I have to state up front that this is probably an incredible book for guys. It was not to my liking. There is NO doubt of Robert McCammon’s talent. However, I found that for at least 1/2 of the book, each new chapter made me stop and try to remember who these particular characters were. Some had been missing from the story for many chapters and I frankly had forgotten about them. The book is very episodic with each chapter following different people – not just the main four humans or the vampires. I recommend a piece of paper and a pen and a quick jot down of the names and basic description of the characters with each new chapter. It will save some frustration for those whose memories are as Swiss-cheesed as mine. My second problem was that it seemed excruciatingly slow for 2/3 of the book. The last third (because I hung on determined to finish) was very interesting but the first part seemed to take forever. My last comment may not affect many people, but I don’t love profanity. In fact it really turns me off. Maybe I live in a very different world, but I actually hear it very little… and I taught college… and high school. Yet it seems like most authors feel that it validates their characters. So I didn’t enjoy the profanity, and honestly the sections that were most powerful had very little profanity. I wonder why that was? The end made the book worth the read and I will say – as far as vampire novels I’ve read go: THIS WAS THE FIRST TRUE HORROR STORY.