"strong paranormal thriller"
In New York City, Daphne "Daphy" Urban reflects on being a
four hundred and fifty year old vampire without a male
relationship since Byron died from a bad bite when Uncle
Sam greets her and tells her that they need her. She is
escorted to a top spy cell where J gives Daphy and fellow
vampires Benny Polycarp of Missouri and Cormac O'Reilly of
Manhattan an offer they cannot refuse. Work for the Feds
as espionage ring Darkwing or die.
Daphy is assigned to get close to nefarious arms dealer
Bonaventure who sells to the highest bidder especially
terrorists. She is unsure whether she is to kill the man
or just bring him in. As she struggles with her
assignment, her two associates battle to accomplish their
tasks. Meanwhile she knows someone is following her, which
she assumes is either an untrusting J operative or a
vampire hunter. Darius della Chiesa, extraordinaire
vampire slayer, knows he must kill Daphne, but he feels
like a traitor as he desires her too.
Fans of paranormal thrillers will appreciate the exciting
first Vampire Chronicle, BEYOND THE PALE. The story line
is a counter terrorism tale enhanced by the audience
belief that vampires, hunters, and an assortment of other
creatures exist. The star crossed romance between the
hunter and the vampire adds to the feel that the uncanny
is real. Readers will value this superior supernatural
suspense and look forward to more adventures starring the
Darkwing secret agents.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted June 22, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 23, 2007