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Vampires. Paranormal. Space opera.  Talk with Karen for fun reads in these genres.

Vampires. Paranormal. Space opera. Talk with Karen for fun reads in these genres.

Way of the Wolf
by E. E. Knight
In the 39th year of the Kurian New Order, Minnesotan David Stuart Valentine was accepted as a Wolf trainee. By the 49th year, he has become a Lieutenant in Southern Command's resistance against the alien Kur invaders. When the inhabitants of the planet Kur learned to open portals leading to various worlds, the opportunity for immortality created a political and societal schism between the vampiric Kurians and the Lifeweavers who reject the draining of sentient life forms. The greatest threat to humans comes from the reapers who drain their victims of blood to nourish themselves while channeling the victim's life force to nourish their Kurian lord. The greatest hope for humanity comes from the Lifeweaver modified humans forming the Wolf, Cat, and Bear clans — and David Valentine gradually becomes one of the deadliest tools in Southern Command's arsenal. Local author Knight has created a grand space opera in a post-apocalyptic world arising from a largely successful alien invasion of Earth. The Kurians and their human collaborators stand on one side of the conflict against the scarce Lifeweaver rebels aiding those humans surviving in various resistance zones. The vivid world building and action rich military and espionage elements will quickly addict readers to the entire Vampire Earth series.
Reading Level: Adult Karen T.

by Keith Knapp
After a random series of electrical power ups and downs, everything electric dies in Chicagoland. With no way to communicate with the world, let alone each other, individuals struggle to make sense of what is happen around them. During short, quick chapters, the focus shifts between a full ensemble cast covering all strata of Westmont society. Amidst the initial confusion, the sinister Man in the Dark Coat uses his telepathic Voice to create a truly apocalyptic battle between the forces of evil and innocence. Those who can hear the Voice, the Changed, can also apparently rise from any normally fatal injury to continue to carry out The Man in the Dark Coat's agenda. Groups of survivors form and are torn apart as loved ones and new allies fall under the sway of the Voice. For Chicagoland readers, the detailed backdrop of Westmont, Illinois creates a greater sense of immediacy and connection to Knapp's very believable suburban survivors. Meanwhile, the Man in the Dark Coat invokes the Randall Flagg character from Stephen King's “The Stand”. However, Knapp's apocalypse has a much more paranormal beginning which leads to the final battle for humanity's soul.
Reading Level: Adult Karen T.

These titles and more are available at the Naperville Public Library. Check out our website, or visit one of our 3 buildings, Nichols Library, Naper Boulevard or 95th Street Library.

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