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Descendant

by Graham Masterton

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  SomeGuyInVirginia | Apr 23, 2012 |
This was a vast disappointment to me compared to the other wonderful works that Masterton has crafted. The plot clears up way too easily when it deserved to be vastly expanded on to sort out the plot threads that were criminally unexplored.

It starts off well enough with a very promising premise in that a student from America has been recruited by the Allies to fight off strigoi gained by Nazi Germany due to a deal made with Romania. These strigoi are much harder to kill than normal vampires, and their threat is very real, causing the protagonist to almost lose everything he has.

All in all this had a great idea, but a terrible execution. I expected much better from Masterton, especially in his characterization of the main character, who cheats on his wife with almost no guilt, and then ends his relationship with her in one of the poorest ways I've ever seen in a novel. I felt cheated myself at the way the book ended, and really wanted to see it fleshed out into what was actually promised by the book's description. For Masterton die-hard fans only. ( )
  NKSCF | May 5, 2010 |
Descendant is almost a prequel to Manitou Blood, with the Romanian folklore of strigoi (vampires) being explored and utilised for as much carnage as possible. Descendant never really ramps up in terms of suspense or chills, but delivers a solid story, spread from World War II until today, with most of the story occurring in the 1950's. This unusual approach allows Masterton to play with the the options - technology being rather limited at these times ensured some grisly up close and personal approaches to strigoi hunting. It's a short read and although it adds very little to this crowded genre, it is plotted cleverly enough to keep you engaged throughout. ( )
  SonicQuack | Apr 15, 2009 |
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It was a sweltering Thursday afternoon and I was caught in the usual southbound traffic jam on the Kennedy Bridge when WRKA played "Diana", and I felt as if my entire skin surface was shaking.
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A supernatural thriller from the master of suspense Californian James Falcon's compelling Romanian mother told him so many folk stories that by the time he reaches college in 1943, he is something of an expert on the strigoi, the legendary, undying vampires who infested the most isolated forests of Wallachia. Mostly as a joke, he writes a term paper on the strigoi. But the joke turns serious when US counterintelligence approach him to recruit his expertise. James hunts down strigoi murderers in war-ravaged Europe, Nazi assassins hired to run down run down the French and Belgian resistance in exchange for Transylvanian independence, although the principal one, the terrible Dorin Duca, continues to elude him. In the Cold War, he must fight once more, as Duca goes on the rampage, spreading his strigoi infection all across London, England. With Jill, a police dog handler of great beauty and resilience, James is assigned to Britain's MI6 to go on the hunt again. But even after thethreat is driven away, James will still uncover more secrets about the immortal predators ? secrets that come ever closer to home

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Californian James Falcon's compelling Romanian mother has told him so many folk stories that by the time he reaches college in 1943, he is something of an expert on the strigoi, the legendary, undying vampires who infested the most isolated forests of Wallachia. Mostly as a joke, he writes a term paper on the strigoi. But the joke turns serious when US counterintelligence approach him to recruit his expertise. James hunts down strigoi murderers in war-ravaged Europe, Nazi assassins hired to run down the French and Belgian resistance in exchange for Transylvanian independence, although the principal one, the terrible Dorin Duca, continues to elude him. In the Cold War, he must fight once more, as Duca goes on the rampage, spreading his strigoi infection all across London, England. With Jill, a police dog handler of great beauty and resilience, James is assigned to Britain's MI6 to go on the hunt again. But even after the threat is driven away, James will still uncover more secrets about the immortal predators, secrets that come ever closer to home.… (more)

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