Its plot and characters are bizarre enough to make it good fun for anyone who enjoys terrible vampire books like Twilight. Tell me you don't want to check out I, Vampire when I list some of the things featured within: -OPEC and the stock market are controlled by the Borgias -The main villains are a literally demonic Jack the Ripper and a Nazi dragon -Vampire Mozart discovered quantum physics, but let humans take the credit It's a bit like Assassin's Creed ga It's a shame this book isn't better known. Tell me you don't want to check out I, Vampire when I list some of the things featured within: -OPEC and the stock market are controlled by the Borgias -The main villains are a literally demonic Jack the Ripper and a Nazi dragon -Vampire Mozart discovered quantum physics, but let humans take the credit It's a bit like Assassin's Creed games, if you replace the Templars with fantastical creatures.
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Our narrator David Parker broods as much as any vampire, which slows down the pace considerably. He's great at many things, such as being a lawyer, playing classical music on a piano, Zen meditation, and speed reading. Rasputin, Mozart, and the Russian grand duchess Tatiana older sister of Anastasia are all impressed with him.
But he's rather slow to figure out obvious plot developments that the average reader could figure out as soon as they are first mentioned. David Parker also gets basic facts wrong, although he claims to be well-read. He once says Osiris is the jackal-headed Egyptian god, while anyone who's even slightly familiar with Egyptian mythology will know that it's Anubis. One reviewer calls David Parker a "bargain-basement Lothario", and that description is apt.
David Parker often claims his one true love is Tatiana, though it doesn't stop him from becoming romantically attached to several other women throughout. Vampire bloodsucking has always been connected to sex, but it's blatantly obvious here. One silly part is when he says he overcomes his weakness for women, yet lets Lucrezia Borgia go without a fight even though she's clearly evil.
As for the setting itself, I, Vampire takes place in the "secret fantasy world" familiar to Harry Potter or Twilight readers. Vampires aren't allowed to reveal their existence because they fear persecution from humans, but some of the characters' actions make me wonder how they managed to keep the secret until David Parker botches a secret burial of another vampire's victim so badly that one human detective immediately suspects that vampires are involved.
If you're looking for a good "hate read", be sure to pick up I, Vampire. You haven't read another book quite like this. Aug 17, Courteney rated it liked it Shelves: historical , murder , fighting-challenging , vampires , blood. This book was intriguing. It was difficult to start reading as the style of writing was completely different from what I have ever seen before and the journal entries were hard to decipher.
It was a very good read but at times it was difficult to know if the narrator was writing about his past or the present, there could have been a more definitive way to present the change in setting to the reader. A classic vampire tale of romance, mystery, and gore with interesting and surprising plot twists This book was intriguing.
A classic vampire tale of romance, mystery, and gore with interesting and surprising plot twists along the way. The background characters could have had more depth to the reader than solely being there for the narrator's purpose but they were well rounded none the less. I would recommend this book to those who have some historical knowledge about powerful figures in history otherwise many characters and plot points would be incomprehensible. Would possibly read again. Sep 19, Andrea rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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This sucks. I am connived that this book was written to feed the authors ego. I wouldn't even be surprised if he imagined himself being the main character as he wrote this. Every single character is made to just further inflate his ego and make him as look good as he can. Almost all the known female characters in this book die at the end.
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The other characters deserved to have the book be about them, not some yuppie white boy lawyer who fell to the age old cliche of love at first sight. This book This sucks. This book started getting mildly interesting at the last or so pages. At pages, that is a long time to read backstory after backstory. Waste of time. Read twilight instead. Apr 27, Laurin rated it did not like it Shelves: monsters. Almost through, but already know won't be looking for more. The whole premise of this thing is that the character is writing a diary.
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It's bad writing - florid, trite, and excessive for the supposed format. The plot is full of, again, characters from history who just happen to be integral to the plot. Deus Ex Historia rides again. Why can't regular ole' vampires pitch in and resolve the conflict? Mar 17, Jamie-lynn Hazzard rated it did not like it.
I can not believe this tripe was published, let alone rated highly here. It reads like the unedited manuscript of a 14 year old boy who just read Interview with a Vampire, and thought to himeself "huh, I bet I could totally write that". No you can't. Sweet baby Jesus you can NOT.
Nov 01, Eric Miller rated it really liked it. I read this several years ago. It was the fifty cent pick up at a book sale. Enjoyed it thoroughly Jul 21, Berna rated it really liked it. Read this book last year, Loved it! Dec 29, Debbie rated it did not like it Shelves: apparently-not-for-me. May 30, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: vampires , horror , fiction , books-from-library. I must admit, when I first started reading this book, that it struck me as a rip-off of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
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The protagonist, David Parker, is a new, sensitive, arts-loving vampire, unsure of all his new powers. I immediately thought of Louis. But, happily, any similarities ended there. In fact, Romkey has written an original vampire tale, to which he has added several sequels. David Parker is an unhappy lawyer, freshly divorced, terribly lonely, when he meets a beautiful and mysterio I must admit, when I first started reading this book, that it struck me as a rip-off of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. David Parker is an unhappy lawyer, freshly divorced, terribly lonely, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious Russian babe named Tatiana.
