E.E. Knight has proven “a master of his craft. His prose is controlled but interesting, and his characters are fully formed and come to life” (Science Fiction Weekly). In his latest Vampire Earth novel, the national best-selling author tells a tale about David Valentine’s fellow freedom fighter Ahn-Kha when he was imprisoned and forced into hard labor by the Kurians - and the rebellion he led against them....
Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country.
Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point - and they now have a leader, a powerful and battle-hardened leader, determined to forge them into an army that will wage guerrilla warfare against the Maynes family and their Kurian masters - and free the Appalachians from their tyranny....
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Not As Good As It Ought To Be
This book is one that promises much and delivers little. Having listened to all the books in this series I was anticipating another ripping yarn. What I got, was a mish mash of ideas and narrative threads. The overall arc of the story was disjointed to the point that I kept checking the playback to make sure it wasn't in shuffle mode (it wasn't) and I almost didn't bother completing the audio book.
This book may have suffered from a technical glitch in that it really sounded as if the audio files had been loaded out of order. Wether this was the case or not it really seemed like the author was not reading what he wrote. There were multiple contradictions in the story lines and some blatant errors in the continuity of the story. Disappointing.
The most enjoyable scene was when the rebellion in the mines began. However, given that at least the three earlier books had alluded to this event in the story it was a long time coming in the book, was almost an after thought and felt a little glossed over.
Christian Rummel's narration is, as always, spot on. The story is still in its concept solid, it is just poorly executed.
Please don't stop writing these books! One duffer out of 11 isn't bad!