Valentine’s Resolve: I’m getting nervous

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In this latest installment of Vampire Earth, Val is conscripted back into Southern Command where the need is dire. The explanation of the situation is ok, but I didn’t buy into Val being that easy to track down and capture if he has been this successful for this long at staying away.

I enjoyed the story, but Val’s continual fight with authority and the consequences that follow are making me nervous. A game I used to play allowed you to choose your enemies, and it was wise enough to point out that if you pick the CIA for an enemy, you are going to have a very exciting, but very short game. Val is making too many short-game enemies and all of his friends together won’t be able to keep him alive for much longer.

The story is interesting, his love interest is a strong reminder of Ali for some reason, except she likes physical intimacy as much as Ali doesn’t. A fitting place holder. Val continues to make rash decisions that get the crap kicked out of him and then get him in even more hot water than before. It’s got to slow down a little in this regard because, to top this latest exploit, he would have to be dead.

Vampire Earth is simply awesome entertainment, but Val needs to get a little smarter about being a Cat/Bear/Wold so that he can live long enough to keep the series going.

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JOHN HULET (on FanLit's staff July 2007 -- March 2015) is a member of the Utah Army National Guard. John’s experiences have often left a great void that has been filled by countless hours spent between the pages of a book lost in the words and images of the authors he admires. During a 12 month tour of Iraq, he spent well over $1000 on books and found sanity in the process. John lives in Utah and works slavishly to prepare soldiers to serve their country with the honor and distinction that Sturm Brightblade or Arithon s’Ffalenn would be proud of. John retired from FanLit in March 2015 after being with us for nearly 8 years.

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