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Blood and Dust

(Vampires in the Sunburnt Country #1)

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Kevin Matheson works at his family’s service station in the Queensland outback. Life is all about cricket, fishing, the pub, his girlfriend. Then it all gets blown to hell – he’s caught up in a hideous, unbelievable world of cops and monsters in which two rival gangs of vampires vie for control, all while maintaining a charade of humanity.

Kevin has to cope with his new
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Published December 16th 2012 by Xoum Publishing
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S.B. Wright
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blood and Dust is the just released Australian Vampire novel by dark fantasy author Jason Nahrung. If you've just obtained an ereader recently and you like your vampires dark, sensuous and dangerous - buy it.

I am a fan of Jason’s short fiction, where he manages to infuse old tropes with a distinct aussie flavour, something that goes a bit deeper than location and slang.

Nahrung’s a Queensland country boy, though he now lives in the big smoke and there’s a bit of that country sensibility that
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Narrelle
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire, australian
Nahrung, who wrote the excellent Salvage, sets the first of his ‘Vampires in the Sunburnt Country’ series in outback Queensland, the last place you’d ever expect to find rival gangs of vampires who are traditionally fatally sensitive to sunlight.

Kevin Matheson, a mechanic who works at his parents service station in the tiny and slowly wilting country town of Barlow’s Siding. But then a car pulls in, containing a policeman who isn’t, his dying partner and a body in the boot that, despite the
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Kyla Ward
So, your home of 19 years has exploded, your father is dead and you've just crawled out of a hole in the ground and been molested by a woman who can't possibly have done... take it on the road, buddy. You don't need to outrun the tiger... oh, actually you do.

This book sets a scorching, where's-that-rocket-launcher pace from the get-go, but still contrives to weave complex, mature characters into a piece of worldbuilding so seamless it makes me want to cry. Kevin's traumatic learning curve,
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Christine Bongers
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-adult, horror
Atmospheric Aussie vampire action that pulses with a savage bloodthirsty lust, driving the reader through the central west of Queensland to 'Bane and back as rival vampire gangs battle for supremacy.
Robert
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
No one in Australia does vampires like Jason Nahrung.
Mark Webb
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
About bloody time, Jason Nahrung. I've been waiting for something likeBlood and Dust ever since I heard one of Nahrung's short stories (Smoking, Waiting for the Dawn) on the Terra Incognita Speculative Fiction podcast a couple of years ago. Yes, yes - I know he released a sensitive almost literary novella recently filled with beautiful gothic themes and broody settings earlier in the year. I liked Salvage and thought it was a great read. But this is the novel I've been waiting for.Vampires in ...more
Steven Paulsen
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a page-turner, I couldn’t put it down. It’s very Australian and very Queensland in the best possible ways. You can see, hear, touch and smell the landscape and the small towns. The characters are well drawn, complex. Despite most of them being vampires, or their red eye companions, they are believably real. Kevin the main protagonist, is a guy we all know, and we live his unbelievable journey in a very believable way as though it was happening to a mate. The book is beautifully ...more
Mel Teshco
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
3.5 stars. Loved the setting with the clear-cut Australian characters. A decent read.
Jane Routley
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Outback mechanic Kevin Matheson loves his quiet life. Then two men who’ve been in a shootout arrive at his garage closely pursued by a gang of bikers. Except none of these people are really human and by the time the day is over, Kevin’s life has changed forever.
Marvellously Australian Gothic where the relentless sun provides the bleak background, Blood and Dust is also a fast paced thriller that charges along like a bus without brakes. The pace is exciting, the writing spare and vivid. You feel
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Stephanie
Aurealis Awards entry, will be reviewed after the awards.
Pete Aldin
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that's what I call a page turner.
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