Get A Copy. Published first published August 2nd More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Underwood and Flinch , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Apr 22, Joseph Carson rated it it was amazing. Mike Bennett is in a class all of his own. Brilliant work. Jan 18, Randolph rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , horror. It's and Lord Underwood has risen from the grave in Spain after 50 years.
Alcoholic former medic David Flinch is poised, however reluctantly, to take his familial place as mortal guardian to Lord Underwood. But wait, Lord Underwood must feed of course and how to dispose of all those bodies, or do we really need to? And what about the Sect and David's sister who desperately wants Lord Underwood to turn her into a vampire? Then there are all those pesky Russian mobsters looking to avenge a mu It's and Lord Underwood has risen from the grave in Spain after 50 years.
Then there are all those pesky Russian mobsters looking to avenge a murder, and the English pub owners who thought they were hidden from them. Pirates real ones , Nazis, werewolves, white slavery, and nosy detectives too. Are you sick of wimpy sparkly vampire romance stories? Check out the treats in Mike Bennett's Hall of Mirrors or what Dusty and Gaz have in store for you over at One Among the Sleepless if you are still skeptical of how good this can be.
View 1 comment. Mar 05, Kimberley rated it it was amazing Shelves: one-of-my-favs-to-read-over-and-ove , podiobook. Mike Bennett is a very talented author and a superb story teller, he knows how to bring his characters to life and he does it exceptionally well, you feel that you know them as real people, their joy will make you smile with them and you will feel their fear and be scared with them, each chapter had me begging for more. As well as being a well written story the book is also well researched, little details that others will fabricate Mike has taken time to ensure that his are real if they exist in the real world , for me this only added the icing on the cake.
Jan 16, Chibineko rated it really liked it Shelves: great-narrator. It took me a while to get through all of the podcasts for this, partially because I was occasionally swayed by other podiobooks and music. I have to say that the one thing that was consistent throughout the book was Bennett's narration.
It's incredibly professional and polished and I think that people would be hard pressed to find many podiobooks out there that are this well done. The story here is pretty well done as well. I like that Bennett tried to create a vampire that isn't the broody, emo It took me a while to get through all of the podcasts for this, partially because I was occasionally swayed by other podiobooks and music. I like that Bennett tried to create a vampire that isn't the broody, emo dark prince looking for his princess, and he succeeded in that.
Underwood does have a bit of the broody sense to him, but for the most part he's a selfish bastard that is only out to preserve his own hide. He has his own set of morals and while he does try to be a gentleman, that only extends as far as what he considers to be right or wrong. A great example of this slight spoiler would be when Underwood discovers that the strip bar that he and David have entered is full of victims of human trafficking For him it just means that he'd have been able to get an easier meal and he's condescending towards David's outrage over the situation.
This makes for a nice change over the usual vampire story, because it makes sense that someone would overlook suffering and condone violence when they've lived that long. I do have a few quibbles. The first is that at several points we have a bit of an "about-face-turn" on some issues that just doesn't feel quite genuine. You'll likely know what they are when you see them and I don't want to list them here because they're major spoilers. It's not a complete , but it's enough of one to where I did raise an eyebrow. The second issue I had is that Bennett packs a lot into the story and while this does lend itself extremely well to an episodic podcast format, I don't know how well this would translate into a written book.
I'm aware that the full podcast was split into two books, so I'm sure that this helped that issue for those who read it, but I would definitely recommend that people experience this via podcast as opposed to book only. Purchase the book and give Bennett your money as I do believe that he deserves some financial rewards, but the podiobook version is the way to go. All in all, this was still an excellent listen.
It wasn't perfect-perfect, but it was definitely something I'd recommend to anyone looking for something a bit out of the norm from your typical vampire read. It's good enough that I know I'll check out Bennett's future works, that's for certain. Jul 22, Isis rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , audiobook. Lord Underwood is about to rise from his grave in after a year "sleep" in Spain.
David Flinch, a recovering alcoholic and former military paramedic, is dragged metaphorically kicking and screaming not so metaphorically from his job as an EFL teacher to take up the family tradition as guardian and servant to the vampire. His sister Lydia would rather it be her position, and frankly, David would just as soon it be hers as well.
But then Sex, violence, murder, R Lord Underwood is about to rise from his grave in after a year "sleep" in Spain. Sex, violence, murder, Russian mobsters, pirates, wolves, white slavery, incest, evil estate agents, expat pub owners, people in over their heads, a man from the s learning about smartphones and CD players It's dark humor with a very sharp bite - so to speak. The vampire is very much not a good guy - but he's not really a bad guy, either, and the tension between David's moral and ethical sensibilities, and his new job as the chap who buries the bodies, makes this story compelling.
The story is only enhanced by Bennett's magnificent and very professional production. For now Jun 19, Angi rated it it was amazing. I don't generally like vampire books as they are all about the same. But this one snagged me at chapter 1 and I have been listening non-stop. It doesn't get really loud at the end and beginning of the chapters either which I loved.
The narration of this story was really great and the english accent was of course perfect for the story! I highly recommend this book. It's right up there with Ransom Stephens and Scott Sigler as my all time faves! Nov 12, Alan Saylor rated it it was amazing. There is little I can add to what others have already said.
