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Dark as the Grave

(The Vampire Flynn #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  175 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
First Book of The Vampire Flynn Series from USA Today Best Selling Author Peter Dawes

Formerly titled: Eyes of the Seer

Flynn is a killer of killers – an assassin who targets his own kind, and the perfect weapon in a world of warring immortal factions. But the sure-footed steps and quick hands that make him one of the deadliest vampires ever sired are attributes of a mortal
Published June 1st 2011 by Crimson Melodies Publishing (first published June 2nd 2010)
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Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
For whatever reason (perspective maybe?) I just couldn't get jiggy with this novel, so it's a DNF at 22%. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, it's just not my cup of tea.
Linda Ulleseit
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fantasy
I was fascinated by the twisting psyche of Peter/Flynn. Whether good or evil, healer or killer, the author managed to put me in the character's head and understand his motivation. I rooted for him no matter what he was doing. The twists in the plot and the supporting characters enhanced the experience. Good read even for non-vampire fans.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
*warning: may contain spoilers*

I bought this at Philly Comic Con and I had a hard time putting it down at first, then I had a hard time picking it back up.

Peter Dawes, a doctor in Philadelphia, comes home to find his girlfriend cheating and proceeds to murder them both. Instead of just flipping out in anger and breaking up, the guy - who let me remind you is a doctor (someone who's supposed to SAVE lives) murders them both, blaming her.. That evening while he begins his run from the au
Not rating it as it is slow to get into it - it is not grabbing me, so shelving it for now - at some point in time I will try to get back into it.
Jessica Fortunato
Eyes Of The Seer,by Peter Dawes (A pen name I assure you) surprised me, not because it was trying to recreate mythos, but because it embraced it.

I grappled with the star system because whereas the beginning of the story dragged a big, it MORE than compensated in the second half.

Here is the 411. Peter Dawes is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. The story begins with a murder. Two people are dead at Peter's own hands, and these deaths were NOT an accident.

From the scene of his transgressions
Peter Dawes
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who loves fantasy, horror, or vampires.
Shelves: my-works
My review would be biased... I am Peter Dawes. Or, rather, his is the internal voice which gave unction to this work. But it (as well as the other books in this series) were a labor of love to write and have been a labor of love to publish.

I wrote this book not to saturate the market with another vampire novel, but to focus on a character. Peter. A man forced to reckon with a calling, a past, a present, and a nature which forces him to be at odds with himself. But this is no brooding vampire. Th
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eyes of the Seer by Peter Dawes takes you on a journey in the supernatural world with twists and turns one won't expect. It's not the typical journey one would read about vampires. Tension is built and continues throughout the entire book. This is one I just couldn't put down.

Flynn, the main character, battles himself throughout the journey as well as those who he encounters. The main character's mortal name is that of the author which only adds to the mystery within the book.

I would definitely
Absolutely loved this story. As a long time fan of vampire stories, I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the mind of Peter Dawes the "Dark Killer". The mystery of his true self unravels amist his climb to power as the most feared assassin. Probably not since Anne Rice have I felt like I have bathed in such a deliciously complex character. I recommend this book to any true lover of classic vampires and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Noree Cosper
The Good:

The Vampires: If you have read my blog ( about vampires you know I am wanted to see vampires as monsters depicted in novels again. Or if they want to hold onto their humanity, I want to see a struggle. This book gives me both is spades. Though the vampire mythos is standard, because they are depicted as monsters makes it even better.

Voice/Writing Style: One word comes to mind: elegant. It flows so easily that my eyes devour the next sentence and
Masquerade Crew

I have to admit it has been 2 weeks since I finished this book and I am still uncertain as to what I think about it. It is one of those books that make you re-evaluate your thoughts on vampires. The simple fact that I am still thinking about this book says something. It is a violent, bloody, cussing, no moral hold book. Flynn is a vampire and he loves being a vampire, but not just a vampire he’s a trained killer who relishes his kills.

There are some twist and turns in this nove
Ke-Yana Drake
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To tell you the truth, I'm not much of a vampire reader, I read Eyes of the Seer for three reasons, 1. I've read some shorter fiction written by the author and enjoyed their writing voice, 2. the author is a friend, and 3. (embarrassingly enough) I adore the sword on the front of the book.

