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Valentine's Resolve (Vampire Earth, Book 6)

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Another in an Increasingly Long Line of Winners

By Michael J. Bell "roland-of-gilead" - July 16, 2007

Knight's superb post-apocalyptic science fiction series continues with this newest installment. For those readers who are wary of "horror" stories, keep in mind that the term Vampire Earth is somewhat misleading, as the story concerns humankind's attempts to fight back against an overwhelming alien invasion that has taken over our planet. The aliens exhibit certain vampire-like traits, but virtually all of the action takes place in a devastated America of the near future, and the tale stands firmly in the tradition of science fiction adventure, not Salem's Lot. This incidentally allows Knight to indulge in one of his many strengths, the detailed and quite plausible extrapolation of how society might evolve in the aftermath of intelligent but malevolent beings controlling us.

Valentine's Resolve continues protagonist David Valentine in exile from Southern Command, one of the main military resistance forces still functioning. The opening chapter, with Valentine completing... read more

Terrifying, Thrilling, Always Interesting

By Wantz Upon A Time Reviews - July 10, 2008

Reviewed by Vicky Burkholder
on 07/10/2008

Knight's post-apocalyptic science fiction series continues with this newest installment. David Valentine has left the Southern Command, one of the main sources of resistance against the Kur--the aliens who have invaded Earth. Knight's strength lies in his detailed and believable idea of how society could evolve after we've been taken over by intelligent but malevolent beings.

The opening chapter - and much of the book - is violently graphic, but that is the setting for the story. It is not gratuitous, but necessary to the plot and the development of the story. The character of Valentine undertakes a difficult mission to infiltrate the resistance in the Pacific Northwest, which he does. The story is about Valentine's struggles, but it is also about ourselves and how we would cope with invaders--and at what cost. Knight does this with a deft hand and amazing skill. His world building abilities are beyond scope... read more

running out of steam?

By C. Chaffin "CC" - July 27, 2008

E.E. Knight's "Valentine's Resolve" is the sixth installment in the Vampire Earth series. The series is set in post-apocalyptic Earth, in which an alien species at war with itself uses humanity as a pawn. The plot of the books, however, is not the strength; rather, Knight creates compelling and often believably conflicted characters. The protagonist, David Valentine, remains intriguing in this book, but with much less depth than in the first five. Knight seems to have tried to confer to Valentine the literary equivalent to the "10,000 yard stare"; he seems tired, somewhat bitter, and resigned to his lot, but it doesn't entirely work. Even the brief interludes with Valentine's old mentor and partner Duvalier are not enough rekindle the spark. I can't escape the feeling that Valentine is running out of steam.

While the series never was entirely plot driven, the flow of this book truly meanders across scenes that neither provide depth of character nor create an especially... read more

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