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Michael Devlin is the first of a new breed. The way things are going, he may also be the last.

Being infected with an unknown disease is bad. Waking up on a slab in a morgue wearing nothing but a toe-tag is worse, even if it comes with a strange array of new abilities.

Medical student Michael Devlin is in trouble. With his flatmates murdered and an international cabal of l
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Paperback, 430 pages
Published October 20th 2013 by FableCroft Publishing (first published October 18th 2013)
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Mark Webb
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first came across Dirk Flinthart's work when reading back over the New Ceres project, a shared world Australian spec fic project which occurred a while back. Dirk's work featured in both the New Ceres Nights anthology and the stand alone Angel Rising (links are to my reviews of both).  I enjoyed his stories in both, so when I saw he had brought out his first full length novel, I was intrigued. I also really liked the cover, to be honest. Iconic Australian imagery doesn't often find itself ...more
Alan Baxter
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Flinthart's first novel, but his extensive experience in shorter fiction means it doesn't read that way. It's a new, dark and scientific take on the vampire mythos, which Flinthart reinvents in an extremely Australian way. Set in Sydney and drenched in Australian humour, this is an interesting read.

We follow two main threads - Michael Devlin, infected with a strange disease which effectively vampirises him, and Jen, a tough cop who's investigating a murder Devlin inadvertently got tied
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Jason Franks
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dirk Flinthart’s Aurealis Award-nominated novel, Path of Night, is a smart, action-packed vampire noir set in Sydney, Australia.
Michael Devlin is a medical student who is accidentally-on purpose dosed with an experimental serum shortly before he is killed by a vampire. Hours later he wakes up with a host of new abilities and a mild susceptibility to sunburn. Suddenly everybody wants him. The cops suspect him of murder. The vampire clans see him as a terrible threat. The Order Argentum think he’s
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Tsana Dolichva
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart is the author's longest published work (ie first novel) to date. I'm sure I've read some of his short stories before, but apparently not since I started reviewing here.

Path of Night follows Devlin, a med student with bad luck. After being murdered and coming back from the dead, he discovers that a) he needs to eat a lot of food now, b) he has super senses and super speed and c) a bunch of people are trying to kill him. His side of the story is very much centred ab
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Jda
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads, and I appreciate it very much. **
1.- The Physical. This book's cover has a nice texture, and it has proved (until now) impervious to stains. I like the lightness of the paper for a volume of 400+ pages. I did carried it on my backpack or sometimes even in jacket without noticing. That's a plus. Also the cover matte colors advances the reader on the dark theme.

2.- The context. I, for one, had not read any story relating to the Austral
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Kyla Ward
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This is a by-the-numbers thriller, so you can expect certain things. An easy-going Everyman who stumbles into something he shouldn't – in this case, illegal biological research. A spunky lady cop, following the fallout and determined to get to the bottom of things. An ice-cold assassin who's already there. Sparks of sexual tension, and rapidly escalating violence. And it's not too much of a spoiler to suggest that, at the end, there's going to be one hell of a –

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But it's also got vampires
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S.B. Wright
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Imagine if you will, the literary love child of Roger G. Barrett and Kelley Armstong and you’ll get close to the performance that Dirk Flinthart has provided in Path of Night

It’s not as politically incorrect as Barrett’s Les Norton books but there’s a thick seam of true blue Aussie gold humour running through this book. Mesh this with something like the fast paced urban fantasy of Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld series, sans the really supernatural shenanigans and you have a darkly humorous thrille
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MDR
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting take on vampires or night beasts and with a scientific twist to it. We get to follow Michael Devlin a medical student that is accidently infected with an unknown disease that resembles these creatures for the path of night. If that’s no bad enough now he finds himself being hunted by more than one group and putting people he knows in danger.

The characters are well developed. Michael Devlin is a great and complex character. There’s strength of character mixed with a misch
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Dave
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Triffic fun by Tasmania's King of lighthearted horror. Flintheart has an eye for a sympathetic characters, writes very good action scenes, and snappy dialogue.

I really liked that it's not just set in Australia but really evinces a nuanced view of modern Australia being forced to face down the demons of its past. In many ways I read it as a mediation on Australia's colonial history, albeit viewed through the lens of a reluctant vampire story.

Looking forward to the second book.
Robert Heather
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tasmanian scifi cult figure Dirk Flinthart's first full length novel demonstrates that all of the hype about this author is founded in truth. A fantastic rollicking tale about vampires in sunny Sydney that will keep the paranormal guys and gals happy while also enabling the techno warriors to find something to enjoy. Lots of fun and for strange reason this book seemed to make me feel hungry all the time..l
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Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a smart, funny, rollicking fast read. Really really enjoyed it and am hanging out for the next instalment.
Fiona Auton
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it! An easy read, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.
Shivani Reddy
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
an amazing storyline..would be a pleasure to win and read this book... i reallly wish i win.. :D
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Dirk Flinthart lives on a rural property in northeast Tasmania, with his wife, three children, and sundry animals. His work has appeared in an array of places as various as MAX Magazine, the Good Weekend, and the English Sunday Telegraph. Mostly, he likes to write speculative fiction, and has appeared frequently in ASIM, the Agog! anthologies, and elsewhere. Despite his children, he is actually tr ...more
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