Skarlet

  • Title: Skarlet
  • Author: Thomas Emson
  • ISBN: 9781905005987
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Skarlet Fear grips London as dozens of clubbers die after taking a sinister new drug Forty eight hours later the dead clubbers wake up and it s open season on the living who are butchered for their blood Lo
    Fear grips London as dozens of clubbers die after taking a sinister new drug Forty eight hours later, the dead clubbers wake up and it s open season on the living, who are butchered for their blood London gives a name to its terror VAMPIRES But the vampire plague unleashed in London is nothing to what lurks beneath the streets.

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    About Thomas Emson


    1. Thomas Emson is a British horror author He has written eight novels, all published by Snowbooks in the UK They include Maneater, Skarlet, and Zombie Brittanica His Jack The Ripper novel Pariah was published by Tantor Media in the U.S.His collection of stories The Trees And Other Stories was published on Kindle and CreateSpace He has also written How To Write A Novel In 6 Months, a how to guide for would be novelists, which is available on.He is represented by Mariam Keen at the Whispering Buffalo Literary Agency.


    344 Comments


    1. I really couldnt get into this

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    2. Jake Lawton is a bouncer at a London club's goth night where nearly thirty people die of a drug overdose--one of them his ex-girlfriend. Not long later they all rise from the dead and begin a killing rampage, draining the blood from everyone they come in contact with. People refuse to believe it, but many call them vampires.The drug Skarlet is the culprit and Jake is being framed for selling it to the clubbers. He's on a mission to clear his name, but as people rise from the dead and chaos ensue [...]

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    3. Altra noia, ormai ho capito che gli urban fantasy, o come si chiamano, non fanno più per me.Solita storia, c'è una droga che trasforma in vampiri o roba simile, violenza, night club eccAbbandonato verso pagina 150, non l'ho retto più.

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    4. The real shame with this book, is it would probably merit four stars from me if only he'd hired an editor! The story itself is actually pretty good, the basic telling of it fine. But without an editor, the actual writing is so painfully clunky, something that should be a nice easy read, frankly became quite a chore.Of particular note, he said/she said for every single piece of dialogue. Every. Single. Piece. Too much information made attempts to convey sub culture or national culture clumsy and [...]

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    5. I took a chance on this book when I found out the audio was narrated by Arthur Darvill, who is a great performer, and hopefully will continue on with the series. This is the first in a “Vampire Trinity”, but unlike some of the more recent take on vampires, these are definitely “bad-guys”. They smell like death and decay, and only crave blood. There is no good or moral vampire in this story. It’s a straight up action book, and I like how it jumps perspectives to give a broader account o [...]

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    6. Thomas Emson is an extremely exciting author whom I happened to stubble upon at Waterstones and have to admit, I am in awe of the man. I picked up his book and thought I would give it a try and have to say, I couldn't put it down from page 1 through the end. I read it within two days because I couldn't stop.Skarlet is an exciting book with a unique take on Vampires and the mythos surrounding it. The characters are well rounded and the plot keeps driving forward at a 100mph to its wonderful concl [...]

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    7. More solid entertainment from Emson. For the first two thirds, it's an intriguing horror. The final third, building to the dramatic face off, is fairly predictable, but it's sufficiently well delivered that I could enjoy it anyway. I like my vampires the way Emson plays them here, as savage beasts rather than impotent intellectuals, and the nightclub set up is a neat way into the well played origins of his bloodsuckers. Not quite on a par with Maneater for me, but never less than enjoyable. It's [...]

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    8. OK vampire novel in the Blade/Underworld vein. Interestingly, had this been a stand-alone book, I might have checked out the author's other stuff, but won't probably have time for the rest of the series. All London books are always interesting, though, no matter what the genre.

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    9. Omg loved it kept me grip I didn't ant to put down for to long inly downside was chapters was very short x

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    10. You may also read my review here: mybookishways/2012/11/Jake Lawton, back home in England in ’08, 2 years after fighting in the Iraq War, is passing the time (and collecting a regular paycheck) as a doorman at a nightclub called Religion. On a night when the “vampires” come out in force, goths and sanguinarians (blood drinkers) alike, he’s frustrated that the club manager has let a known drug dealer back into the club after being banned for life. There’s really nothing Jake can do, but [...]

