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review 2016-12-19 00:00
The Gathering Dark: The Newfoundland Vampire Book III
The Gathering Dark: The Newfoundland Vam... The Gathering Dark: The Newfoundland Vampire Book III - Charles O'Keefe Joseph and his vampire lover Cassandra are no longer together as Joseph feels that their relationship is going nowhere because of the way Cassandra looks at humans. Joseph loves Cassandra and she him but Joseph thinks it is time to move on.

Joseph has a new interest Anne Bonny and yes it is the Anne Bonny the pirate. She has lived on an island for almost a century. Joseph is finally glad to have met a vampire that doesn’t want to kill him. Anne and Joseph hit it off from the very beginning and become fast friends.

The leader of the vampire council has given orders to the Countess and others to make more vampires; an army of vampires and then enthrall them so they will do what they tell them to do to help them take over the world.

Anne has come along at the right time as she has a plan that could help them fight back and help them to protect humanity and to save everyone from these evil vampires. Fortunately for them they do have a host of good vampires on their side who want to stop the council just as much as they do. Hopefully their plans with all come together and they can save the world.

The Gathering Dark is the third book in The Newfoundland Vampire series and I have enjoyed reading it just as much as I enjoyed the first two. I have loved following Joseph on his journey being a new vampire and meeting all the characters. I can’t wait to read more about Joseph, Cassandra, Anne and all the other Characters. It would be very nice to read more about some of the other characters and know their stories.

If you like reading vampire stories then you are going to love reading The Newfoundland Vampires. I would like to recommend that you start with the first book The Newfoundland Vampire and then the second book Killer on the Road before reading The Gathering Dark. A great series to curl up by the fire with. Why don’t you pick up your copy today and get started.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-07-05 10:09
The Walker On The Cape by Mike Martin

 

In the quiet, laid-back fishing village of Grand Bank, southeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, a foggy morning becomes more than just another day when Mavis Emberley's soup burnt on the stove.

People along the coastline in Grand Bank could set their clocks by Elias Martin. Every morning, even when the fog floated in from Fortune, they saw his hunched figure climb and disappear in the mist that ran the shoreline like a rum runner. You could put a pot of soup on to boil when he set out and be sure that when he appeared again that the potatoes, carrots, and turnips would be soft and sweet.

Mavis Emberly was one such soup-maker who relied on Elias Martin to set the pace for her weekly batch of pea soup.

“There he goes,” she remarked to her husband, Francis, "Time to put the soup on”. 

An hour and a half later Francis Emberly muttered, “Something’s burning in that kitchen, maid.” Mrs. Emberly ran to the kitchen to turn off her black bottomed soup with a smattering of non-religious but surely immoral curses and immediately realized that something else was wrong besides her spoiled soup. Elias hadn't returned. "Or else I missed him," she decided.

The point is: Seventy-two year old Elias Martin was dead.

Every morning for the past eleven years Elias Martin had his breakfast of hot porridge and thick molasses bread smothered in partridgeberry jam. Then, rain or shine, he began his solitary walk from his small blue house on Elizabeth Avenue in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, down through the Cove, and until the winter snow made it impassable, up over the hills to the Cape.


Two tourists found his body up on the hill. Heart attack, it was declared at first, and soon the town began to simmer with stories boiling over in Mug-Up Café, the restaurant of Sheila Hillier.

The only one who knew for sure was Elias Martin and he sure wasn’t talking. Who would finally unravel the mystery of the Walker on the Cape?

Thirty-two year old Sergeant Winston Windflower, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a full-blooded Cree from the Pink Lake Reserve in Northern Alberta, thought Elias's death was suspect and he planned to get to the bottom of the simmering, boiling pot. For once there was more to work on than the petty crimes and motor accidents in the village. And as an incomer, he still had to prove himself after being there for only one year. But what to do when there were always secrets to protect in a small community like this?

He had his vice too, he did.

Some men smoke, drink or chase women as their vice. Windflower's was peanut butter cheesecake.

