Thanks for stopping in! Today I am presenting my review of Mike Kearby’s book Kavachi’s Rise, The Devouring #1. This is the second time I have had this book referenced on my blog: the first was an interview with Mike that you can read here: Interview
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Book Description: A Dark Secret. Thomas Morehart and his sister, Kara are vampyre, not the undead, but creatures evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to mimic their prey, man. Then – rescued from a Nazi Prison Camp, Thomas and Kara are brought to the U.S. and forced to work inside government-owned mortuaries. Now -betrayed by the government sixty-seven years later, Thomas and Kara are in a race against time to transform back to their feral states or risk exsanguination by government sanctioned hit squads.
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My Review: I received a copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
To be honest, finding this book listed as a horror title does not do it proper justice, for although some of the scenes depicted are quite gory, they feel justified in their appearance. It also isn’t just another vampire story, nor is it just a mystery and thriller. It is so much more than just a paranormal story, incorporating lore from the old Romany, or gypsies of Europe: Nazi predilection and fascination with genetic manipulation for a master race, governmental manipulation for positive ends and even some manipulation that relies on ties of friendship and loyalty.
There is a heavy reliance on the long history of atrocities perpetrated against the Romany, as a society that has long been ‘different’ and feared for that difference, makes an interesting choice as three of the four major characters are all Romany in origin, the fourth is drawn into the action as a young girl. That sense of isolation and not having many people to rely on seems to become another character, as it is near palpable as the story unfolds. In a world where the government has taken everything from them, from their fangs to their real names, Tomas and Kara feel they have found a friend and ‘uncle’ substitute in Nikolai. This story was not meant to have a happy ending: manipulations for one person’s gain will always result in someone losing, and that becomes more apparent as the story progresses as well. What isn’t answered is who manages the last manipulations, and just where will it end?
The story was beautifully written with inclusions of language and imagery that is as hauntingly beautiful as it is graphic. Since I am particularly prone to reliving horror stories (I haven’t read one in years after a bad experience) and I didn’t have sleepless nights with nightmares from this book, I am hard pressed to call it a horror novel. Of course, it has horrific elements, most of which deal with man’s inhumane treatment of one another; this really is a book that a conspiracy theorist would adore. I am looking forward to see where the author goes with this series of stories
About the Author:
From Wikipedia: Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.
Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from NorthTexasStateUniversity (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created “”The Collaborative Novella Project”” The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work. Kearby began novel writing in 2005 and has completed eight novels, one graphic novel, and written the afterword to the TCU Press 2010 release of western novelist’s, Elmer Kelton, “”The Far Away Canyon””.
“”Ambush at MustangCanyon”” was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards. “”A Hundred Miles to Water”” was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction. “Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.