The government decided that Nightwalkers would make great soldiers for the war on terror. They were wrong.
“Nightwalkers are something like Vampires, except we’re the good kind,” explains New York Homicide detective, Frank Baron. His lonely and secretive world is thrown into disarray when the government finds out about the existence of Nightwalkers and decides that they would make excellent fighters for the war on terror.
The Department of Homeland Security comes by some Nightwalker blood and alters its DNA to create it’s own undefeatable soldier who they call Erebus. When their creation’s decides he is now a god and no longer answerable to man, Frank Baron must find a way to stop him without revealing who or what he is.
After being away for more than two years, I was glad to be home. I considered myself a New Yorker even though I wasn’t born here. I’ve traveled to a lot of different cities under a lot of names, but if I had my druthers, I’d take my last breath in New York as Frank Baron. So many different kinds of people, so easy to blend in. A million places to go and always something new to see.
Tonight, in the dark of a winter evening, Central Park was my sanctuary from the noise and chaos. It’d been raining on and off all day and the icy drizzle felt like tiny insects bombarding my face. Still, I needed to be alone with my thoughts and do the things I needed to do.
I wiped my forehead with the back of my hand and let the lifeless body sink to the cold grass. His blood, warm and thick, slid down my throat, coating my insides. I dropped back onto the park bench and closed my eyes.
The taste was slightly different each time. Sometimes sweeter, sometimes more pungent, but always satisfying. It both excited and calmed me, making me feel positively reborn with every swallow. A
The shriveled carcass lay in a fetal heap only a few feet from the old man he and his long gone partner had robbed and murdered. Oddly, the young assailant appeared more at peace than his prey. The murdered man, an innocent, lay with his arms and legs splayed, clothes disheveled, and bathed in blood from a gaping knife wound in his chest. His wrinkled face was taut with the violation.
In contrast, the miscreant lay folded in a childlike repose. His dark skin was smooth and relaxed; half-lidded eyes looked more tired than dead. His lower lip hung in a languid wilt as if he were about to speak. A gold tooth with the initial “B” glowed dully in the subdued park light. Of course, he hadn’t suffered the indignity of having his life stolen as torturously as his victim. Once the brain has been deprived of a pint or so of blood, it all but shuts down, leaving its owner in a dreamlike state.
He’d slashed me with the same switchblade he used on the old man. The slice traveled diagonally down my face from forehead to chin. The bleeding stopped almost immediately and the blood scar would be gone before I got to work.
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Reviewed by Anne B. for ReadersFavorite.com
Blood Bond by Richard Tortorici is a vampire story with a twist. Detective Frank Baron is one of the walking dead, aka a Nightwalker. He had specially made glasses, a ski mask and a fedora to protect him from the direct sunlight. Baron was one of the good guys. Stormy witnessed the death of her mentor Glenda; she feared they would come after her next.
Stormy was staying with Baron until the Society could find her a new mentor. There was more than one type of Vampire. There were those born to be a vampire and those that were created. Now there was a third, the most dangerous type of all...Erebus. For many years the Daywalkers, aka normal people, did not know about the Nightwalker. When Homeland Security found out, they came up with the bright idea of creating a group of super fighters. They messed with the DNA of a Nightwalker and turned him into a not so nice vampire, Erebus. Erebus believes he is God and vengeance is his.
Blood Bond is an entertaining read. It has all the elements I look for in a book: suspense, mystery, thrills, intrigue, danger, car chases, murder and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. Tortorici is a talented author whose characters are multifaceted. Stormy and Frank worked well together; she had an innocence that made her endearing, and Frank was a courageous hero. The plot has twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing to the very last word. This is not your typical vampire story. I believe this is the first book in a new series, and I look forward to the subsequent volumes.
Jack Austin, WTAN's BOOK TALK
Finished your book tonight and am so impressed. I doubt there is a better writer in this genre than you and I will do my best to convey that to the listeners.
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