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A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But a d A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for. Why was a man who claimed to know her sister from an online vampire forum shot dead moments after Claire interviewed him? Why are her sister’s symptoms getting worse in the hospital? And why have agents from the Vatican taken a sudden interest in Claire? Consumed by doubt and growing paranoia, Claire barely has time to ponder her next move before a violent confrontation in her apartment changes everything. She quickly finds herself on the run with a mysterious stranger who says he wants to protect her but may not be quite what he seems. Can she trust him?

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A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But a d A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for. Why was a man who claimed to know her sister from an online vampire forum shot dead moments after Claire interviewed him? Why are her sister’s symptoms getting worse in the hospital? And why have agents from the Vatican taken a sudden interest in Claire? Consumed by doubt and growing paranoia, Claire barely has time to ponder her next move before a violent confrontation in her apartment changes everything. She quickly finds herself on the run with a mysterious stranger who says he wants to protect her but may not be quite what he seems. Can she trust him?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Claire's sister has been admitted to a hospital claiming that a vampire has fed on her. Not believing her sister's sanity, Claire goes on a mission to find out exactly what it is that has her sister so confused. What she finds put her right in the middle of a killer and his prey. I went into to this read expecting blood, gore, and a "real" vampire. What I got was a crazy man, a sensitive vampire, and a sleuthing sister. This read was very simple, maybe overly so. I had a hard time believing in the Claire's sister has been admitted to a hospital claiming that a vampire has fed on her. Not believing her sister's sanity, Claire goes on a mission to find out exactly what it is that has her sister so confused. What she finds put her right in the middle of a killer and his prey. I went into to this read expecting blood, gore, and a "real" vampire. What I got was a crazy man, a sensitive vampire, and a sleuthing sister. This read was very simple, maybe overly so. I had a hard time believing in the character's actions and simply told, this read was not hard hitting enough to satisfy one like me. Claire was sort of annoying and had a tendency to repeat things multiple times. The bad guy was exaggerated and quite honestly, I didn't connect with any of the characters which made it hard for me to like this read. It almost had a paranormal (potential) romance vibe to it. Maybe that would have been the way to go. The effort is acknowledged. I didn't hate it. It just wasn't for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Addy

    I got this book through netgalley for an honest review. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. As much as i love vampires, this one was a little to tame for my liking. I enjoyed the action and the way the author kept the story going, but i really had to will myself to keep going. The vampire bit was confusing and scenarios were unbelievable. There was alot of inner turmoil with the main character and it got repetitive and annoying. Though the ending was left open, i don't think i would continu I got this book through netgalley for an honest review. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. As much as i love vampires, this one was a little to tame for my liking. I enjoyed the action and the way the author kept the story going, but i really had to will myself to keep going. The vampire bit was confusing and scenarios were unbelievable. There was alot of inner turmoil with the main character and it got repetitive and annoying. Though the ending was left open, i don't think i would continue with the series. On the plus side, this author had a good editor as there were not alot of mistakes that were noticeable. I'm sure if you are not looking for a gorefest with actual scary vampires, this may be the book for you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Casey Hampton

