Sanguinary Longings

Fiction - Action
308 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2020
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Sanguinary Longings by Claude Frazier takes us back to the end of the First World War. Captain Cole Sterling, a surgeon, was performing his life-saving operations on wounded soldiers when the field hospital was overrun by the Germans, with Cole suffering fatal wounds in the process. A mysterious Frenchwoman, Aurora, saves Cole by transfusing some of her blood to him. Cole recovers from what were certainly fatal wounds but discovers that this blood and this relationship will change his life and the direction of his career forever. Aurora’s blood has some miraculous properties that give Cole powers he has never known before but the price is high, too high perhaps. Cole is not one of the undead, he has not become a vampire, but like those creatures, Cole can no longer be exposed to the sun and must drink blood, be it animal or human, to stay alive. As he attempts to come to terms with this new situation, he realizes he is deeply in love with the woman who saved his life. He must come to terms with the restrictions of his new life; his days as a surgeon are over but he discovers there are other opportunities out there in the new and burgeoning world of psychiatry for a talented and powerful doctor. For Aurora and Cole, life seems good and full of possibilities until a trip to the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp casts the pair into the path of some other “blood-drinkers” who have embraced the dark side of their gift.

Sanguinary Longings is definitely a different take on the vampiric legend. Author Claude Frazier goes to some length to assure readers that these characters are not vampires per se but merely imbued with the traits that we would normally ascribe to vampires. He succeeds in this mission, as both Aurora and Cole manage to come across as normal, everyday people who just happen to be “gifted” with some special characteristics. Far from being dark and sinister, as is the propensity of narratives of this type, the author gives us plenty of hope, light, and love in this adventurous tale that flows beautifully from one action-packed sequence to the next. The prose flows from one exotic location to another, with the main character building an understanding and empathy with the reader as one goes along. To find oneself cheering on and identifying with a flawed hero such as Cole Sterling is a tribute to the author’s talents. I particularly enjoyed the ending, which was not only totally appropriate to the unusual relationship that had developed but also left the door wide open to the possibility of a series featuring the two main characters, at that point. I do hope the author explores these characters further as I believe he is onto a winner here. I can highly recommend this read for lovers of both the vampiric genre but also for anyone who likes action/adventure romance.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Sanguinary Longings by Claude Frazier is a blood-thirsty action thriller. It’s 1918, and France has been torn apart by the war. Dr. Cole Sterling, American Expeditionary Force, has been wounded by a German officer. It should have been a mortal wound but a blood transfusion from a mysterious stranger saves his life. But at what price? Now Cole can’t go out in the sun and his survival depends on drinking blood. Angry at first, Cole soon comes to terms with his new life and, over time, he falls in love with Aurora, the woman who saved his life. Two years on, they go to the Olympic Games in Antwerp, where they meet with a group of blood drinkers. One of those is Aurora’s ex-husband and he’s with Baron Gerbold, a manipulative degenerative. Their meeting is set to change their lives forever.

Sanguinary Longings by Claude Frazier is most definitely an adult book. It does have scenes of a sexual and violent nature and is not ideal for younger readers. Now, for the story. This has one of the most exciting and unpredictable plots, not to mention unique, in this genre. The story is fast-paced, full of action and plenty of twists and turns, many of which you won't see coming. The characters are great, really well-developed, and you get to know them inside out throughout the story. It’s not a long story but it will have you hooked from page one and keep you there until the very end. It’s a great book, perfect for those who love vampire stories, and even those who don’t normally read the genre will thoroughly enjoy this exciting read.

K.C. Finn

Sanguinary Longings is a work of fiction in the dark fantasy, action and romance sub-genres, and was penned by author Claude Frazier. Taking its tag line of “Not all blood drinkers are the undead” to heart, this enigmatic and darkly charming tale contains scenes of violence and sexual situations, and is therefore suitable for mature readers. We first meet protagonist Cole Sterling when he is injured during the final year of the First World War, and the process used to heal him gives him an aversion to sunlight and a deep, life-giving need for blood. So begins an adventure like no other as Cole travels with his dark healer, Aurora, and discovers fellow blood drinkers who live the strange life he has been introduced to.

Author Claude Frazier has created a sweeping fantasy tale with plenty of adventure and intrigue for those who like their stories a little darker than usual. One of the things which I particularly enjoyed about this work was the juxtaposition between some of the grislier violent moments and the languishing lifestyle of these libertine-type characters as they go about a life lesser lived. I loved the fact that real historical events like the First World War and the 1920 Olympics were woven in, delivering a gorgeous Victorian gothic realism and a vibrant world for the characters to delve into. The dialogue too was stellar, both entertaining and very telling of character emotions. Overall, Sanguinary Longings is a highly recommend reads for fans of bloodsucking elegance and dark fantasy historical works.

Foluso Falaye

Dr. Cole is brought back from the brink of death only to realize that his life will never be the same. The American's career in France as an army surgeon, at a time of war in 1918, is rendered impracticable. Subjected to a condition of avoiding the sun and drinking human blood to survive, Dr. Cole is both mad at and captivated by Aurora. Aurora is the psychoanalyst that saves him by giving him a transfusion of her rejuvenating blood, which heightens his senses, increases his overall strength, and relegates him to hiding from the sun. Their newfound love is interrupted by Aurora's blood-thirsty ex-husband and his evil companion, leaving Cole with a strong desire to get even. Sanguinary Longings by Claude Frazier is a battle for and against the lust for blood, sex, and intoxication.

Sanguinary Longings takes readers into the underworld, where the ruthless do as they please with drugs, alcohol, sex, and murder. The main protagonist is the good guy that fights his urge to indulge in his cravings. Cole shares some similar characteristics with vampires, which would appeal to fans of vampire characters. Though I wished there was more display of Cole's super strength and abilities, I was impressed by the intelligent conversations and the smooth relating of the events. Readers that love action, historical, and dark-themed books will love Sanguinary Longings. Claude Frazier keeps the story engaging by skillfully weaving themes of history, war, aristocracy, friendship, psychoanalysis, and lust throughout the plot. Sanguinary Longings is historically rich and cleverly worded. Not exactly about vampires, but dark and compelling nonetheless.