Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blog Tour: Vampyre Blood by George Earl Parker

First off, I want to apologize for posting this late.  It was meant to post this morning, but I clearly didn't get that right.

That said, I want to welcome George Earl Parker's book tour to my site and thank him for the opportunity to review Vampyre Blood: Eight Pints of Trouble.  Here's a synopsis:

When young New Orleans lawyer Bradley Harrington Chester the third lies dying in the street after being hit by a speeding car, it seems that his life is over. But as his spirit drifts away toward a distant light he is approached by an exotic fellow who claims to be both the Count Dracula of legend, and a violin player for The Techno Zombies, a Goth rock band on a world tour. 
The Count explains that with the aid of a wizard he has abandoned his dark legacy, and now finds himself in need of a legal representative. So he offers Brad a deal, he can shuffle off into the light wherever it may lead, or he can become his lawyer, and be revived by a transfusion of Vampyre Blood.
The very last thing the young lawyer remembers before dying was his wife asking for a divorce, and prior to that he remembered being handed the prosecution of a mafia kingpin on his first day at the district attorney’s office. He wondered why the DA was so friendly to him, and so nasty to his star attorney Richard Bleddon, and he wondered why Bleddon had arranged a champagne supper at a fancy restaurant for him and his wife. After which, a speedy midget had snatched his wife’s purse and led him out into the street to die.
Becoming impatient the Count presses for an answer to his offer, and after being assured that he won’t become a Vampyre himself Brad accepts, hoping to go back and make sense of the madness that brought him to the brink of death. Populated by loveable rogues, scheming lawyers, and thieving gypsies, Vampyre Blood—Eight Pints Of Trouble, is an insane romp through the human desire to get what you want at any cost, and the strange places that desire can lead to.
 Does it sound kind of "out there"?  Well, it is.  It's got a very interesting plot will all sorts of different characters juxtaposed for the readers' pleasure.  Parker skillfully develops the characters to the point that it is possible to "know" them.  This book is a wild and crazy ride that I do recommend to anyone interested in the ride.