That said, I am very glad that I did read it. The characters are vivid and realistic, and thank goodness no weak, whiney or defanged vampires in sight. These are real vampires--real hunters with a lust for bloo
M.R. Graham
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Seriously, what a head trip. It's not the kind of vampire literature I usually read (which, to put that in perspective, encompasses nothing written after 1900 - which is genre-appropriate, if nothing else), but I think I've added this trilogy to my Great Folio of Fangy Stuff.
The language in a few parts struck me as stilted, but not nearly enough so to make me put it down.
The psychological exploration of a bisected mind is fascinating stuff, just unbelievable enough to make it appropriate for a v
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Eyes of the Seer by Peter W. Dawes is long...really long. It has levels and layers that unfurl gradually, but it is a good story, with good characters, and a really solid ending...for a minute. Without the Epilogue, this could have ended here. Now I will need to see what comes next. Nice tag.
Still not sure what I think of this book. I am still thinking about it so that could be a good sign.
Carrie Slager
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I received a free paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

I’ll admit it: I like vampires. Not the wimpy sparkly ones of Twilight, but the cold-blooded killers that are as ruthless as they are beautiful that you find in many movies and other books. So when I was contacted about reading Eyes of the Seer, I knew I was in for a treat. I was not disappointed.

Flynn/Peter is a complicated character. He just killed his fiancee and her lover and then is sudde
A Book Vacation
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This was another book with an interesting concept, but I feel like it fell short of hitting its mark. It wasn't a bad read, don’t get me wrong, but it felt like the story took a very long time to transpire. Peter Dawes automatically captures the reader’s attention as he explains how he came to be a vampire—the cold blooded murders he commits are intense and Peter quickly sets the scene for a read that seems like it will be fast paced and incredibly intriguing. But, once Peter becomes a
Thomas Winship
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Eyes of the Seer, Peter Dawes introduces us to a new vampire and a new vampire series … yet both feel like old friends.

This isn’t a complaint. Dawes knows the classic vampire archetype and uses it to craft a tale that manages to be both timeless and refreshing at the same time. Flynn is, in many ways, the quintessential vampire. He’s a ruthless, heartless, soulless killing machine … but there’s still something endearing about him. Even while he’s sinking deeper and deeper into depravity, one
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read almost every incarnation of this book, from the rough draft all the way up to its current version. Peter has a confident style that's easy and comfortable to read, but also poetic and detailed enough to really draw you into his personality and his tale. Yes, it's a story of a vampire! But more than that, it's a story of humanity lost, found, and the shades of gray between. Everyone's got their quirks, their ways of being, and draw their own moral lines. In that setting, a massive plot ...more
Jennifer Goins
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW what a book called EYES OF THE SEER by the author Peter W. Dawes I won this book from GOODREADS.COM for my honest review of the book. This book takes you on a journey in the supernatural world with twist and turns you won't expect it's not the typical journey one would read about vampires. This is one book that I just couldn't put down. This was a book 1 of the series and it came with book 2 and 3 also when I won the book set. I have to say that I love vampires movies and have to say that th ...more
Jim Kratzok
Received this book as part of the Amazon Kindle compilation - Pandora but will be reviewing it separately.

Initial impression: very vivid "conversion" to being a vampire! Writing style seems a little long-winded, old-fashioned, gothic, or something I can't quite describe.

Does it strike anyone else as weird that the author names his main character after himself?

The book was ok. I am not a huge vampire fan so got a bit weary of this story. Thankfully Peter AKA Flynn wasn't just an ordinary vampire
Apr 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Read bits and pieces of it already when it was just a lil bit of story in DeviantArt. Bribed, traded or whatever I did - cannot really remember - with the author to get my hands on a signed copy. Now it's proudly on my shelf. First e-book I bought when I recently got my first e-reader. Now looking forward to re-read it and get my hands on the sequels as well.

You can tell I must've loved it. More thorough review once I finish the re-read
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked it! I like Mr Dawes's writing style, I like his way of expressing what Flynn is thinking; and even when Flynn was being his evil bastard self he was still so likable - that impressed me. I am wary of vampire books now after the whole sparkle debacle, but this was definitely more old-school, and I can't wait to read the second in the series.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Guess there really is a first time for everything.

For the first time a book I read based on Goodreads reviews has dissapointed me completely.

I barely managed to finish it.

There's too much I didn't like for me to list it now, but I was extremely surprised after I read all the positive reviews about this book how much it didn't sit well with me.

Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I read this as a part of the Pandora Collection.
After a very slow start this book improved. The story line was well thought out but the delivery a little long unfolding. There are only a few books that have enjoyed that were written from a male POV - this would be one of them. Worth a read.
Judy Bayberry
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awesome storyline. I became fond of the characters even when they weren't so nice. Some parts fdrug a bit and seemed redundant. Overall a very exciting book.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read!
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TeAmNeRd ReViEwS: Author Peter Dawes 1 5 Aug 02, 2012 11:26AM  
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Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a me ...more

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