Book Review: MANITOU BLOOD by Graham Masterton
Masterton’s been around for a long time, and he’s written a lot of books. I’ve read some of them in the past, but I’d never read any of his MANITOU series before. I picked up MANITOU BLOOD at a special discount price after noticing a fanged vampire on the cover, and because I recognized the guy’s name and didn’t remember him sucking. Writers tend to leave a much stronger bad impression on me than a positive one. If I read a book and it’s okay, I might remember it or I might not. But I will always remember the bad ones, and never again pick up any work written by the same author.
The only real negative I have to report is that this is a story that falls somewhere in the midst of an ongoing series, with characters that feature in other books. It isn’t necessary to have read them all to know what’s going on in this one, but it would have helped. MANITOU BLOOD features a sort-of vampire herder, a vampire stronger than the average, who commands all the others, leading an uprising in New York City. The uber-vampire was an enemy of the historical Dracula, Vlad III, and just so happens to be possessed by the spirit of an angry Indian shaman. Wait, what? Yeah, you read that right. It actually works better than it sounds like it should. MANITOU BLOOD isn’t a new classic of the genre, but it was an entertaining, fast read. It’s worth checking out, especially if you can find a cheap copy at Dollar General, like I did.