Deputy Sheriff, Quincey Morris, thought the low point of his week was the twilight shootout between Albuquerque's rival drug gangs, but he was wrong. All of Quincey's training could not prepare him for the confrontation with the vengeful Morgan Stregocia. She has devoted herself to hunting down the descendants of Van Helsing's original "vampire slayers" who destroyed the legendary Dracula more than a century ago. Quincey must save himself and his family from the evil seductress and prevent her from using his great-grandfather's Bowie knife to spill innocent blood in an attempt at reviving the long dead Prince of Darkness.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2004
Publisher Invisible College Press, LLC
ISBN 1931468214 ISBN13 9781931468213
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A traditional vampire story yet very believable Jan 24, 2006
It's not the easiest thing in the world to write a vampire novel. It's difficult to come up with an original approach to the subject, and it's not very often a novel with a unique and interesting perspective to Stoker's old story appears on the market.
With Strega, Richard A. Bamberg publishes his fifth novel, and it's not an original one, telling the story about Quincey and Victoria Morris and their struggle against seductress/vampire/arch-villain Morgan Stregocia. The story takes place in Albuquerque sometime during the 1990s, where Quincey Morris, father and heroic police officer, against his will is drawn into a struggle where he both has to save his family and stop the ruthless Strega from using an old Morris heirloom to resurrect the original Dracula. It's the traditional story about the kind-hearted skeptic/hero who in time becomes a believer who stands steadfast against all odds and Stregocia - Strega - is the way most other female vampires are: sensuous, elegant, with a hypnotic gaze that's impossible to avoid.
Right. But what does all this mean? That it's a lousy book that should be avoided at all costs, simply because it perhaps isn't very difficult to figure out what will happen?
No. That's not how it is at all. Strega might not be a very original in the way it tackles the vampire universe, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. True, Bamberg is an author, not bad but not brilliant.
And I'm not saying I could do a better job myself (number of books published by Isaksson: 0. Number of books published by Bamberg: 5). I've read tons of books whose authors have been much better at constructing excitement in their stories, but on the other hand I've also read tons of books that were severely worse than Strega.
There's one simple reason as to why Bamberg's latest is a little better than average, and that's because I found it very interesting to follow the progress of Quincey - who starts out as a die-hard skeptic only to come to the conclusion that vampires indeed do exist (at least in Bamberg's fictive world). Not that he has a lot of choice though, when he's faced with the full fury of Strega. Many books of fiction dealing with the world of the paranormal have difficulty offering a convincing portrait of the inner struggle that its characters have to go though while realizing that things are not always as they seem. Imagine yourself being faced with the possibility that vampires roam the earth. How would you deal with that?
That's not easy to answer, obviously, but I do find Morris' struggle and reasoning very believable, and that in itself made it worthwhile to read the book. It might not be enough for others, but to me it was immensely satisfying.
Sexy, Seductive, Contemporary Vampire Tale Dec 20, 2004
There are no extraneous scenes or dialogue in this tightly written, richly portrayed tale. Every scene and word is both necessary and cherished. The taut story line logically evolves, enveloping the reader in the mystery, mysticism, dilemma and horror of vampirism. The writer succeeds in gifting us a conflicted protagonist worthy of our cheers. The struggle is sharply and expertly presented. On the side of good is faith, family, drive and guts. On the side of evil is power and centuries of perfected damnation. The climactic battle is so fierce you imagine your fingers are being burned as you turn the pages. This author succeeds in adding fresh,new twists to the vampire saga. Kudos to Bamberg!
Another winner from a hot new writer Nov 15, 2004
I don't have much use for reviews that summarize a novel in a swift paragraph or two and I won't post such a review here. Suffice it to say Richard Bamberg has produced another winner with "Strega," a contemporary vampire novel that will have you burning through the pages and simultaneously clicking through eBay for a Kevlar turtleneck. Bamberg proved his ability to tell a damn good story with "The Phoenix Egg" and in "Strega" he surpasses that effort. "Strega" adds complexity to the vampire mythos in irresistable and ingenious ways, and at the same time it does what all terrific stories must do: Surprise, delight and in this case, terrify the reader.
Vampire stories a dime-a-dozen, but authors Richard and Joy Bamberg have found an exciting new twist -- a dramatic extention of the original Dracula story penned by Bram Stoker, in which American Quincey Morris played a pivotal role in the vampire lord's death. Now Dracula's "widow" has come to the American Southwest to avenge her master's death by spilling the blood of Morris' modern-day descendents in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seductive as she is deadly, Strega toys with her prey at first, but she will not be satisfied until all Morris' descendents are bled white and and the deadliest vampire of all is awakened from his slumber. Excellent dramatic reading by Maynard Villers.