Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

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Vampires have always lived in Eastern Europe. But with the fall of the Soviet Union, they began to spread across the continent, then the world, turning whole populations into vampires--or human cattle. Having overrun India, the far East, and the great cities of North and South America, the forces of Night are now spreading into the countryside to consolidate their conquest.
In a town on the New Jersey shore, the vampires have just arrived, along with their human henchmen, the cowboys, who round up human cattle for the overlords in return for the promise of eternal life---later. For the vampires wish only a few of their own kind to rule, and feed. The rest of humanity are to be helpless herds, the source of the blood of life.
Falsely accused of abuse, Father Dan is drunk in a basement waiting for the end. His superior has betrayed the local Catholic congregation and become a vampire. Sister Carolyn has become a formidable killer of cowboys and vampires. Dan's niece, escaped from the conquest of New York, has made her way south to find him. Brought together by Rabbi Zev Wolpin, who is shaken by the vampires' fear of the cross and holy water, they plan their resistance. Against all odds, they discover that there just might be a way for humanity to "really" fight back. But first they will have to kill the vampire king of New York.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765307057
0765307057
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wilson
Characteristics: 332 p. ; 25 cm

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rahmmie
Aug 19, 2012

I'm not much into the whole vampire horror genre but once in a while I come across a book from that category that I think is really exceptional. This is one of those. Very good plot, characters that are easy to relate to, great dialogue, and simply the kind of book that you can't put down

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chgarland
Dec 10, 2010

One of the best vampire novels. Wilson paints an alarming picture of the countryside abandoned to the vampires and their human servants who round up prey, with the remaining humans searching furtively for ways to survive. Into this horrible world, Wilson inserts a group that comes together to take back just a church in New Jersey and then the rest of the eastern seaboard.

It's an excellent adventure that held up even on my second reading. One of my favorite features of this story is the effect a crucifix has on the undead and why. It's something, especially the why, that is overlooked by so many other entries in the vampire genre.

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