She is a vampire, but Parker doesn't care, because he loves her. So she makes him a vampire, but has to leave immediately because her enemies have tracked her and she must lose them.
So David becomes a vampire with no one to show him the ropes. Until he meets a vampire named Mozart that's right, that Mozart in the Nevada desert, who offers to be his mentor. Mozart instructs Parker to fly to Paris, and Mozart will meet him there in six months. In Paris, though, Parker runs across a wicked vampire, who turns out to be the dreaded Jack the Ripper. Parker now realizes he has been thrust into a gigantic chess game between two competing factions of vampires. One faction is the Illuminati, consisting of good vampires.
These vampires do not kill their victims, and feed only every two weeks. They exist to guide new vampires and foil the plans of the evil ancient vampire Cesare Borgia, a former evil pope from medieval times. He commands lesser wicked vampires like Jack the Ripper and General von Baden, a German who helped Hitler come to power.
In Romkey's world, the good vampires learn to conquer and master their blood lust, called The Hunger. They abhor violence and murder. The evil vampires revel in their blood lust, wantonly killing anyone they please. They also seek to conquer humanity and rule the world. As a history buff, I enjoyed the historical characters, such as Mozart and Jack the Ripper, that Romkey has made vampires. The Russian babe turns out to be Tatiana Romanov, daughter of Czar Nicholas, who was murdered along with his family by the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution another point for Romkey: he portrays Bolsheviks and Communists as the monsters they truly were.
Rasputin is a vampire. The novel is written in the form of a journal kept by David Parker, which is found by Leonardo da Vinci and sent to Thomas Jefferson, both vampire members of the Illuminati. This is a great book, and I can't wait to read the sequel. Nov 30, Kit rated it liked it.
As I read through the first part of the book, I found it interesting that a vampire would choose to recount his life via journal entries. I suppose after reading Interview with the Vampire, the 80's was an alright setting. Reading further, I found that the main character was in a sense "perfect". Top lawyer, musician, came from a well-to-do family, married, has it all.
Then it all falls As I read through the first part of the book, I found it interesting that a vampire would choose to recount his life via journal entries. Then it all falls apart, and still he maintains this air of perfection. That it didn't phase him as much as it should. Alright, the coke and booze and thoughts of suicide just didn't seem to really fit.
The other thing that bothered me about this book was the fact that historical figures and the Illuminati are now involved. I wasn't at all impressed that the main character has to destroy evil and prove that he is worthy of being in the Illuminati, who are all vampires that side with the good in the world. Categories :. Cancel Save. Magic Ex Libris series. Crimson Moon series. The Disillusionists series.
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And I realized what he was doing, turning me toward the mirror, our expressions captured in the dingy glow. A hand slid down my bare back, chasing the chill that crashed along my spine. My bottom jutted out, begging for his touch. He was all too eager to comply, and his big palm ran over my cheek, making me shudder when he gave a squeeze. He angled himself over me, and my chest sank down onto the top of the dresser as he pressed his chest against my back.
The hot length of him pushed at my bottom, and his lips traveled across my shoulder. Because I could feel my knees trembling. Could feel myself slipping more and more when it should have been impossible. I wanted to watch you. See you. His heart thundered at my back, a manic boom that beat into my blood. Knew me better than anyone.
I knew it. Knew it, Jace. A hand spread around to my belly, tucking me closer, the other winding around to hold me by the front of the throat. His mouth was at my ear. This body and that face and your glorious heart. My fingers clung to the edge of the slick wood, so close to coming apart right there. I was still reeling with the grief of knowing that had been what had sent him away. He held me tight, our skin slick, so close to being one. The courage to see myself as someone else than the rest of the world. You are the reason I fought.
You are the reason I worked my way out of that life. I still did it for you. He grunted, still holding me by the front of my throat as he inched back and fumbled to push the pajamas from his hips, his words low, hard where he released them at my neck. The hand on my throat slipped around to the top of my back, and he pressed me tighter against the dresser. Cool wood hit my bare breasts, and one of his knees nudged my legs apart. And his fingers were pressing deeper. Pulsing and receding into the walls of my body.
And he was suddenly kneeling behind me, gripping me by both sides of my bottom, spreading me. His tongue swept through my folds, kissing and lapping and fucking and. He bit down on one side of my bottom. Not enough to cause a whole lot of pain but enough to shoot a spear of need through me, my body burning up, lit from the inside and those flames spreading fast. He ran his nose up my cleft. And then he was right there, pushing the fat head of himself into my lips, and a strangled breath was leaving my lungs.