Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Review: Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble by George Earl Parker

About the Book:
When young New Orleans lawyer Bradley Harrington Chester III 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–Brad 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.

Impatiently, the Count presses for an answer to his offer, and after being assured that he will not become a Vampyre himself, Brad accepts, hoping to return 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 New Orleans, illustrating the intensity of our human desire to get what we want at any cost, and the strange places that desire can lead to.


My Review:
OK, Let's see what I can say about this one! Initially, you think it's going to be a vampire book...but a short ways in you realize that it's going to be much more than that. Of course we have our beloved Dracula, but I would consider him more of a supporting character in my opinion. Perhaps a representation of the struggle between right and wrong?
The premise of the book (now mind you this is what I got out of it) is the centuries old battle between good and evil. Who prevails in that battle or do we need balance? Our main character must find himself and choose which path to take in life. This was another lesson I took from this line up of characters, (which was interesting!) you must find yourself, be happy, and accept who you are before you can help anyone else.
In Summary, what you think is a vampire story is more of a look at life lessons and the inherent nature of human beings. (As I do agree with Ricky Pittman, who is quoted on the back of the book) I enjoyed this one very much and think that it can appeal to a wide audience.


About the Author:
George Earl Parker is an author, singer/songwriter, and artist. As designer and director of the short film “Yellow Submarine Sandwich,” included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have shown up on the European Country Music Association charts.
Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he is working on his music and his second book. You can visit his website at www.georgeearlparker.com.

**This book was provided to me by the author as part of the Pump Up Your Book Promational Tour

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