"Is alien blood a lifesaver or curse?"
Did you ever wonder what your neighbors thought of you?
Author Alexander Claybourne found out one evening when 9
year old Gail knocks at his door one evening "looking for
the vampire" to cure her sister. Touched and intrigued,
Alex visits Kara in the hospital. On an impulse, he gives
her an injection of his blood, but he has no idea what
chain of events he has triggered. He wasn't even sure if
it would cure her or harm her.
Kara's recovery was miraculous and the doctor amazed. Even
more amazing was the blood test he had taken just before
she left the hospital. He needed to examine her more
thoroughly and do more tests on her to isolate that unique
change in her blood that cured her. Although she was
unwilling to have further tests, Dr. Peterson forces her.
Dr. Peterson's unscrupulous purpose is to have a source of
this life saving blood factory and become rich and so Alex
must rescue her.
Alex never realized his alien blood would cause such a
stir. Having been banished to this primitive planet years
ago, he recognized the need to hide his differences. Now
he must use his powers and knowledge to save himself and
the woman he has grown to love. He has occasion to use
his powers and tell her about his heritage as part of the
tale. Many of his powers and problems are similar to a
vampire of legend. The fact that his pen name is A. Lucard
(Dracula spelled backward) is his recognition of the
irony. You will have to read to get the full pleasure of
learning about him! I won't spoil it. He is a "man" worth
I enjoyed this story, have it on my keeper shelf and am
looking for the sequel. There is a time or two in the
story, though, where I say "why doesn't he just....". I
realize it is necessary for part of the plot, but it is
still a frustration point that this smart guy is missing an
obvious answer. (But just like in the movies, it is
necessary for the story... just like they don't shoot the
horses in westerns because the hero needs to chase the bad
guy.) I'll leave it at that so I don't disclose too much
of the plot. Read the book, you will enjoy it.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted January 14, 2002