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Facing defeat by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, Russian Captain Aleskei Danilov enlists the help of twelve mysterious mercenary soldiers, the Oprichniki, only realizing too late their true nature as vampires.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2010
ISBN: 9781616142414
Branch Call Number: FICTION KENT
Characteristics: 447 p. : map ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: 12


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Dec 18, 2013

I honestly did not like this book. The whole thing was bogged down in unnecessary details that didn't advance the plot or give any insight into the characters or surroundings. The characters themselves were poorly developed and one-dimensional. They also weren't very sympathetic and I found myself not really caring what happened to them.

At some point, about 60% through, I started skipping pages just to get this thing over with. I have an absolute hatred of not finishing books, but that doesn't mean I won't jump around to get it done. I would skip 5 pages, read two (just to figure out where the story was), and skip 5 more. Doing this, I really didn't feel that I lost anything. I was still able to figure out what was going on in the plot and was able to avoid the long-winded writing style in this book.

I feel really disappointed with this since the idea was solid. But the execution was just terrible. Poor characters, sub-par plot line, and a heavy hand with pointless details destroyed this effort.

LibraryGorilla Nov 02, 2012

A very well written historical fiction / historical fantasy set during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Captain Danilov is part of a small team spying and spreading terror among the invaders. One of his comrades brings in allies from the Balkans, but Danilov begins to realize the new allies are an evil far worse than the French. These vampires are the traditional ones of folklore, undead monsters, corpses animated by evil, the enemies of life. Definitely not a romance! It's also a good war story.

crankylibrarian Sep 18, 2011

Dracula meets War and Peace.
Aleksei, an elite Russian officer fighting Bonaparte's invasion, finds himself working with a curious groups of 12 mercenaries, the Oprichniki. Fierce fighters who wreak havoc upon the French, their methods soon make Aleksei uneasy: they sleep by day and fight by night, they mysteriously dispose of enemy bodies, and they never let their allies observe them at work. And why do chilling rumors of plague and death seem to follow them? The astute reader will figure out the Oprichinki's secret long before Aleksei does, yet this is a well-told blend of historical novel and supernatural horror, with well drawn characters and a good feel for the period.

SB2000 Jun 26, 2011

A blend of horror and historical novel. This novel is a midling holiday or bed-time read and an antidote to all those "vampires are misunderstood loners with anguished hearts" novels of recent years. Kent's vampires are monstrous and loathesome. Somehow though, they aren't that frightening.


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