Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vamp Camp

Title: Vamp Camp
Author: Wynn Wagner
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-613-2
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Vampires
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Marten Larrson is eager to leave his little backwater town in Texas. When World War One breaks out, Marten joins the Navy, only to spend time behind a desk predicting the weather. It’s only after a trip up in a balloon goes wrong, that Marten gets the adventure he’d been looking for.

Author Wynn Wagner has started off the Vamp Camp series with a boom. In the first book by the same name, the author introduces several key characters, as well as laying the groundwork for future stories. Although there are several characters that will grab the reader’s attention, the story is told in the first person from Marten’s point of view. This young man has a very snarky sense of humor. As this story is set during and shortly after the First World War, much of that humor is at the German’s expense. As a German myself, I found myself laughing out loud, and could not help thinking the author either did some very through research or must be German himself. The vampire society in this story is slightly different than what the reader may be used to, which keeps Vamp Camp from being boring and predictable.

As for the characters, Marten, while not overjoyed with his new lifestyle, takes to it rather well after meeting up with Menz, a much older vampire, and Oberon, Marten’s lover. The relationship Marten has with these two men, while vastly different, is intense and realistic. Menz’s role as mentor is one Marten needs and the growing affection and friendship is easy to see. With regards to Oberon, Marten never expects to meet someone like the young man he is drawn to, or that it is possible for two men to have feelings for each other the way he does for Oberon. The uncertainty Marten feels concerning Oberon is very believable, and one the readers will be able to understand about Marten’s occasional confusion.

Vamp Camp is not just about Marten learning to survive as a vampire or falling in love. There are several twists and turns, and a whole lot of action to hold the reader’s attention. While there are some areas of the story which some readers may find objectionable, Vamp Camp was an excellent read that kept my attention until the very last page. After reading the short blurb for the second book, I cannot wait to see what will happen next.

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