Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony

  • by Brian Patrick McKinley
  • Narrated by Brian Rollins
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Avery Doyle loves vampires; he's read every novel, seen all the movies, and researched the folklore. When his first one-night-stand, Caroline, turns out to be a true vampire on the run, he jumps at the chance to leave his ordinary life and join her as a "child of the night". The honeymoon ends, however, when Caroline's brutal Creator Sebastian enslaves them on his island estate and Avery must confront the dehumanizing reality behind his dreams. In order to survive, Caroline and Avery take their place as servants in Sebastian's household during a gathering of the most powerful vampires on Earth, the Hegemony, and soon find themselves involved in the myriad intrigues and deceptions that form the night-to-night existence of The Order. A society of wealth, power, and inhuman decadence whose existence is protected by human complicity and disbelief, The Order is the immortal aristocracy hidden behind the giant corporations and political leaders of the world. Sebastian, however, has a plan that will change The Order forever and shatter human civilization. To avoid this terrible fate, Avery and Caroline will not only have to defy the most powerful creatures on Earth, but also confront the darkest aspects of themselves. For in the world of the Hegemony, even victory may cost them their souls... A fast-paced thriller that both re-imagines and pays tribute to the traditional vampire, Ancient Blood is a story of love, ambition, sacrifice, and betrayal that is frighteningly human.

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A Welcome Respite From The Usual Vampire Tale

What did you love best about Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony?

The politics and machinations of the vampires was a great change from the brooding, moody vamps of years past.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Sebastian. He was powerful and yet I could understand his motivations. That's great in a villain. Too often the bad guy is a mustache twirler that is evil just for the sake of being evil.


What does Brian Rollins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Such delightful accents and characters (of which there are over a dozen)! He captures Avery's voice wonderfully, but then switches to cool and confident for others, then powerful and angry for others. Wonderfully done.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at a few parts, but the rest just kept me quietly riveted to the story.


Any additional comments?

I'm interested in seeing what happens after the fallout of the climax. More Caroline too!

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- Shanon "Lover of sexy words and a sexy man & woman"

a very busy book

Would you recommend Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to friends who were already interested in vampires and the paranormal. I say that because the author 'name checks' many other paranormal authors and if you aren't familiar with them you could get lost. Also, I felt at times there were too many characters. If the author had weeded out one or two, he could have still told his story and it wouldn't have been so 'busy'.


What does Brian Rollins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really enjoyed the narration of this book. Brian Rollins greatly added to this book. Since he was reading this to me, I didn't have to worry about how names were pronounced and some of the nuances that the author had put into the story such as vampire vs vampeer (sp). He gave each of the characters life and that made the story more interesting to me.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I would recommend listening to this story where you have little to no distraction. There were parts of the books that were full of back story and if you were distracted it would be hard to keep up. I sometimes had trouble following the interweaving story lines and keeping all the players straight.


Any additional comments?

Seeing as this is book one in the series, I am interested to see where the author goes in book 2. I would give it a listen.

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- Elizabeth L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2014
  • Publisher: Brian McKinley