This is simply a great book. I don't usually like horror stories, but the quality of the narration, the marvelous accents and voices that Mr. Bennett uses for his characters, and the outstanding audio production of this podcast completely captured me. The plot and character development is rich and interesting. Just a quick warning: the language is rough in many places and there are sceans of great violence. There are also a few sceans t There is little I can add to what others have already said.
There are also a few sceans that are explicitly sexual. Aug 11, Antonio rated it it was amazing. Audio review Outstanding story, back story, nearly action packed. All of us have seen or read vampire stories. In most cases they all follow one of two story types. This one is completely different. A story of a honorable yet evil vampire lord rich in culture being lead by his line of blood servants. The characters are all well done with their own goals, desires, and quests. Never a point of confusion and the plot is flat out amazing.
Its a great listen and I'm sure an amazing read. If you enjo Audio review Outstanding story, back story, nearly action packed. If you enjoy vampires, give this one a listen, I promise its really different and will get you excited as you start to love Lord Underwood but hate him just as quickly.
Aug 16, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: podcasts. I have so much respect for these writers who work hard on their novels and then publish and podcast them for free!
It took me a bit if time to get into this one, but because of Mr Bennett's great voice work and writing, I did get attached to the story and the characters, and I was not quite ready for the story to come to an even after 45 episodes! Jun 15, Ian Davies rated it it was amazing. I'd go so far as to say that it is one of my all time favourite books of any genre. A wonderful mix of old school scares, humour, and great characterisation makes for the perfect antidote to the twinkling romantic teeny vampire stories that have raised to prominence in recent years.
The story is brilliantly narrated by the author himself and in my opinion he does a far better job than many professionals I've listened to on Audible. I think I'm now up to my 5th copy of the printed version as I keep gifting them to friends in my eagerness to introduce them to this world. Dec 07, Xavier rated it it was amazing. This I "consumed" as an audiobook. And the reading was incredible. The author takes you into a good and fresh vampire story. The main character is that "Igor", the human that protects the vampire during the day hours. But he is human so?
What needs to happen is that it is a dynasty that looks over the master. But what happens when the latest of the Flinch sons do not want the responsibility and hates the idea of being the vampire custodian? Great read. Jul 28, Guillermo rated it it was amazing. I never like giving books five stars, but listening to the podiobook has left me in awe. Mike Bennett really brings his characters to life. Apr 04, D.
Henbane rated it really liked it. There are no sparkling vampires in here. Just an epic tale of how one unfortunate man became one, and how it affected him throughout the years. The encounter not only influenced his course in life, but also an entire mortal blood line dedicated to serve their Lord Underwood. The vampire role in this novel is clearly influenced by traditional vampire literature.
I would honestly say that Mike Bennett's version rivals Bram Stokers tale. On second thought it may even surpass it. I have not read the There are no sparkling vampires in here. I have not read the physical print version, but I enjoyed the podcast in entirety. I look forward to seeing what happens in future episodes and hope Mike has a chance to complete the story.
I am dying to know how certain aspects of the plot end up. Especially with a certain pirate from the past that somehow shows up in a painting in the Lord Underwoods armory. Getting this book should not even be a question. Consider it mandatory reading if you enjoy classic vampire stories. If you are into twilight it may not tickle your romantic nickle.
Not to say there isn't plenty of romance or even deep story line drama of interconnected love triangles. There is plenty of that. It is just spun out to you in a way that makes sense in the real world. Think in a Sam Raimi vampire sense I love this book. Mike Bennett is a great author and his characters have great depth and you can feel their feelings. Mike's Underwood is a unique approach to a vampire.
Flinch is a reluctant caretake Absolutely awesome read!!! A vampire novel like no other. Mike Bennett does a great job of making the characters feel so real. A real page turner that will keep you glued to it for hours David Flinch is a recovering alcoholic that has made a decent life for himself.
He is a an english teacher and has a nice girlfriend named Lisa. David's family has a dark history which he wants to esc Mike does justice to the vampire legend. In an age of Twilight and Vampire Diaries he takes us back old Mike's humour and horror come out in this story in spades. I must admit being a supporter of this on indiegogo I own this as one personalised ebook rather than two separate books so this review is for I found this to be an interesting tale, but couldn't see the point of the apparent side story of the ex-pats and the Russians - I can only assume that it will be continued and possibly concluded in Do you like vampire of the good old vintage, and not sparkly, obtuse high-school drama blabber, but style and eloquence?
Tune in, and For anyone who is thinking of listening to this book, make sure you have a fue day's and you won't regret it. Undercut side crust. Tracy Hickman. Mark Ronson has always loved doing collabs with pop divas.
Well look no further, the Underwood and Flinch chronicles are what you should r I listened to the podcast novel. Excellent character development, plot lines and twists, incredible voice talent from the author! I highly recommend this vampire novel to everyone. He lives in Wexford, Ireland. Mike likes immersing himself in all kinds of horror and thriller stories. He also likes traditional pubs, cooking, and ventriloquism - as long as the doll's eyes don't start following him around the room.
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