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We've all read tales of vampires. Everyone knows the mythos behind them, and thousands of stories have been told. Don't assume this is another mystical fantasy involving hunky vampires and the girls who inexplicably fall in love with them. These vampires don't sparkle. This is a tale of blood, but it's not what you'd think. Yes, there are vampires who kill in the night and drink human blood in order to sate the never-ending thirst that comes with their immortal curse. Then again, there are those who drink blood for the bouquet, aroma, and taste.Blood Drive by Daniel Aegan is a humorous, pun-filled buddy action/comedy starring a pair of vampires, an ornery werewolf, an openly-homosexual vampire-hunting priest, and two Jersey mobsters. It sounds like a lot to sink your teeth into, but the ride is totally worth it.Christian and Evan are a pair of vampires on a mission. Following a heist of a van of donated blood, the vampiric duo head from Connecticut to Los Angeles to deliver the blood to their elders' annual gala event. You see, a mature, sophisticated palate can tell the subtle differences in blood. For example: Blood taken from New England during the autumn months has a certain something to it you can't find elsewhere.The mission is simple enough. The blood must be delivered to Los Angeles from Connecticut before the start of the Elder Council's gala event. Like the nature of such things, though, the mission becomes a tangled mess of detours, violence, and misunderstandings. With a diverse ensemble of travelers, there's never a dull moment during the cross-country drive.Christian is staunch and quiet, saving his words for when they're necessary. He takes his mission seriously and does not plan to disappoint his master. He's given a partner for this mission by request of the High Council: The young (by vampire standards) jokester, Evan. The two clash in personality, and the only thing they have in common is their shared mission and want to not disappoint their respective masters.Joining the vampiric duo is Bart Peters, a simple country man with a complicated secret. When the moon is in the sky, he transforms into a beast of rage; a werewolf. Bart accepts a job to make sure Christian and Evan complete their delivery to Los Angeles. His paycheck depends on their success, and he doesn't plan on letting anything or anyone stand between him and his money.Dogging their tracks is Father Matthew McAllen, an openly homosexual priest and agent of the Vatican (yes... that Vatican). Father Matthew is tasked with the recovery of the stolen blood and the elimination of those who took it. Armed to the teeth with guns, silver knuckles, and wooden stakes, the holy man tracks the vampires as they make their way across the country, intent on completing his mission.Hot on Father Matthew's trail is a pair of New Jersey mobsters, Nunzio and Sal Russo. All they want to do is help the priest as he had done for them years before when he took out a mugger who had them cornered. But they have no idea what they've gotten themselves into with their self-imposed mission to save their priest.Blood Drive shows that vampires don't have to be sparkly or lovey-dovey anymore. The book is humorous by nature, but there is also a dark world of death and despair. Souls can be lost over time as the years wear away at your morals, turning one into the monster people would think they are. Werewolves aren't pets, and Bart Peters is anything but fluffy. Even Father Mathew, the Vatican-dispatched badass priest, has a dark side, noble as he is in his conquest.The coast-to-coast drive is full of the kind of action and violence you'd expect from the uncanny ensemble of characters. You'll be treated to chases, gunfights, fist fights, bloodlust, interrogations, kidnappings, and more. Blood Drive never skimps on the action, drama, or comedy. You'll want to take another drive as long, as everyone can coexist without killing one another.