Marcel Dekrey, angel of The Lord and nine-hundred year old vampire, is a double agent in service to The Most High God. Marcel is charged with a clear mandate; observe and report to the heavenly host events as they unfold in the dangerous world of anomalies--vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, demonic creatures, and variations of each--which exists within our own, and intercede if and when necessity demands.
Necessity does indeed demand when Marcel learns a recent attack against him was orchestrated by his ancient enemy, Stefano the Gouge. The assault is part of his enemy??s plan to use Marcel's duel nature to enact a ritual derived from a powerful artifact which has been in the possession of the human military since the end of World War II; The Book of the Dead.
This ritual will reprise the devil's first fall from grace when one-third of all the angels followed him to the pit, ushering in a new demonic world order and humanity's final day. Marcel must use his skill in swordsmanship and hand to hand combat, honed to their most ardent degree in nine hundred years of unlife, to stop Stefano before The Heavenly Host descends to Earth to carry out God's will and puts an end to reality itself.
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Reviewed by Shirlthepearl
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 03 September, 2016
The author takes the reader beyond reality, especially with all the anomalies we have all heard about and thought of as fantasy. (Werewolves, vampires, witches, demonic creatures, ghosts, etc.) But in another reality they were here before the beginning of time, the demons that God banished from heaven now disguised and living among us in another dimension. It made me think, does the author know something that we don’t know. This is a must read book that challenges your senses and makes you go--- hmmm, what if----. There is a lot of violence for sure, but if you read the book you will see that Marcel Dekrey is an angel of The Lord disguised as a nine-hundred year old vampire who is sent by The Lord to save the earth and mankind from destruction. A war of this magnitude would need a strong and forceful leader, with all the skills needed to prevent the destruction of the world. When you read this book you won’t want to put it down, it makes you think of things that may be in another reality. I gave this book 5 stars because the author takes you there!!
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 04 June, 2016
A war involving angels, vampires, werewolves, and more is unleashed on the supernatural world in this urban fantasy debut.
To his fellow vampires, 900-year-old Marcel Dekrey might seem to be relatively normal. In actuality, however, Marcel is an undercover angel, working as a spy for God. He lives under the guise of a vampire in order to report back to God and the other angels the happenings in the supernatural realm that exists under the noses of most people and involves beings such as vampires, wizards, werewolves, lycans (werewolves who gain their powers by choice and are able to change back and forth at will), zombies, wraiths, and more. Meanwhile, an evil, powerful vampire called Stefano the Gouge plans on taking over the world with his lycan army (“Stefano always had an affinity for the ferals—especially the lycans. They were strong and loyal, traits he admired greatly. They seemed to share his appreciation for boldness and ferocity”). He knows the key to victory is to repossess the Necronomicron, the ancient Book of the Dead, which includes a spell to defeat angels. The U.S. government, which seized the book from the Nazis during World War II, conceals the treasure at Area 51, where Gen. Richard Massey investigates rumblings regarding a supernatural plot to steal it. The novel brims with a number of imaginative ideas and creatively fleshed-out historical back stories for the assorted immortal characters. There’s something admirably audacious about the number of seemingly disparate elements woven together here, from religious mythology to horror to even astrophysics...A dense novel filled with excellent elements...
Reviewed by Diane Donovan
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 04 June, 2016
When an Army Sergeant begins raving about devils, angels, God and apocalypse during an interview about events that transpired around 'cleaning house' during a surprise party for GAIA, that's unusual enough: but the interviews of witness involve over ninety individuals who all say the same, impossible things have happened. What's going on?
Vengeance Obtained creates an unusual kind of apocalyptic scenario and Judgment Day in which a quantum computer, aliens and vampires, and proof of all manner of magical beings from legend erupt and threaten to change the world.
As the military probes further, events leading back to Nazi times reveal the evolution of a series of apocalyptic events that have gone largely undetected by mankind. Nazi attempts to raise evil have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams ("To my horror, I could see the creatures ripping open the chests of some of the soldiers and entering them, wearing them like suits, while the terrified soldiers were somehow still alive. The worn ones then began to attack the soldiers that were still themselves. They now had to deal with the krauts as well as these creatures."), and a book made of flesh seems to be the key to raising this army of supernatural forces.
In any scenario of dark forces there are also conveyers of light, and such a benevolent force is Marcel Dekrey: "I am an angel of the Lord, who has been charged by God to observe and report the day-to-day occurrences in this treacherous world of vampires, werewolves, wizards, witches, and many other supernatural beings."
How a nine-hundred-year-old night- and day-walker who leads a clan of varied forces against the darkness can make an impact in what is to come is only one facet of a story line that will delight readers who enjoy a blend of military encounters and a very different breed of vampires, werewolves, and creatures who, until now, have managed to coexist largely secreted away from humanity.
Insights on reality, supernatural battles, and a different interpretation of Judgment Day are nicely portrayed ("You cease to exist, because you are no longer recognized by reality. Those who may have known you previously will eventually lose their memory of you, as your place in existence has been lost.") and action heats up from the initial military report and doesn't let go. Readers enter a battlefield where manmade monstrosities designed to eliminate supernaturals turn on their makers, where first contact between humanity and these disparate forces is made only on the eve of humanity's elimination, and where gifts from God come from strange places and assume even stranger countenances: "They seemed to be getting a handle on the situation, and Turk knew that it wasn't the weapons. It was the faith. The thing with his hand had worked two more times since the first, and it seemed to be getting easier to use the more he tried. It was the faith."
Readers of Vengeance Obtained will have to accept a good number of violent encounters and descriptions, discussions of God, faith, and darkness and light forces. They should harbor a penchant for supernatural and vampire themes that run through a winding story line that deftly moves between good and evil and blurs the lines of who occupies which side.
Eric M. Gore's Judgment Day story has roots in Biblical tradition but takes its scenarios far beyond the Good Book, injecting a good degree of urban fantasy into the mix. From the foundations of faith and belief to God's role in what looks to be an unholy evolution of forces on both sides, Vengeance Obtained is recommended reading for any who would take Christian horror and urban fantasy one step further than most in a series of clashes and revelations about the real meanings of faith, good and evil forces, and survival.