A Gift of Death by Daniel J. Volpe
A Gift of Death, is on tour. The three band members, Sarin, Vee-Exx, and Arsenic travel the country playing their dark brand of music for screaming fans. Their violent lyrics and goth style draw people to them. But, something else is drawing people to the mysterious trio...something sinister. They feed off the energy of the crowd, but desire something more: blood.
Cameron Snyder is an outcast. His love of death metal, extreme horror and his home life have left him on the fringes of high school society. When a prank goes too far, Cameron decides he's had enough. A relic of his dead father calls to him; a Colt 1911 handgun. He knows his life is not worth living, but can there be salvation? He then discovers a secret involving one of his favorite bands. A secret that could lead to immortality... or death.
Nestor and Cyril Visser run a private investigation business. A man shows up one day with a strange request, a deep knowledge of their past, and unlimited money. His request: find his son's killers and execute them. There's a catch though, he thinks the killers are vampires.
A Gift of Death combines heavy metal, revenge and bloodshed galore.
An extreme metal band tours the country leaving bodies everywhere they go. Once their secret is discovered, the confrontation can only lead to gorey bloodshed. This was a great read, I'm really digging Volpe's writing!
#BOOKREVIEW A Gift of Death by Daniel Volpe is a wildly entertaining novella that delivers a ferocious tale of the undead as intense as a pummeling drum solo or an assaulting guitar riff at a heavy metal show. Volpe gave me exactly what I wanted in a vampire story, BLOOD. The animalistic nature of the monsters unleashed in this book reeked havoc on my imagination and made for an immersive reading experience. I devoured this story like the blood-thirsty creatures that stalks the scenes within its pages. This is a must read for horror fans who want an intense and visceral story that will utterly consume them.
Another great story from Volpe. I feel it had the potential to be longer if the author had wanted, with the two investigators developed a little more (especially the one with the particular tastes), but overall I really enjoyed it!
I have officially read all four of Daniel’s novellas now and I’m blown away by his talent. Somehow, in each one he has a different writing voice and I’m fucking here for it. In The Gift of Death, he interweaves six characters lives into a seamless story of lust, revenge, and want of acceptance. Even though the characters are extremely and disgustingly flawed, he makes each one human (ha) and the reader can’t help but feel for them. Cameron wants acceptance, Nestor and Cyril want a better life after death comes for a loved one, Nic just wants to live and have as much sex as possible, while Vee-Hex and Sarin have their own tragic backstory to deal with. I thought Talia was my favorite but nope. I have a new one. Keep your eyes on this emerging author.
I have read all of his books. I have to say this has to be my favorite so far. Daniel's take on vampires is super refreshing. Plus I really liked the characters in this. Plus Billy Silver Easter Egg. The story starts off great, and dosen't let up. Really hoping he writes a sequel to this. I will be buying a Hardcover of AGOD.