I received this book for free from audibles in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nightblood by T. Chris Martindale
Length: 13 hours and 45 minutes
Published by Warner Books on January 1, 1990
Narrator: Matt Godfrey
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Combining the high-voltage excitement of David Morrell's First Blood with the stark horror of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, this action-packed novel of a Vietnam vet warring against a swarm of vampires delivers all the thrills readers expect from the genre . . . and more.
It’s time for another Retro Horror Review. The book was read in June but we had a lot of post coming out and couldn’t find a good day in June so you get the review now. 🙂 This is a post where both Barb and I read a retro horror book but they are totally different so after you check out my choice go see what she read at Booker T’s Farm!
Here is what I thought
I had been wanting to read some of the books mentioned in Paperbacks from Hell but there price is out of my range, so I was excited to see that they put some of them on freeaudiobookcodes.com! This one says it was first published in December of 1989 even though it says published in 1990 on the same goodreads page.
I was so excited then I sort of forgot about it until I was looking on my audibles and seen it and the book I was reading wasn’t really catching my attention so I switched to this one instead and I am so glad I did because it was a lot of fun.
It’s about a Vietnam vet Chris Stiles who is sort of taking up the mantle of hunting vampires because his brother was killed by something supernatural and now his brother shows up as a ghost and that is usually when Chris knows its time to look for some supernatural creatures.
Two brothers on a dare go into this old creepy abandoned house and accidently awaken a centuries old vampire and just verily saved by the uzi toting vet Chris Stiles, who comes in and pretty much takes all sorts of chunks out of the vampire so he thinks that is that it’s to weak and dead but he was wrong.
By the time Chris realizes his mistake the town is pretty much run amuck with others who have been turned into vampires and he is sure there is no hope for the town. Chris and a small ragtag group of semi lucky people get to up against the vampires.
This was what I wished Salem’s Lot would have been more like! Lot’s of cheesy 80’s style over the top vampire killing action! I mean who would have thought to bring an uzi to a vampire fight! No stakes for this guy! No he brings guns and katanas!
I think my only complaint would be that the ending was a tad long as even though I loved all the shooting, blowing up, head’s rolling action it did feel like a bit much.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good 80’s style vampire slaying horror book.
This was my first time with Matt Godfrey and I really enjoyed his narration although some of his voices sounded a bit strange at times he was still good.