V-Squad by Pamela and Thomas Marcantel- A different kind of vampire tale
I know not everyone who follows this blog is a fan of vampire novels. Yet this book isn’t like any of the others out there. Yes, most of the main characters in it are vampires, but there is so much more. The setting, historical elements, and political intrigue make this novel to be something people outside the paranormal community can read. I was certainly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Here is my review, which should be showing up on Amazon as soon as their filters get through with it.
Placed during the troubles of World War II, this is a vampire book unlike any you have seen before. John English has walked this earth for nearly eight centuries and is generally comfortable with his current life. He’s been living in the United States since its beginnings and feels a certain amount of loyalty to his adopted country. The memories he harbors from his human life in Britain are too much to bear and are generally avoided. That is, until now, when he discovers an old nemesis, Longchamps, has aligned himself with Hitler. John must break a long-standing Vampire policy to stay out of human politics. He simply cannot watch the world’s most powerful vampire give support to a ruthless dictator. Not only that, but Longchamps plans to assassinate Churchill before he can plan the D-day invasion. An act that must be prevented at all cost. It will be a dangerous mission to undertake, but the evil vampire must be stopped before it is too late.
To accomplish his plans, John must first convince President Roosevelt of vampires existence and the real danger ahead. He also needs his help in gaining passage to Britain, where Longchamps will carry out the assassination. Gaining the president’s confidence will be no easy thing, but once done, he can form a squad of vampires to train and ready themselves for the critical task ahead. Their enemy will be greater in number and more powerful. The group of American vampires will have to learn the necessary skills to outwit their adversaries. They have a few tricks up their sleeves, but the overwhelming odds makes the mission very nearly suicidal. Along to advise and coordinate with them is human OSS operative Edwina Kelly, she will play an important role as well, as it is only by her affirmation that the president will allow the vampires to carry out their plans. It will be a dangerous game for all involved.
I must admit that I wasn’t sure about this book it came to my attention. It is unlike anything out there, and I typically read urban fantasy type vampire books. Regardless, it seemed worth giving it a try. The authors clearly went through a lot of trouble to make their story historically accurate (minus the vampire element). Every scene includes the kind of detail that makes you lose yourself in this time period. Yet it had plenty of intrigue and suspense so that there was never a dull moment. I became intrigued with how it would all play out. Knowing the historical results of the war will give you some clues, but there was no guessing the means to get there. When the end finally came, I had to give the authors credit for their ingenuity. It was not quite what I expected.
There is not much I can complain about with this novel, as it is very well written. There were a couple of times the dialog seemed a bit modern, but this usually wasn’t the case. The characters generally spoke and acted in a manner befitting their time. In fact, the realness of them added an important element to the overall picture. This story took me on an adventure I will never forget. It may not be a traditional paranormal book, but that is what makes it so great. The best audience for this novel would be those who enjoy historical fiction or political intrigue with some vampires thrown in for good measure. Even those who don’t normally follow such genres may enjoy “V-Squad”. It is well worth the time to read.