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After reading and enjoying Maneater I've been on the lookout for other Thomas Emson books. It's taken a while but our library has finally managed to supply me with not one but two novels. Brand new, with crisp pages and an un-marked cover it could have been about sugar coated romances and I would still of picked it up. Sometimes all you need is an authors name to entice me, which doesn't always work in my favour. In this case though I think it was worth the chance.
Set in a fictional club in a fictional London Jake Lawton, ex soldier, now works as a doorman at Religion. A haunt for Goths and vampires. Despite the fact that Fraser Lithgow was barred due to a spot of drug dealing the clubs owner grants him admission. Raising suspicions in Lawton, especially when the people inside start to fall down and die. Supposedly after accepting pills marked with the letter K. Eyes fall on him due to an incident which saw his name tarnished. What some can't quite work out is how can he be accused of causing the deaths when the dead appear to be coming back to life? Albeit not as their former selves.
Determined to save the city from ruin he, along with a few others, set about trying to stop who or maybe what is causing these creatures to form. And for what purpose? In this sense only looking back in the past will help save the future.
Jake Lawton has a steely determination. He has taken bullets for his country and is now willing to do the same for his city. No matter what people throw at him he keeps going. A trait in his personality which is rubbing off on the people around him. Including the somewhat weak Lithgow. Someone who we can all blame for kick starting the supernatural creatures lives. Having a parent who works as a high court judge has its benefits. Specifically where you're a person who has frequent problems concerning the law. However come the end his character does come to life and a more impulsive and confident man appears.
With the help of Murray- the journalist who destroyed Lawton's career, Sassie, his colleague Milo and former soldier Rabbit to help, the team makes up a good combination and despite all of their pasts you can't find one to dislike.
Skarlet is the first of a trinity and is the second English book written by Thomas Emson. Focusing on vampires this time he writes about death and destruction like no one else in recent years. I don't know whether it was because it was late at night or that I didn't have any distractions but a book which can actually make you visualize what is happening is worth its weight in gold.
The book is split into four parts and has over 400 pages. It isn't just your typical vampire story as it brings a bit of ancient Egypt into the mix. With talk of Gods and the ashes of a dead Pharaoh. All of the chapters are short and snappy so it doesn't take too much to get back into if you were to put it down.
Grizzly in places the image of a character getting their finger bit of is enough to make you wince but is nothing compared to the other graphic descriptions. Oddly enough I did think that the book needed more blood and gore, people getting their throats torn out happen at infrequent places and towards the end it's as if they've forgotten how to use their teeth.
The pace of the novel doesn't stop and is continually in fast forward which I found a bit confusing. You have a few pages on a person in the train for absolutely no reason. After that they get no mention again. So I didn't need the detail about their girlfriend or who they were on the phone to because they don't play any part in the story.
The ending is a little disappointing but then its intention is to lead you into the second part of the vampire trinity. After the conclusion the added chapters aren't necessary and it would have been more intriguing to of read the next installment to find out who is still around.
Thomas Emson isn't the most well known of authors but he is one I'd instantly recommend if you wanted something different to read. He does supernatural very well and doesn't stick to your usual vampire/werewolf stereotypes. If you do like mystical creatures and lots of action/death and destruction then this could be something you'd enjoy and really get your teeth into.