Ludmilla Vatinashkaya already struggles to balance the challenges of marriage and family with her promising career as a captain in Stalin's army when she is ordered to direct Vampsov, a covert unit created to fight the most implacable enemies of the Soviet Union: vampires.
Astonished and initially skeptical, Ludmilla takes her unit on a thrilling and violent trail of destruction as Vampsov hunts down the blood sucking enemies of Socialism. With the help of Vassily, a dark and brooding creature who denies his very nature for his love of the fledgling Soviet state, they confront the most notorious monster of all in his Transylvanian lair.
Vampsov 1938, brings to life in luscious detail the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Daniel Ribot has beautifully navigated this turbulent page of history to create an an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that s hard to put down and impossible to forget.
Vampsov 1938 by Daniel Ribot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was asked to read this book for free in exchange for a review and was torn about accepting it until I saw a review that said no vampires fall in love. Promise fulfilled!
I like gory vampires who don't care about their victims, but I'm not a huge fan of military/spy-genres. This book is both of those things - unromantic vampires take on a communist USSR in 1938-1939. I had no idea who I was supposed to root for - the murderous fiendish vamps or the bloodsucking commies!
Mr. Ribot draws on traditional Eastern European vampire myths, throwing in the USSR for setting and mood, even using a depiction of the region's long-standing attitude toward the LGBTQ to illustrate the USSR's treatment of civil rights, while the narration verges toward splatter-punk and not the highly symbolic romantic goth that we're accustomed to reading with modern vampire stories. This merging of traditions allows Mr. Ribot to take a lot of information and throw it at the reader in his own way, which kept me on my toes about guessing the ending. I didn't know what to expect next.
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