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Night Road

by A. M. Jenkins

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Cole takes Gordo, a new vampire created by accident on a road trip with his creator Sandor. Sandor and Cole are trying to teach Gordo how to function outside of the Building. Gordo is having a very hard time adjusting to being a vampire and Cole is having a hard time training a new vampire. Together they help each other come to terms with who they are and the mistakes they have made.

It definitely seems like there could be a sequel...but there doesn't necessarily have to be since they did give a plausible reason for who Royal is; although he does have to be dealt with. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Cole takes Gordo, a new vampire created by accident on a road trip with his creator Sandor. Sandor and Cole are trying to teach Gordo how to function outside of the Building. Gordo is having a very hard time adjusting to being a vampire and Cole is having a hard time training a new vampire. Together they help each other come to terms with who they are and the mistakes they have made.

It definitely seems like there could be a sequel...but there doesn't necessarily have to be since they did give a plausible reason for who Royal is; although he does have to be dealt with. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Cole takes Gordo, a new vampire created by accident on a road trip with his creator Sandor. Sandor and Cole are trying to teach Gordo how to function outside of the Building. Gordo is having a very hard time adjusting to being a vampire and Cole is having a hard time training a new vampire. Together they help each other come to terms with who they are and the mistakes they have made.

It definitely seems like there could be a sequel...but there doesn't necessarily have to be since they did give a plausible reason for who Royal is; although he does have to be dealt with. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
These vampires are dark and dangerous, as is Jenkins’ overall tale. With multidimensional characters, clever dialogue and a thrilling ending, this one is a must read! ( )
  jakehlyn | Nov 9, 2010 |
Cole is a “heme,” a vampire, living in a Colony of other hemes in a world full of “omnis,” or regular human beings. They congregate in a nest called the Building, which is located in New York City, and while most of them may be over a hundred years old, they were turned as teenagers. Thus Jenkins plays on the recent fascination with vampires by turning vampires into teenagers and giving them the same struggles. Cole is called upon to mentor, if you will, a newly turned vampire named Gordon; in the process, Cole is required to reflect and examine his own life. I found Jenkins book and tropes to be tiresome and poorly written; it was very difficult for me to care about the characters and I felt them to be very superficial. When I looked online to see other reviews, I noticed the book had five reviews on Amazon, all positive, which surprised me. I would not recommend this book to children as I feel the writing and characterization is quite weak. For instance, in the beginning of the book, Jenkins emphasizes that Sandor is responsible for Gordon at least five times. It became repetitive, tiresome, and plain insulting after the third time.

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“Cole did not like open feeding; he was out of the habit, and it made him uncomfortable. But he always took a feed when it was available—that was only wise, to keep desire from taking recognizable form so that it would never, ever turn into need” (12).

“’Our bodies heal…Our minds don’t. And in sun, your mind goes too, before the end…But even when it’s all gone, when all that’s left of you is just a heap of charred bone and tattered flesh, you’re still alive’” (45).

“The first time he’d felt the Thirst—he remembered that better than anything. Not an emotion, not hunger, not sexual need, but all three wrapped into one. Thirst was an ever-expanding hole” (168). ( )
  amandacb | Sep 15, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060546042, Hardcover)

For a heme like Cole, life is a tightrope existence in which sunlight is his deadly enemy and one mistake could trap him underground, staring at the inside of a coffin lid, for eternity. After a century of wandering he may still look like a teenager, but he's known in the heme community for being observant, meticulous, and controlled—a master of life on the road.

When Cole is asked to take a newly created heme out for training, however, his usual caution may not be enough. If Gordon, the rookie who really is in his teens, can't cut ties with his old life and accept his new limitations, Cole will have to discreetly dispose of the kid—the same way a mad dog would be put down for the safety of society.

Cole thinks he can handle it. But no matter how carefully he plans, or how much he thinks he's in control, accidents still happen. . . .

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Battling his own memories and fears, Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and Sandor, a more impulsive acquaintance, spend a few months on the road, trying to train a young man who recently joined their ranks.

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