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(The Vampire Trinity #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Fear grips London as dozens of clubbers die after taking a sinister new drug. Forty-eight hours later, the dead clubbers wake up-and it's open season on the living, who are butchered for their blood. London gives a name to its terror: VAMPIRES. But the vampire plague unleashed in London is nothing to what lurks beneath the streets.
Paperback, 447 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Snowbooks (first published March 2nd 2009)
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May 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I really couldnt get into this
The real shame with this book, is it would probably merit four stars from me... if only he'd hired an editor! The story itself is actually pretty good, the basic telling of it fine. But without an editor, the actual writing is so painfully clunky, something that should be a nice easy read, frankly became quite a chore.

Of particular note, he said/she said for every single piece of dialogue. Every. Single. Piece. Too much information made attempts to convey sub culture or national culture clumsy a
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
I took a chance on this book when I found out the audio was narrated by Arthur Darvill, who is a great performer, and hopefully will continue on with the series. This is the first in a “Vampire Trinity”, but unlike some of the more recent take on vampires, these are definitely “bad-guys”. They smell like death and decay, and only crave blood. There is no good or moral vampire in this story. It’s a straight up action book, and I like how it jumps perspectives to give a broader account of events. ...more
Keith Chawgo
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Emson is an extremely exciting author whom I happened to stubble upon at Waterstones and have to admit, I am in awe of the man. I picked up his book and thought I would give it a try and have to say, I couldn't put it down from page 1 through the end. I read it within two days because I couldn't stop.

Skarlet is an exciting book with a unique take on Vampires and the mythos surrounding it. The characters are well rounded and the plot keeps driving forward at a 100mph to its wonderful concl
Richard Wright
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
More solid entertainment from Emson. For the first two thirds, it's an intriguing horror. The final third, building to the dramatic face off, is fairly predictable, but it's sufficiently well delivered that I could enjoy it anyway. I like my vampires the way Emson plays them here, as savage beasts rather than impotent intellectuals, and the nightclub set up is a neat way into the well played origins of his bloodsuckers. Not quite on a par with Maneater for me, but never less than enjoyable. It's ...more
Titus Hjelm
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
OK vampire novel in the Blade/Underworld vein. Interestingly, had this been a stand-alone book, I might have checked out the author's other stuff, but won't probably have time for the rest of the series. All London books are always interesting, though, no matter what the genre.
Kim Clough
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blast from the past! I discovered this book in my local library about 6 years ago and remember enjoying it so I thought I would give it another bash! Enjoyed it again the second time too! Now onto another Thomas Emson!!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Omg loved it kept me grip I didn't ant to put down for to long inly downside was chapters was very short x
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s vampires, what can I say.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Jake Lawton is a bouncer at a London club's goth night where nearly thirty people die of a drug overdose--one of them his ex-girlfriend.

Not long later they all rise from the dead and begin a killing rampage, draining the blood from everyone they come in contact with. People refuse to believe it, but many call them vampires.

The drug Skarlet is the culprit and Jake is being framed for selling it to the clubbers. He's on a mission to clear his name, but as people rise from the dead and chaos ensue
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Jake Lawton, back home in England in ’08, 2 years after fighting in the Iraq War, is passing the time (and collecting a regular paycheck) as a doorman at a nightclub called Religion. On a night when the “vampires” come out in force, goths and sanguinarians (blood drinkers) alike, he’s frustrated that the club manager has let a known drug dealer back into the club after being banned for life. There’s really nothing Jake can
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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A.Z. Green
This book was gritty and contemporary to say the least. It had no fluff, no prettiness about it and it blurted out to anyone in bold letters 'if you don't like it, TOUGH'. It's not for the faint hearted. For those who want happy endings and fluffy, puppy-love romances, skip away now.

It's real, it's scary and not to be messed with.

Thomas Emson is a brilliant writer who makes other vampire and werewolf novels look like baby books in comparison.

I liked the idea that the vampire virus was harnesse
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let's start with one likely hero: Jake Lawton, an Iraqi war vet recognized as a great leader by all who followed him when he was in the Army. Next, we'll give him the a team of people LEAST LIKELY to follow him:

- The reporter instrumental in getting him unfairly branded a war criminal
- The drug dealer who dated his ex-girlfriend while he was in Iraq
- An academic never out of the ivory tower

And those four are teaming up to save the world against a conspiracy dating back to Alexander the Great and
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
Back again with another review this time this book was a ARC given to me in a Goodreads giveaway of Skarlet by Thomas Emson. I am going to give this book a honest review because all books need those honest reviews. The premise of the story sounded intriguing so, I went into the novel wanting to find out the juicy secret lying within. The structure of the book is broken into five parts with over a hundred chapters with just under four hundred pages which means a chapter a page. However the struct ...more
Ashley E
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, first-reads
Not being much of a horror fan myself, nonetheless something about Skarlet drew me. Boy, am I glad I took a chance.

At first I wasn't sure about Skarlet, but about 50 pages in, the characters started speaking to me. Jake Lawton, bitter ex-soldier, got to me first. Then Sassie, female Indiana Jones, with her odd bravery. Murray, a journalist who only cares about the story, but in the end discovers what's truly important to her. And you can't forget Fraser Lithgow, the drug dealer with the heart of
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Review originally posted on my blog:

Starting off with the storyline, which was really weird but in a good way. I found myself really enjoying the weird progression of the story-people take a pill and die but come back to life as a vampire. It was pretty different from the generic vampire stories that you hear about all the time and I liked that.