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    11. One of my first horror novels to read and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t a full blown horror, in my eyes, it was an eery low key horror that gave me creepy nightmares lo.Jake Lawton is an ex-soldier from Iraq who has been dismissed on unlawful grounds, but they (the government/ MD) needed to make him a scapegoat, showing the society that they don’t take lightly to ‘murdering’ innocent civilians in a country that they are trying to instil peace into. He’s despondent – society has shun [...]

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    12. This book was gritty and contemporary to say the least. It had no fluff, no prettiness about it and it blurted out to anyone in bold letters 'if you don't like it, TOUGH'. It's not for the faint hearted. For those who want happy endings and fluffy, puppy-love romances, skip away now. It's real, it's scary and not to be messed with.Thomas Emson is a brilliant writer who makes other vampire and werewolf novels look like baby books in comparison. I liked the idea that the vampire virus was harnesse [...]

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    13. THE BLURB:Fear grips London as dozens of clubbers die after taking a sinister new drug.But that's only the beginning. 48 hours later, the dead clubbers wake up - and it's open season on the living, who are butchered for their blood.Soon, London gives a name to its terror: Vampires.Jake Lawton, bitter and betrayed after the Iraq War, finds himself fighting another battle - against the growing army of immortal hunters and their human cohorts. Lawton joins forces with the journalist who brought abo [...]

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    14. In tutta onestà mi aspettavo di più da questo libro. E’ freddo, impersonale, non ti lascia nulla. C’è tanta azione e un ritmo narrativo che mira a tenerti con il fiato sospeso, eppure nel leggerlo mi sono ritrovata spesso a pensare ad altro, mi sono distratta e questo significa che non mi ha coinvolto. Non mi ha catturato perché prevedibile negli eventi e con personaggi troppo stereotipati. Insomma c’è una trama che potrebbe funzionare, ma non c’è l’anima. Sembra scritto seguendo [...]

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    15. Let's start with one likely hero: Jake Lawton, an Iraqi war vet recognized as a great leader by all who followed him when he was in the Army. Next, we'll give him the a team of people LEAST LIKELY to follow him:- The reporter instrumental in getting him unfairly branded a war criminal- The drug dealer who dated his ex-girlfriend while he was in Iraq- An academic never out of the ivory towerAnd those four are teaming up to save the world against a conspiracy dating back to Alexander the Great and [...]

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    16. 4 Stars*this is an advanced readers copy*Jake Lawton, an angry ex-Soldier accused of a horrible war crime, finds himself the target of false accusations again when a new drug, Skarlet, being distributed kills its users. When those killed rise up and bring terror to London the myth of vampires becomes reality. When it seems that all hope is lost for humanity Jake teams up with his foes, not to prove his innocence, but to put a stop to those who are behind the evil and to save the lives of the peo [...]

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    17. Back again with another review this time this book was a ARC given to me in a giveaway of Skarlet by Thomas Emson. I am going to give this book a honest review because all books need those honest reviews. The premise of the story sounded intriguing so, I went into the novel wanting to find out the juicy secret lying within. The structure of the book is broken into five parts with over a hundred chapters with just under four hundred pages which means a chapter a page. However the structure was t [...]

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    18. Review originally posted on my blog:quirkyandpeculiar.wordpress.cStarting off with the storyline, which was really weird but in a good way. I found myself really enjoying the weird progression of the story-people take a pill and die but come back to life as a vampire. It was pretty different from the generic vampire stories that you hear about all the time and I liked that.I also really enjoyed the characters themselves. I mean the relationships between Lithgow and Lawton were hilarious. There w [...]

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    19. Not being much of a horror fan myself, nonetheless something about Skarlet drew me. Boy, am I glad I took a chance.At first I wasn't sure about Skarlet, but about 50 pages in, the characters started speaking to me. Jake Lawton, bitter ex-soldier, got to me first. Then Sassie, female Indiana Jones, with her odd bravery. Murray, a journalist who only cares about the story, but in the end discovers what's truly important to her. And you can't forget Fraser Lithgow, the drug dealer with the heart of [...]

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    20. Il libro di Emson è una boccata d'ossigeno, dopo l'invasione di vampiri belli, buoni e profumati che ha colpito le nostre librerie. Ho apprezzato in particolare l'idea di un vampirismo trasmesso attraverso una partita di ecstasy tagliata male e diffusa proprio attraverso le feste dei "real vampires". Il ritmo della narrazione è incalzante e distribuito su più piani temporali e locali e ricorda Stephen King per come sono sviluppati alcuni scenari secondari di vittime e personaggi di minor rile [...]

