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The Deviant

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
What IS deviance? Who determines social norms? An undead monster must be deviant right? Is it possible for him to transcend his parasitic nature? Or is being a monster what defines him? Heinrich Straus, an eight-hundred year old German vampire, is on the run-from his past, from his crimes...from himself. Looking for a place to settle, Santo Paulo, a quiet, central Californ ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Darkling Books (first published December 11th 2010)
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Moonlight Gleam
Mar 21, 2011 Moonlight Gleam rated it really liked it
On the run from his past, Heinrich Stratus, an eight-hundred year old German born vampire, reluctantly embraces what he is and longs for somewhere he can finally belong. After what seems like an endless search, Heinrich finds himself in a small and quiet town in California known as Santo Paulo. Soon after arriving, he meets a kind family who welcomes him to town. He is not used to receiving any kindness from strangers, given his choice of Gothic styled wardrobe, and career as a music journalist. ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Orchid rated it really liked it
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Lately, I've been a bit nervous when it comes to reading a book about vampires, but The Deviant was definitely an interesting read and I'm glad that I had the chance to read it.

One of the things that made The Deviant different from the majority of vampire books was that the author went for a more traditional vampire, which I found to be fascinating. Sure it's cool when somebody takes an old myth and gives it new life, but there are only many ways one can spin it before it starts to seen like th
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
The Deviant follows Heinrich, a German born vampire who is on the run from his past & himself. He ends up in a small college town, Santo Paulo. On his first night there he meets Hope, the daughter of very religious parents. Not long after his arrival, women start dying & the police notice Heinrich near almost every crime scene & start to suspect him. He must prove his innocence, or lose hope forever.

I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed The Deviant. Orren Merton knows how to w
Shorter than Twilight, with one clear storyline and no angling for sequels, Orren Merton’s The Deviant asks how the vampire might feel as he falls in love with a normal human girl. The cover shows a man and his dog walking through the dark, and this vampire, like the now-famous Cullens, has much to recommend him. Yes, and he has a dog. The dog is cool!

Like most modern vampire writers, the author takes features from older literature and adds intriguing twists. The result is a sympathetic characte
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Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age, mostly for his own amusement. In 2001, magazines, developers, and corporations began to pay him to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and books. His Industrial rock group Ember After released their debut album, Grasping At Straws, in 2008. He now has a few fantasy and science fiction nove ...more
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