Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Dead Camp
SERIES: Dead Camp #1
AUTHOR: Sean Kerr
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 238 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 22, 2015
Eli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend, Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.
When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice – return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.
Okay, so I’m going to be brutally honest. This book confused the hell out of me and it will probably show in this review… because I really have no idea what I’m going to say. I get that there is a lot of info being dumped in this installment that probably makes more sense down the road in the other books, but this book kept making me go back to see whose head I was in. I tend to read smaller amounts since I went back to work full time, and when I pick up a book, I like to be able to just fall back into the story. That didn’t happen here.
I really liked the story overall, and the writing style and shock value were great… but there were some strange things which made me pause on more than one occasion and say ‘HUH?’. An example would be some things that happened in London involving a famous historical woman. I’m not sure what that had to do with the overall story, but again, maybe we find out in a later book.
I did figure out who one of the characters was supposed to be before the big reveal, but it didn’t spoil the story. Some grossness with a bloody vagina almost did, but I moved past it quickly.
Again, to keep it honest, I have to tell you that at first, I didn’t like the book. It took me quite a while to get into the story, but once I did, I moved through the rest of it quickly. It left me in mid-air, and now I need to know what happens next. I will be moving on to the second book in the series… I have no choice. Where does it go from here?
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a paranormal story, with vampires, ghosts and famous people thrown in to tie it to the real world. It has some pretty dark sections, some fairly gross scenes, and lots of different characters. Beware the cliff-hanger, but know that the other books are already out and you won’t have to pause if you don’t want to!