    The first half is good. The second half runs off the rails and plows into a trope-laden snowdrift with a whimper. Clair Hagen is a New York City journalist, and her younger sister has just been admitted to a mental health facility. As Clair tries to discover what's happened, she is thrown headfirst into a shadowed world of vampires, hunters, black SUVs, the Third Reich, and the Vatican's crack monster squad. The writing is competent, and for a good portion of the story I was entertained. But the l The first half is good. The second half runs off the rails and plows into a trope-laden snowdrift with a whimper. Clair Hagen is a New York City journalist, and her younger sister has just been admitted to a mental health facility. As Clair tries to discover what's happened, she is thrown headfirst into a shadowed world of vampires, hunters, black SUVs, the Third Reich, and the Vatican's crack monster squad. The writing is competent, and for a good portion of the story I was entertained. But the longer the story progressed, the more detached and less interested I became. By the time the end rolled around, I just didn't care about the characters. While various portions of the story intrigued me, the narrative's main flow felt too streamlined, structured, and shallow. I also depart feeling that the storyline was compressed. This is fifty pounds of story jammed into a twenty-pound sack. But Daniel Dersch shows promise, and I will be curious to observe his writing improve. He already does what many of his contemporary counterparts fail to do, which is to have a subject performing a verb upon an object. Dersch's sentence construction is pleasing, and for what it's worth, this small attention to good writing practice aided my enjoyment factor. I felt Clair Hagen was a little too stereotyped. She seems driven to prove her resourcefulness, but appears to yearn for a strong man. The "daddy" references got a little weird, but maybe we can chalk that up to this being a translated work. The chapters in this book denote a change in POV (point of view). At first I liked this alternating split narrative thing that Dersch pulls off. But the longer this unspooled, the shorter the chapters got, and all too soon the shortness of the intervals became a distraction. Amy McFadden narrates the audiobook, and at first I struggled with her rhythm and delivery. In the beginning, I thought her voice was grating. But the longer I listened, the more I felt McFadden captured the essence of Clair. Somewhere in the middle, McFadden won me over, and I think she does a great job with this audiobook. Fans of contemporary vampire stories will most likely enjoy this for what it is. But for the mainstream reader searching for vampiric literature, I might suggest picking up The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova or Dracula by Bram Stoker.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Book Info: Genre: Horror Reading Level: Adults Recommended for: Fans of horror, those who yearn for the old, bad vampires Trigger Warnings: murder, killing, assassination, one character considers sexual assault, torture My Thoughts: Ah, in a world full of brooding vampires and immortal lovers and people who sparkle in the sunlight, this brings it right back to the nitty-gritty of vampires: they are predators. They eat us. There is nothing beautiful about them. Well, true vampires, anyway. Turns out Book Info: Genre: Horror Reading Level: Adults Recommended for: Fans of horror, those who yearn for the old, bad vampires Trigger Warnings: murder, killing, assassination, one character considers sexual assault, torture My Thoughts: Ah, in a world full of brooding vampires and immortal lovers and people who sparkle in the sunlight, this brings it right back to the nitty-gritty of vampires: they are predators. They eat us. There is nothing beautiful about them. Well, true vampires, anyway. Turns out the Nazis did some experimenting, and throw in a Vatican-based conspiracy.... but shhh, spoilers, sweetie, spoilers! I have rated this as horror, because that is how I read the ending. However, the ending is left open for interpretation, so others might read this as dark urban fantasy. Whatever the genre, this German author does an amazing writer with it, and I hope his other two books will be translated into English so I can read them as well. If you like horror—and I mean true horror here—and/or want the old, bad vampires back, then check out this book. I think you'll like it. Disclosure: I received a paperback copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Synopsis: A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for. Why was a man who claimed to know her sister from an online vampire forum shot dead moments after Claire interviewed him? Why are her sister’s symptoms getting worse in the hospital? And why have agents from the Vatican taken a sudden interest in Claire? Consumed by doubt and growing paranoia, Claire barely has time to ponder her next move before a violent confrontation in her apartment changes everything. She quickly finds herself on the run with a mysterious stranger who says he wants to protect her but may not be quite what he seems. Can she trust him?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda A

    This was.... odd. The characterization wasn't particularly good, and for whatever reason this is yet another vampire novel with far too many similes. I don't know what it is but vampires but really like comparing things to other things. Sort of like how every YA heroine has green eyes or fiery red hair... I don't know. I just wasn't very impressed, which I'm sorry to say. I liked the overall idea of the story, but the actual application of it just didn't work. I didn't really care what happened t This was.... odd. The characterization wasn't particularly good, and for whatever reason this is yet another vampire novel with far too many similes. I don't know what it is but vampires but really like comparing things to other things. Sort of like how every YA heroine has green eyes or fiery red hair... I don't know. I just wasn't very impressed, which I'm sorry to say. I liked the overall idea of the story, but the actual application of it just didn't work. I didn't really care what happened to Amanda, Claire's sister, because I never got any character development. It boiled down to "This is Claire. Her sister is in the mental hospital because she thinks she's being bitten by vampires. Feel bad for Amanda and Claire." And I couldn't, because there was no reason for me to. Plus the romance was seriously ridiculous. There's absolutely nothing to indicate that there is going to be a romantic relationship between Claire and George until WHAM! there suddenly is. It came out of nowhere, and led nowhere. I didn't understand it at all. I was very skeptical of the reason of George's transformation, too. It just seemed so....I don't know. Too conspiracy-theorist? Aliens probed my mind, turned me into a werewolf, Nazis stole me and transformed me into a vampire hybrid? It's certainly a story worthy of Marvel, that's for certain. It didn't really have a place here, though. Nazi-created vampire-people. Yup. (I received this in a First Reads giveaway.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lianne