With the shocking death of Elias, more peas in the pot of Grand Bank got names:
Marge and Harvey Brenton - affluent members of society; Harvey's pay roll included a few people from the justice and political systems, it seemed;
Mayor Francis Tibbo; who wanted rules to be applied, excluding his own family;
Roger Buffet - with a history still to be discovered;
James Sheridan, and his mother Georgette who had more than just a sentimental bond with Grand Bank;
Howard Stoodley, a retired Crown Attorney;
Sheila Hillier - more than just an excellent cook in her café;
Constable Eddie Tizzard - the everyday tornado, the gale-force wind around town;
Dr. Vinjay Sanjay - Winston's chess and Scotch partner, coroner and medical doctor;
Staff Sergeant William Ford; a new friend in the making;
Inspector MacIntoch of Marystown - the boss;
Kevin Arsenault - Acting inspector;

And then there was the Poison of Kings and the King of Poisons, and some rotten fish in Newfoundland, and cops with dirty hands in the chain of command ... files disappear, investigations are mysteriously stopped, the plot thickens!

This is a skillful, interesting, relaxing, as well as an entertaining first novel by Mike Martin. The endearing characters soon become the reader's friends as well, and the Canadian cuisine makes a splashing entreé into the p(l)ot. Never a dull meal for those readers living outside of Newfoundland, Canada!

As the first book in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the introduction to this fishing village is well-plotted and fast paced. It is not a mysterious read, but rather a day to day reflection on the inhabitants's lives as the plot unfolds in clear-cut prose.

The presentation of Grand Bank and its inhabitants leaves the reader with just one mission, and that is to read the two other books as well:

The body on the T and Beneath the Surface

It is a guaranteed pleasant, relaxing experience throughout.

Source: something-wordy-reviews.blogspot.com/2014/07/walker-on-cape-by-mike-martin.html
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review 2014-02-11 00:00
The Newfoundland Vampire
The Newfoundland Vampire - Charles O'Keefe I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Joseph O'Reily is a college student who just enjoys life and going to school to earn his degree. Joe is a geeky guy who loves Star Trek, Harry Potter, Batman and a lot of other fictional characters. He likes roll playing and hangs out with a bunch of his friends at least once a week to do a little roll playing. Joe has also fantasized about being a vampire for most of his life not ever knowing that one day he would meet a vampire and have his dream come true.

Becoming a vampire is not the only dream that Joe has had. He has dreamed of and wanted a girlfriend but I guess with him being a geeky kind of guy it just has never worked out or he probably just has never met anyone whom he felt he could trust or that would like the same things that he does. But Joe is in for a big surprise one night while at a bar when a very good looking redheaded woman ask him to go home with her for a wild night together.

Joe starts getting this craving for blood and wonders what is happening to him. This blood craving also makes him start to question his new girlfriend Cassandra. He starts to wonder who and what she is and what she has done to him. The blood craving starts to really get next to Joe because the only thing that he knows of that craves or drinks blood are vampires and they are not real. Vampires are only fictional characters in movies or books or are they?

But by the time he gets around to asking Cassandra if she is a vampire and if she has turned him into one he has started to deal with it and thinks it is kind of cool. Beside he doesn't want to lose the only girlfriend he has ever had either. But Joe is a real cool dude who is laid back and just accepts whatever life deals out to him most of the time that is if it is no big deal.

Joe learns later on that Cassandra has turned him into a vampire because she needs him to help her kill her husband and maker, John Snow. John Snow was a very mean person when he was alive and is even meaner dead. He can and does get away with a lot more as a vampire than he did as a human. For years now all he has done is terrify Cassandra and killed any human that she has turned into a vampire so that they could help her kill him. But old Joe may be a little bit geeky but he also knows how to fight and use a sword as well. With all the lessons that Joe has taken in his life ole John may just be in for the surprise of his life.

I liked that the only thing about Joe that changed after he became a vampire was the fact that he liked to drink blood or more like had to drink it to survive not that he really wanted to drink it he just had now choice. I like to that he kept his humanity too. He still knew and wanted to do what was right. Even though he was a new, young vampire he didn't want to hurt or kill a human or an animal and he had self-control where some other young vampire may not or didn't want to have control. I liked how when a human was turned into a vampire they still acted or did the same things as they did when they were human whether they were good or evil.

I would recommend The Newfoundland Vampire to anyone who loves to read about vampires and would like a new twist on vampires. The Newfoundland Vampire will take you down a road filled with love, madness, evil, killing with a little bit of humor thrown in.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-04 15:47
The Body on the T (Sgt. Windfower Mystery, #2) by Mike Martin

It's brainy and brawny; a cod drill on the grill 

Grand Bank, southeast coast of Newfoundland Canada. This is the little part of heaven where RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower, his girlfriend, Sheila Hillier, his sidekick , the incessant chattering Corporal Eddie Tizzard and his other interesting friends get to spend a quiet uncomplicated life. 

