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Thicker Than Water

(Blood Brothers #1)

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Not Your Teenage Sister's Vampires
Tyr and Loki are the kind of vampires who live for their own pleasure, not yours. They feel no remorse. They view human beings as livestock or sex objects. And after a thousand years of sex and destruction seducing and murdering the prettiest girls in the room, they have become two of the most diabolical serial killers of all time.

But f
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published October 22nd 2011
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Feb 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Interesting take on vampires....definitely made them more monsters than you're used to seeing, but it lacked central plot. ...more
Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 5
boobs: 3
bombs: 2
bondage: 2
blasphemy: 4
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL

I liked this novella a lot. The story could have been a moderately exciting thrill ride full of carnage and lust, but by breaking up the narrative between contemporary events and the history between the three vampires going back over a hundred years, the story elevates itself a notch above a mere gorefest.

The story features vampires the way I like them: undead humans with
╰⊱♥⊱╮ღ꧁Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie꧂ღ╭⊱♥≺
I really enjoyed this more traditional take on Vampires. No glitter and sparkle here!! Just three blood brothers, doing what comes naturally to original Vampires.... rape and pillage and drink!
I got a bit confused at the start, when the story suddenly changed from present day to the wild west. but then it was all clear, we have a flash back type story, telling us of the antics of firstly, the two brothers, Loki and Tyr and the making of the third blood brother, Thor. The story swings back and f
Waterfall *Daughter of Northridge Earthquake*
There are many things about this book that I didn't enjoy. Then again, I'm picky.

I'll mention this briefly; it was crude. There were way too many f-bombs dropped and way too many sex references. In my opinion, you don't need these to make a great book. In fact, it takes away from it. Perhaps I wasn't expecting it, but if I'm being honest here I wouldn't have started the book in the first place if I had.

The medieval English sounded forced. It was nothing like Shakespeare or other authors of his
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Where do I begin? I read the first half of this book in one sitting, expecting it to somehow change and introduce something... "more" to me. And perhaps that was the wrong thing to wait for. I just now finished the book and I didn't get "more". I actually got less. I got nothing. I got what a proper series book would never do: end with absolutely no closure. There was a hint at closure, and no promise of what was to come. Everything ended still up in the air. I assume the contents of the first h ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-2015
I got this book ages ago when it was a freebie on Amazon. It’s supposedly a novella, but it took me ages to finish it. Why? Because it bored me to tears! It just went on and on and on, with nothing significant happening. No plot, mostly just back-story – which still did not culminate into something that could be considered a plot.

The one good thing I can say about this novella (and also my reason for giving it a two-star rating) is that the writing is good. However, I would still recommend that
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thicker Than Water is a welcome return of the old fashioned, villainous vampire. The characters in this book are the typical brutal killers that I came to love and fear while growing up. I enjoyed the fact that the vampires are susceptible to sunlight, holy water, and the whole nine yards. It's almost reassuring because the Blood Brothers are so ruthless and terrifying that they need some sort of an Achilles' heel. Loki, Tyr, and Thor, and their apparent God complexes, deliver on all accounts; b ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire, series-r-us
I will admit, this story took me a while to get into. The rememberance of the past is what really caught my attention. I enjyed reading how they met and changed Thor.
Lisa Dess
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't care for the writing style or the plot. The characters were really difficult for me to get into. ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
So not good. I'm not going to say so bad, just so not good.

I feel like a broken record with my reviews lately. Let's hit the highlights:

Poorly written--check
Misused words--check
Characters so ill defined I couldn't keep them straight at first--check

Bonus ersatz Lestat character--check

I get that this is supposed to appeal to vampire fans who were deeply offended by the Twilight series, but this is not how to save the genre from the sparkly ones.
Jack Webb
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it

I read one of Mr. Sisco's short stories in an anthology, and was intrigued enough to try this book. While I'm not a huge vampire aficionado, this is certainly a different look at the "breed". Just not sure where he's going with it.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, paranormal

I have to start by saying vampires aren’t my thing. No way, nuh uh, no vampires for this girl - strictly Zombies only.

However, after reading Greg’s fantastic blog post on ‘proper’ vampires I was intrigued. Maybe, just maybe, there’s someone out there who doesn’t think vampires sparkle and love kittens. So casting my long-standing vampire prejudice aside, I (reluctantly) picked up a copy of Thicker than Water.

Thicker than Water is the story of two brother
Carrie Kilgore
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book starts out just fine, with some interesting details about these vampires (including some great folk lore the vampires have handed down within their species), an intriguing prophecy, and a compelling relationship one vampire begins to develop with a human. Then we are suddenly plunged into an extended flashback where everyone starts sounding completely fake and we're hit with a good deal of gratuitous violence (violence, like sex, can be pivotal to a good plot but please, let's have som ...more
Brooke Wheeler
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had gotten this copy probably a year ago but never sat down to read it until recently. Normally I would look at reviews and decide from there if it's worth my time, and though there were a few less than stellar reviews I decided to try this book for myself. Besides, it was free on Amazon for the day and I wanted some vampire books.

I can understand some of the previous reviewers when they say the characters weren't developed enough. That said, why would they be? The whole point of vampires, tru
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read. It's paranormal without the romance. It's blood and guns with intellectual thought rolled all up under and through it. Strangely enough, this book helped pull me back from the fantasy world that most books are painting nowadays. Life is great, then a guy comes, then it sucks, and then everyone eats cake! There is a slight romantic type situation in the book so don't worry, it's not some vampire siblings how to guide.

I loved how the author created a ying, a Yang, and
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, horror, kindle
The vampires, Loki, Thor and Tyr are b-b-bad to the bone. Well, maybe not Tyr. He's conflicted and seems to be growing a conscience. Maybe. This is a quick read - only 209 kindle pages long and when you get to the end, you just may react as I did "what?!? No way, you can't end it like this!" Now I'll have to read the next installment. Good grief.

