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Oldest Living Vampire Tells All (The Oldest Living Vampire Saga #1)

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“My legal name where I currently reside in the city of Liege, Belgium, in the year 2010 A.D., is Gaspar Valessi, but that is not my real name. The name I was given some 30,000 years ago, when I was born in a Paleolithic settlement in the region that is now called Germany-- the name my father gave me shortly after I was voided, bloody and howling, from my mother's womb-- is ...more
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Published (first published September 22nd 2010)
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Jaycee
Feb 14, 2013 Jaycee rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, vampire
Just...excellent!

I did not think it was possible to surprise me, or "wow" me, or make me stray from PNR for escape, but dayum...I love this guy!

Imaginative to a tee, irreverent to the extreme, analytical in a completely subversive way, and the result is a masterpiece in fiction, period: subgenre notwithstanding.

History embellished by brilliant imagination, detailed through the eyes of the ultimate predator, even among predators, his condition as basic and unforgiving as the human condition. 30,
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Darlene Ruiz
Jan 28, 2012 Darlene Ruiz rated it it was amazing
I came across Rod Redux's The Oldest Living Vampire Tells All shortly after I bought my kindle back in January 2012. It kept popping up when I was searching for books to download. So I downloaded a sample and I knew I was going to love this series! I love vampire stories and this one was fantastic! There are some really explicit sex scenes but I thought they were told beautifully and not raunchy what so ever. The vampire Gon is very funny at times and I find myself laughing out loud alot. I comp ...more
TRINE the Indecisive Reader
Review copied from my blog: www.goodenoughforthedodo.wordpress.com

Now, this story fascinated me based solely on the excerpt. A vampire – sure, we’ve heard the stories before, but a vampire 30.000 years old?? Gimme!!
This is a fascinating autobiography by Gon, a Cro Magnon human from paleolithic Germany, quite literally some 30.000 years ago. Duncan writes with such a sure hand I quite instantly feel I’m being talked to by this ancient, ancient being. He starts his story with a slight distain towa
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Sam
Nov 09, 2013 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Super trashy, but enticing concept. Caveman Vampire (Campire?) tells how he started life in a questionably researched Cro-Magnon village. Was semi-competently written except for the the painful asides berating the reader for being scandalised by caveman orgies. Not particularly satisfying as this first volume only gets as far as 28000BCE. All in all only really one step above Anne Rice fanfiction. Points for effort though I guess? Those points immediately taken away for 'Rod Redux' being a reall ...more
Pierre
If you are looking for pure fun in a novel and you are not afraid of sex and unconventional family arrangements outside the realm of our modern and limited nuclear family concept, if you don't have issues with books that toss aside religion to regard the world from a more rational and reasoned point of view, and you like prehistoric stories, then this book may well be for you. (Sorry for the long sentence.)

I don't want to give the impression that this novel is heavily philosophical. It is not. T
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Brad
Jun 18, 2012 Brad rated it liked it
I had trouble rating this book. If I rated it purely on my own subjective enjoyment, I would have rated it at about a 1.5 or 2, but I don't think that's fair to the author or the book.

The book isn't really about a vampire at all, it's about a human man who lived 30,000 years ago. Only the last 30% or so really deals with the vampire aspect, and even then it's mostly about the transformation and the protagonists internal (and external) conflict over it.

That said, I thought the main character wa
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Cheryl
Jan 23, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
Kind of "over" vampier books. Another recommended book from Amazon, right price and got interesting/good reviews. So I'm going to give it a chance!

