Late Bite

TV Talk Show Star or Killer?

Fiction - Horror
235 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2015
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Author Biography

John Matsui worked as a journalist and corporate writer for decades but only turned to writing fiction in March 2014. Since then, he's become obsessed writing novels, screenplays and short stories, all falling within the broad spectrum of thrillers and speculative fiction, usually featuring a bit of both.
John's first novel, Late Bite received a five star review from Readers favorite. It's garnered five star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.
His second novel, Gravity Games, will be released in October 2015. It's a foodie /horror/ thriller that introduces Nathan Sherlock, a world class chef who has a nose for food and murder.
Advance readers describe it as dark and delicious.
The sequel to Late Bite, Lycanthrope Rising, a non-werewolf sequel to Late Bite, will be released in early 2016.
Ricepaper Magazine, a literary quarterly, published one of John's short ghost stories, entitled Woman In The Shadows, in its final issue of 2014. A flash fiction piece he wrote won an Ontario Writer’s Conference award in 2015.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jackie Timmons for Readers' Favorite

John Matsui's Late Bite is part courtroom drama and part vampire thriller with plenty of humor and fascinating characters. Al Hamblyn is a pudgy, down on his luck lawyer when he gets called in to do the impossible: defend an accused vampire in court. His new client, Dragul Mangorian, is a terrifying sight. Standing at 6'6" with almost translucent skin, long fangs, razor sharp fingernails, and yellow eyes, Dragul has been charged with nine counts of attempted murder plus a handful of other charges. Each of the victims were found with puncture wounds on their neck and a couple of pints of blood missing. None of them remember the circumstances surrounding their attacks. Dragul doesn't deny taking the blood, but insists that each supposed victim had consented to the donation. It is up to Al to convince the jury. The trial is a worldwide sensation, and Al and Dragul become instant superstars. Life is great for a while until more bodies start showing up. And this time they're missing more than a few pints of blood; they are totally drained.

Late Bite is a completely new take on vampires. John Matsui created a new species in Homo Sanguinus with a fascinating history and a few changes from the vampires we know. I really enjoyed his take on this species and thought the character of Dragul was perfect in his terrifying appearance paired with a smooth talking personality. Al Hamblyn is the kind of character you have to root for. Like a sad puppy, he is so pathetic that you have to love him. I found myself surprised at every turn in this story. Hearing the testimonies of the supposed victims was a shock, especially the teenager, Jonathan Beers. When more bodies started turning up, Dragul's explanation provided a whole new twist on the story. The final pages provided one more unexpected shocker that I am still trying to decide how I feel about. I completely enjoyed Late Bite and highly recommend it to anyone, vampire enthusiasts or not.

Sara Kjeldsen

Late Bite is an intelligent, fast-paced thriller that brings readers a fresh take on vampires. I enjoyed the unlikely friendship between the six-foot-six fanged Dragul, who is accused of multiple assaults, and his unassuming underdog lawyer, Al Hamblyn.
Author John Matsui weaves a page-turning tale that is part legal adventure and part spine-tingling thriller. I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the human sub-species Sanguinus (a.k.a. Vampires), as well as the epic court case where Hamblyn must defend Dragul against the very serious crime of drinking the blood from several victims. The action scenes are phenomenal. The characters are all original.
The final chapters of this eerie story will probably give you the chills. The ending is nothing short of surprising.
This would definitely make a great mini-series for Television!