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REVIEW EXCERPTS :
Tired of vampires since Stephanie Meyers, et al, I was, nonetheless, drawn to this book by the reference to Simon Magus. I use this historical, Biblical actor in my own books, and was intrigued to discover that someone else had done the same, albeit in a much more ingenious way.
This is an exquisitely developed character that bears little resemblance to the ages old vampires of film and books, while at the same time extolling the spirit of the vampire breed. Equally intriguing are the Slayers; Vatican killers who, throughout history, have used other names but have always maintained the single minded purpose of destroying all who oppose the Pope, be they heretics, demons, witches or… vampires.
Essentially, the appetizer to a full course meal in the Predatory Ethics series the reader should be prepared for an abrupt ending. I wasn’t. It matters not, however, as the entrée is waiting and I, for one, can’t wait to begin the feast.
——————————————————— Lex Allen
I’ve just finished reading ‘I Am Eternal’ by Athanasios. It’s a vampire short story that ironically has Simeon (the main character) complain about the glut of vampire fiction. In fairness the vampires in this world are not the romanticized versions that have become so popular in books and film.
The story itself is well written and well paced, although the ending feels a little abrupt, but does set up the rest of the series well. The language is a little stilted, with an archaic tone, but that works considering the character.
Simeon provides some interesting observations on his time on Earth and I felt that more could have been done with this..
——————————————————— M. Brookes
This book ties in closely to the Predatory Ethics books; and the reader benefits by having read those, though it isn’t necessary. This is an incredibly fast read and seems to lead up to something that never fully materializes. It is highly engrossing and the history enmeshed in Simon’s life is compelling and entertaining. However, there are characters that are introduced in fairly descriptive detail that seem to be important, but end up as little more than meals – and not food for thought.
As always though, Athanasios leaves the reader with a feeling of having come away from the novel a better person for having read the book and with a concerned hope that there will be a sequel.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review in coordination with Goodreads’ Read for Review program.
——————————————————— Michelle S Williams
Very rarely do I come across a story that I have a difficult time distinguishing fact from fiction. I Am Eternal is one of those rare exceptions. The story was so well written, it was evident of the amount of research that went into this piece. Athanasios crafted an intricate web where folklore is blurred with history. And he did it in an entertaining and engaging way.
I admit, I’m not too well-versed in the contemporary vampire story. The only vampire story I had thoroughly enjoyed was Dracula – until now. I am aware of the pop culture infatuation with vampiric eroticism and forbidden love. You won’t find such themes in I Am Eternal. Simon, the protagonist (and vampire), states he is a predator and that there is nothing romantic about it. Simon preying on humans is as romantic as a lion feeding on a gazelle. As a vampire, he points out fact and myth of stories of his kind that have circulated through the centuries. Though Simon stated reason after reason of why people shouldn’t like him, of what he’s done in the past to survive, and his thoughts on humanity, I couldn’t help but empathize (to a degree, of course) with him. Despite his villainous activity, I like him. Simon’s character was strong. I could see myself having a beer with him at a bar.
——————————————————— Residual Waste