I’m not sure what to make of McCammon’s vampires. They do all the fun things and play by the same rules as classic vampires, so there’s plenty of neck biting, fangs flashing, mesmerizing/seducing, eyes glowing, coffin sleeping, and bat transforming. McCammon also gives us all the best vampire hunting scenes, too, with the crosses and the holy water and the stakes and the sunlight burning.
But I’m just not sold on the Grand Plan. It doesn’t make sense. I mean,
if vampires intend to take over the whole world by turning all the humans into vampires, at some point there’s going to be a severe supply/demand imbalance. But nowhere is this addressed, in spite of all the evil vampiric dwelling on the Grand Plan that he treats us to. Also, the big boss vampire can’t be unaware that plain old seawater will kill them just like holy water – he had to cross the ocean to get to California – yet he chooses Los Angeles – a coastal city! – to launch his first big urban takeover?
Maybe it’s just me, but these kind of things bug me.
I also had some trouble really connecting with all the characters. I’m not sure if he just tried to cram too many into one book so that I ended up with character exhaustion, or if he just hadn’t yet fully developed his character development skills at the time this book was written.
Still, I did enjoy this one very much. There was plenty of engaging action, satisfying evilness, and unlikely heroing. And the audiobook was read by Ray Porter, who gives an absolutely outstanding performance.
I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Vampires: Vampires, preferably non-sparkly, in all of their glorious fictional permutations.