Friday, December 9, 2011
The Cross by Sean McCabe
The Cross is the second book in the Vampire Federation series by Sean McCabe and a Signet Select Novel.
The vampires call it the Cross of Ardaich; a relic thought to have been destroyed in the war between the Federation and the rebels led by archvampire Gabriel Stone. But it has been found, and its incredible powers could signal the end of civilization...
A cannibalistic serial killer becomes the perfect tool for the race of the Ubervampyre. His mission: find the cross. His reward: join the ranks of the undead. On his trail are Detective Joel Solomon and Vampire Federation agent Alex Bishop, a woman used to tracking rogue bloodsuckers. This time, the monster is human. At least for now.
If the cross falls into the hands of Stone’s sinister masters, nobody can stop the destruction that will change the world and see humanity enslaved for blood...
When Joel Solomon wielded the Cross of Ardaich at Gabriel Stone’s Romanian castle, it looked as if Stone and his sister, Lillith, were out of commission. But looks can be deceiving.
Gabriel is weak and near true death when Lillith hauls him miles away to Siberia, to the underground city of the Ubervampyre - in the hope that they can save him.
Waking in the snow, Joel Solomon realizes that he has survived the attack on Stone’s castle - but he is not unchanged by the experience. He is now both more and less than what he was before and he is determined to find the person responsible - and punish them.
In London, Alex Bishop has made it safely home from Siberia to resume work for the Vampire Federation. She is both relieved and concerned - being one of the few vampires to survive the attack - she feels it is premature to think that Gabriel is no longer a threat.
At the same time a young Londoner named Dec is trying to come to terms with the fact that vampires exist while a young American named Chloe has found a relic that seems not of this Earth.
What these people don’t realize is that their paths will soon cross - leading them to the same destination.
The Cross is the first book I have read by Sean McCabe and I liked it well enough. There are a lot of players in this book and we’re jumping around from person to person - trying to get everyone’s story.
I give The Cross 3 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Signet Select (12-6-11)