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CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT is a novel Dan Simmons published in 1992.

Kate is a well-known american specialist in haematology. After a professional stay in Romania, she decides to adopt a rumanian baby and brings him back in the U.S.A. The baby suffers from a very rare blood illness but seems to develop the ability to cure by himself when given blood transfusion. Kate, with his colleagues researchers, discover that this virus could be used to find a cure to AIDS and cancer.
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But the baby has been chosen to become the new prince of the Strigoi, a romanian secret organization led by Vlad Tepes who ruled Transylvania in the XVth century. Tepes was the first to suffer from the baby's disease and survived through the centuries by drinking blood.

A mixing of medical thriller and vampire story.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   cure/disease Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the vampire chased me!

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of male nudity    -   rape (yeech!) A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   decapitated    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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