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  • By Mclr
    Jun 29, 2011
    This amazing book by Pamela Marcantel deliciously puts the reader in the heart of a very unique story. John English is a centuries-old millionaire vampire alive (sort of) and well during World War II. English is also an American patriot. When he learns of a plot to assassinate William Churchill and members of the Allied High Command by Nazi-aligned vampires, he enlists the aid of an unusual group of his fellow vampires to help him prevent this tragedy from happening. Though they are a small band of self-appointed patriots, they each bring a unique talent and perspective into the situation. Among them are a psychic, a ninja and a cowboy. While on the surface this grouping of people may seem to the reader to be a bit of a stretch, Marcantel fleshes out these characters quite nicely, allowing the reader to understand their individual backgrounds and making the reader feel as if these characters are old friends. English arranges to meet with President Roosevelt and offers his services to... More > the President in exchange for a safe passage to England, where he and his fellow vampires will fight the Nazi vampires, led by English’s nemesis, the very, VERY evil Longchamps. Longchamps is by far the most evil of all vampires, the devil personified, who makes Adolph Hitler look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Roosevelt sends the very beautiful but no-nonsense Lieutenant Edwina Kelly to accompany the vampires in their effort to win the war. To give away any more of the story would be to do the reader a great disservice. V-Squad grabs the reader into the story from the very beginning as if Marcantel is saying, “Hang on to THIS roller-coaster – we’re going for a ride!” And what a ride it is! Ms. Marcantel’s style of writing is so descriptive, one can easily see the places and people, smell the smells, and experience all this very engaging story has to offer. Along the way, the reader will laugh and cry as the author so wonderfully connects the reader and the characters. The writing is so descriptive it is like watching a movie. This very hard-to-put-down book is a fast-read, with clever plot devices near the end that will leave the reader wanting more. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a long series of books with these characters. Even more, this book HAS to be made into a movie! To not do so would be an injustice! Unlike the Twilight series, which is geared toward “tweens and teens”, this book is definitely geared toward late teenagers, as well as young and older adults, due to its graphic descriptions of violence and a little bit of coarse language. However, Marcantel’s style of writing is such that one finds oneself overlooking any images of violence, as they are part and parcel of the story. Even the violence is oddly quite engaging. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the vampire genre. Not only will the reader be taken on a great thrill-ride, they may even learn a bit of history along the way. Get the word out about this book – it’s too good to miss! Hollywood – are you listening?< Less
  • By Jeremy Marcantel
    Jun 12, 2011
    V-Squad: Uncommon Heroes As much of a cliche as it may seem, you can never judge a book by its cover. In regards to the book, V-Squad, I am actually speaking of the characters. Just as in Pam Marcantel’s previous book, An Army of Angels, the protagonist Joan of Arc was underestimated or misunderstood by others around her; the protagonists of V-Squad are underestimated because they are misunderstood. Even if the characters that surround them don’t believe in them, the protagonists believe in their mission and this is what moves the action in each book. As readers, we are rooting for the protagonist to see their mission accomplished, so we remain engaged in the story. Besides the careful development of her characters, Ms. Marcantel’s greatest gift as a writer is to create a story that we can believe in and want to see resolved by the characters. The novel begins by introducing us to our main protagonist, John English. Just as in the popular film noir genre of the time where our story... More > takes place, English is wrapped in mystery. It is obvious that Ms. Marcantel has an affection for the time period in which the story takes place, but it does not come across as romanticized. Although the story is not told from John’s point of view, Ms. Marcantel gets us as close to him as she possibly can through the exposition. In a humorous scene concerning John’s viewing of the popular vampire movie, Dracula, Ms. Marcantel describes John’s bemused reaction to humanity’s perception of his race. That’s right, John English is a vampire. However, as the novel progresses, we learn that John is not superficial or shallow, but is almost menacing at times in his seriousness of carrying out his mission. In the scene that follows, we see the more menacing side, the vampire nature of John English. However, since the character of John English has already been developed beyond a superficial level, we learn through the progression of the novel that the motivation behind revealing his vampire nature is more complex than just feeding some hunger borne out of survival instinct. In the chapters that follow, we are introduced to the other characters, the conflicts they individually face, and we learn of their mission and what brings the group together. They intend to help thwart the assassination attempt upon Winston Churchill and the Allied Generals on the eve of D-Day by a group of vampires allied with the Nazis. We come to learn through the progression of the novel that the mission itself is as complex as the characters. Just as we come to believe in the characters, we come to believe in the mission. Because we believe in the characters and what they stand for, we want to see the mission resolved in a successful way for our heroes. I would recommend that you take the time to read this book and get to know John English and his companions in V-Squad better for yourselves.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781105012174
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Pamela Marcantel
Published
May 27, 2011
Language
English
Pages
282
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.06 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
Product ID
15836481
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