    Let's start with a positive: the plotline is good; it kept me engaged and wanting to read more. However, the book, on the whole, was quite poorly written. It was littered with similes. I honestly don't think I've ever read anything with this many similes in it and it was really quite offputting. There were a number of mistakes in the text and numerous times where the story made little sense (a character doing one thing and then suddenly doing the polar opposite with no explanation). Finally, the Let's start with a positive: the plotline is good; it kept me engaged and wanting to read more. However, the book, on the whole, was quite poorly written. It was littered with similes. I honestly don't think I've ever read anything with this many similes in it and it was really quite offputting. There were a number of mistakes in the text and numerous times where the story made little sense (a character doing one thing and then suddenly doing the polar opposite with no explanation). Finally, the characters were underdeveloped. Each of the main characters had a lot of potential but this just wasn't explored enough. It was an interesting enough read that kept me flicking the pages but there was so much distraction because of the way it was written.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Started off good then lost the plot Started off good then became unbelievably silly, I mean why would a vampire who can fly try to escape in a car??? I read it to the end to see what happens, but even the ending is ridiculous. Sticking to the thriller style of writing alone would of been better without the vampires. What avid reader of vampire books wants to read about weak useless vampires. Disappointed reader.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    ***Received in a GoodReads First Reads Giveaway*** On the fence with this rating. Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but i think the translation is making it a 3*. A contemporary vampire novel, Flesh and Blood by Daniel Dersch was better than I expected. With as many characters as there were in here, I felt like I wanted all and none of them to "win". The story is told behind two Point of View characters: Claire Hagen and Bishop. The former finds herself thrust into the middle of a decades old fight ***Received in a GoodReads First Reads Giveaway*** On the fence with this rating. Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but i think the translation is making it a 3*. A contemporary vampire novel, Flesh and Blood by Daniel Dersch was better than I expected. With as many characters as there were in here, I felt like I wanted all and none of them to "win". The story is told behind two Point of View characters: Claire Hagen and Bishop. The former finds herself thrust into the middle of a decades old fight between the Catholic Church and Vampires. Her sister is bitten and is in the middle of a transformation, but being the 21st century, everyone just thinks she is mentally ill. The latter is the lead hunter assigned to tracking down Vampires. As the novel progresses, more and more of each character is revealed as well as the particular lore surrounding vampires. Claire is obviously a strong willed female protagonist, who even after being attacked, gets up and continues fighting...although she chooses to trust a vampire. Bishop is part of the Organization and for some reason really wants to kill his partner, of which he has never been assigned in his long career. The vampire involved with Claire, George (not the one who bit Claire's sister, Amanda, since George is a Nazi Hybrid that is more human than most and does not have the thirst for human blood anymore but has all the powers), takes it upon himself to save Claire and go on the run with her. I do admit some of the intentions of this story are a bit muddled and somewhat unbelievable and naive, but honestly, when in the middle of reading, the story is captivating enough that the reader just glazes over these issues. As mentioned above, the story is very interesting and very fast paced. This is helped along with extremely short chapters making it easy to always say "Just one more chapter, then I will put it down." There are a few twists and turns in the story; some surprises and such. However, I do admit that the big reveal at the end of the epilogue was a bit expected. It always seems like when one particular event happens in a novel, it inevitably leads to this reveal, especially when there is a catalyst that drivers the characters apart. But regardless, it does set up for sequels, and not just surrounding around some of these characters but also spinoffs focusing on other Vampires or other hunters from the Organization (much in the ways of the Order of the Sanguine series by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell). Translation notes: According to the translator bio in the back, Chapple has been doing German works for 35 years. This bothers me all the more. I understand the discrepancies with phraseology between the two languages, but there seem to be more glaring issues that take away from the feel of the novel than I was expecting. I know some things in German are just easier to say, especially with adjectival nouns. But translating Junge constantly as "The Young Man" in the prologue is stupid. "Boy" would have been fine, or allude to his age in the first instance but just use his profession of shepherd for the rest. It felt odd reading it. Other phrases that are very seldom used in contemporary fiction that I have read appear in this book constantly: whippersnapper and child's play. I honestly do not think anyone under the age of 40 has ever used whippersnapper when not making fun of old people. "Punk" is probably close to the intent of Dersch, and afterall when translating a work sometimes it is not about direct translation but transcribing the intent of the word so that the target audience understands what the author is trying to convey. Similar with child's play. Once in the book would have been enough, but no one uses that phrase 3 or 4 times. It sticks out too readily. Furthermore, even in the English, the use was odd. I do not think a mercenary-esque kind of guy is going to use that when referring to a situation to their supervisor/team leader. I am pretty sure the German word was einfach (and I do not have access to the source text), but if this is the case that translates into so many other phrases: simple, snap, cinch etc. Almost every instance was a character saying "It was child's play to do [insert easy to do activity]". They say a good referee never decides a game, only manages it. I think the same is true for translators. It is up to them to take a source text and represent it in a new language to make it flow easily. I found the above issues very halting while reading an otherwise great story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Flesh and Blood (kindle version) Claire & Mandy Hagen are sisters living in NYC.They only have each other for family so the elder Claire feels responsible for Mandy's well being. Apparently she's not doing such a great job as Mandy ends up in a psych ward, claiming a vampire is sucking her dry. Horrified, Claire starts to dig through Mandy's life, looking for clues to her madness. At her sister's apartment she finds a whack of empty Valium bottles & an online contact. This leads her to "J Flesh and Blood (kindle version) Claire & Mandy Hagen are sisters living in NYC.They only have each other for family so the elder Claire feels responsible for Mandy's well being. Apparently she's not doing such a great job as Mandy ends up in a psych ward, claiming a vampire is sucking her dry. Horrified, Claire starts to dig through Mandy's life, looking for clues to her madness. At her sister's apartment she finds a whack of empty Valium bottles & an online contact. This leads her to "John" who agrees to meet her at JFK & tell her his story. Yes, vamps do exist & he recently ran into one while doing a B & E. Unfortunately, he woke the homeowner. John survived but he'll never forget the floating "man" with the glowing red eyes. He's leaving the country & gives Claire advice & a cross. Neither is aware they are being watched by Bishop, a mercenary who belongs to a shadowy organization with ties to the Vatican. Dismissing him as a crank, she heads out to visit Mandy, who is now sporting a straightjacket. Seems she's become a tad violent & wastes no time attacking her sister. Claire might be able to accept that as part of her psychosis but Mandy's glowing red eyes kind of freak her out. Then things get weird(er). Driving home, Claire realizes she's being followed. On the news she hears a man was murdered at JFK. She needs a little quiet time to reflect on the day's events but soon has company. The stranger knows a lot about Claire & the men following her but before he gets too far, Bishop & his crew attack. In short order, the apartment is demolished in a bloody gun fight & the stranger flees, taking Claire. The chase is on. This is the first in a series featuring journalist Claire Hagen & George Powell, a hybrid vampire (the stranger). Plot lines include saving Mandy from her fate, George's background & the story behind Bishop and the ancient order he works for. Typically, an author uses book #1 to establish the characters & do the world building necessary to introduce the reader to his "reality". Here, he succeeds some of the time. George is by far the most compelling character. His status as a hybrid has its' roots in Auschwitz & it's an interesting concept. Turns out those darn Nazis were more devious than we knew. Claire starts out as mildly annoying, a weepy young woman with a martyr's complex but these attributes are toned down as the book progresses, thank God. I found Mandy more interesting but we never really get her story despite it being central to the plot. Bishop has a predominant role but comes off as two dimensional, a Rambo-like assassin who spends most of this time plotting his partner's demise & assuring himself he's an alpha male, twirling his metaphorical moustache. There's little about how he came to be the hired gun for a Vatican cardinal or why he's so motivated.  The world building is spotty at best. We never learn why Mandy was targeted, who her vampire/maker is, the history of the Organization or how vamps in general fit into society. It's ok to leave unanswered questions for a subsequent book but the reader should finish the first one with a basic understanding of the game & all its' players so they feel invested in their fate. The remainder of the story is largely devoted to Claire & George being hunted by Bishop & Co., leading to the inevitable showdown. There are several scenes where a character finds themselves cornered & facing death, only to have time stop as they or their attacker launch into a lengthy explanation or internal monologue. It kills any tension that may have been building but of course, provides time for escape. I know it seems ironic to talk about believability in a PNR but if an imaginary world is well created, it can at least feel credible. Peripheral characters are few, mostly members of Bishop's gang. Claire seems to have no friends so her only contact is her boss at the paper as she runs from crisis to crisis. The dialogue is oddly stilted in places but this may be due to blips in translation & have a smoother flow in the original German. By the end, most of the cast has undergone huge change & although little is resolved, it's the strongest part of the book. So if you enjoyed the ride, no doubt you're looking forward to the next one & the further adventures of the Hagen sisters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CaroleHeidi

