The Vampire of Rome by Lincoln Farish
There are vampires out there that will curdle your blood just by looking at them. Witches that have dreams of immortality. Creatures that are not romantic, but horrific. Join Brother Sebastian on another mission through his own private version of hell.
Publisher’s Description: A prisoner in Vatican City, Brother Sebastian must endure an ordeal to prove he is still pure, re-qualify to demonstrate he still has the skills required of an Inquisitor, and then figure out where the Vampire Lord who is picking off Cardinals is hiding and Purge him. The hunt is on, but who is hunting whom?
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).
Nervous Nellie says…
Pride is brittle. You think you’re special because of hubris. You believe in your own uniqueness because you wish to believe it, not based on reality or objective truth. Confidence is knowing you have the ability to make a difference and, even more importantly, knowing when you cannot. It’s a realistic self-assessment.
I thought I couldn’t get grossed out much more than in previous books. This is not a bad thing, mind you. I enjoy reading about the world that Sebastian lives in. I enjoy the characters, but I have to remember this is labeled a horror story. Author Lincoln Farish enjoys writing in the repulsive ball park. If you don’t mind a vampire that is so far away from ‘sparkly’ that it’ll burn your eyes, if you don’t mind horribly grisly deaths, if you don’t mind sucking on an eyeball as a mint, then this is a book for you. The creatures dissolve in horrible green primordial ooze and it usually always take more than one hack to sever the head of the preternatural creatures. Yuck, but in a good old horror/blood squirting everywhere kind of way.
The Brethren are fighting among themselves as well as fighting the monsters this time. Sebastian is not treated well again in this book. His humility and subservience is being used to take advantage of him by those who want to use his head as a stepping stone. Politics reigns supreme and while Cardinals of the Vatican are being killed, someone is looking at filling their shoes diabolically.
There were parts of the book I didn’t understand, but those of you that are “in the know” about military procedures, jargon and weapons, will fit right in. I am interested to see what happens in the next book, because there wasn’t much of a hint at the end. Sebastian has an assignment in this world, but we are not a lot closer in finding out what he’s up to next.
Our reviews in this series…
If you like this book…
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- Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey
- Eric Carter series by Stephen Blackmoore
- Soren Chase series by Rob Blackwell