V-Wars (V-Wars #1) ★★★✬☆

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Title: V-Wars
Series: V-Wars #1
Editor: Jonathan Maberry
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 405
Words: 154.5K


From Vwars.fandom.com

Conceived of and edited by Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry, V-Wars: is an anthology series of ‘eyewitness accounts’ and ‘frontline reports’ from the vampire apocalypse. After an ancient virus that causes vampire-like symptoms is accidentally released during an Antarctic expedition, humanity must scramble to survive. In this collection of interconnected but unique tales, contributing authors Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, James A. Moore, Gregory Frost, John Everson, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Scott Nicholson offer gripping accounts of a world spinning towards war and destruction.

My Thoughts:

The “synopsis” was the best I could find without writing my own. A set of authors all write multiple short stories about a character and Maberry, the editor and one of the contributors, weaves the stories all together into one tapestry. So you’ll get a chapter from Maberry about Character X, then a chapter by Navarro about Character A, etc. Most of the characters have no overlap and are written so as to give a broader view of the events happening.

Which basically is that vampires make a huge comeback and how humanity deals with it. This was what I want in a vampire story. Vamps kill humans in one way or another, bloody and violent and it’s all kill or be killed. The thing is, one or two characters are perfectly slotted into the “Woke” side of things and bleat about vamps and it not being their fault and we just have to understand and try to get along with them. They were perfectly done and it took all of my mighty might to appreciate that instead of raging at a fictitional character.

The main reason this is getting only 3.5 instead of 4 is because along with the blood and violence associated with vamps, we also get the sexual side of things. There were too many near explicit scenes for me to be comfortable with. If this trend continues in the next book I’m afraid that it will be the last book in the series I read.

Right at the end there is a character who is revealed as an anti-vamp. She’s a werewolf and transforms in the presence of vampires and kills them. It was awesome!

In many ways this reminded me of the Necroscope series in both good and bad ways. That was another vampire series I had to stop, so we’ll see what happens with this one.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

32 thoughts on “V-Wars (V-Wars #1) ★★★✬☆

  1. This sounds like a major major ripoff of World War Z, which is a series of eyewitness accounts and frontline reports about a zombie apocalypse. Or of Robopocalypse, which was already a WWZ ripoff but about a robot uprising.

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          1. I came to the comments to recommend WWZ to you. It’s a series of short stories each following a different character in the zombie apocalypse, but all are written by the same author.

            WWZ itself draws from Studs Terkel’s book on WW2, where he interviewed soldiers and civilians. Because of this, the ending of the zombie war has an aspect I don’t like, but won’t spoil for you here.

            Oh, and other than containing zombies, the WWZ film has absolutely nothing to do with the book. The studio apparently bought the rights just to use the title, then threw away 100% of the written content.

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    1. I am not a fan of Pitt (nothing specific, just the reactionary “he’s famous so I won’t like him” even though I did like him in the Ocean’s 11 franchise) so the movie never appealed to me. The only real zombie movies I enjoyed were the Resident Evil ones. Having never played the games, I wasn’t attached to any storylines or characters, so I just sat back and watched Little Miss Red Dress chew through the zombies and monsters 😀

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    1. That would appear to be the consensus among those in the know.
      Since I am not in the know (never having read or watched it), I can’t reliably comment on the comparison.

      So that is a big fat definite “maybe” from me 😀


  2. I’m not sure it this was used as a template for the Netflix series with the same title, which did not exactly agree with me, but the book sounds certainly more palatable than the screen version – and I cannot resist a vampire story anyway… 😉

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    1. The netflix series WAS based on this (or the comics). I’m not sure if the comics or this book series came out first though. I was going to see if I could torrent the tv show until I saw the synopses and various reviews. Apparently it was pretty bad.

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  3. This sounds pretty cool! And the woke character reminds me of some moronic millennial I saw on Youtube claiming ‘WW2 should no longer be taught in schools as it’s bad for their mental health’ … I hope the vampires tore those characters apart.

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    1. It is worth trying out if you can get a hold of it.
      Unfortunately, in this book the character is a “vampire” expert and so gets to stay alive for the whole book. I suspect for the whole series 😦

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    1. I read one of his Joe Ledger short stories and was totally blown away, so I have those on my tbr. But when I saw these I had a hankering for a good old fashioned “vampires are the badguys” series. Not so much that as more Alpha Predators.

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    1. Nah, I’ve never been a fan of doing individual reviews for anthologies. My impression is of the book as a whole. Especially since they were all being edited by Maberry. I suspect he set some overall guidelines to keep them on track, much like a dungeon master in a D&D game 😀

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      1. Oh no, I wasn’t asking you to do individual reviews; I don’t even do that whenever I end up reading anthologies too. I was just wondering if you didn’t find a new author to ban for life among all these as usual hahahah It sounds more like they succeeded in not getting on your nerves this time around. 😛

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