    In Flesh and Blood, Clare Hagen, a New York journalist, is shocked when her sister is admitted to a mental hospital amid claims that someone is trying to turn her into a vampire. Clare is convinced that it is all a side effect of drugs her sister has been taking but when she goes to meet up with a man her sister has been talking to online about her vampire fears things all start to get a little weird. First the man she met is shot dead in a toilet stall, then her sister disappears and her apartm In Flesh and Blood, Clare Hagen, a New York journalist, is shocked when her sister is admitted to a mental hospital amid claims that someone is trying to turn her into a vampire. Clare is convinced that it is all a side effect of drugs her sister has been taking but when she goes to meet up with a man her sister has been talking to online about her vampire fears things all start to get a little weird. First the man she met is shot dead in a toilet stall, then her sister disappears and her apartment is destroyed in a raid by several armed men and she survives only through a rescue by a very peculiar stranger. Clare has to decide who to trust and make some difficult decisions as she does her best to find and save both her sister and her own life as they are hunted down by order of the Vatican. Flesh and Blood was a refreshing read insofar that it left the recent trend of sexy, sparkly vampires mostly behind. The vampires in this book are from the old school of scary and not in the least bit appealing. When they transform the vampires have eyes like hot coals, mouths full of razor teeth and all traces of humanity are lost in the blood lust – they have no ties with their human past and there is no urge for them to do anything with humans other than use them for dinner. This makes the whole thing a bit more exciting and meant that the vampires felt like the bad guys that they should be. Interestingly though it was the humans in the story that were the most disturbing. People go mad for power and it seems like having weaponry in easy reach brings out the crazy in some too. The lead ‘hunter’ in the story was distressingly focussed on his goal and the fact that he wouldn’t think twice about clearing his tracks by killing people made him surprisingly scary. It was the cold matter-of-fact way he could pull a trigger that scared me most. I do however think that this characteristic was a little overplayed through the sections of the story narrated from his point of view – he constantly seemed to thinking about shooting his partner or some other person so after a while he stopped being quite so scary and just came across as a bit mad. The lead character, Clare, had a lot of inner turmoil through the book – as you would if you just discovered that your sister is potentially crazy and vampires aren’t the fairy tale you always thought – and whilst a bit of this is good it was rather overwhelming. I finished reading this a couple of days ago and now I come to think of it I can’t remember anything else about Clare other than her constant inner doubts. There wasn’t much else to note about her character so it got a bit wearing by the end of the book. There were a couple of chapters written from another character’s point of view, telling the history of a character and how things came to be the way they were – for example why the Vatican was hunting them down so doggedly. These chapters were interesting and used the holocaust to impressive effect however they did feel a little info-dump-like. Instead of filtering the information in, it was just conveniently passed over in two or three ‘flash back’ chapters – I found this interrupted the flow of the story a little despite their interesting content. There was a touch of romance in the book but it wasn’t a lead story-line, and Clare’s lack-of-character made it feel even less significant and almost made it a bit of an annoying sideline as a reader. The twist at the end was quite predictable too – there were a few too many signposts along the way and they all had flashing lights round them so you couldn’t possibly not notice them. (Trust me, I usually miss all the signposts in books and I never know whodunit – if I thought they were obvious then they were really obvious.) I sort of enjoyed reading Flesh and Blood but the characterisation wasn’t great and the super-short chapters meant that I never really got sucked in to the story – it was all too easy to put down and forget about. Not bad for a holiday read if you want something quick and easy that doesn’t need much thinking about (I read most of it on a yacht in the Caledonian Canal) but not great if you really want something with a bit of bite. I’d give Flesh and Blood 3.5/5* - the ideas were good but it won’t give you any nightmares and I will probably have forgotten it by this time next month.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Pecoraro