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    21. If I remember correctly, only one character in a book containing quite a lot of deaths didn't pee themselves upon demise. I mean, yeah, it's a fairly common thing for the bladder to give up with the rest of the body, but sixteen deaths in, I sort of get the picture.That's just an irritating detail, though. Apart from semi-interesting vampire mythology, I honestly can't think of anything to like about this book. The female characters are horribly written. Jake is un-likeable, his background story [...]

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    22. I liked the idea of the book-the vampires are annoyed at goths and pretend vampire wannabes dressing in capes and taking each others blood, and decide to show them what being a vampire is really like by giving them a drug that turns them. I liked the concept of this.What I didn't like were the characters. Our MC is cold, emotionless and I don't feel any connection to him.I found him pretty one dimensional. I didn't like the oily drug dealer who unknowingly hands out the deadly drug or the bitchy [...]

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    23. Thomas Emson can clearly write. He can put pen to paper, finger to keyboard and words into ears quite well. He can tell a story. And this is a big, purple vampire story fired out of an rpg. This is British story reveling in the brokenness of its characters. The disgraced hero. The plucky scholar with peace in her heart. The old flame. The loser finding his backbone. The dysfunctional reporter. It features conspiracies and ancient cults; flirtations with ancient and modern history; little departu [...]

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    24. I liked this book for the most part. I was a little annoyed by the fact that sometimes characters go by their first names and sometimes by their last names. I feel like Sassie (a professional adult that goes by 'Sassie'? Really?) was only their to provide a love interest for Jake. But it seemed so phony. And sometimes down right juvenile. I think it would have been a much better story without her. Or without the love interest part. It seems like Rabbit was brought into the story just so the auth [...]

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    25. Skarlet is about a discharged ex-military solider, Jake, who works as a bouncer for a local club in London, who gets involved in a mass killing by a new drug on the street with mysterious ties to a Vampire group. The story is told in short episodic chapters that are reminiscent of a television show, short scenes jumping from character to character and to the past. The characters are minimally developed relying on stereotype of ex-military soldier, reporter, and academic. I don't think this would [...]

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    26. reasonably well written with a fairly good plot line. characters not really very deep and it didn't engage me overly, but it didn't bore me either. With a book set in a contemporary time and location you want to feel like it could happen but I never did. Obviously it's fantasy but I want to feel part of the action and it just wasn't real enough to grip me. The ending didn't give any sense of closure which I want - yes I know it's part of a set but that should not be an excuse for leaving the sto [...]

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    27. If you've ever read Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain trilogy this book will feel oddly familiar. The similarities between the two are uncanny, right down to similar origins of the vampires, character names, writing style, and general plot elements. My advice, read The Strain. It's better written, and the author doesn't make nearly as many references to urine, or "pee" as Emson is so fond of calling it.In closing, bad writing, plot holes, and poor pacing earned this book one star. [...]

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    28. Il libro di Emson è una boccata d'ossigeno, dopo l'invasione di vampiri belli, buoni e profumati che ha colpito le nostre librerie. I vampiri di Emson non hanno nulla a che fare con quelli di Stephanie Meyer, né con il tradizionale vampiro ottocentesco codificato da Stoker: somigliano più alle creature frenetiche e animalesche di Matheson in Io sono leggenda. Ho apprezzato in particolare l'idea di un vampirismo trasmesso attraverso una partita di ecstasy tagliata male e diffusa proprio attrav [...]

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    29. This book was a really good read! It was a little slow going at first but once it picked up. It picked up with a bloody vengeance. The way the story was woven together was phenomenal it will have you flipping back to parts you already read to double check something. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the untraditional vampire story but it is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of graphic violence and swearing but it makes the book. I can not wait for the other two t [...]

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    30. Preso in offertissima al centro commerciale, questo libro si �� rivelato una piacevole sorpresa.Un gruppo di fanatici cerca di far risorgere una trinit�� di antichi vampiri e semina un'epidemia di vampirismo a Londra.A cercare di salvare l'umanit�� resta solo uno sparuto e improbabile gruppo di persone molto diverse tra loro.Non originalissimo, ma si legge con piacere e non annoia.

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