When a vampire’s abilities and defects never fully develop, taking on the head of England’s biggest vampire sect could be a bad idea.
Ever since he was turned, John Grissom, bacteriologist, has worked to find a cure for the disease. A powerful peer of the realm approaches him about research into the immunological properties of vampire blood, but Grissom discovers a far more gruesome scheme at play. He, his newly acquired assistant Henrietta, and the Prussian Van Helsing, a veteran vampire hunter in the employ of the Foreign Service, must seek out the elusive vampire lord before he succeeds in dramatically influencing the outcome of the war.
“This book is not just about the vampire condition and how a good man like John fights against the temptation to adopt its sinful practices; it’s really about the human condition, and how we are all inherently weak and prone to temptation and sin. In a nutshell, Zapledam’s novel is about the war between the forces of good and evil in the world…. I was actually sorry to reach the end of “Order of the Blood,” because it left me wanting more. When the sequel comes out, I’m going to have to read it to see what is in store for this intriguing character Zapledam has created.” Laura Pearl, author of Erin’s Ring
“A lot happens in this book and I am impressed by Zaplendam’s ability to world-build and create distinct–and likeable–characters with such economy. I was sorry to see the story end I can’t wait for sequels.” Leslie Sholly, blogger, lifeineverylimb.com
“I admire the way the author used a vampire story (without being repulsive) to tell an exciting tale with real substance, one that makes readers ponder moral truths and, in particular, to consider what really makes a monster…. For anyone who is considering picking up a vampire story, this one–graced with depth and morality–is the perfect one to choose!” Therese Heckencamp, author of Frozen Footprints
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Page Zaplendam is a mid-thirties former player of atari games and Oregon Trail. She’s still a fan of 80’s music and Lisa Frank, but also enjoys salsa dancing, hazelnut coffee with heavy cream, and books that she can’t put down. While writing is a solitary occupation, she requires frequent airing in the form of mixed drinks and good company. As much as she would like to having writing as a day job, her full time (and then some) occupation is caring for six little rugrats and one papa bear without whom authorship would be impossible. Scifi and clean Regency romance is her jam, but on occasion, friends may find her re-reading a classic. She considers her debut novel a success after satisfying the demands of one who has been unafraid to tell her when her stuff is unworthy of publication: her father. For access to free ARCs of book 2 in The Unofficial Chronicles of John Grissom, become a follower and fan of the website or FB page.