Bloodshift

Rating: 
4
Bloodshift
Review by Hemogoblin, submitted on 8-Dec-1992

Bloodshift by Garfield Reeves-Stevens. 1981. ISBN 0-445-21012-5 (Popular Library edition, published May 1990)

Granger Helman is a hit man. A very *successful* hit man, but now he wants to retire and spend his remaining years in more bucolic pursuits. His last "closing" was a bit too much like murder rather than business and he finds he no longer has the stomach for it. All he wants now is to quietly settle down on a farm near his sister and her kids. Naturally things don't work out that way.

Adrienne St. Clair is a vampire running from the final death at the hands of her former colleagues in the Conclave of vampires. The Conclave, established in mockery of the Catholic church, is, and always has been run by Lord Diego. Diego desperately wants Adrienne dead, but why? No matter the reason, Diego persuades Helman to accept one last contract; the killing of Adrienne St. Clair. Diego and the Conclave can be *very* persuasive.

One extremely secret and mysterious agency of the U.S. Government is also very interested in Adrienne, as are several very militant crossbow-toting Jesuit priests. And what of the Father, the oldest and most powerful of all vampires? What role will he play in the destruction or preservation of Adrienne? And you must be wondering by now, what does all this have to do with evolution. Well...you wouldn't want me to give away too much of the story, would you? ;->

This is a compelling book with several different threads that become more and more tightly woven until the whole cloth is revealed in the end. It's an action-packed drama, a gothic horror story, a high-tech scientific thriller, and a love story. All these aspects are blended skillfully, and though the reader may be thoroughly confused by the middle of the book, all will be made clear by the end. Though I was very impressed with the book, I'm sure my second reading of it will be even more enjoyable than the first. I recommend it highly and give it a solid four fangs out of five.

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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