Mary Paige is not unlike most teenagers. Brooding, unsociable and an introvert, to all outward appearances, she is your everyday moody kid. However, upon further reading of “The Blood Vivicanti” by Becket, it becomes plainly obvious that Mary is anything but typical.
Mary has one special ability that makes her different from her peers. She has been blessed or cursed (depending on the day) by a photographic memory that gives her the ability to absorb and understand anything she sees with just a glance.
While useful in certain circumstances, this gift does nothing to endear her to her contemporaries. Ostracized through most of grade school and treated like the outsider she is, Mary quickly learns to hide her abilities.
It is not until one of her teachers recognizes her uniqueness that Mary is sent to a school where she is appreciated and valued. It is here, where she just starts to see the possibilities her life has to offer, that a stranger will come along to change things.
There have been millions of books written about vampires. Their origin, their mystique, their sins, their souls and each one seems a carbon copy of the previous, except for those rare novels that choose to alter “the Bible according to Bram Stoker and Anne Rice”.
Becket has decided in writing and self-publishing this six-part super-natural series, to forego the contemporary vampire origin and create a totally new one. So far, he has succeeded.
Though this is only the first part and there is not much disclosed about what is to come, from what we can tell, there will be no vampires who “glitter”, no brainless vampires drinking blood simply to survive, and no angst filled “ancients” who ponder the true meaning of good and evil.
And, while we all have our favorite vampire books, vampire lore is always welcoming of talented writers with new stories to tell … and Becket is one of them.
“The Blood Vivicanti” by Becket is a new take on an old genre with wonderfully refreshing results. It can currently be purchased on Amazon in e-book and paper-back versions.
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