Well... interesting... I have to say I did enjoy the book and story line. Very interesting concept and take on a very common story. I personnally didn't care for the "graphic" descriptions posed by the author as to the life style of the main characters. I'll let you "read" into what I mean yourself. Definitely not a book for children. But, I guess I c
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Beth
Dec 24, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and intriguing story. Left me wanting to hear more of Gon's story. Luckily the author has written a few sequels. FYI, if you are squeamish or a prude you may not enjoy his style. I find that his characters are so interesting and well described, even if they are completely deplorable. I have also read several other books by Rod and have enjoyed everyone. I highly recommend anything by this author.
Chio Duran
May 20, 2011 Chio Duran rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!!! As soon as I turned the first page I was hooked with the story and the characters. What I liked the most about this particular book is the explicit description of what a vampire is. The author provides a believable depiction of what really happens during the existance of a creature of the night.
Chris
Mar 24, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating story set in prehistoric times. The fact that Gon became a vampire is secondary to the setting and the portrayal of the relationship between the four main characters and the description of the community in which he originated.
Rene Zeller
Jan 09, 2016 Rene Zeller rated it did not like it
Thank Goodness It Was Cheap

Not worth the $2.99. Drawn out short storyline. Wlll not be buying the follow-up books which would end up costing more than a novel.
Deanna
I'm not even sure how to rate this book. I discovered it while creeping on Anne Rice's new Lesate book (cause I'm clearly a masochist). So I'm going with 4 stars for sheer entertainment. A weird story about a Cro Mangon man and his life with his Neanderthal wife, Cro Mangon wife and his Cro Mangon husband, with some horrid vampire happenings near the end. I actually expected this to be sexier, but then I thought early man no razors yea I'm good. Several times the author breaks away from the stor ...more
AudioBookReviewer
ABR's original The Oldest Living Vampire Tells All audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

My thoughts on the cover of The Oldest Living Vampire by Joseph Duncan are the guy looks like Vlad the Impaler. It is not very spooky looking or anything; it is more like what people picture when they think of old vampires.

The main character is Gon, a vampire that is over 30,000 years old. This whole story is told from his point-of-view on his life before and after he became a v
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Marci
Jan 02, 2017 Marci rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT READ...COULDN'T PUT DOWN

This book was excellent, I could barely put it down in order to sleep and read it in two days. The way the story is narrated reminds me of "Interview with the Vampire". But it's a really good read , I highly recommend it a great writer and now I will continue all of the other books . That is the only problem, this is a Saga so you must continue the story and purchase all the other books , unless of course, you have Kindle Unlimited .
Tara Wowra
Good story buy the writing was immature.
Kathryn Theulen dailey
"Gon"
Where does The Oldest Living Vampire Tells All: Revised and Expanded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I very much enjoyed a different point of view of a vampires beings and current life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oldest Living Vampire Tells All: Revised and Expanded?
When Gon Killed his maker. Wow that was an intense moment in the book.

What does Ian M. Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
This great rou
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Cherei
Dec 28, 2014 Cherei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare books that just sucks you in.. and keeps you reading until you've drained it to the last drop! As I cannot recommend this book due to graphic scenes to anyone not of adult age.. I gave it four stars instead. Had the language been toned down a tad.. I could easily see this book being on the top of any "Must Read" booklist. Very unique in approach. You really feel as though you are inside the mind of the Oldest Living vampire. Over 30,000 years old. The author's descripti ...more
Joni Wagner
I was hoping for Jean Auel meets Anne Rice, I should have known better.

The writing leaves something to be desired. Remarks frequently repeated lest we forget he's the World's OLDEST Living Vampire, "Even 30 Millennia later..."