I would put this in the "horror" genre because it truly is and it's difficult at times to eat even popcorn while reading. These vampires aren't pretty
May 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
I like a violent, bloodthristy vampire just as much as the next guy but there just was no likable characters here. The first in a series, a trio of ultra violent vampires who have basically been psychopathic sociopaths for centuries reunite after a 13 yr. separation in Las Vegas. Tyr left 13 yrs. before when he fought with Loki over whether to kill a six yr. old girl during a bloddy train massacre. Tyr has tracked down that now 19 yr. old girl with the intention of killing her (now that she has ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
These three vampires are the real deal! Meet Tyr, Loki and Thor, the youngest of the three. They are dark, blood thirsty, mean, deadly and dark, and show no remorse for their actions. Tyr and Loki, centuries old vampire brothers have a HUGE fallen out over a young human girl and Tyr goes into hiding for over a decade, during which time, he falls in love with a terminally ill young woman (who just happens to be the young girl all grown up). Loki and Thor are busy building a depraved 'empire' in ' ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
I will start off by saying that I can't wait for the 2nd book to come out! Wow the ending really leaves you wanting more!

I really loved the setting of the story in Las Vegas and the American West. Sisco does a great job in describing the surroundings. My favrite one in the story was when they get in that bar fight n the American West. My favorite character was Tyr. He was very masculine and was sympathetic at the same time. Another element of this story that I loved was the brutal murders. I lo
I do believe that this is the worst piece of garbage I have ever had the displeasure of reading. Honestly I don't get it. Vampires going by Thor, Loki, and Tyr. Ridiculously funny and no way I can take this serious. Yes they are bloodthirsty and vile, but going by names like that is just a joke. Everything about this book is just so one dimensional..the characters..the plot..everything. The attitude towards women in this book is so revolting. I felt like throwing up on several occasions and that ...more
Sarah Sigler
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible vampire book! This is the way vampires are suppose to be!! Scary, manipulative, cunning, and only out for the "Brother Hood" and taking out anyone in their path!

This was such a great book, each chapter goes back and forth through time and done in such a way you have no idea until the end of the book! Each chapter tells a separate story but ties it all together.

I'm trying hard not to give anything away, but it's so hard! Creates a different suspense with each chapter that
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
The vampires in this story are certainly not nice... they love violence and they see humans as food and entertainment.
This is no paranormal romance... it's bloody, dark, gory... these vampires are true predators with no mercy for their prey.

Loki and Tyr are the original blood blothers, they were brothers before they were turned about a 1000 years ago. And in the Wild West they met Thor (who was called Michael then), which became the third blood brother.

I really liked the story itself and but the
M.L. Roos
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. Finally vampires are vampires again. Tyr and Loki are brothers that have not seen each other in 13 years since "The Great Train Robbery of 1986". Tyr has been busy drinking from his drains and putting bodies in the incinerator while Loki is off being Loki. And then the brothers are reunited along with Thor....and blood....and violence....

Greg Sisco has a visceral grasp of the vampire genre which has been sorely missed since Twilight. If you like your vampires bloody, rough, and
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was my first novel by this author. The writing was wonderful. The story was dark and twisted - just perfect. When I came to the end, though, I was stunned. I still haven't been able to figure out exactly what the plot was. I think it may have been the story of the little girl, but it was so minor and so unexciting, I just can't believe that was the plot.

It read more as if it was a character development book. Explaining the histories of them and their personalities. Mr. Sisco is a wonderful
Juin Charnell
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
That, by no means, is a bad rating. But I didn't overly love it. There was a misogynistic tone that I didn't like. And while the vampire lore was a little different than other books, it felt true to the story. I enjoyed the cross layers of time lines. Loki is psychotic and Thor is coming into his own. Tyr is the most conflicted. His story with Eva is cute. I wanted to see what would happen next. There are stories there yet to be uncovered. ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, own, 2012
These vampires are true apex predators. Do you weep for the chicken in your grocer's freezer? If you do then this isn't the book for you. If you want unremorseful, reveling in their own destruction vampires this is the book for you. Greg Sisco's vampire are the vampires to fear. These vampires will never be loved, only feared. If you have the most unfortunate chance of meeting them, it will definitely be your end.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was sitting partially read on my Itouch for a long time. Finally had to find out where the plot was heading...

Housekeeping - well written, none of those niggling mechanics errors that distract me from the story.

I was fascinated and kept reading as there was much potential to be had with the premise. Sad :( that it didn't fulfill the possibilities set out in the first part of the story.
Desiree Manning
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yes. Another vampire book down. And I have to say this one was more brutal, cruel, almost felt honest.. Not the fairy tale everyone falls in love with the vampire and they don't suck blood from humans and kill them. This was an all out blood and guts I'm killing fucking hot chicks for blood because that's what I do because I can and have to. I found myself liking the character I thought everyone would end up hating. He's domineering, selfish, confident, mean, self righteous, and an ass. ...more
Peyton Sloane
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was sitting partially read on my Itouch for a long time. Finally had to find out where the plot was heading...

Housekeeping - well written, none of those niggling mechanics errors that distract me from the story.

I was fascinated and kept reading as there was much potential to be had with the premise. Sad :( that it didn't fulfill the possibilities set out in the first part of the story.
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I am a novelist, screenwriter, and occasional film director working primarily in the genres of thriller and horror, often with a strong undercurrent of dark humor.

My novels, as of 2020, are primarily self-published, and my short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Nightscape Press, Grindhouse Press, UFO Publishing, Cemetery Gates Media, and more.

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