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As noted by other reviewers, this book seems less focused than his previous story of Abe and Henry. This time the protagonist is Henry. I enjoyed being back in the world of vampire hunters once more. While the story of Abe was focused and compact because it stayed within the normal lifetime of Lincoln, you are covering a 500 year timeframe with Henry. It is good in that there are a lot of interesting characters that can find their way into the story but it is bad in that they seem to flash into your imagination for a few moments and then disappear into history. Though I imagine that it gives a sense of what Henry was experiencing as his friends came and went.
The book helps to flesh out Henry's back story and gives us more insight into his character, which is a big plus. We are also introduced to several new characters for whom we are given some backstory. However, these characters develop in ways that are confusing and not really consistent with the backstory, if they develop at all.
The book left me with the feeling that it was meant to be a treatment for a television series. It was a collection of about a dozen episodes as we moved forward over the past 150 years. Each story could stand alone but was also part of the broader season story arc. If it is ever realized as a television series I would be a regular viewer. As a book, I found the structure a bit frustrating.
The narrator was excellent.
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Overall I really enjoyed this book. It clips along at an amazing pace and is very engaging. However, the constant shift from first to third person is really jarring and takes quite a bit of getting used to. Ditto to the frequent footnotes. I can see how these work in a print book, where you can choose to ignore them, but in an audio book they are a distraction from the story (albeit often interesting). I got used to them in the end and went with the flow.
All in all a very enjoyable experience. But don't drop off whilst listening, or else you'll skip 50 years or so in his life!
I would recommend and am looking forward to a sequel, hopefully.
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