"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
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.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 12, 2001