I also really enjoyed the characters themselves. I mean the relationships between Lithgow and Lawton were hilario
Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
If I remember correctly, only one character in a book containing quite a lot of deaths didn't pee themselves upon demise. I mean, yeah, it's a fairly common thing for the bladder to give up with the rest of the body, but sixteen deaths in, I sort of get the picture.

That's just an irritating detail, though. Apart from semi-interesting vampire mythology, I honestly can't think of anything to like about this book. The female characters are horribly written. Jake is un-likeable, his background story
I liked this book for the most part. I was a little annoyed by the fact that sometimes characters go by their first names and sometimes by their last names. I feel like Sassie (a professional adult that goes by 'Sassie'? Really?) was only their to provide a love interest for Jake. But it seemed so phony. And sometimes down right juvenile. I think it would have been a much better story without her. Or without the love interest part. It seems like Rabbit was brought into the story just so the auth ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Thomas Emson can clearly write. He can put pen to paper, finger to keyboard and words into ears quite well. He can tell a story. And this is a big, purple vampire story fired out of an rpg.

This is British story reveling in the brokenness of its characters. The disgraced hero. The plucky scholar with peace in her heart. The old flame. The loser finding his backbone. The dysfunctional reporter. It features conspiracies and ancient cults; flirtations with ancient and modern history; little departu
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I liked the idea of the book-the vampires are annoyed at goths and pretend vampire wannabes dressing in capes and taking each others blood, and decide to show them what being a vampire is really like by giving them a drug that turns them. I liked the concept of this.

What I didn't like were the characters. Our MC is cold, emotionless and I don't feel any connection to him.I found him pretty one dimensional. I didn't like the oily drug dealer who unknowingly hands out the deadly drug or the bitchy
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Skarlet is about a discharged ex-military solider, Jake, who works as a bouncer for a local club in London, who gets involved in a mass killing by a new drug on the street with mysterious ties to a Vampire group. The story is told in short episodic chapters that are reminiscent of a television show, short scenes jumping from character to character and to the past. The characters are minimally developed relying on stereotype of ex-military soldier, reporter, and academic. I don't think this would ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever read Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain trilogy this book will feel oddly familiar. The similarities between the two are uncanny, right down to similar origins of the vampires, character names, writing style, and general plot elements.

My advice, read The Strain. It's better written, and the author doesn't make nearly as many references to urine, or "pee" as Emson is so fond of calling it.

In closing, bad writing, plot holes, and poor pacing earned this book one star.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
reasonably well written with a fairly good plot line. characters not really very deep and it didn't engage me overly, but it didn't bore me either. With a book set in a contemporary time and location you want to feel like it could happen but I never did. Obviously it's fantasy but I want to feel part of the action and it just wasn't real enough to grip me. The ending didn't give any sense of closure which I want - yes I know it's part of a set but that should not be an excuse for leaving the sto ...more
Erin Semenske
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, vampires
This book was a really good read! It was a little slow going at first but once it picked up. It picked up with a bloody vengeance. The way the story was woven together was phenomenal it will have you flipping back to parts you already read to double check something. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the untraditional vampire story but it is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of graphic violence and swearing but it makes the book. I can not wait for the other two t ...more
James Lea
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely an incredible horror novel. Think of Brian Keene's The Rising only with vampires and taking place across the Atlantic ocean. The action is brisk with short, taciturn chapters and Thomas Emson's background in journalism is very apparent as his economy with words keeps the pacing brisk and will having you turn the pages as if they were on fire. Strong characterizations and an imaginative and believable back story add to the realism of this novel.
Yagiz Erkan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I can summarize my thoughts about Thomas Emson's Skarlet with the following: "I liked it despite its many flaws".

One thing that kept me going was the action-packed short chapters. I also liked the background story that somewhat makes this book a slightly different take on the traditional vampire stories.

Clumsy dialogues were my biggest complaint during this reading. And at times, it felt like the editor should have made a better job.
Kerri Selby
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Skarlet, the story of an ancient evil, corruption & greed.

Not your typical vamp story, yes there are fangs, thirst for blood and hating of sunlight but this is about history and those of a corrupt lineage trying to awaken a past evil that will change the world as they know it.

Skarlet it one of my favourite Emson books, loved the plot, liked the characters and especially thought the ending was good
Can't wait to get stuck into Krimson.
Rin Watson
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
The whole book felt pretty bland to me considering what the subject matter was. It almost felt like I could fill out a checklist on how the characters would react to their surroundings based on their respective stereotypes. Ex-military is the only semi-competent one, bad guys are all super-rich assholes that are part of a "secret society," rich kid doesn't want to follow in CEO-dad's footsteps so turns into a punk...
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-wins
I received this book for free as part of the goodreads firstreads program. This was a pretty good read, I'm a big fan of vampire fiction so this was right up my alley. The writing kind of reminded me of David Wellington and I think anyone who is a fan would really enjoy this book, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
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Thomas Emson is a British horror author. He has written eight novels, all published by Snowbooks in the UK. They include Maneater, Skarlet, and Zombie Brittanica. His Jack The Ripper novel Pariah was published by Tantor Media in the U.S.
His collection of stories The Trees And Other Stories was published on Kindle and CreateSpace. He has also written How To Write A Novel In 6 Months, a how-to guide

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