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Scott G. Mariani

Scott G. Mariani

A new war is dawning…For millennia, the vampires walked the earth undetected, feasting on humans in keeping with ancient tradition.In the Information Age, vampires realised they must be more careful to avoid detection. In the late 20th century they created the global Vampire Federation to police vampire activity, with special agents like Alex Bishop authorised to hunt down her own kind who break the laws. The old traditions are history.But not all vampires bow down to Federation rule. When rebel vampire Gabriel Stone declares war against them, Alex and her team are plunged into danger.Police inspector Joel Solomon, haunted by a secret terror of vampires, discovers a series of corpses left behind by Stone's bloodthirsty gang. As he and Alex are drawn together in an unlikely alliance between human and vampire, the race begins to destroy the evil Stone before his uprising tears their world apart.


Scott G. Mariani

Dedication (#ulink_e93a7cb3-3e67-51f1-9634-3cb48625e6fd)

for Lisa

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SINCE THE DAWN of civilisation, vampires preyed on human beings, drank their blood and regarded them contemptuously as an inferior species, a mere disposable resource. For aeons, the vampires ruled.

But things have changed. With the birth of the modern age and the explosion in human telecommunications and surveillance technology, many vampires realised that they could no longer carry on the old ways. Something needed to be done if the ancient culture was to survive.

In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the World Vampire Federation was founded to control and oversee the activities of the vampire community. No longer would vampires prey unrestricted on human beings and turn them into creatures like themselves. New biotechnologies enabled the Undead to walk in daylight, living among us, in our cities, our streets. Strict laws were imposed to control vampire activity and allow their community to carry on. Quietly. Unnoticed. Undisturbed.

These laws were enforced by the Federation’s Vampire Intelligence Agency, or VIA, with a licence granted by the Ruling Council to hunt and destroy transgressors.

But not all the vampires were willing to obey…


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Prologue (#uda564dd7-9c98-5fae-be4e-6546dd0a21b3)

Chapter One (#u76811b46-2e37-5728-87a2-eb5fb396b6b8)

Chapter Two (#u69341065-1856-5664-989f-928ba03a3a5b)

Chapter Three (#u939415f3-24e7-5847-b8a1-2ce6468bc8a8)

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Chapter Ten (#u4f319c74-fe76-5fd7-80a1-8dead0ca834a)

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Chapter Twelve (#u49e9d788-3303-52d8-87a6-a7669a199242)

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Chapter Twenty (#uc8edb428-565c-5337-b48c-b6aaf246d793)

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