Multi-volume author, Thomas S. Flowers, introduces us to his first vampire novel, “The last Hellfighter”:
Ben Harker, Harlem native. WWI veteran. Vampire slayer.
In the year 2044, reporters from the Public Relations Ministry gather at the home of Benjamin Harker, the last surviving member of the Harlem Hellfighters. At the age of 144, he is the oldest recorded man alive.
Hidden among them, Clyde Bruner is looking for a different kind of story. Across the United States, despite the Great Walls and patrol drones built to keep America secure, something has found its way in. And now towns are vanishing during the night. Entire populations, gone. Only to return after the sun sets, changed, unholy, and lethal. And whatever this evil is, it’s spreading west.
According to a bedtime story Bruner’s grandfather told him when he was a boy, Benjamin Harker has seen this before. He’s faced this scourge. Fought this evil. Survived them. Killed them. From the trenches of the Great War to the jungles of Vietnam to the sands of Iraq, Harker will search his past to save our future.
But as each city light extinguishes across the country, is there no time left to stop what’s coming?
This is quite a powerful story; the writing will move you, it’s so beautiful. It fits well into the Horror genre without being overly gross most of the time. I am not into gross. The story really captivated me. The last vampire book I read was Stoker's "Dracula" and I enjoyed this so much more!
I enjoyed the rhythm developed in the story. Ben’s need for music to trigger his memories was very realistic. The plot had moments of terror preceded by excellent scene-setting. A welcome chance to catch my breath.
I relished the variety of complex characters a great deal. The dialogue was excellent. The book has received many 5-star reviews.
I award “The Last Hellfighter” 3.4 stars. I was repeatedly stopped in my tracks by several handfuls of spelling errors and spacing issues. Without these encumbrances to a smooth read, this would have been an easy five-star rating.
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