    Whoever said that all the stories have already been told was probably thinking about vampire fiction when he or she said it. I don’t think that I have a read a single descent piece of vampire fiction in years. Unfortunately, Flesh and Blood doesn’t change this. One of the first things you’ll notice about Flesh and Blood is that the author finds the need to exhaustively explain things. For instance, when the main antagonist is caught leaving a crime scene on security camera. It’s because the New Whoever said that all the stories have already been told was probably thinking about vampire fiction when he or she said it. I don’t think that I have a read a single descent piece of vampire fiction in years. Unfortunately, Flesh and Blood doesn’t change this. One of the first things you’ll notice about Flesh and Blood is that the author finds the need to exhaustively explain things. For instance, when the main antagonist is caught leaving a crime scene on security camera. It’s because the New York Airports are have heavy surveillance and have cameras everywhere. Alright, why is this important to the story? The guy was seen, nuff said. In this situation it also starts to hurt our suspension of disbelief because this guy is supposed to be a professional. So neither the information nor the act really does anything for the story. Worse, there are never any ramifications for this occurrence in particular anywhere in the rest of the book. There are at least five instances of these over explanations throughout the beginning of the book. Then a few sprinkled throughout the middle and the end. It was incredibly annoying to read. The end is telegraphed from a point near the climax but the telegraphing made very little sense and the author seemed unable or unwilling to even give a good explanation of the reasoning while the actions were happening. Finally, more damning than anything else: the ACTUAL withholding of information in a chapter to be given a two chapters later IS NOT suspense. It reads very awkwardly and annoys the reader to the point where they don’t really care what happens next. There are MUCH better ways of achieving the same ends and knowing how to use suspense and when to use it is what makes you a good or bad storyteller. Guess which one this author is? On the whole the story in Flesh and Blood isn’t too bad; but there are SO MANY THINGS pulling it down that I don’t even think the casual reader will find much enjoyment in it. All the life may be sucked out of the vampire genre. But don’t like this book be the one you choose to spend your eternity with. (I would just like to take a moment and notice that this book was translated by Gerald Chapple, who did SUCH a fine job with that translation that I only noticed that this book WAS translated AFTER completing it. EXCELLENT WORK). This Review along with all my others are available on Among the Wreckage

