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V Wars by Navarro, Yvonne ( Author ) ON Jul-10-2012, Hardback [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

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3.0 von 5 Sternen I sooo wanted this book to be on par with World War Z 16. April 2013
Von William Lorenz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry but this book was a disappointment. Any anthology of the 'zombie/vampire/end of the world' scenarios these days will almost always be measured against World War Z. I was seriously hoping that I was going to get an anthology that did to vampires, what World War Z did to zombies. V Wars made a futile attempt to capture the same excitement and adventure that World War Z had.

V Wars starts slow and never really picks up the pace in the way I was hoping for. I first thought that the several different story lines would integrate into a powerful conclusion. The connection between the different stories is tenuous at best. Almost all of the stories take place in the USA limiting the broad global scale that could have been told.

After a few chapters, the thing that confused me the most was the time scale. None of the stories are told in a linear time scale and confusion quickly built up as to where in the sequence of events each of the individual stories took place.

There are a couple gems in the book, most notably by Gregory Frost and Yvonne Navarro. I felt that the very short stand alone stories that were done by Maberry as the novel progressed were thrown together to add some semblance of a broader picture. These stories by Maberry could have been the ones that tied it all together and added the epic scale I was hoping for.

There were way too many editing mistakes for such a great quality hardback; most notably spelling 'desert' with 'dessert', missing punctuation ("into his carotid She feels"), poor grammar ("I thought it might you").

I can only hope that this book set up a world where a sequel will come out and completely blow us away with action and suspense. I will be the first in line to give V Wars part 2 another chance.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lots of potential, a few good stories, but something is lacking... 14. Januar 2014
Von Daniel Burton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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V Wars, edited by Jonathan Maberry, is a collection of stories set in the same world but written by a bevy of talented authors.

In the world Maberry creates in V Wars, a prehistoric virus has been released from polar ice, awakening recessive genes in the human genome. The virus triggers changes in some humans, awakening physical changes that are varied and dramatic. Before long, vampires walk among us. Some are benign; many are not.

Maberry's collection of tales does well and more credibly what X-Men (at least the movies--I'm not familiar with the comics) tries to do: it portrays a genetic mutation that changes a portion of humanity, causing ostracization, fear, violence, and, of course, government action. I've always been dubious about what the reaction to the X-Men. After all, the powers they have seem to be magical and useful. On the other hand, the mutations in V Wars result in a change that seems to drive its mutants to, well, suck blood.

That seems a bit more against the public interest than the power to start fires, freeze objects, levitate, or any of the other number of changes that Stan Lee's X-Men undergo.

Maberry does an excellent job tying the stories together with a common story that intersperses the tales. While the majority of the stories seem to take place in and around the American northeast, especially New York City, V-Wars treats readers to a semi-global perspective, with stories from the American southern border with Mexico, in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, and one that crisscrosses the globe, starting in Antarctica, jetting off to Romania, and stopping through France, too. Some times we read from the vampire's perspective; other times, from the humans. Maberry breaks up the stories, too, giving the collection something of novel-like feeling.

As interesting as the collection is, the stories are not all created equal, and it's part of the reason I had a hard time settling on just three stars. I wanted badly to give the book four stars--but several of the stories disappointed, even bored me.

They were few, however, and generally the stories were creative and enjoyable, if occasionally not for the faint of heart. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Stalking Anna Lei" by James A. Moore brings together legends of vampires from East Asia, as John Lei searches for his sister while navigating the dangerous world of Asian gangs amid reports of a monstrous creature that seems to be haunting his every step. Told from John's perspective, Moore has a great voice that makes his story one of the most enjoyable, and his plotting makes the final twist satisfying and unexpected.

"Vulpes" by Gregory Frost begins in Antarctica and trails Ruksana back to her home in Romania. Beware, though: when the change comes to her, the results are anything but vampiric.

Yvonne Navarro's "Epiphany" asks what happens when society's most weak go through the vampiric change, trading vulnerabilities for superhuman power. Red Moon is the orphaned daughter of Native Americans, raped, pregnant, and infected by the virus. Beset by changes she cannot explain, she finds herself on the edge of motherhood in a world that threatens to destroy her for the changes that have come over her.

V-Wars deserves a second installment. It is, in many ways, only the opening chapter in the new world that emerges as vampire and human eye each other and wonder if they will live together or in conflict.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen V-Wars An exceptional anthology! 20. August 2012
Von Dead, Buried, and Back! - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What do you get when you take an anthology with a story line using a "shared world" concept overrun with vampires,several highly talented authors, backed by the creative mind of Jonathan Maberry? Wait, before you answer that,add a government who's just labeled all vampires as terrorists. Now you have V-Wars!

From the beginning,this story is told through the eyes of multiple characters in different parts of the world. Did I mention most of them are vampires? What's unique about this without giving away any spoilers, are their transformations. What's causing these transformations you ask? For that we turn to Antarctica and a dormant virus which has just been set free from the ice which then affects our junk DNA.

Turning the proverbial page, this anthology from the word go, got right to the heart of the matter focusing on the darker or should I say more frightening aspect of the vampire lore. This was one of the most refreshing concepts of the story.(No glitzy anything!) There are different types of vampires evolving, and each one is based on the individual's heritage.

The story moves at a good pace and while it does change perspectives, it's not hard to follow. Through solid character development and dialogue, we can clearly appreciate the conflicts as the vampires try once again, to rejoin mankind.

In short, This was a great anthology, and it's my understanding it's Mr. Maberry's first one as both a contributor and editor. If this story is any indicator of his future anthologies,then I'll be looking forward to reading them all!

John Farris
Dead, Buried, and Back!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Steve's Review 29. August 2013
Von Steven Epley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was a pretty interesting anthology of vampire stories, some were new twists on the whole idea. The stories are well written and fast paced which makes for a really good reading experience. If you are into horror then I highly recommend this book, enjoy! I also highly recommend pretty much anything written by Jonathan Maberry, I am a big fan and have yet to be disappointed. He's good at combining action, high tech and the supernatural all in the same story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mayberry is #1 10. Mai 2013
Von TRC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I guess I may be biased. I chose this book as I am a huge J. Mayberry fan... from Joe Ledger to Rot & Ruin. He is an author I really enjoy. This book gives Vampires a fresh face, and is a thoroughly enjoyable "Snicker Bar".
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