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April 11 , 2010

True Immortality


The vampire has been on a centuries-long pilgrimage, searching for its birthplace. There, it hopes to create a true immortal in its image, a blood-drinker with immeasurable power. Opposing the vampire are the human Hunter and Oracle, one gifted with the humanity and resilience, and the other with the knowledge and power to resist a monster older than the pyramids. Millennia ago, the Hunter and Oracle defeated the vampire. Two generations ago, Jonah Daniels sacrificed his life to put the vampire in the ground for over a hundred years. He thought his journal destroyed, and with it, the only clue to the whereabouts of the vampire’s destination. He was wrong. Now, Harper Daniels and Mary are struggling to stay one step ahead of an opponent that has already chosen an heir to receive the ultimate sacrament. What better way to repay the original Hunter’s victory than by transforming the inheritor of his title into a blood-drinker? True Immortality recasts the vampire in its original role: humankind’s perfect and undying predator. Set in Italy, Alaska, New York, and the Tierra del Fuego, the novel follows Harper’s tragic effort to stand against a fate orchestrated before his birth. The harder he struggles to defend his humanity and protect Mary, the deeper he plunges into the malignant power that will change him forever.
Mary had buried her mother's teachings in her mind, choosing a normal life over the legacy of her responsibility as the heir to her mother's power. But her destiny was never far behind, and her marriage into the Daniels family entwined her life into the ancient conflict between the vampire and its human enemies.
The vampire sends its emissary, McEvelin Roberts, to guide Harper through a nightmare gauntlet that he believes is intended to elicit the information sought by his immortal pursuer above all else. What Harper doesn’t know is that the vampire has already chosen him to receive the final sacrament. The only question is: will he be able to preserve his humanity long enough to defeat the Vampire, or will his ultimate acceptance of its power turn him into a true immortal?
When the vampire's destination is revealed at last, the endgame begins. The Changed Ones converge on the Tierra del Fuego, circling around Harper and Mary as they prepare to strike the vampire during the only moment it will be vulnerable. The blood-drinker has already planned every move well in advance of its quarry, so that when the time comes the two trials vital to the completion of the ritual will be performed with the free will they require: Harper must drink the blood of the Oracle, the woman he loves and would sacrifice himself for. He must also drink directly from the source, the vampire itself, in the moment of his last human choice: either he accepts the power that will offer him the only chance to save the Oracle, or allow his every sacrifice to come to nothing.
Harper’s love drives him, his defiance betrays him, and with every effort to challenge his enemy, he succeeds only in giving in to the blood-drinker’s power. Can Mary remember her mother's teachings in time? Can Harper withstand the temptation to fight fire with fire? It will all come down to a choice made on the battlefield of Harper's mind.

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