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fangs for the Fantasy

    Claire and Amanda are sisters who both live in New York City. They vow to have a close relationship but Claire's career starts to take off and she finds herself seeing Amanda less and less. One day, Claire gets a call that Amanda has been institutionalized because she believes that she is being bitten and stalked by a vampire. Determined to find out what happened to her little sister, Claire begins to investigation. Let does she know that this will put her up against the Catholic Church who has Claire and Amanda are sisters who both live in New York City. They vow to have a close relationship but Claire's career starts to take off and she finds herself seeing Amanda less and less. One day, Claire gets a call that Amanda has been institutionalized because she believes that she is being bitten and stalked by a vampire. Determined to find out what happened to her little sister, Claire begins to investigation. Let does she know that this will put her up against the Catholic Church who has fought vampire for centuries and make her the alley of a vampire who is the result of Nazi experimentation. As a protagonist, Claire is very strong. She absolutely refuses to take no for an answer and always tries to be as proactive as possible. Even when faced with overwhelming force, Claire is always actively searching for a way to defend or protect herself. It would have been easy for Claire to place her safety in George's because he is after all a vampire but Claire constantly questions him and even develops plans to ditch him if necessary. I like that for Dersch, strong doesn't mean turning his female characters into a weapon. Though Claire is the protagonist of Flesh and Blood, male characters far outnumber female characters. The male characters are not well developed at all and read like card board cut out random bad guys working for a shady organization. The relationship between Bishop and Whitman is particularly confusing. Whitman has been with the organization for many years and this is the first time he has been assigned a partner. I don't understand the level of animosity that he feels for Bishop. Whitman spends most of the book contemplating how he is going to kill Bishop and other than the fact that he has the misfortune of being assigned to work alongside Whitman we are given no justification for his rage. This took up a large percentage of the story and at the end of the book turned out to be largely irrelevant. Dersh did give us an interesting take on vampire lore by suggesting Nazi experimentation. Given the research that they ( read: Nazis) were known to participate in, it gave the story a sense of reality and added reality. Normally, I take issue with people invoking the holocaust but Dersch seemed to make this work. Read More

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Wouldn’t you be skeptical if your sister or anyone came to you and said a vampire was feeding off them? Could the illusion be the side effects of drugs? Claire is a journalist, experienced, hardened and not one to believe anything she cannot prove, but her sister’s crazy rambling may have validity. As Claire digs into the possibility that vampires may actually exist, her institutionalized sister is worsening, changing and becoming the very thing she feared. When Claire is rescued from death by a Wouldn’t you be skeptical if your sister or anyone came to you and said a vampire was feeding off them? Could the illusion be the side effects of drugs? Claire is a journalist, experienced, hardened and not one to believe anything she cannot prove, but her sister’s crazy rambling may have validity. As Claire digs into the possibility that vampires may actually exist, her institutionalized sister is worsening, changing and becoming the very thing she feared. When Claire is rescued from death by a fierce and alien-looking creature, she becomes a believer. George is not an “ordinary” vampire, he is the product of Nazi experimentation, a hybrid that no longer craves blood, but still is capable of inhuman powers. With the resources of secret cabals on their tails, led by the Vatican itself, Claire and George form an uneasy alliance to rescue her sister from the horrors of evil. Will they survive? Will George and Claire's attraction create a strong enough bond to succeed? Will dissension in the ranks of the Vatican's forces cripple their mission? Flesh and Blood by Daniel Dersch is a dark game of cat and mouse played between the secret forces of the Vatican, looming over two people fighting against time with only the determination to live and succeed. This character driven plot gives insight into the personalities of each character, while keeping the tension high in this twisted thriller-mystery. I received this copy from 47North in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: March 4, 2014 Publisher: 47North ISBN: 9781477817469 Genre: Adult Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy Number of Pages: 361 Available from: Amazon |  Barnes & Noble

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I won this book from Goodreads giveaways! The beginning of this book screams horrific vampire tale. Guns blazing, murder, eerie glowing eyes what more could you ask for right. Well for one a lead who isn't dumb as hell would have been nice. Clair Hagen should have and could have been an strong and brilliant protagonist if she didn't forget something hugely important from one point to the next only to remember it nonchalantly, who didn't whine constantly about her sister, guilt and worry; I reall I won this book from Goodreads giveaways! The beginning of this book screams horrific vampire tale. Guns blazing, murder, eerie glowing eyes what more could you ask for right. Well for one a lead who isn't dumb as hell would have been nice. Clair Hagen should have and could have been an strong and brilliant protagonist if she didn't forget something hugely important from one point to the next only to remember it nonchalantly, who didn't whine constantly about her sister, guilt and worry; I really wanted to like her and at some points I did, but for the most part she was just annoying. I could easily forgive Clair's flaws and the fact that for a dark vampire book, we got a human/vampire who is definitely not the monster of the story and a religious secret society who is way more evil and creepy than the monsters they hunt but it was hard for me to get past the odd description of the vampires who screamed werewolf way more than their supernatural brethren. Every time Clair said paw or muzzle I wanted to scream. While all of this could have been forgivable and still get a good book, the ending was insurmountable. Seriously after everything that happened we get journal entries that lead to some very interesting and exciting information, then nothing and don't get me started on what went down in the cabin, George's ending simply sucked!!! I absolutely hate open endings, I truly hope there is a book two just so I can get a conclusion and hopefully Clair can get a new personality.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    When Claire's sister ends up in a mental hospital, claiming to be a victim of a vampire, Claire begins to investigate - an investigation that puts her in very mortal danger. This is very old-fashioned horror, adding very little to the vampire oeuvre and really asking the reader to suspend their sense of disbelief. It's one of those books where every character seems to spend their time doing the stupidest things possible in order to move the story along. Written in German and translated into Englis When Claire's sister ends up in a mental hospital, claiming to be a victim of a vampire, Claire begins to investigate - an investigation that puts her in very mortal danger. This is very old-fashioned horror, adding very little to the vampire oeuvre and really asking the reader to suspend their sense of disbelief. It's one of those books where every character seems to spend their time doing the stupidest things possible in order to move the story along. Written in German and translated into English, it seems the author has very little idea about how things actually work in the US. For instance, when Claire goes to meet her mysterious contact, they decide to meet at JFK airport. The TSA lets her pass through secirity without being screened, even though she has no ticket, because she's an unknown reporter for an unknown publication. Little things like that - and there are quite a few of them - pulled me out of the story time and time again. Occasionally, the translation is stilted and a bit old-fashioned as well, adding to the 'read this before' quality of the book. In the beginning, the book seems like it will be scary. It's violent and there's an interesting historical aspect to it that is its one saving grace. However the book soon descends into a bit of a 'vampires make me tingly' love fest that just felt trite. A fast read and marginally entertaining, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cathleen

