A sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars Mankind is silently infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called “junk DNA” becomes activated, and depending on their racial and ethnic heritage they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the “others” that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves – it goes much deeper than that. Conceived by Jonathan Maberry, V Wars features stories from various “frontlines” as reported by such contributors as Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, James A. Moore, Gregory Frost, John Everson, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Scott Nicholson (as well as Maberry himself, of course). The result is a compelling series of tales that create a unique chronicle of mankind’s response to this sudden, hidden threat to humanity.
This isn’t the apocalypse, it’s genetic de-evolution?
V Wars reminded me somewhat of World War Z by Max Brooks except this was with vampires instead of zombies and V Wars was written by a handful of authors instead of one. Each chapter it switches to a different character thread.
Reading V Wars made me so curious as to how this book was plotted out. Did Maberry plot the whole thing and pitch the story or did all of the authors brainstorm together? I seriously want to know!
There were a few of the character threads that I extremely enjoyed, first of which being the one written by Jonathan Maberry called Junk . This is the first chapter written by him (and it continues in several more chapters throughout the book.) Several story threads work that way. It successfully captured my attention from page one. It was intense, comical at times and naughty in others – of course with the expected blood and gore! Above all it sets a great scene and tone for all of the stories to follow.
Roadkill by Nancy Holder was a great one with an unexpected twist ending. It is a look at how a small town might be held captive by mosters, the human kind. Another favorite is Vulpes by Gregory Frost. I love the character he created and the awesome folklore that is melded into this one.
Overall, I enjoyed V Wars but I did feel some of the stories were not as well written as others. I’d recommend it too any vampire and apocalyptic fans. Though if you aren’t the type to like a disjointed storytelling style this may not be for you.
Tabitha the Pabkins
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