Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
With the fall of the Soviet Union, the dark forces of the vampires are engulfing the world, as a small group of determined humans embark on a plan of resistance that includes the destruction of the vampire king of New York.

McMillan Palgrave
Vampires have always lived in Eastern Europe. But with the fall of the Soviet Union, they began to spread across the continent, then the world, turning whole populations into vampires--or human cattle. Having overrun India, the far East, and the great cities of North and South America, the forces of Night are now spreading into the countryside to consolidate their conquest.

In a town on the New Jersey shore, the vampires have just arrived, along with their human henchmen, the cowboys, who round up human cattle for the overlords in return for the promise of eternal life---later. For the vampires wish only a few of their own kind to rule, and feed. The rest of humanity are to be helpless herds, the source of the blood of life.

Falsely accused of abuse, Father Dan is drunk in a basement waiting for the end. His superior has betrayed the local Catholic congregation and become a vampire. Sister Carolyn has become a formidable killer of cowboys and vampires. Dan's niece, escaped from the conquest of New York, has made her way south to find him. Brought together by Rabbi Zev Wolpin, who is shaken by the vampires' fear of the cross and holy water, they plan their resistance. Against all odds, they discover that there just might be a way for humanity to really fight back. But first they will have to kill the vampire king of New York.

Blackwell North Amer
How can mortal men defeat an immortal and seemingly invincible enemy?
Vampires have always existed in secret in Central Europe, not just as legends and imaginary menaces but as predators that feed on human blood. In F. Paul Wilson's famous novel The Keep, vampires aided the Nazis in Europe. But with the fall of Communism and the turmoil throughout the continent, they took bold steps to begin to emerge publicly, to take over governments, and to enslave increasing portions of the world population.
Now they control all of Europe, India, the Far East, and the major cities in North and South America. It seems that nothing can stand in their way and that humanity will become cattle for the harvesting, the source of the blood of life. The vampires enlist "cowboys," humans who help them herd other humans in return for the promise of the bite of eternal life - someday. The vampires only grudgingly share their power and expand their limited numbers only when necessary.
The story opens when the vampire forces come to a small town in coastal New Jersey to finish pacifying the rural area. The local bishop has sold out. Joe, a disgraced priest accused of abuse, hides out and drinks, waiting for the end, until he is galvanized into action by a rabbi; his own niece, who has fled the collapse of New York, and a nun who has become a killer of the cowboys and the vampires. Together, they fortify an abandoned church and defy the conquering swarm. A surprising success shows them a ray of hope for humanity's survival, but an overwhelming challenge stands in their way - the new vampire King of New York.

& Taylor

With the fall of the Soviet Union, the dark forces of the vampires are engulfing the world, plotting to use the blood of all humankind as the source of the undead existence, as a small group of determined humans--a priest falsely accused of abuse, his niece, a renegade nun turned vampire killer, and a rabbi--embark on a plan of resistance that includes the destruction of the vampire king of New York.

Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765307057
Characteristics: 332 p. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 19, 2012

I'm not much into the whole vampire horror genre but once in a while I come across a book from that category that I think is really exceptional. This is one of those. Very good plot, characters that are easy to relate to, great dialogue, and simply the kind of book that you can't put down

Dec 10, 2010

One of the best vampire novels. Wilson paints an alarming picture of the countryside abandoned to the vampires and their human servants who round up prey, with the remaining humans searching furtively for ways to survive. Into this horrible world, Wilson inserts a group that comes together to take back just a church in New Jersey and then the rest of the eastern seaboard.

It's an excellent adventure that held up even on my second reading. One of my favorite features of this story is the effect a crucifix has on the undead and why. It's something, especially the why, that is overlooked by so many other entries in the vampire genre.


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