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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
In the year 2200, long after the Great Upheaval, forces of good, bad and true evil continue to battle as they had since before the time of Adam and Eve in The Curse: Origin of the Vampires by Kethric Wilcox. The rise of a new Lord of all Vampires stirs up the worldwide vampire network, all descendants of the original vampire, Cain. As a mortal, Richard St. Martin was a vampire hunter, but with the death of Cain at his hands, he absorbed the age-old curse.
In order to make up for his lack of memories of the ancient past, Richard is instrumental in guiding a renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jeremiah Banks, and a highly respected theologian and religious scholar, Dr. Juan Di Vargas, together. Falling in love the first time they meet, Jeremiah and Juan must hide their love as they head to lost cities in the desert. With their skills and knowledge and with the support and protection of government and vampiric forces, the experts discover the real story of the first of all vampires. Will the news bring clarity to a troubled world or only create more divisions among competing factions?
In a very interesting story with a unique approach, Kethric Wilcox creates an amazing history of vampires and the quest for knowledge, even after apocalyptic changes around the world. While most of the characters are well developed and play significant roles, there are a few stereotypes, but even they help to move the action along. The insertion of vampire history and issues in between chapters of archaeology, intrigue and steamy sex scenes deepen the story and prepare for the volumes that follow The Curse: Origin of the Vampires; a unique, breathtaking read.