Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Title: Banpaia
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN: 978-1-55487-702-7
Genre: {M/M} Vampire
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Feng Li is a suicidal young man barely existing in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Days before Halloween, a dark eerie mist blankets the area; young men are disappearing only to return, one by one, with no memory of what happened to them. They seem the same, but they are different. All the men have things in common, life’s misery and Banpaia.

Banpaia is a well written intriguing psychological suspense. The setting is an economically depressed section of Los Angeles. The characters are exceptionally convincing. Feng Li has an unbearably abusive home life. Feng works a mundane job as a desk clerk in a rundown hotel located mere blocks from skid row. One of Feng’s few delights in life is his friend Russell, who would allow Feng to sleep at his apartment when Feng going home is not an option. Also, Feng and Russell read Japanese manga. Feng and Russell both share a love for the novels. As Feng’s gloomy life becomes more chaotic, Feng is pushed to the brink of despair. Suddenly the mist surrounds Feng. The mystical creature, the legendary, centuries-old Japanese vampire called Banpaia saves Feng, but from what? Life or death?

The dynamic duo of A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly has created an emotionally intense saga that I enjoyed immensely. I was touched by the agonizing quandary of Banpaia; the vampire’s sorrow comes to life and envelops the heart.

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