Laura Caxton just wanted to get back to being a state trooper after her intense vampire battle alongside US Marshal Jameson Arkeley. But when a tomb filled with 100 vampire coffins is discovered under the Gettysburg Battlefied, Laura is drawn into what is sure to become an all out vampire war.
99 Coffins is the second book in the Laura Caxton series. Just like with the first novel, 13 Bullets, you will not find any hunky vampires involved in teenage drama. The vampires in Wellington's novels are pure evil. They are very much monster-like, shedding their resemblance to humans once they are converted.
The story is told both from the point of view of Caxton as well as a series of letters and journals dating back to Civil War times. These documents tell the story of a troop of vampires that were used to turn the war for the North at the battle of Gettysburg. These troops were promised to be converted back to human once a cure was found. They were secreted away in a tomb under the battlefield and then promptly forgotten by their commanders.
Wellington uses both horrific scenes of violence and psychological suspense to terrify the reader. This is not a book for the timid. Expect a gory, violent novel with a pretty high body count. Most books of this type feature an alpha male as the lead. This one has an alpha female. Do not be fooled, though, Laura Caxton is a badass. The adrenalin ran high as I read this one.
I can strongly recommend this one to horror fans. 13 Bullets is not necessarily a requirement before reading this one, but you should read it, it is a great book as well.
David Wellington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received an MFA in creative writing from Penn State and a masters in Library Science from the Pratt Institute. Wellington's novels deal with vampires, werewolves, and monsters. His newest book, 32 Fangs, is scheduled to be published in 2011.
99 Coffins by David Wellington
Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: December, 2007