Title: Available Darkness (Episode 5)
Author: Sean Platt and David Wright
Series: Available Darkness (Season 1)
Publisher: Collective Inkwell
Read Type: Author request
This book can be purchased from Amazon (International) as a full series of 6.
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Individually, you can find Sean on Facebook, Twitter and Amazon
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From the writers of the post-apocalyptic smash hit serial, Yesterday's
Gone, and Z 2134, comes Available Darkness, a new breed of vampire
The Darkness Has Awoken
FBI Special Agent Caleb Baldwin is on the hunt for a serial killer
who has left a trail of burned bodies. One of those victims — his wife.
As he gets closer to finding the killer, he falls deeper into an
A man wakes buried alive with no memory of who or what he is. In his
pocket, a note: “Avoid the sunlight and don’t touch anybody.” Now he is
being hunted by the FBI while trying to remember his monstrous past. He
must control the darkness within before it consumes him and the child
whose life he must protect.
11-year-old Abigail was dying slowly each day as the prisoner of a
sick man. Until she is saved by the most unlikely of heroes — a vampire
with a deadly touch. He is her only hope, and she may hold the key to
unlocking the memories of his hidden past.
Past, present, fate, and future are on a collision course as the
hours of AVAILABLE DARKNESS are ticking away and a force greater than
anything the world has ever seen threatens humanity.
Available Darkness is an epic serialized journey that reinvents
vampire mythology with a fast paced, character-driven thriller that
blends action, mystery, fantasy, and horror in an addictive, tragically
Together with co-authors David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, Sean has
written the series Yesterdays Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available
Darkness, Dark Crossings, Unicorn Western, The Beam, Namaste, Robot
Proletariat, Cursed, Greens, Space Shuttle, and Everyone Gets Divorced.
He also co-wrote the how-to indie book, Write. Publish. Repeat.
David W. Wright
David is also a cartoonist who is working on a children's book.
David blogs about writing and stuff he likes at his personal blog, and about his books at Collective Inkwell.
He lives on the east coast with his wife, seven-year old son, and the world's most poopingest cat.
Strong language: None
Violence: Some, graphic
Sexual content: negligible
The authors gave out a free copy of season one of this serial in their newsletter as an apology for messing up details in the previous letter. I decided to read and review this. Despite having the entire first series, 6 episodes, at once in front of me, I will stick to no more than one a week the same as they are initially released in America.
You can find links to all of my review of the series at the Available Darkness Archive
Just like the last episode, this one is set in the past again. This time, however, things have moved on slightly and danger is at the door once more. John realises his only way to protect his life and the ones he loves is to go on the run. But it could never be that easy, it seems to protect them he may just have to break them in the process.
The FBI agent in this episode showed far more human traits of frustration and anger when he couldn’t get the clues to solve the hideous murders occurring in the country. His story arc in this episode was enormous, the change in him and the knowledge I gained possibly make him into one of my favourite characters. He showed compassion, violence, grief, anger and fear in a very real cycle as his world spun out of control. His background was also opened up much more. For the first time I felt sorry for him, rather than apathetic or sharing a very vague irritation with him.
This episode shared much more of John’s world of the supernatural. More characters came into play, as well as more knowledge of what the world around them held. I look forward to seeing this play out more.
Despite all the emotion, the action was once again full on. There was a mixture of arguments, car runs and fights. I think John’s partners reactions were the most realistic, as she realised she lived with a vampire… Or was he a lunatic? If you’re not a character in twilight, can you really just accept “I’m vampire, of sorts,”? he said. The cold, serious expression on his face sent a chill down her spine.
Well, I’ll let Hope answer that one for you: Holy shit, he IS crazy. I’m in love with a crazy person.
The end of the episode jumps back to the present, just before the start of the first episode as far as I can tell the timeline. John is a very changed man, he’s lost a lot in the intervening time. Yet, he finds himself facing an old adversary, and a deadly ultimatum.
In true fashion for these writers they’ve once again left me on a cliffhanger and I’m dying to read more.
while this episode was still set in the past, like the previous episode, the theme was closer to the first episodes in the series. There was more action, and I felt that many of the plot threads finally started to weave together so I have an idea where the story is going.
This episode also had some really emotional elements, something I’ve been looking for in some of the episodes.
I give this episode a good 4.5, adjusted to a four for reviewing sites