Title: Blood Savages
Author: D. Alexander Ward
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
I received a copy from the publisher, Necro Publications, for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
“Blood Savages is a Southern Gothic road warrior tale that from the very first page has you gripping your seat, cheering, and even laughing now and then. Violence unfurling, tension building, this motley crew of anti-heroes is hell bent on destruction, salvation their final destination.”
– Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration
A failed paramilitary assault on a nest of vampires gives a group of monster hunters called the Blackguards a terrifying glimpse of how deadly the bloodsuckers really are. Now, hunted by the ones they failed to kill and on the run from the law, they’re forced to puzzle together the mystery of a strange carcass from colonial times that their ruthless billionaire nemesis will stop at nothing to possess.
With one of their own bitten and mutating into a deadly creature of the night, they race against time as they travel the back roads of the Carolinas in a desperate attempt to save her life. But their journey toward salvation will lead to darker places than they ever could have imagined.
Blood Savages is the first novel in the Blackguards series about a misfit band of Southern heroes with extraordinary abilities. But these ain’t your high-browed superheroes flying invisible jet planes, living in fancy mansions, and sporting glittery spandex getups. The Blackguards drink too much, they tote guns, they drive muscle cars and beat-up trucks. None of them can claim a squeaky clean past and some ain’t even exactly human. But one thing’s for certain; they’ll stand against the denizens of the underworld and the corrupt men that seek to harness its dark powers, fighting the battles that no one else can.
Because, down South, sometimes the heroes are the monsters.
The author mentioned in his acknowledgements that Blood Savages is not meant to be groundbreaking or to plumb at some deeper truth, it is just supposed to be a lot of fun….and it was!
From the very first paragraph, the reader is thrust into a tension filled, nail-biting, fast-paced. action-packed plot that will have you on the edge of your seat, rooting for these unlikely heroes, as you cheer them on, fear for them and laugh out loud at the often hilarious dialogue and moments. I had to laugh out loud at what Danny thought an alpha vampire might keep in the trunk…boy was he off the mark! Fun is here to be had in spades and the characters are well-formed and memorable. They are who they are meant to be.; they play their roles well and I loved them because of it. They’re so real, they practically leap off the pages. This banged up crew is far from ordinary, for they have been chosen by the General because of their special abilities, and they’re all that stand between the vamps, clueless cops and the rest of civilization.
The story is tightly woven with a more complex plot than is initially apparent. The author tempers the violence with emotional moments and the gory scenes are done tastefully and add to the overall storyline instead of being there purely for shock effect. or mindless fun, There is no lag in its momentum as it hurtles to a stunning conclusion with surprising revelations and intriguing layers on the way.
If this was meant to be just fun, I would love to see what the author comes up with if he sets out to ‘plumb at some deeper truth’! Needless to say, another winner from Necro Publications and the author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope there are more adventures to come with this unlikely band of heroes.
With vivid descriptions, and a fast-paced, action-packed and most importantly, fun, and compelling plot, Blood Savages is a must read for anyone who likes horror written tastefully.
About The Author
D.Alexander Ward is an author of horror and dark fiction. As a member of the Horror Writers Association he is an involved participant in the indie horror community. His stories have appeared in many online venues such as The Midnight Diner and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature as well as nine print anthologies from publishers like Comet Press, Grinning Skull Press, and Hazardous Press. His own books include a collection of his short fiction, A Feast of Buzzards, from Hazardous Press and a novella, After the Fire, available from Dark Hall Press. He is also co-editor of the anthology, Shadows Over Main Street, a collection of small-town Lovecraftian terror from Hazardous Press. Along with his family and the haints in the woods, he lives near the farm where he grew up in what used to be rural Virginia, where his love for the people, passions and folklore of the South was nurtured. There, he spends his nights penning stories of the dark, strange and fantastic. He is active on social media and you can find out more on his website:
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