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Major David Valentine and his fugitive battalion are the remnants of an expeditionary force shattered in its long retreat from disaster in the Appalachians. And Valentine is losing allies fast. Some of the clans in the region have declared themselves in favor of the vampiric Kurians, throwing Kentucky into civil war. But instead of retaking the region, the Kurian overlords have ordered the extermination of every human living there...
E. E. Knight was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, and now calls Chicago home, where he abides in domestic felicity with his family and assorted pets. He is the author of the Vampire Earth novels (March in Country, Winter Duty, Fall with Honor) and the Age of Fire novels (Dragon Champion, Dragon Avenger, Dragon Outcast).
Winter Duty. This is the story of Southern Command making a disaster out of Javelin. And it is a story of David Valentine making lemonaide out of lemons. A lot of our favorites characters are back, including the return of a character not seen since Way of the Wolf (if my memory is correct). We once again are treated to some great action, characters, and dialogue.read more
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The tense eighth installment of Knight's Vampire Earth series (a welcome improvement over 2008's Fall with Honor) continues David Valentine's adventures in 2076 as the invading Kurian Order decides to exterminate rebellious Earthlings. The Southern Command authorizes Valentine to wage a guerrilla war with the goal of creating a Kentucky freehold. His ragtag battalion (including some controversial Quisling and alien Grog recruits) must deal first with a power plant outage that blacks out Evansville and Owensboro and then a blizzard and the Kurians' plot to unleash a "ravies" epidemic on the human herd. Knight keeps the conflict interesting but says too little about the inscrutable Kurians, who are "like magicians, always diverting attention from the operating hand." Even readers familiar with the series would welcome a glossary and more background on the various alien races. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved