Title: The Vampire and the G.I.
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Length: 164 Pages (Kindle)
Category: Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: I don’t read many vampire stories unless they pique my interest, but J.P. Bowie has brought me back into the fold with this smartly written story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: The Middle East War is finally over and veteran, Cole Everett, is trying to build a new life in Los Angeles and reconnect with his cousin, Sean Martin, a private investigator. His hopes stall when he learns that Sean’s mate, Arturo, is a vampire. It might be 2034 and vampires are an accepted part of society, but Cole can’t accept that anyone would willingly mate with the undead. That is, until he meets Arturo and is introduced to the incredibly handsome Rafael Barrantes. Attracted to Rafael, Cole has to rethink everything he thought he knew about vampires. Taking a job as a security guard for a high-tech company, Cole becomes suspicious when all is not what it seems with so-called ‘government contracts. He can’t decide if he should play it safe and call the cops, or take a chance on his newfound vampire friends. Safe and secure, or caution to the wind?
Review: Rafael Barrantes is over eight-hundred years old. He was once a lord in Catalonia, but as time went on, he made his way to the US and is now one of the most powerful vampires residing in Los Angeles, and a member of the Vampire Council that administers the laws and everyday business for vampire enterprises.
The war has ended and Cole Everett, ex-GI, is back in the states. He seeks out his cousin Sean Martin, whom he hasn’t seen in years and wants to reconnect with. Cole didn’t come back from the war without issues; he has PTSD—nightmares, the shakes, and losing someone he loved consumes Cole.
Things get a little weird for Cole when Sean tells him he’s mated to Arturo, a vampire. Cole gives the whole vampire situation some thought, and deals with it well. Plus, he doesn’t want to lose the connection with Sean again. Then, when Cole meets Rafael, his whole life is turned upside down.
When Petr Volstoy, Russia’s premier, is kidnapped (along with schematics for S490), and Cole’s life is in danger, Rafael and the guys come together with a plan to rescue them.
I don’t read many vampire stories unless they pique my interest, but J.P. Bowie has brought me back into the fold with this smartly written story. The Vampire and the G.I. is set in the year 2034, when vampires are “coming out,” so to speak, even though they have secretly aided the US for a while. The storyline is easy to follow and the plot has danger, suspense, treason, humor and love.
So, if you have an itch for something exciting in vampire fiction, give J.P. Bowie a try. He started this series in 2008 with My Vampire and I, which is where we first learn of Marcus Lucius Verano, who’s mentioned throughout this series.
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