    I was provided an ARC from the publisher and author through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. As I am a fan of this genre, I am always looking for new and interesting twists in vampire related titles. This book engaged my interest from the opening paragraph and kept me interested right to the end. This author definitely provided a new twist with the hybrid vampire that is turned back to an almost human. Clair is contacted by the local police and told her sister has been sedated and hosp I was provided an ARC from the publisher and author through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. As I am a fan of this genre, I am always looking for new and interesting twists in vampire related titles. This book engaged my interest from the opening paragraph and kept me interested right to the end. This author definitely provided a new twist with the hybrid vampire that is turned back to an almost human. Clair is contacted by the local police and told her sister has been sedated and hospitalized. Claire rushes to the hospital to be at her sisters side. She doesn't understand what happened to her little sister. She seems convinced that vampires are real and that she is going to turn into one. From there the story takes off as Claire meets up with George, a hybrid vampire, who helps Claire escape from the vampire hunters sent by the Vatican. They have been searching for this hybrid vampire and want to take him down and bring him to the Vatican for study. The Vatican is convinced that George is the answer to ridding the world of vampires. Throughout the story you are kept fascinated and entertained by the twists and turns in this latest vampire fantasy. The cliff hanger at the end made me wonder if the author has a second book up his sleeve that focuses on the next generation of vampire?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Flesh And Blood By Daniel Dersch What it's all about... You know...I read this book and I am not sure what it is...it was kind of interesting...kind of funny...kind of horror filled...and had a kind of an interesting ending...I think. It was a translation but I don't think that had anything to do with the way I felt about this book. Why I wanted to read it... I wanted to read this book because I thought that it was going to be about a girl rescuing her sister. I thought that her sister was delusional Flesh And Blood By Daniel Dersch What it's all about... You know...I read this book and I am not sure what it is...it was kind of interesting...kind of funny...kind of horror filled...and had a kind of an interesting ending...I think. It was a translation but I don't think that had anything to do with the way I felt about this book. Why I wanted to read it... I wanted to read this book because I thought that it was going to be about a girl rescuing her sister. I thought that her sister was delusional and not really a vampire...but I was wrong about that...totally. Amanda and Clair are sisters and Amanda is the sister who believes a vampire is attacking her nightly. Clair is the sister who does the rescuing. She escapes vampire hunters and sort of falls in love with George the Vampire. They try to save Amanda the almost vampire from the vampire hunters...Bishop and Whitman. What made me truly enjoy this book... This book had neat and precise short chapters that were reasonably fast paced and kept me reading. Why you should read it, too... I am not sure that I can tell you to read it. I liked it but didn't love it...it seemed scary at times but silly at other times...so...this one is your call...lol!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I like a good vampire story. However it seems that there are an overwhelming amount of books out there about vampires that you have to be careful what you pick up. A lot of them can be cheesy and not well written. You can be assured however that this was not the case with this book. In fact, you were never know that this book was translated from German to English. I wanted to point this out because if you have ever read a book that has been translated from another language, sometimes the languag I like a good vampire story. However it seems that there are an overwhelming amount of books out there about vampires that you have to be careful what you pick up. A lot of them can be cheesy and not well written. You can be assured however that this was not the case with this book. In fact, you were never know that this book was translated from German to English. I wanted to point this out because if you have ever read a book that has been translated from another language, sometimes the language barrier can interupt the flow of the story and make it read chunky. This story was not just about vampires attacking but it also showed the progression of the transformation from human to vampire. The feel of this book was dark with some psychological elements to it as well. Like were the vampire hunters really the good guys? Maybe the vampires were the good ones. There was plenty of things happening in the story to keep it moving and interesting. I liked the ending. If you are looking for a good vampire story to "sink your teeth into" you have to check out this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamra LeValley

