BenBella, Oct 2003, 14.95, 333 pp.
When an alien ship crashed on the moon, Project Hail formed. Astronomer Dr. Titus Shiddehara leads the moon investigation, in which many believe that they can contact the home planet. However, alien life form has existed on planet earth for centuries as the Luren, also known as vampires, reside among the humans. The Luren are split between the Residents who believe that humans are equals, deserving respect and dignity, and the Tourists who feel the species should be hunted as food and game. Both Luren factions deem the moon crash were members of their race.
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Titus, a Resident, wants to insure no contact occurs with the native planet of the crashed victims for fear of what an arrival will do to the humans. The Tourists want to invite their “relatives” to a gala feast. On the project Titus meets the human he loved, Inea Cellura when he was Darrell Raaj. He explains to her that Darrell died in the car crash, but due to his vampiric sire, Darrell was reborn as Titus. Also on the moon side is Abbott the Tourist who sired Titus. The question remains who to trust in what could prove to be a pivotal moment for the sentient beings of planet earth.
THOSE OF MY BLOOD is a tale that focuses on two competing parties (not the democrats and the republicans) struggling for supremacy since outlawing human kill in 1850.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner
Titus Shiddehara has existed contentedly as a vampire ever since he was killed in an automobile accident and buried by his fiancee about 20 years prior to Those of My Blood. The only issues he has are with his vampire "Father" who won't allow him to make his existence known to the woman he loves, a human who saw him die.
After he leaves his "Father" he is given a mission on a Lunar Expedition to investigate a crashed alien ship only to find his "Father" is also on the mission. On the Moon he comes face to face, in public, with his fiancee who recognizes him - as a dead man. His "Father's" orders have been thwarted by fate.
Titus must prevent her from revealing his condition and protect her from his "Father" whose solution is to murder her to prevent her from talking -- all while desperately trying to win back her trust and love.
But she refuses to believe he's actually a vampire. She thinks he staged his death to get out of marrying her. To break through her disbelief, he resorts to formulating out of mist into bat-shape then man-shape right in her bedroom, deliberately scaring her near to death - because he loves her desperately.
If he fails to get her to behave, his "Father" will take over her mind brutally - and eventually see to her death.
The review of this Book prepared by Jacqueline Lichtenberg