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Friday, September 18, 2009

Review - Enter Death, Stage Right by William A. Veselik

Title: Enter Death, Stage Right

Author: William A. Veselik

Publisher: Mundania Press

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Rating: You Could Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Prof. Alfred Rhys Smythe returns home to Victorian London after years abroad only to discover that a blood-thirsty cult of vampires is stalking the city's theatre district. Having sought the aid of sympathetic Scotland Yard Inspector, Arthur Jenkins, the two men move closer to solving the mystery of the illusive vampire lord's identity.

Smythe fears that his own mother, believed long dead by his family, may now actually be a vampire under the control the vampire lord, so he and Jenkins go on the offensive, tracking down the vampire horde to their lair beneath an old theatre. But the mysterious vampire lord plays his trump card when he takes his own vengeance against Smythe's older brother, Ian, a less-than-successful stage actor.

In My Soul to Take, Part II: Enter Death, Stage Right, author William A. Veselik weaves a tale of mystery and edge-of-your-seat terror inspired by the eerie atmosphere and vivid action of the classic Hammer Horror films starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The trilogy comes to its exciting conclusion in Part III, The Vampire Lord Unmasked.

There are two major problems with this book. The first is that it is boring. While the writing is technically correct, it’s long winded and clinical. While it is important to be correct in writing, there should be some flexibility in the name of style.

The second issue is that this story feels less like the second in a series, and more like an extension of the first book. In series books there should be a short history of the characters as they are re-introduced to the readers. We don’t need a time line for every character, but a few tidbits of their history to help us remember who they are and what role they’ve played up to this point. There is just too much going on for a reader to remember every character in any given story, and why we should care about them.

Overall, the book isn’t bad, just dull.

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