    NetGally Free Book Claire had to take care of her younger sister who ended up in a mental institution stating that she was bitten by a vampire. Upon leaving the hospital Claire stops at her sisters apartment to find clues as to what was happening to Mandy but finds out more than she expected. She meets with a man who tells her that vampires really do exist and then she is on the run. Vampire hunters are now out to not only kill her but a hybrid vampire named George who has rescued her twice alrea NetGally Free Book Claire had to take care of her younger sister who ended up in a mental institution stating that she was bitten by a vampire. Upon leaving the hospital Claire stops at her sisters apartment to find clues as to what was happening to Mandy but finds out more than she expected. She meets with a man who tells her that vampires really do exist and then she is on the run. Vampire hunters are now out to not only kill her but a hybrid vampire named George who has rescued her twice already. This book was a bit different from other vampire books I have read. I liked it and the twists it took. I am not so sure if I really liked the characters a lot or not. They were written really well but they did not exactly "touch" me. The book flowed quite well but was still a bit too wordy for me. Too much detail. The plot was actually quite good. I also did like how some of the characters evolved unexpectedly. The author is a really good writer as well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Flesh and Blood is not your average vampire story. Frankly, it's better than any other vampire story that I have ever read. The characters are very well written and each intriguing. I loved the interaction between Bishop and his partner. The story was fast paced and suspenseful. I devoured the entire book in no time and was left wanting more. I can only dream and hope the best for Claire at the end. It's bugging me, actually. I wan I have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Flesh and Blood is not your average vampire story. Frankly, it's better than any other vampire story that I have ever read. The characters are very well written and each intriguing. I loved the interaction between Bishop and his partner. The story was fast paced and suspenseful. I devoured the entire book in no time and was left wanting more. I can only dream and hope the best for Claire at the end. It's bugging me, actually. I want a sequel. I need a sequel, honestly. 5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Claire just wants to take care of her younger sister, Amanda, who must be having a psychotic break. Vampires aren't real, right? This action packed, often dark, sometimes creepy and horrific, mysterious narrative frequently leaves the reader questioning who, if anyone, is the good guy. While the lines are often blurred, by and large, it is up to the reader ultimately and/or perhaps to future/prequel/side adventures. Characters are vivid, flawed, often scarred, emotional, and varied. Overall, a rich Claire just wants to take care of her younger sister, Amanda, who must be having a psychotic break. Vampires aren't real, right? This action packed, often dark, sometimes creepy and horrific, mysterious narrative frequently leaves the reader questioning who, if anyone, is the good guy. While the lines are often blurred, by and large, it is up to the reader ultimately and/or perhaps to future/prequel/side adventures. Characters are vivid, flawed, often scarred, emotional, and varied. Overall, a rich read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather Chargualaf

    I liked that the book started out crashing through the door and kept going till about 75% of the way and just lost its punch. pretty much girl wants to help sister who thinks she is being stalked by a vampire. Girl meets guy who says he saw a vampire and gave girl trinkets to help sister. Girl meets vampire as a twisted man is on the hunt for said vampire. It seems the ending was a bit predictable and left it so a series could start. Will read more if it's to come.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Candice Mckinney

    I received this book free from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I have stayed away from vampire books since the teenagie vampire books and movies. But I loved this book. It is a little different take on vampires and hunters. Claire Hagen is a journalist. When her younger sister Amanda gets sick and becomes afraid of vampires Claire is skeptical so she starts investigating. The more she looks into Amanda's illness the more she hears about vampires. The ending is great.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Klocinski

    I received this book for free as a part of the GoodReads First Reads Program. First things first: “Flesh and Blood” was an enjoyable surprise, all the way up to the final chapter and the epilogue. Vampires aren't real, right? What I liked about this book was not the tale in itself, although that was first-class too, but the writing…it almost had me convinced that there are, indeed, vampires lurking in the shadows.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arianna

    I received this ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so not into it. After the prequel I seriously debated if going ahead and reading it. I persisted but the first impression was the right one. I didn't like the tone of the story, the plot and the characters. Vote: 2 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I won this book from Goodreads. Not usually a fan of the urban fantasy genre, but this one grabbed me from the first page. Vampires, Nazis, the Vatican and a little dangerous romance make a good read. Hope there's a sequel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Wooster

    It was OK - a new take on the genre, and quite creepy in places but I found some of the characters very wooden and the ending unsatisfactory.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol Sloan

    Not your usual girl meets bad boy vampire book, bit more gruesome and dark. Can't wait for the translation of book 2

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrell

    Interesting twist at the end. My kind of ending!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Dilgard

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