Daven is a supporter of people for people with special needs, such as those with autism or defects like Down Syndrome. In fact, the main character in this book has Down Syndrome.
His hero is Jack, a track runner for Special Olympics in Colorado. He is bitten by a rabid vampire, causing him to become one himself. This marks him as a target by a Chief Venator named Damien (think of them as “vampire hunters”). Jack also has an ally in Lilith, the president of the vampires.
I found this book to be well-paced. I liked the fact that Jack is often underestimated and uses this to his advantage. With Lilith’s help, he quickly learns to adjust to his newfound abilities. In Daven’s world, vampires come from another planet called Sekhmet. These beings transfer their vampirism to others through either a rabid bite or sexual intercourse (Daven has actually written two editions of the book, with the young adults edition eliminating the sexual content).
Lilith is an intriguing person. I got the feeling that she wasn’t someone who could be trusted, so I kept wondering what she was really planning.
Damien is a great villain. I liked how dedicated he was to his profession.
This is actually part of a series. I will gladly read the others as I acquire them and give you reviews here.