In one paragraph the author berates the state of women in our time, blaming them for what they've allowed themselves to become, then he brags about how women in the Paleolithic era were "true equals" and in the next he describes, anecdotally, how people would remark about
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Jan
Aug 06, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the story seems to be a fictionalized anthropological study of a Cro-Magnon community 30,000 years ago. The tale tells the story of one blended family as told by the alpha male of the household. Not boring, by any means, but perhaps a bit unexpected. Not until about the last eighth is the protagonist overcome by and 'made' by the 'monster' we have come to know as vampire. Interestingly, there are different levels or strengths of vampires. Obviously, the protagonist is of the strongest so ...more
Jessica Bush
Aug 15, 2016 Jessica Bush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. At first I wasn't sure if the story would keep my interest after the first few pages. However I kept reading and found myself unable to put it down as I got into the world of Gon. I finished the book within a day. I loved the story and look forward to reading more Gon's journeys. It isn't for the close minded in regard to sexuality. There is a lot of talk of male genitalia and sex throughout the book, that doesn't bother me, but it might for those that are more prudish. I really ...more
Joe
Sep 01, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Rod Redux's Oldest Living Vampire Series! In the Oldest Living Vampire Tells All, he takes us back 30,000 years to Paleolithic Germany and shows us the life, death and rebirth of Gon. Rod's take on family life, sex, and interspecies relationships was quite interesting and fun to read. The making of Gon into a vampire was a real page turner, and then the emotional turmoil of losing all that he loved was a definite tug on the heart strings. I'm pretty much hooked ...more
Debra
Sep 17, 2014 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I was certainly surprised at how much I liked this book! Extremely well written from start to finish. I am a die-hard Anne Rice fan but the Vampire Gon is equal to Lestat in grace and dignity. Joseph Duncan's novel was fascinating being set in a pre-ice age era. Gon was a loving family man as well as a fierce warrior and hunter. His story was beautifully told and when it ended I felt a void! If you liked Anne Rice' Vampire books this series meets the high standard of story telling and then ...more
Rachael Booth
Aug 29, 2012 Rachael Booth rated it really liked it
Very interesting take on the vampire character. But sometimes disturbing out-of-the-genre descent into guttural sexual talk that is quite jarring because of its seeming bad fit in the usual speech patterns of the character and the story. But that is only fleeting and really doesn't detract from an otherwise great store about a 30,000 year old vampire living today and retelling the story of his stone-age tribe, his turning, and surviving through the millenia watching all he loves die and wither a ...more
Jim
Mar 10, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read and I enjoyed it starting 30,000 years ago with a prehistoric character being turned.. Add to that the fact that this vampire is bi sexual and just can't understand the modern obsession with choosing just one type of love to be with :-), this book is a hoot! There are more in the series I plan on reading.
D.L. Atha
Dec 02, 2012 D.L. Atha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a vampire novel but in the loosest sense of the word. It's more of a early prehistoric novel. The writing is good and the characters well developed. I even shed a few tears. I suspect the next one in the series is more "vampirey."
There is quite a bit of anti-religion propaganda but otherwise well written and entertaining.
Christine
Jan 18, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it
Interesting first book. Loved the way the "author" worked his way through the beginnings of his life and how he became a vampire. Thought there should have been more to this story in and of itself, but it is what it is. Not sure I want to read the next book as it sounds as though it takes place much later in the main character's life and I'd much rather read about his life throughout the ages.
Irene
Jan 29, 2011 Irene rated it liked it
As an avid horror fan this is not the type of book I usually buy. The reviews and the description at amazon (A blend of historic fact, fearsome fantasy and explicit sex)caught my attention. It was an interesting, well written, and enjoyable story. Even though it's not exactly my type, I'll be reading part 2 to see what happens to Gon next.
Caryn
Jun 05, 2015 Caryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read this vampire tale I thought nothing could top it, until I listened to the narrated version.
Wow, this narrator, Mr Walker, brings Gons character to life and draws you in, so much so that I felt almost bereaved when the book ended.
Bravo Joseph Duncan on the revised edition with add Ons to Gons early life, and bravo to Mr Walker on an outstanding narration.

Debby
Nov 04, 2012 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What more can you ask for from a book - a vampire from Paolithic times! I love history and I love vampires! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
And I thought my vampire, Gaius, was old!
Please note, the second book in this series has way too much X-rated and cruel content, which ruined the book, as far as I am concerned.
Onto The Next Book
Well I thought there would be more tell all going on but the story was pretty much one giant part of his life.

I thought the story was interesting. Haven't read much about a vampire that old but I felt like it was missing something...maybe its just that I was expecting more action...? I will probably continue with the rest of the series and hopes ot picks up a bit.
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Born in Southern Illinois, Joseph was raised in a very liberal home environment and was exposed at an early age to the classic underground comic book scene of the sixties and seventies, as well as European graphic novels by artists like Moebius, Enki Bilal and Milo Manara. At age 9, he was reading Tolkien and Stephen King. He wrote his first novella at age 10. If you want to read the same old form ...more
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