Dormer's Awakening

Fiction - Horror
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 07/08/2015
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Author Biography

Drew Clarke is a native of Richmond, Virginia and currently lives with his wife in Hanover County, Virginia. He has also lived in Norfolk, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and Tampa, Florida. Forced to retire due to health issues, Drew finally had the time to write the novel he had been itching to write since he was a teenager. Before retirement, Drew was a golf professional and certified master golf club maker and repairer, an automotive retail executive, and a technical writing and editing consultant. Drew is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a B.A. in English with a Spanish minor.

Drew has published two small-scale works to date. The first was a hole-by-hole strategy guide to the golf courses at Saddlebrook Resort published by Saddlebrook Resort, Inc. in 1998. The guide is no longer in circulation. The second item was a self-published book about automotive retailing best practices copyrighted in 2005 and sold to other automotive retailers in the state of Virginia. That book is also no longer in circulation.

Drew is a member of the James River Writers Association

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Dormer's Awakening is a paranormal thriller written by Drew Clarke. David Dormer is a security consultant for hire, and his clientele is generally not the type of person he would want to have anywhere around him or near the general public. His most recent assignment is with a corrupt policeman, Peter McGowan, who is setting rival drug lords against each other in anticipation of reaping the profits from the job. McGowan's most recent dubious alliance is with the infamous MS-13 gang. Dormer's got his own reasons for getting close to them; he's got his sights set on Mateo Calderon, whose nickname 'death in motion' is well earned. Dormer doesn't need the money he earns with his consulting work. Over the centuries, he's amassed fortunes. He's more concerned with maintaining the balance of good and evil -- at least as much as one undead warrior can manage.

Drew Clarke's noir paranormal thriller, Dormer's Awakening, is exciting, original and fast-paced. His hero, the enigmatic David Dormer, is a complex and complicated character whose propensity to twist a finger off a recalcitrant villain is countered by his philanthropy and an ingrained sense of honor and justice. Clarke gives his undead hero dimension and depth, and I particularly enjoyed reading about Dormer's history. The book's settings are inspired, especially Dormer's family estate in Virginia and the hunting lodge on Afognak Island, Alaska. Dormer's Awakening is not just another vampire story; it's really much more than that. While there are definitely elements of urban fantasy in the plot, David Dormer stands out as an iconic noir anti-hero who is all too aware of the darkness surrounding him. I'm hoping to see more of him in future stories. Dormer's Awakening is highly recommended.