Takers – Your Blood is only the beginning… is a horror/fantasy novel by Chris Davis.
Winner of the 2012 Global Ebook Award for “Best Speculative Fiction – Contemporary Fantasy (set after 1940)”
There’s a new kind of vampire in the City of Angels.
Los Angeles Homicide Detective Kel Langston finds that out the hard way when he survives a brutal attack in a dark alley only to realize he’s been turned into a monster. Stuck halfway between the living and the dead, his existence becomes a nightmare war for control between his human side and the burning hunger that gnaws at him, urging him to do things no human should ever want to do.
And as if that isn’t enough, Kel finds himself forced into hunting the creatures that did this to him, a new kind of vampire humans don’t even know exist…a kind of vampire known only as Takers. Something he hates…and can’t resist…and doesn’t know how to kill.
Blood…souls…family…an urban fantasy sure to give you chills as you wonder if this is truly why criminals are criminals.
Takers… Your blood is only the beginning.
A Word from the Author
Takers was my first (and so far, only) foray into writing vampires. In fact, I never thought I’d even be interested in vampires beyond loving the likes of Christopher Lee in the role. And then something opened my eyes to seeing vampires in a different way.
For a time, working as a journalist for the now-defunct website Hawaii Five-0 Online, I undertook watching previous roles that its two main stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, had undertaken before they did Hawaii Five-0. I then did reviews of those movies and television shows for the site. One of the TV series O’Loughlin was in briefly was CBS’ Moonlight, about a vampire private investigator. I had never quite seen a vampire like that (not that I’d ever really sought them out, mind you) and it really got me to thinking.
By the time I finished watching the sadly short-lived series, the Takers protagonist Kel, a loner hard-boiled Los Angeles homicide detective, was pretty well-formed. It was like he showed up one night and said, “Okay, let’s do this.” So do it I did…for four books! I was quite proud that this first book in the series – the first book I’d ever gotten published – won the 2012 Global Ebook Award for “Best Speculative Fiction – Contemporary Fantasy (set after 1940).” I figured I must have done something right with my vampires…who don’t only need your blood to survive, by the way. That’s why the tagline to the series is, “Your blood is only the beginning…”
I very much hope you enjoy Takers…it’s quite a wild ride!
(Chris Davis, October 2016)