dilapidated life on the streets. All Ernie cares about is the booze and his daughter Marie. Ernie witnesses a drug deal in alley and is shot, causing him to lose consciousness. When he wakes up, he is a completely new man. He is told that he has been infected with a virus, and he now needs human blood to stay alive.

Ernie now as to do exactly as he is told, when he is told as the Vampires know about Marie, and use threats to her life as a way of manipulating him, and keeping him under control.

Ian McCain has created a universe where vampires are more realistic, they hurt, they care and yes, they can be monsters.
I noticed very few errors in the book, nothing that pulled you away from the story. I am looking forward to book 2.
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Another vampire book but it was well written and the author introduced several original twists and didn't just revamp old plots and story lines. I would definitely recommend this if you like vampire books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ian McCain Has Reinvented the Vampire Tale! 19 Sept. 2013
By Susan Barton - Published on Amazon.com
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Ernie Chase is a man who's made more than a few mistakes in his sorry life. Broke, homeless and usually drunk, he lives on the streets and back alleys of New York City - much to the dismay of his worried adult daughter, Marie. After he steals some booze and then gets caught in gang-banger crossfire, Ernie thinks this is the end of the road for him. When he wakes up shackled to a bed, looking and feeling decades younger he soon finds there's a price to be paid for his new lease on life - supplying *product* to the other *infected* throughout the city. Simple enough, or so he thinks.

Ian McCain has written an ingenious new take on a popular tale. No ordinary vampire story to be sure - "Product" is gritty, original, suspenseful and...yes...violent. Yet, the violence certainly works and is definitely necessary. McCain's ability to write descriptive, gripping and graphic scenes is unfailing and highly commendable. I could see "Product" easily being turned into a movie.

If you think vampire books are all the same, think again. Ian McCain has come up with a decidedly new and innovative approach to the subject with his book, "Product". I would highly recommend it to readers searching for an exciting, fast-paced thriller that's sure to leave them satisfied and asking for more. I can't wait for the sequel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice new different take on vampire myths. 24 Jun. 2014
By Miri - Published on Amazon.com
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After being shot and while he should have been dead, Ernie, a fifty-year-old homeless drunkard is anything but dead. From there we learn how those vampires go through their days without going on a killing rampage by harvesting blood from the 'bad' people.

The author alternates between old Romania and the beginning of vampires, and modern days. While hoping to avoid spoilers, I can say that both will converge at some point. Else what would be the point? Over all it was well done, the characters were believable, and I came to like Ernie. He has a conscience.

The story is told in the third POV present tense and that's where it lost a few points for me. I can live with it. I've read and loved books written in present when they make me forget the tense, and Product succeeded in doing so most of the time. Yet there were those moments when I really wished it were past tense. This is just me being picky. It is only a personal preference and has nothing to do with the story itself.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story with a fresh twist 18 Nov. 2013
By Elio Spinello - Published on Amazon.com
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Told from the perspective of main character Ernie Chase, Product begins with a somewhat sad and gritty view of a homeless life on the streets of New York. What makes Product unique, however, is the twist on the classic vampire story. Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about vampires, McCain proposes a backstory that is equal parts "Twilight" and "House, MD". With rich storytelling covering 18th century Romania through the present day New York, McCain weaves together an imaginative story that is gripping, and has that unique ability to suspend disbelief. At the same time, McCain manages to provide rich development of believable characters caught up in unusual circumstances.

Being both a lover of SciFi and Horror genres, while also having a background in science and technology, I have always found myself being caught between a desire to immerse myself in a story, while at the same time not thinking to myself "that could never happen!". The result is more than a couple books that I never manage to finish due to my not being able to stop mentally debunking aspects of the story. I am happy to say that Product held my attention throughout the entire book and also has me anticipating what will hopefully be a series. McCain's writing style is rich and descriptive, with a slightly different approach for a novel of writing in the present tense. While the present tense style caught me a bit off guard at first, it felt a bit script-like in the delivery and seems to actually help the reader (at least in my case) visualize the situations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a good vampire book 28 July 2013
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I really enjoyed the book, it's definitely not your generic typical vampire romance fiction that seem to be flooding the markets as of lately. This book has all the dark and gritty elements that vampire related books used to be known for and that for me is what really made this book worth the read. The book is quite graphic, expressed by some very visually rich writing that really gets the point across to the reader; the story retains some classic vampire elements but with it's own unique contemporary twists added to it. The plot is very unique, refreshingly new and not run of the mill like most others are and the characters are really original; the author is definitely very talented, it's evident due to the high quality writing and the smooth, fast pace that keeps the story captivating from start to finish.

Overall I really enjoyed it, there weren't any parts that I thought were unneeded or tainted with filler, everything flowed quite nicely and the thrown in twists and turns definitely kept it entertaining all the way to the end for me. I highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read now, thank me later... 4 Jan. 2014
By gjsx51 - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel took me by surprise. I picked it up after reading the synopsis, which promised an interesting and original premise. I didn't expect a vampire genre piece, and may have skipped it if I had known, just because I have been done to death with vampires of late. Whoops, guess I ruined that tidbit if there are other like minded readers out there! Actually, I wanted to drop that gem as a public service, because the originality and sheer grit of the tale helped restore my faith in the genre. Before this, The Strain series came closest to capturing what I imagine a vampire plaque would be like in the modern age. Ian McCain carried this to a new level of believability, and was able to shock even this jaded horror reader. To be honest, I only have one quibble with the author, and that is the use of a dash before a sentence, -, to indicate speech by a character. I guess I am an old stodgy has-been, but I like me some quotes when it comes to speech in literal form. Throughout the novel I was thrown by the usage. However, I will not let that damage my rating. This is vampire fiction for the non-sparkly crowd. Enjoy!
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