The Gathering Dark (Newfoundland Vampire III) By Charles O’Keefe

By Domoni

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I would like to thank the author for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This story is the third in an ongoing series. I have not read the two previous books; The Newfoundland Vampire, or  Killer On The Road. Though they may add a small level of understanding to the world created by this author, this book is capable of being read as a standalone story.

Anne Bonny is a vampire. Yes, the famed pirate of legend. She still lives her life on her terms and with eternity at her fingertips, she plans to continue to do so. When she receives the mental message of his impending death from her only vampire progeny, Anne decides to venture to Newfoundland and meet these vampires who killed her despised offspring.

Cassandra was sired by John, the cruel progeny of Anne. When she falls for and turns Joseph, she convinces him to help her kill the evil vampire. Joseph is having trouble letting go of his humanity and has decided to part ways with Cassandra. When Anne seeks them out to understand what transpired between them all the trio gets swept up into a battle. The evil vampires of the council plan to enslave many mortals creating brainwashed tools.  Can they figure out and thwart the plan that endangers humanity as well as defend themselves against their enemies?

This story is well written. It easily captured my attention and held it for the entire read. There were a few parts that I more than likely would have benefited from reading the past novels, but it wasn’t a huge hindrance. Though it peaked my attention enough for me to want to purchase those and fill in the gaps. The scenes were crafted well enough to develop a clear image in the mind as I read along.

Though I would not class this book as erotica, there were a few well written sexy scenes between the characters. They were a nice addition to keep a little sexy touch to an interesting story, though not too often to change the genre of this story to what I call a bodice ripper. The author skillfully filled out the love scenes between the various couplings with enough material to entice those who enjoy intimate scenes between all sorts of couples.

The characters were well written and exciting. They had fleshed out histories and were individually exciting as well as carrying enough charisma in a group to add to the overall dynamic of the story. There was a small bit of cheese factor, which I enjoyed and added a touch of lightheartedness in the right spots. I would recommend this book to friends and plan to read more from this author in the future.

I rate this story a 4 out of 5 stars.

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BLURB:

Newly-made vampire Joseph O’Reily has rejected his vampire lover Cassandra and declared their relationship at an end. Although he loves Cassandra – and she loves him – he knows their relationship cannot survive because she places such low worth on human life and morals.


Former pirate and vampire sire Anne Bonny is bored from spending almost a century on a tropical island and makes her way to St. John’s after receiving the last thoughts of her creation, John Snow. Once in Newfoundland she engages with Joseph and Cassandra, both of them surprised to see a vampire that doesn’t wish them harm.

Joseph, who is dealing with his failed relationship with Cassandra and his new one with Anne, has forgotten a human figure from his past, Augustus Green, a pimp and murderer. Green plans revenge for the brutal beating Joseph and Cassandra gave him months ago.

The Emperor Commodus, leader of the vampire council, has commanded his subjects, Count Dracula, Countess Elizabeth Bathory and others, to swell the ranks of his evil army by creating brainwashed vampires. Hope is not lost though as other vampires secretly prepare for the war to fight for their survival and humanity’s.

Anne Bonny devises a plan that would mean the death of the Countess and replacing her. Joseph must make the decision to join Anne on his own. As his enemies gather, so do his friends, and Joseph discovers he has allies he never even knew about. The good side of the Council holds its own meeting that Joseph and Cassandra are secretly invited to.

With Anne and Cassandra at his side, they wage a desperate battle against the Countess, in the hopes of not just defeating her but striking a pre-emptive blow against the forces of evil. Joseph is ready to take on his greatest challenge yet. If he wins, good will prevail. If he fails, he will enable the destruction of the entire world. With a lot riding on him, Joseph can only hope for help from old friends and old flames alike, if he is to turn the tide of destiny.

Excerpt:

The last remnants of the sun disappeared below the horizon, and Anne felt her senses fully come to life. Charles’ heartbeat thumped in her ears and she smelled the sweetness of his blood. As he approached, she stood and held out her hand for the phone.

Charles said in his accustomed manner, “Are you hungry, mistress?” He passed her the phone and stretched his neck to one side.

Anne smiled.

Charles nodded. “Thank you for choosing me tonight.”

Anne took the phone and clipped it on the back of her bikini bottom. She took off Charles’ shirt and sank her teeth into his neck. He tasted lovely with not a hint of drugs or alcohol and a pleasant taste of cinnamon in his blood. She drained Charles until his heartbeat started to slow and he drifted into unconsciousness. Anne cared for her servants, the way a pet owner cared for her animals, and she laid him gently on the sand.

She took the cell phone out and punched in the mansion number. She didn’t allow time for a greeting but simply stated, “Have a boat waiting on the southeastern end of Midway Island. I’ll whistle. Also, prepare the sub and head off for Honolulu. I’ll be there in a few days. Make sure it has my weapons on board. Oh, and send Michael down to take Charles to sickbay. He’ll need a few days off.”

The reply came instantly. “Of course, mistress, right away.”

Anne tucked the cell phone into Charles’ right front pocket and, after a brief glance at the sky, dived into the ocean. The water was warm against her cool skin. It would take her weeks to get there this way, but she was in no rush. Anticipation was an exquisite thing, and time was certainly on her side.

About the Author

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I live in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, where I am a co-owner of a beauty business. I am happily married. I also live with two cats, Jude and Elenaor (see if you can figure out the theme to the names). I enjoy lots of hobbies like walking, Pilates, writing, reading, movies, gaming, television, poker, Ingress – and, of course, vampires (not the sparkly kind!). I am a massive geek, huge music lover and I go to as many concerts/plays/shows as I can afford. I love conventions (both attending and as a vendor/guest) and try to attend at least three a year. I would describe myself as Agnostic, an environmentalist and an animal lover. I also love to chat about all things geeky and I’m always up for a good chat.

My first novel “The Newfoundland Vampire” was re-released by Distinguished Press in March of 2015 and the second one “Killer on the Road” was re-released in October of 2015. As of January 2016 I became a self-published author with the help of other authors at Four Phoenixes Publishing. The long awaited third book of my series, “The Gathering Dark” was released in July of 2016. “The Newfoundland Vampire” is a series of at least 4 books with the next install to hopefully arrive sometime in 2017

The Newfoundland Vampire Book III: The Gathering Dark will be $0.99 during the tour.

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6151429.Charles_O_Keefe

https://www.amazon.com/Charles-OKeefe/e/B007TVCDNU

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8 thoughts on “The Gathering Dark (Newfoundland Vampire III) By Charles O’Keefe

  1. Hi Domoni,

    Thanks so much for your review and for being a part of my blog tour. I’m so glad you liked it =) Feel free to contact me if you want to chat about anything related to my writing. I hope you get a chance to read book 1 and 2, have a great day!

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    1. Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for your comment. Thanks! I hope you’ll consider picking up my vampire books 🙂 If you’d like a signed paper copy feel free to contact me from my site. I also offer discounts if you buy more than 1 book =)

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