Monday, 13 August 2012

Book Review - Celebrity Blood - by Nathalie Suteau (Translated by Amy Conley)

 Are you growing weary of the same old "Wham! Bam! Fang you Ma'am!" type of Vampire plot lines currently on offer? Looking for a Vampire book with a little more intellectual bite? 
Then allow me to introduce Celebrity Blood by Nathalie Suteau. 
The original French version published in 2005 under the title of Les Fauche-Mort, has now been translated into English by Amy Conley and is available across all platforms.
It  pre-dates the Twilight and True Blood series and as a result, sets its own parameters within the modern world of journalism, computer hacking, banking and the movie industry.
The story is told from two points of view. The first is in the form of Julie's journal and the second, from that of Milo (the narrator). Julie is bored with her job in a bank and Milo is an Italian student with a history of computer hacking. 

They first meet at the airport, en-route to London. From here, the tale travels the Globe, unfolding into a intricate web of intrigue, conspiracy, manipulation, computer hacking, murder and (strangely enough) evolution, that surrounds Hollywood movie star Stuart Shelby.

It appears to have translated well with the possible exception of the ranks used by the investigating police force. That said, I thought it was well written with three dimensional plots and believable characters.  
Celebrity Blood is definitely worth reading.

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