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"Vampar found in Natchez, Mississippi - Syntia finds herself amid a vampar vendetta"

Syntia [Tia] Martell, ex-officer and currently free-lance photographer, is spending a week in July on assignment in Natchez, Mississippi. The series on haunted houses is not as exciting as she thought it would be until she is at the scene of a hit & run accident. Hoping for some extra income, she takes photos for the local paper and uses them as an excuse to have further conversation with BISHOP'S INN owner Dallas Allgate.

Dallas Allgate is a being living outside the human realm for the past 235 years -- a Vampar as they are called in the South. When a private investigator coming to meet him is killed, he is finds there is vendetta against him by another vampar. He does not want "his humans" caught in the middle. Particularly since this vendetta has brought him to the attention of "the old ones" in the Brotherhood who will send an Enforcer if they feel it necessary.

The author explains vampar trance as a mirror upon which the living can project their fantasies, never seeing the "monster" on the other side. Dallas' effect on Tia is not what he has expected. She is able to ignore his direction that she return to her home and he finds himself caring more than he wishes and becoming her protector. But when Dallas & Tia barely escape St. James' trap alive, Tia is aware of his identity and his needs. She willing risks her life to give him the blood he needs to survive but sees the futility of their relationship. Again she is able to withstand her link to Dallas and leaves him to go home.

Drago, the Enforcer, has been sent to clean up the mess this vendetta is causing and has given Dallas the order to "kill her or bring her over". For love to exist one of them have to be human; so he will loose her either way. If he refuses, Drago will destroy him and carry out the ultimatum. Meanwhile, St. James is recovering and preparing for another attempt at revenge. 

Romance suspense readers will enjoy this story with its plot additional paranormal element of Vampars. Some of the violent scenes may be disturbing, but not enough for me to classify this as a horror. There is much action in this story and the characters interact in believable manner. I understand this is the first in a trilogy and expect Drago will be seen again in the other tales.  

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 12, 2001

SUMMARY

Dalys Aldgate has been a survivor for 235 years. Life as an Australian convict had sharpened his survival skills, but the bush also bestowed him the ultimate gift of survival--a journey to the Other Side. His soul left behind, Dalys became a mirror for those still human--a polished surface upon which the living can project their fantasies, never seeing the "monster" on the mirror's other side. In present day Mississippi, "Dallas" lives a reclusive life as owner of a haunted inn while trying to forget his even more haunting past.

Ex-cop Tia Martell is now a freelance photographer trying to adjust to life "after The Job" and put the years of violence and death behind her. While on assignment to shoot antebellum mansions in Natchez, Mississippi, murder brings her face-to-face with Dallas Allgate, the coldest, yet most fascinating, man Tia has ever met. Before Tia can unravel the mystery of the man with the hypnotic eyes, a young vampire and his master, Jermyn St. James, seek out Dallas for revenge. St. James only wants Dallas’ true death until he sees Tia. Now he wants her, too.

Tia's in danger from St. James, but she's in even more peril from Dallas--the man who knows death even better than she does. In their struggle for life, one of them will have to make the ultimate sacrifice. But will Dallas let Tia make her own choices, or will he bend her will by projecting her fantasies upon his Double Image.

 

Double Image
(Image: Book 1)
by Jaye Roycraft

Imajinn Books
July 1, 2001
Available: November 7, 2006
ISBN #1893896668
EAN #9781893896666
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