Personal note: Author Ron D. Voigts is my Dad. With that said I want to make sure that everyone understand that this doesn't reflect on my thoughts an...morePersonal note: Author Ron D. Voigts is my Dad. With that said I want to make sure that everyone understand that this doesn't reflect on my thoughts and feelings about his novel.
Before reading Strigoi: The Blood Bond I honestly had no clue what a "Strigoi" was. I had never really heard the name or looked into the meaning until my Dad decided to write about about one. My initial thought was "Oh great, another Vampire novel", like we don't have enough of those. I myself had tired of reading about Vampires. They are so very much overdone and possess similar stories. Although, I've learned Strigoi is different. They possess all of the traits on a vampire but have the ability to change their form, among other unique differences. With that said, now onto my review.
The story takes place in the present time. In the beginning we meet a very depressed and desperate man named, Alex Regal. Alex is about to commit suicide by blowing his brains out. He's soon to be divorced after finding his Wife in bed with another man. Alex feels killing himself is the only way out or is it? While the gun is literally in his mouth seconds away from firing there comes a knock at the door. A man named Krebs who is about to change Alex's life forever. He's inherited a large estate from a cousin he never knew he had. The home is in a unknown small town named Glade. Not many have ever heard of the town or ever will. With nothing else to lose Alex decided to give it go and check out the home. Little does he know, he may never be leaving again...
The town of Glade and the people in it are hiding a big secret. Nothing is as it seems. Upon visiting his late cousin's home and going over paperwork from the lawyer Alex decided to sell the house and be done with it. Upon leaving, his car mysterious breaks down, and now he's forced to stay. Alex comes to learn his cousin was mostly killed, and now something or someone is hunting him. The inhabitants of Glade will not let Alex leave, no matter what he tries all roads lead back to Glade. Alex is not the only outsider in Glade.
After having a huge fight with her boyfriend Krebs, and knocking him out, Maggie Morton accidentally discovers the town while driving to get away. She ends up hitting a tree and decided to walk to find civilization to call for a tow truck. Maggie ends up meeting Alex who also is new to the town. Soon Maggie is also taken prisoner as Alex is. As they both come learn more about Glade and the people who live here they discover something is definitely not right. Something very evil lives in the town of Glade and Alex and Maggie are about to come face to face with it. After a turn of events, the devilish truth about the town and it's people will soon be revealed.
And the truth.... will shock you!
My first thought after I finishing the book was "HOLY CRAP!, What did I just read?" My second thought was, "Wow, my Dad can really write!" Duh! Even though he has published a number of other novels before this one, I'd never read any of them. (sorry Dad) I don't know how but Ron has renewed my interest in Vampire books again. I was so blown away but how unique and fascinating this story truly was. It has it all; breakneck pacing, mystery, and paranormal horror unlike anything I've ever read. I ended up staying up until 2 AM finishing the book and even then I couldn't fall asleep right away. I was still reeling from what I had just read. The story, the characters, and thrilling mystery of the town were written perfectly crafted. There was never a dull moment. I loved how Ron took the classic tale of Vampires and made it his own.
I have in fact been told there will be sequel to the book. So, YAY! I highly recommend Strigoi: The Blood Bond to everyone. Honestly, I am so very proud of my Dad for writing such an amazing novel. (sorry for not reading your work sooner) *blushes* (less)