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Paranormal Thriller Review: Earth Thirst by Mark Teppo

Earth Thirst by Mark Teppo (The Arcadian Conflict #1)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
The Earth is dying. Humanity—over-breeding, over-consuming—is destroying the very planet they call home. Multinational corporations despoil the environment, market genetically modified crops to control the food supply, and use their wealth and influence and private armies to crush anything, and anyone, that gets in the way of their profits. Nothing human can stop them.

But something unhuman might.

Once they did not fear the sun. Once they could breathe the air and sleep where they chose. But now they can rest only within the uncontaminated soil of Mother Earth—and the time has come for them to fight back against the ruthless corporations that threaten their immortal existence.

They are the last guardians of paradise, more than human but less than angels. They call themselves the Arcadians.


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 8.5/10

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The closest I can compare Mark Teppo's writing style is Christopher Pike. He writes this refreshing mix of horror/paranormal thriller with almost brusque, military style and dizzying pace. I have to say, I really liked it once I got into it.



Teppo's vampires reminded me of Feehan's Dark Carpathians in one aspect - they live of the earth, it rejuvenates and heals them, but the more humans poison the planet the more difficult for them to survive - pollution, pesticides, various poisonous fluids and everything else that comes with technological "advance" kills them slowly but surely.

The vampires belong to Earth and communicate with it. They call themselves Arcadians and are known across the world as a radical eco-terrorist group.

We meet Silas first on a boat close to Japan while he and his fellow Arcadians observe a human eco group trying to stop Japanese corporation from whaling.  On the same boat Silas notices an infamous independent journalist, Mere, whose life he once saved, and with whose fearlessness he became fascinated. Seeing Mere, Silas understand that there is some deep game, some unknown conspiracy involved if she investigates it, but what it is he only starts to find out later when he is on his own, injured, in the middle of toxic sea...

This book is full of conspiracies, global pharmaceutical corporations, mysterious human organisation working on creating weapons against Arcadians, genetic research and very gory fights.

Great strength of Earth Thirst is its original view on vampires, and its exotic locations from Easter Island to various countries in South America. It's a dizzying, puzzling, fast, action-packed and overall very exciting book. Recommended to all fans of Christopher Pike.

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Очень пришлась по вкусу книга несмотря на то, что привыкла к авторскому стилю только через несколько глав. Стиль Марка Тэппо очень поход на стиль Кристофера Пайка, так что если вам нравится последний, велика вероятность что понравится и первый.

Вампиры Жажды Земли похожи на Тёмных Карпатцев Кристины Фихан в одном аспекте - чтобы выжить и регенерировать свои клетки им необходима чистая,не загрязнённая химикатами и всяческими ядовитыми отходами земля.

Силас - главный герой,  один из старейших вампиров, называющий себя Аркадцем - воином Земли, с очень дырявой памятью, так как каждый раз когда он возвращается в Землю, она забирает часть его болезненных воспоминаний. Аркадцев по всему миру знают как радикальную эко-террористическую группу, и впервые мы знакомимся с Силасом на лодке в море неподалёку от Японии, следящим за человеческой экологической группой, которая пытается остановить японскую корпорацию, охотящуюся за китами.

На лодке Силас встречает независимую журналистку, Мер, жизнь которой он спас несколько лет назад, и понимает, что раз она копается в таком простом экологическом акте, значит не всё так просто.

Только когда он остаётся в одиночке посреди токсичного для него моря, Силас начинает своё собственное расследование в махинации фармацевтических корпораций, таинственных груп, пытающихся создать оружие против аркадцев и предательств внутри самой Аркадии.

Мер и Силас проносятся галопом по куче экзотических мест, начиная с острова Пасхи и заканчивая рядом стран в Южной Америке, и среди кровавых схваток и интриг, Силас начинает понемного осознавать правду о самом себе - ему лгали на протяжение многих веков, и правда таится в его исчезнувших воспоминаниях.

Классный, полный экшна, захватывающий паранормальный триллер. Всё довольно жёстко, быстро и сухо описано, но очень интригует. Советую!
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