Author: David M. Salkin
Publisher: David M. Salkin (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 246 pages
When NYPD Sergeant Roy Ruiz began working the serial killings with Detective Tim Rosetto, they had no way of knowing the killer whom they were hunting had been dead for over two hundred years. The grisly crime scenes leave plenty of forensic evidence, but unfortunately, none of it makes any sense—unless you can open your mind to some very strange possibilities. FBI Special Agent Doug Patmore, whose special unit works with Missing Persons, Unsolved Violent Crimes, Homicide, and Sexual Assaults has been hunting this killer for years. Together with Roy and Tim, they begin their mind bending investigation that will lead them to Adam Priest—a man that’s been killing and eating women since 1806. Adam was a lowly Prussian soldier when he was attacked in the woods after the battle of Jena, and the attack changed him forever. It killed the man and created a monster with a hunger for blood that was insatiable. For two hundred years, Adam fed without remorse—until he met Sara. Now, with an emotion almost human tugging at his dead heart, he must decide what to do about Sara as the police get closer with each feeding.
Forever Hunger is a quick paced, suspense filled novel about a vampire living in New York City in the twenty first century and the men who are trying to terminate him. The vampire, Adam Priest was turned nearly two centuries ago in Europe when Napoleon’s troops invaded Poland. Since then he has lived all over the world before arriving in New York. The author does a great job in introducing Priest and giving the reader a front row seat view into the vampire’s mind, as the he struggles with an emotion he has not faced in his long existence: a desire to find and turn a woman to be his eternal partner.
Simultaneously, the author introduces the police officers and an FBI agent who join forces to hunt a killer that none of them initially want to believe is anything more than a strange, sadistic person. However, all the evidence ultimately leads them to a conclusion that they soon acknowledge among themselves but are hesitant to admit to others: that their target is anything but human, at least not like any human they’ve met before. They find plenty of victims but have no luck in developing any information that helps them identify the killer, until a lucky break starts them on the chase.
In Forever Hunger, David Salkin has written an exciting book that I highly recommend to any fan of horror, and in particular, to vampire enthusiasts.
Reviewed by: Bob Doerr, (2012)