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If you are looking for a new twist on the vampire plot, Andrew John Robinson’s Vampire Vendetta should be next on your list of must-reads. Becoming a vampire, from Robinson’s point of view, is not the glitz and glam of Twilight, but neither is it the classical horror of Dracula.
In this realm vampirism is a virus that was first used in battle but has gotten out of hand. It is a disease that many fear to get, despite it being extremely difficult to do so. This new race of people has created a politically charged setting with a high level of misinformed individuals who do not tolerate what is unknown to them and thus try to eliminate it.
Robinson offers up a world that is described with such great detail that it is hard to believe it doesn’t exist. Every room is laid out in front of readers like a universal blueprint, or an expertly-sketched rendering by an interior designer. There is nothing more readers will want than to get the chance to spend at least a couple of days exploring the Eagle Estates Private School. This school may not be as magical as Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, but it holds just as much appeal to readers and, like Hogwarts, seems to be a world all its own.
The only setback is that the story revolves around a set of characters, so other than their interactions with each, other not much else is seen of the experience a student would have at Eagle Estates. Readers will definitely pick up on the over-the-top security measures, and the comings and goings of students, but there is not much detail regarding the differences between the lives of vampire students and “norm” students. Readers get just enough information about the students’ lives to quench their curiosity, but they will soon wish there was more.
The ending is also a bit abrupt, especially in comparison to all the drama that goes on throughout the book. Rosemary, the daughter of an arms dealer and now a newly-turned vampire, is kidnapped by the Anti-Vamp League, and it is up to her friends and the man who made her a vampire to come to the rescue.
The case becomes such a high priority that even the president of the United States is involved. If things go wrong it could mean the end of Eagle Estates, the president’s reputation, and the disintegration of a family. The stakes are set high, as a group of rich kids learn to take care of themselves in order to save their friend. Not only will they change their lives, they will also change the future of all the students to enter the gates of Eagle Estates, vampire and norm alike.