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His power began in the ancient world, long before you and I were born. He is the master vampire. And he's here. Now.

Imagine a vampire brought back to life by a crazy old man in a sleepy coastal village. Imagine a horror so unspeakable, so threatening, that no one is safe. No one is immune. Now imagine yourself the only person in town who believes the truth, the only person who can halt the terror. Then keep your eyes wide open. Look over your shoulder. Because this isn't your imagination. This is for real.

Sleep only if you dare…

©1990 Holly Pedneau (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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Ok, enjoyable enough

My third time reading Dave Pedneau's work, after previously enjoying APB (crime fiction) and Night, Winter and Death (a werewolf tale). How Dear the Dawn is a vampire tale. I suppose it's a horror novel with large elements of crime fiction.

After the initial encounter between the bad guy and the first victim, the police think they have a missing person to track down. Our first victim has joined the ranks of the undead and quite likes her new situation, which has given her an insatiable bloodlust. Cue, a respectable body count, an irritated master - you don't survive to be several hundred years old without operating with some measure of caution and an increasing level of urgency with the police investigation. The police team consists of a grumpy detective and a rookie patrolman who has been roped into the investigation. Along the way the rookie has a relationship going with the best friend of the first victim.

Despite the other wordly nature of the protagonists, I quite liked the set-up and the characters involved. As the crimes increase and the victim count rises, certain witness statements and incidents lead one of the cops to suspect the true nature of what is happening ..... bodies drained of blood, a corpse disappearing from a morgue, etc etc... Typically the lead detective is resistant to this line of thought until such time as he can't ignore the evidence of his own eyes.

Best book ever? No, but I was happy enough to go with the flow. I enjoyed the book via Audible so the fact that I was "reading" while otherwise working made it a win/win situation. I would probably not had read the book if I had a physical or digital copy to read.

I have more of Dave Pedneau's books available to listen to in future. There's a lot worse ways of spending my time.

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Read - (listened to) January, 2021
Published - 1987
Page count - 225 (8 hrs 48 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible

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How Dear

This was a really good old timey Vampire story!Written in a time where Kojack is the tv model of a tv detective and there are no cell phones,it sets a perfect scene.I am not sure of the choice of a 'non American' voice for the narrator since the book was set on the Carolina coast.I loved Chiquito Crastos accent,but could not place it.There were quite a few repeats of lines in this book.All in all he did a fine job. I enjoyed the book. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Flavius Krakdaddius
  • 16-01-17

A Diverting Vampire Tale

"How Dear the Dawn" did exactly what I expected it to: it provided me a couple days' entertainment while I did household chores & yardwork. It was a serviceable, if dated and undistinguished thriller, perfect for people who want a "Salem's Lot"-type book, but who have already read Robert McCammon's "They Thirst" and others of the like.

There aren't any real surprises here, nor any deep scares, but the story kept my interest. The characters are recognizable, if not particularly well fleshed-out. The small-town setting lent a certain isolated atmosphere to the story.

By far the worst part of this audiobook is the production and narration. The production is particularly amateurish--at times you can hear background noise, thumps, etc. There are a few instances of repeated sentences. There also aren't any breaks between scenes, which can be momentarily confusing.

The narrator isn't bad, per se. I'd actually listen to another book narrated by Chiquito Crasto--he has a very pleasant voice and speaking style (although he doesn't vary that style at all, so scenes of intense action are read at the same measured pace). However, his thickly accented English isn't really suited for a book about vampires in small-town South Carolina. Although he speaks beautifully, there are many words which are mispronounced or just flat out wrong. He has a great deal of difficulty with the English "V" sound. You'll hear "Wampire" a lot.

For readers looking to scratch their "vampire" itch, this might be a good choice, but anyone else might prefer to give it a pass.

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  • Jimmy
  • 09-12-13

Good Story Bad Bad reader

Would have been a good story if the reader wasn't so bad. If your going to read a book say the words right.