Barry and the Vampire in the Rosedale Encounter by an indie author, Darrell Bartell, isn’t your typical vampire story at all. That’s one thing I like most about it. Barry McElroy is a teenager who lives in a less than glamorous part of town. He’s a target for bullies and thugs, but this particular night, things go horribly wrong—until the vampire jumps in and helps him.
Casey Appleton, resident vampire, has no desire to continue a friendship with Barry and goes out of her way to keep him at a distance. However, when her niece runs away from home, she and Barry team up to find her. What happens along the way? I’m not going to tell you, because I won’t give spoilers. But it’s surprising and fantastic—and, as I said, not your typical vampire book.
No one sparkles, or does interviews. There are no ancient vampire males lusting after young ingenues. Casey is driven by the desire to keep her niece from meeting her fate, and reluctantly asks Barry for his help. Barry is motivated by a strong sense of honor, and the hope that he might find his missing father.
Bartell has an engaging, easy going style that really pulls a reader in and keeps interest until the end. I highly recommend Barry and the Vampire in the Rosedale Encounter to anyone who wants an exciting adventure book – sans sparkles.
Five Golden Acorns
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