Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Reads

STRUCK by Keith Pyeatt

A POWER AWAKENS, A DESTINY BEGINS.

When lightning strikes Barry Andrews as he hikes among petroglyphs in Albuquerque, the surge of energy awakens abilities he's carried since birth. Earth's fate is now tied to Barry's, and Barry's destiny is linked to the past.

A thousand years ago, the ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians built an advanced civilization in Chaco Canyon. Seeking to tame their harsh environment, they used the precise alignment of their pueblos to tap into powers they weren't meant to control. Their meddling almost ended life on Earth, and the Anasazi abandoned Chaco Canyon to protect man from himself.

But the pueblo ruins still hold power, and man still desires what he shouldn't have. One man, driven by greed, exploits ancient secrets. Now Barry must join forces with a Native American elder, become a warrior, and save the earth. Find out more at http://www.keithpyeatt.com/

With an effortless style, nascent author Keith Pyeatt delivers an exciting supernatural thriller that grapples with Native American spirituality without falling to the same tired clich├ęs. The landscape he paints is at once beautiful and powerful, peopled by complex characters and framed by a heart-racing narrative that is as spiritual as it is adventurous. -- Cullan Hudson

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER by Seth Grahame-Smith

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..."

Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

From the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, comes what must be the first vampire-themed work in a long while that I would consider picking up. I have not yet read this one, but I'm going to check it out. Hey, it beats Twilight, right? An axe-wielding U.S. president out to destroy the undead instead of sexy, brooding vampires reeking of death and ennui in a trope for misunderstood teen angst. What's not to love?

"Grahame-Smith's sophomore effort outlasts the kitsch value of its title, and freed from the constraints of updating (or defacing, depending on one's viewpoint) a revered literary gem, the writer delivers a well-constructed, surprisingly satisfying narrative that straight-faces its absurd premise: that Honest Abe, the 16th president of the United States, led a secret life slaying the fanged undead." -- L.A. TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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