Their days are filled with culinary delights, chess- and card games and generally as little trouble as possible. But that was before a body is discovered on the T and a fortune cookie promises him exciting times ahead. With the cod fish industry going belly up, a few people in town have to find other ways of keeping the peanut-butter cheesecake affordable and on the menu for many, and their conduct promises to give a totally different meaning to the concept of exciting times...

For some people, trouble is their comfort zone, and where there aren't any, they create it in any which way they can. After all, a little bit more trouble can bring a little bit more monetary cushioning in their lives. They are a bunch of characters that would stir the pot considerably for Winston Windlfower: people such as Claude Lapierre; Roger Buffet; and Ernie Daley, the slime bucket, who does not mind the "hoccupational azzards" his aspirations would incur; and the mayor, Francis Tibbo, waddling in on the action, sputtering "What is going on in this community, Sergeant? Dead bodies being found by children as they play on the beach? A well-known community member dragged out of the water? People want answers, I want answers!" His attempt at righteous indignation came across as shrill and fatuous. Francis Fatuous. It fits indeed.

From then on, not only the cod tongues gets steamed up, or fried, with scallops on the side, dished out with a rosé sauce made of tomatoes, fresh, cream, black pepper, onions, and some Parmesan cheese. Like the cod and vegetables forming a scrumptious community on the plate, the people of Grand Banks are in for a serious drill on the grill of bad intentions and good guys stepping in to save the day in a thrilling adventure along the beautiful coast lines of Newfoundland. Nothing will ever be the same.

Like the sauce, the story promises to be just as tart and tangy. Exhilaration and drama drives this easy, decent read. It is a fast read, yet slow enough to include a complete image of life in Grand Bank Newfoundland. The detailed scenery, the history, dialects, recipes and many more information in the plot- building ensure that this is undoubtedly a feel-good read.

I recommend this book to the reader who enjoys a good story that would not spread gut and gore all over the ocean floor. It is clean, fresh and perfectly spiced.

Reviewed as member of the Kindle Book Review Team

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/733199985
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review 2013-01-15 00:00
The Newfoundland Vampire
The Newfoundland Vampire - Charles O'Keefe Let's face it, with a title like The Newfoundland Vampire and a cover like the one to the left, your expectations are pretty well established before you even turn to the first page. I mean, really, nobody goes into a vampire novel like this expecting the Gothic melodrama of Anne Rice or the supernatural terror of Brian Lumley. Instead, invited in by the author, we enter of our own free will, looking for a little fun and entertainment . . . something that Charles O'Keefe certainly provides.

Fortunately, as much as it reminded me of 80s cinematic camp, the story manages to fall on the right side of Nicholas Cage ironic, self-aware humour, à la Vampire's Kiss, rather than full-on Jim Carrey mindless parody, à la Once Bitten. It has a nostalgic feel to it (which probably dates me a bit), but also managed to surprise me often enough to keep me truly entertained.

The Newfoundland Vampire is the story of Joseph O'Reilly, just another average, ordinary, all-around nice guy (and geek), who isn't about to ditch the best looking woman to ever cross his path just because she happens to like the taste of blood - even if her ex-husband is a sadistic killer, out for revenge. Before you scoff, figuring you've heard that tale before, take note of the fact that Joseph is (or, at least, was) a vegetarian, putting a unique spin on both his reluctant vampirism and his emerging heroic sensibilities.

In terms of characters, Joseph really carries the novel, and does it well. He's a realistic, self-effacing young man to whom anyone can easily relate. O'Keefe wisely keeps him balanced, making him a geeky young man, but never a parody of that subculture. More than that, he allows Joseph to retain his humanity, questioning who and what he has become, and looking for ways to not just deal with the hand fate has dealt him, but seize the opportunity to make the most of it. Similarly, while O'Keefe doesn't necessarily add anything substantial to the vampire mythos, I liked the way he approached it, especially with the logical little extrapolations of how and why they hunger the way they do.

If I were to have one complaint, it's that O'Keefe tries to do too many genres at once, merging romance, action, and humour, often a little awkwardly. There's definitely a Buffy/Angel influence here, albeit one that's gender-swapped and turned on its head, but it feels as if the greatest potential has yet to be realized. Despite that, it's a fun read, and one that shows great promise.



Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins
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