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After spending years trying to locate and destroy Prince Radu Zeklos, the vampire that killed his fiancé, Daniel Jameson finds a solution to his problem when in the summer of 1882 the King of Romania decides to host an international race of “self-propelled ground machines” through the Carpathian Mountains, a story told in “Carpathia,” a Steampunk/Paranormal novel.

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Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published September 17th 2014 by 40 West Media LLC (first published December 1st 2011)
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C.C. Cole
Apr 06, 2012 C.C. Cole rated it really liked it
“Carpathia” by Scott Whitmore is story of an 1800’s American making a journey to Romania, which evolves, quickly into intrigue and action with werewolves, vampires, and paranormal activity. I’ve never read anything like it. The characters are interesting, well developed, and the action picks up and moves at a pace with enough surprises to keep the reader’s attention with minimal confusion. For readers that like manly heroes, beautiful women, vampires, werewolves, steampunk backdrop with the adde ...more
Mike Berry
Jun 17, 2012 Mike Berry rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever read anything quite like Carpathia before. The book is an intriguing blend of historical drama, military action, mythological fantasy and steampunk. Although these elements might sound somewhat disparate, they are woven into a smooth and living whole, and the effect is a blend that is both convincing and original. The author uses words with restrained minimalism, never getting bogged down in superfluous description, always keeping things moving. Although the story is dial ...more
Sarah Kernochan
Jun 02, 2012 Sarah Kernochan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal steam-punk fans
I don’t read many paranormal genre books, finding them sloppily written and plotted, so Carpathia was a happy surprise. Whitmore sets his tale in Victorian-era Romania, where several nations have sent their top inventors and crews to test out their (pre-auto) horseless contraptions in a race through the mountains of Carpathia. If there were no vampires or shapeshifters in them thar hills, this story would still be a lot of fun just for the race between these unwieldy Rube Goldberg machines, whos ...more
Abigail Arrington
Oct 17, 2012 Abigail Arrington rated it really liked it
Great first book! The creativity displayed by the author in this unique premise, which admittedly is outside of my genre, is striking. I enjoyed the well crafted characters and the unique look inside the mind of the author, who I've "met" and conversed with many times on Twitter. A great guy and an equally great work.
Scott Whitmore
Oct 21, 2012 Scott Whitmore rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved it ... but, then again ... I *wrote* it! :)
S.R. Wilsher
Jun 27, 2014 S.R. Wilsher rated it really liked it
Carpathia has all the ingredients of a fantasy/horror novel, but takes the time to create a sense of time and place with an eye for period detail and language that fits. The colours and the atmosphere allow immersion in a world that you slowly begin to believe may well have existed. The steam-punk theme threads through the book until you believe that the machines are real and the race becomes one you’d like to witness.

It departs from the norm with the way the creatures interact and yet it had th
J.D. Hughes
May 26, 2013 J.D. Hughes rated it really liked it
I'm not a great fan of vampire stories apart from Bram Stoker's `Dracula', which set the bar high. I see every character as either Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing from the 1960s Hammer Horror films - great stuff, but somewhat predictable. The recent batch of very popular vampire novels didn't impress me much, either.

But `Carpathia' is a wonderful book for vampire fans and even non-fans, like me! It's not just a vampire story, although it has many elements of the classic vampire tale. No, it is
J.D. Cunegan
Jun 20, 2015 J.D. Cunegan rated it really liked it
Carpathia, written by Scott Whitmore, is a well-written tale of vampires, werewolves, and airships across Romania. What starts as an international airship competition devolves into a tale of mystery and monsters. While the story takes a little while to get going, the set-up is worth it. Once the airships are en route, the action picks up, questions are answered, and we slowly find out what binds our heroes together, aside from the race.

Each of the heroes are well-rounded characters whose individ
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Well-written but Scott seems to be filling the pages and doesn't understand basic novel structure.
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Born and raised in the American Midwest, Scott Whitmore enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1982 and was later commissioned as an officer. After retiring from military service he joined the sports staff at The Herald, a daily newspaper located in Everett, Wash. In 2009 his feature story about a young Everett sprint car racer was awarded third place in the annual writing contest held by the National Motor ...more
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