In the second book of Rich’s series, Airman Aaron Craymer is part of a strange and deadly group of soldiers: a black ops unit of vampires trained by the U.S. government.
Aaron and his Gitmo-based team survived an attempt to purge them from the ranks of the American military, but their exoneration has a price: they have been ordered to hunt down and destroy, within a short time frame, members of the Russian military—another group of vampire commandos. Contingent on success, Aaron and team have been offered a pardon and their freedom; but with failure comes judgment at the hands of the president of the United States. As they undertake their quest to destroy the only other known undead covert unit in the world, the team also faces numerous other threats, including intrigue within their own ranks and strange infections unknown to the truly living. The challenges these vampire commandos face are sufficient enough to endanger the existence of their entire race. In this odd combination of Tom Clancy–esque military thriller and modern-day vampire story, the bloodsuckers are something other than truly undead, monstrous fiends. The text, which is mostly clean and professional—besides unusual choices, such as not rendering “Marine” in uppercase—has a staccato rhythm. Along with some rather cartoonlike choices—e.g., Aaron’s twin is named Darren—characters have only a perfunctory amount of personality. Still, though it’s not particularly deep, the well-paced, action-packed story will satisfy fans of the genre.
Fast, action-packed fantasy-adventure that’s not too demanding.