Winter Duty

Winter Duty

A Novel of the Vampire Earth

Book - 2009
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The cause of freedom in Kentucky balances on a knife-edge. Major Valentine and his fugitive battalion are all that is left of a expeditionary force shattered in its long retreat from disaster in the Appalachians. Between a blizzard and the remnants of the brutal Moondaggers, Valentine is in for the toughest winter of his life.
Publisher: New York : Roc, c2009.
ISBN: 9780451462749
Branch Call Number: KNIGH
Characteristics: 343 p.

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Syrax
Mar 08, 2010

As a loyal reader of the "Vampire Earth" series, I was quite dismayed to read this latest addition. E. E. Knight has written a very lazy sloppy continuation of the adventures of "David Valentine" here. It is hard to believe Mr. Knight even wrote this. In the book we find out that "reapers" must be within a 10 mile straight line distance of a Kurian, for the Kur to maintain control. What!!!! The entire series is full of encounters with reapers in the deep wilderness, miles away from Kurian towers. In this instance the new revelation conveniently initiated a story arc, but left readers totally befuddled.
There is so much wrong with this novel. It is shorter than most, and even some of the dialogue doesn't make any sense. The ending seems thrown together out of the blue, with a ridiculous ill thought out judgment for a very serious offense.
Perhaps Mr. Knight is dividing too much time now that he has entered the world of dragons, in his other series. He has entered "James Axler" territory with this effort, and possibly lost many faithful readers.

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