Narrator: Arthur Morey, Gabrielle de Cuir, Jamye Grant, Richard Gilliland, Roxanne Hernandez, Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye
Series: V Wars #2
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 18 November 2014
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Vampire
Source: AudioBookJukeBox.com, Submitted
It's been one year since a virus triggered junk DNA and people all over the world started changing, becoming something else, craving blood. It's been 10 months since the word vampire stopped being something from old monster stories and Hollywood movies. It's been six months since our world and theirs erupted into war, two since an uneasy peace was signed, and one hour since that peace was shattered. The war is here again - the vampire war. Our world will burn; our world will bleed. When anyone can turn, when every street is a battlefield, there is nowhere to run.
V Wars: Blood and Fire features all-new stories of the Vampire Wars by Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Sigler, Larry Correia, Joe McKinney, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, James A. Moore, and Jonathan Maberry.
The complete list of narrators includes: Gabrielle de Cuir, Jamye Grant, Richard Gilliland, Roxanne Hernandez, Stephen Hoye, Sunil Malhotra, Arthur Morey, and Stefan Rudnicki.
©2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.; ©2014 Weston Ochse, Scott Sigler, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, James A. Moore, Yvonne Navarro, Joe McKinney, Larry Correia
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V-Wars: Blood and Fire is the second of the Chronicles of the Vampire Wars. I really the first book and couldn’t wait until this arrived. V-Wars introduced us to the L1V1, or Ice Virus. After a bacteria is released from melting glaciers in Antarctica, it unlocked latent “Junk DNA” that triggers a transformation into vampirism in select individuals. The ancestry of a person determines what type of vampire they will become. There are many different variation of vampire, each with its own unique characteristics.
Blood and Fire picks up one year after the V-Wars. It’s a good continuation of the story, with familiar characters and some new faces too. This was a really fun ride, in my opinion. There are some fresh new takes on vampire lore in these anthologies, and I love ever bit of it. There are vampures that feed on blood, some feed on flesh, and others even feed on life energy. Werewolves are prominent and considered another genetic trait of the L1V1. Draugr, of Norse Mythology, make an appearance in one hell of a story that was heartbreaking, devastatingly brutal, and enthralling.
Some very good authors contributed to this anthology, and I enjoyed all of them. Some that stand out are; Jonathan Maberry, whom contributes the majority of the plot and edited the whole thing, was fantastic. If you’re familiar with his work, this will come as no shock. He tells the story of Luther Swan, a folklorist who is considered the foremost in vampire mythologies and turns into somewhat the face of the wars. Scott Sigler’s Hippo was a fun and disturbing story that only Sigler could pull off so well. Larry Correia tells the story of a soldier-turned-vampire who has the training and knowledge to make the vampire army something it wasn’t before…an organized and terrifying threat to the human race. James A. Moore continues the story of a former enforcer for the Triad who feeds off the energy of living things. One of the lighter stories in the book, its humor is a nice break in the middle of all the gritty and dark stories surrounding it. Most of the stories were very good, all were entertaining, these were just the standouts.
The audio production was as good as anything I’ve heard. There’s no background noise, nor is there any unnecessary audible breathing that you get from some narrators. Stefan Rudnicki leads the way narrating most of Maberry’s stories and, without any real surprise, he steals the show. The opening few minutes of the book he delivers a killer portrayal of Luther Swan, it immediately sucked me into the whole book. The rest of the performances measured up pretty well, with only one or two that were not as good as the rest. That being said, I think all of them would be very good on their own. Especially considering they’re surrounded by the likes of Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir, who also puts on a supreme performance. Having never heard her work before these books, I was impressed and put her on my watchlist.