by T.S. Worley
David Cross lies dying along side a lonely forest road, his young, strong body broken and bleeding, death clawing at his tattered clothing. But soon, under fluorescent lighting and sterile surroundings, death is forever more held at bay. Under the watchful eye and skilled hand of the ancient vampire, Dr. Sonja Bashkar, David will gain eternal life and find himself thrust into a hidden world of vampires and werewolves, steeped in religious fervor and shrouded with doubt and mystery. While the few remaining vampires, all female, herald the arrival of the first male vampire to live in more than 2000 years, troves of voracious werewolves, well entrenched in modern life, seek him out for extermination, fearing his very existence may bring about the end of mankind.
Cross is T.S. Worley’s debut novel in the paranormal and urban fantasy realm, delivers. It is a fresh, outrageous look at vampires and werewolves. Cross is the starting point of what is sure to be an exciting new series. This was a quick read for me. It flowed easily and I found myself completely immersed in the story-line. It is steeped in religion & lore and provides a complete history into the origins of vampires and werewolves.
The story is a first-person narrative provided by protagonist David Cross. David, on the cusp of turning thirty, is a loner with a guarded heart. He is out hiking when a tragic accident changes the course of his life. David awakens and is thrust into a reality he didn’t know existed. I liked David. He is confident, even-tempered, yet vulnerable, and willing to listen. He seeks the advice of others and is not easily led. Other characters such as Mouge, made the story compelling and believable.
After two thousand years, the vampire population has dwindled to a small group of women. During this time, the werewolves have prospered and increased their numbers while systematically taking out the female vampires. To the vampires, David is their salvation. To the werewolves, David means the end of mankind and he must be destroyed.
I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading Cross and look forward to discussing it. This is the first novel in a series and I look forward to reading them. I recommend this to fans of the paranormal, urban fantasy and vampire world.
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