Chapters from a draft of my novel American Insurgency. A Special Forces Officer returns home to New York City and learns that gangsters have taken over his old neighborhood. When two of these thugs threaten his father, he tosses them out into the street. After a confrontation with the gang leader, he realizes that his war is not over.
Also included are excerpts from my anthology Dark Journeys, my vampire novel Unholy Embrace, and short horror stories and poems.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Review a Vampire Novel Unholy Embrace by Trish Martin of Horror News
Embrace by Neil Benson is the story of a romantic and dangerous love
affair between a beautiful, ages-old vampire and a mortal man. This
story is enchanting and sexy with an edge of excitement. Not only do we
read about vampires but of werewolves and demons. The New York night
life and seedy underbelly do well to create a dangerous atmosphere. I
enjoyed reading about the main character’s blossoming relationship but
also the horrific demons and monsters that lurk about in the night.
Nessa Harcanu is the sexy vampire born in 1597 in a small town near
Nessa is voluptuous and sultry, she posses a power beyond mortal
imagination. She becomes involved with a mortal man named Frank Thornton
who is an attractive architect that is skeptical about the existence of
vampires and demons. Also joining the story are members of the Meyer
family of which Nessa becomes close with early on in her life as a
vampire; they come to serve her and assist her with her needs throughout
the ages. We also come across a weaker vampire named Narice whom, after
her master is killed by Nessa, begins following Nessa waiting to exact
her revenge. There are a few other characters we run across in the story
who serve as a backdrop in the evolvement of the two main characters.
The interaction with these other characters gives us insight to the
character’s lives and personalities.
tale of how she became a vampire and her life up until present day is
one of intrigue and even sadness. Frank listens to Nessa’s story and
becomes even more enchanted with her and begins to understand her a
little better. Their relationship is really one of master and
subservient, Nessa the master and Frank the subservient. Even with the
uneven balance of power the relationship between the two becomes
stronger and the need to protect one another grows. The appearance of a
demon creates more drama and trouble for the two and they realize in
order to save humanity they must defeat this demon in any way possible.
would classify this story as less horror and more romantic suspense but
it is still a wonderful and exciting tale. As I delved deeper into the
book I found it hard to put down. It is definitely an easy read and
isn’t cluttered with unnecessary plot and lag time. There were times of
some light eroticism mixed in with story to give it an edge above the
teeny-bopper vampire love stories. Also we examine great power within
Nessa making her almost super-heroine like in her conquests. Frank’s
mind is torn between his deep love of Nessa and his wish for normalcy in
his life. My only complaint as far as this novel was concerned was that
I felt that the ending was a tad rushed; I felt that maybe the writer
was a little unsure of how to resolve the conflict without creating more
trouble for the characters.
Benson has a rare talent for creating a story where you can identify
and truly care about what happens to the characters. Giving life to
character’s like Nessa and Frank enables the reader to walk in the
footsteps of the characters, getting more in-depth in the story and
almost being able to see the world through their eyes. I would also have
to give Neil Benson props on creating a dueling perspective between the
characters; by doing this we can see the story from the perspective of
both Nessa and Frank. I would highly recommend this book to all vampire
lovers out there and especially those who enjoy romantic flights of
Unholy Embrace is a swift paced,
action-packed novel about the relationship between a mortal man and his
immortal female vampire lover as they fight werewolves, vampires, and other
creatures in their effort to kill a soul eating demon.
If this sounds interesting, and I hope it does, please follow
the link and read the reviews on Amazon.