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To Touch The Sun

I love a good vampire story as much as the next guy. In fact, they are one of my favorite sub genres-spanning the gauntlet from horror, to dark fantasy, to romance even. Whether it be films such as Blade, Underworld, Interview With The Vampire, or even Bram Stoker's Dracula-I find them all fascinating and wildly entertaining.

In literature, I have read many short stories featuring vampires. Recently, I have even started to dabble in the Stephen King graphic novels American Vampire. As far as full fledged novels go, those that I have read are much fewer. Pandora by Anne Rice was one of my favorites. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well written and engrossing our very own Joleene Naylor's Shades of Gray was.

So, it was with some trepidation that I endeavored to read To Touch The Sun. This will mark my third book that I have reviewed for Dagda Publishing. It was actually sent to me by Dagda in the same email as All Hail The New Flesh.

Surprisingly, To Touch The Sun turned out to be a real charmer. The main character, Narain Kahn, is very well developed and the reader will have instant sympathy for his plight. Though already a vampire at the beginning of the story, we soon find out Narain's origins from India, as well as his love for cooking. The very idea of a vampire becoming a well renowned chef brought a smile to my face.

Cassie, the female lead character, befriends our burgeoning culinary master. As it turns out, she is not at all distraught over Narain's condition as one of the undead. In fact, she is a blood scientist and relative to one of Narain's human friends from many years ago. 

No story would be complete without a villain and Reg Jameson fits that role rather insidiously in To Touch The Sun. The back story of how Narain and Reg came to know each other before either one was transformed into creatures of the night, was perhaps my favorite part of this story and best left for you to discover on your own.

Although some aspects of romance come into play, To Touch The Sun is definitely no Twilight by any means. The reader will be treated to bouts of violence in sudden and abrupt bursts. The reality of the condition of vampirism undoubtedly dictates the need for blood and Enright does not disappoint. Other aspects of this story that gives it a slight uniqueness in the sub genre is the concept of sentient versus feral. This is also best left to discovery during the reading process, so I will indulge you no further on this subject.

All in all, To Touch The Sun is a delightful read. The main characters are developed enough to have the reader's interest well invested and the action sequences will keep eyes glued to the pages. If I had one qualm with this book, it would be the amount that is dialogue driven. I love good dialogue and To Touch The Sun has plenty of it. However, I also love books that are endowed with superb visualization. To paint a picture with words is something that I long for when reading a story. Enright accomplishes both to some degree, but the latter could use a little more emphasis.

Still, To Touch The Sun is a very entertaining read filled with great characters and a story line that sets it apart from other vampire tales. I hope that you can find the time to give this great story the attention it deserves.

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Comment by 4-LAN on June 1, 2014 at 7:37am

Thank you DM. Glad you could stop by :-)

Janis, hope you find it. Seems like everything is on youtube-maybe try there?

Comment by Janis C. on May 31, 2014 at 7:39pm

Oh wow really! I am surprised I did not know that considering my older sister was a BIG Rick Springfield fan. Now I must find the movie!

Comment by 4-LAN on May 31, 2014 at 8:31am

Martin, thanks for the kind words. I will try to stay on the ball with regards to the regularity of my reviews in the future :-)

Thank you for tweeting the link.

Comment by 4-LAN on May 31, 2014 at 8:27am

Janis, thanks for stopping by :-) I had watched a movie that Marilyn had on DVD called 'Nick Knight' with Rick Springfield as a vampire cop. She tells me the television show that you speak of was spun off of this movie.

Thank you for sharing the link :-)

Comment by Martin Murphy on May 31, 2014 at 3:05am

Two weeks between reviews? Your latest was conspicuous by its absence :) An in-depth offering this time that really encourages the reader to take a look at what sounds like an original take on the sub genre. Have tweeted.

Comment by Janis C. on May 30, 2014 at 6:49pm

This story reminds me of this TV show I used to watch called Forever Knight. It was about a vampire that has become a cop to repent from his past killings. There is the departments corner/ scientist lady that discovers what he is and offers to study his blood trying to make a cure. Loved that show so love this book. If anyone has heard of that show should love the book as well. Tweeted and Pinned it ;)

Comment by 4-LAN on May 30, 2014 at 5:22pm

Elizabeth, thank you for noticing :-) I have learned from the best. I appreciate you taking the time to read the review and post a comment :-)

Comment by Elizabeth Foshee on May 30, 2014 at 4:14pm

Thanks for the review 4-Lan. I like that you speak honestly about the things you read. It makes me feel like I can trust your recommendations. :)

Comment by 4-LAN on May 30, 2014 at 3:32pm

Thanks Eric! I appreciate you stopping by :-)

Comment by Eric Robert Nolan on May 30, 2014 at 3:07pm

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