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The Recruit

(The Faction #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Albert Manlii has walked this earth for more than two thousand years, but survival on his own was never easy. Now he leads a faction of highly organized vampires who carefully guard the secret of their existence. Unlike the old days, potential recruits are carefully selected and presented with an offer.

Phillip Brewer has weeks to live—if he lets his disease run its course.
ebook, 69 pages
Published June 16th 2018 by JMS Books, LLC
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Joyfully Jay
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

The Recruit is a short story and therefore I did not expect the character arc I prefer in novels, but Albright still provides her readers with solid personality profiles of her protagonists. Albert does not display the cruelty that is so often associated with fictional vampires; he is loyal to his faction and his kindness and pragmatism make him a good leader. Despite the fact that Albert can feel the potential of a blood mate bond when he first sees Phillip, he
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Phillip Brewer has terminal cancer. Considering his youth, that death sentence is shocking and depressing so he spends his good days walking around and enjoying the sights Mother Nature provides, knowing his time for joy is limited. When he meets Albert Manlii, a good-looking older man, he’s immediately attracted at first, and then he’s intrigued by the bizarre proposal Albert makes. Albert is offering him eternal life if Phillip chooses to join his organization. That organization is made up of ...more
True Loveislovereview
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, 2018
3.5 Stars That was refreshing original. I loved the way this was build.

Phillip is walking one of his last walks... halfway a handsome man looks at him in a very special way... in any other case he would have give it a shot... but... he is walking one of his last walks.

When Albert sees the man walking he knows that he is special and he approaches him.
He has something special to offer. Some kind of eternity...
Albert is a more than two thousand years old vampire and head of an faction of vampires,
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is pretty much a paint by numbers vampire story. The author strings together tired genre tropes without adding anything terribly original or memorable.

Albert and Phillip both have the potential to be fantastic characters but both are underwritten. Phillip’s cancer storyline should pack an emotional punch, but readers don’t really get to engage with his emotions. Instead, the story is mostly narrated from Albert’s pra
Kari Trenten
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, cozy vampire romance with just a touch of menace about it to spice things up. Phillip Bower is a dying man, trying to resign himself to his fate when a very attractive vampire makes him an offer he can’t refuse. A chance to live as someone else, as a vampire in a tight community of vampires like himself. Besides, Albert, the immortal gentleman whom makes Phillip this offer, is renewing his desire to live, emphasis on desire.

There’s something comforting about this story, the way Phillip
Anne Barwell
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, m-m
The world building in this story is very detailed and well thought out. I loved how the author took the vampire mythos and gave it a unique spin, yet addressed that mythology with feasible explanations rather than dismissing it as ‘just a myth.’ Vampire society is very well organised, almost like a military operation, and they cover their tracks very well. These vampires are ‘progressive, organised, and diverse.’ I liked the details that made this world come to life. For example one of the chara ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars.

Addison Albright is a new-to-me author. The Recruit is the first in The Faction series.

The Recruit was a super fast, not too deep novella that I read in under and hour.

At the start, Albert shows how the Faction goes about recruiting new vampires, where they must be of a specific age and look to fill a role needed in the group, as they cycle their identities and professions. Choosing Phillip, who is dying of termi
Kendra T
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
For a short book, this had a solid story. The vampire world and rules that were developed was awesome. Albert is the head of a vampire faction. They prefer to avoid harming humans, and deliberately search for people to come to their ranks as new recruits. Phillip is dying of advanced cancer and only has a week or two to live. He is approached by Albert to join their ranks, and decides to take him up on his offer.

There was a mention of Phillip being Albert's blood-mate, but I felt like this could
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The line between life and death can be very thin when the decision is in the hands of a creature seeking for new recruits to serve its purpose. Albert is leading an organized group of vampires who are carefully looking for new people to join them. Filling their profile for the perfect recruit isn't a simple task, but with a disease making him count his days on earth, Phillip has come to consider their offer and is trying to conquer the expectations they had set for him.

It was very interesting to
Natosha Wilson
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a decent short story. It takes place in modern time but with some paranormal vampires added into the mix. This book is a short story but it is pretty much a full story that was well written.

Phillip is facing his immortality each passing day. Though he has accepted the fact that he does not have much time left on earth due to having incurable cancer, he still wishes that things could have ended differently for him. But knowing he has such little time left on earth and that each day is go
Mari  Cardenas
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars!

I've been interested in vampire books/shows/movies since the first one I caught on TV when I was a little girl. They're fascinating creatures and it's always nice to see how different authors have such vastly different takes on them. The Recruit showed us not only a different kind of vampire society, one where all vampires work for a common goal of keeping themselves a secret from others and making themselves self-sustainable without harming humans.

The romance is secondary, but it wa
Kathryn Manzella
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Recruit by Addison Albright is the first book in the Faction series. A Quick and entertaining read, the world created here sucked me right in and the characters would not let me go. The Vampires recruit new members very selectively, and in this book we get to watch the two main characters meet and watch the beginning of the transition from human to part of the faction.

Albert is in charge of helping recruit new vampires in a very special and selective process. He notices Philip who is dying f
Amanda Brooke
Good story

I don't usually read short stories but this one stood out to me because it was M/M vampire and I have never read one before. I thought it was well thought out and it kept my interest. I would love a longer story of this one because I believe it has great potential. I thought the first scene (after Phillip became a vampire) between Albert and Phillip/Neil was pretty hot. When Phillip drank his first batch of blood and Albert was licking and kissing/biting him I was like damn that was ho
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Romantic, hopeful, creative with incredible world-building. i really enjoyed Neil and Albert and their connection. The author creates a really interesting secret world where Vampires co-exist, however humans don't know about it. I loved the detail and the logic that was the basis for this world-building. The writing is great and the story-line flowed nicely.

This is an awesome first book and their is a sequel 'The Choice' that you will want to plan on reading also. i know i couldn't wait to read
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a quick read novella diving into the world of the Faction and they happen to be vampires. When Philip, who is dying of terminal cancer, runs into Albert, the Faction leader, he accepts Albert's offer to save his life. It turns out Albert and Philip, now Neil, are bond mates. While there was potential for this story to be more of a romance, it was more of a world-building novella which didn't delve into the world as much as I hoped. There was a lack of any romantic connection, you accept ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a strong story about vampires and written so that it is different than those I have read before. The vampire factions only seek to have peace and improve their numbers in order to maintain their way of life. Albert is the leader and finds his blood mate in Phil, a man who is imminently dying of cancer. A choice is made and all is well until a meeting with an ex sends Phil into a panic. How will it be handled? I can't wait to read the next one. This book was short with angst and love thro ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a terrific introduction to a new series. Vampires here are basically human, just a bit more advanced. They don't kill unless they have to do so to protect their species, but they don't hesitate to go there if necessary. I like the lengths they go to when trying to decide on a new recruit to their world. I really liked Albert and Phillip/Neil and the other vamps. The idea of a blood mate isn't new, but I really appreciated it here, as it offered comfort to both newly-turned Neil and cent ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
A lot of plot holes, could have been a lot better had it been "fluffed up" and expanded on. As stands I have to rate at a 2 star...
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Recruit is the most unique take on Vampire fiction I've ever read. It's beautifully written and the world building was as wonderful as it was refreshing. The faction feels so credible that I found myself believing in it, which was a delight in itself. I loved it.
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Addison Albright is a writer living in the middle of the USA. Her stories are gay romance in contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal genres. She generally adds a subtle touch of humor, a smidgen of drama/angst, and a healthy dose of slice-of-life to her stories. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, ...more

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