A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

A virus that turns people into something somehow more than human quickly sweeps the world, upending society as we know it.This panoramic thriller begins with one small mystery. The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, walks out of the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult the local police, it's a bizarre medical mystery.More bodies, dead of a mysterious disease that ...

Details A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

TitleA People's History of the Vampire Uprising
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreHorror, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires

Reviews A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

  • Marianne
    A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is the first novel by American attorney and author Raymond A Villareal. CDC research physician Dr Lauren Scott is called to Nogales, an Arizona border town, to examine a body showing unusual signs, but when she arrives at the morgue, the body has vanished. A second body which she does examine also goes missing, and witnesses have a strange tale to tell. Lauren has just encountered the first case of wha...
  • Brittany
    I LOVED this book. I am not one for history or even historical fiction but I was so intrigued by this book because...vampires. I was not disappointed with how amazing this book is. If you even kind of like history, historical fiction, science fiction, vampires, adventure, science...whatever your reading preference, give this one a shot. I think it just might surprise you. When you read this, lose yourself to it. Take yourself into the book and im...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    You may also find this review on Books, Vertigo & Tea.My ThoughtsA People’s History of the Vampire Uprising appealed to me with the promise of science fiction encapsulating a tale of the paranormal. I have and probably will always hold an affection for vampires and their mythical abilities and immortality. So when a book promises exactly that merged with one of my favorites genres, it is sure to be my cup of tea. And I have to admit, it went do...
  • ᎤᎶᎩᎳ
    Full Disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Let me start with all the things I liked about this book. It had excellent world building. The Gloamings felt as menacing as I think they were intended to be. Actually the Gloamings were some of the best characters in the book even though you very rarely got to read the story from their side.What I didn't like was that all the character point of view chapters mostly read the same. There was...
  • Ann
    I liked this book but I did get bogged down at times. It is the story of the CDC investigating the unusual occurrence of dead bodies disappearing from morgues. Before long the gloamings are everywhere. It is a much more polite term than vampire. The book is narrated by characters from all areas, researcher, FBI agents, CDC investigators and of course the vampires. There is a little dry humor scattered throughout the book. Didn't understand the en...
  • Enid
    This was an enjoyable read. I was completely immersed in the world the author created. The author obviously spent a great deal of time thinking about the implications of the rise of vampire-creating virus and how many facets of society would be impacted- politics, religion, civil rights legislation, science and medicine. The story is told from many points of view over a long time period, very much like World War Z. I greatly enjoyed the first 80%...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    "It's exactly these changing conditions - we are still trying to figure out how we got here - that caused me to realize: now is the perfect time to compile the beginning, middle, and... if not the end, then that place that occupied the in medias res of our current conflicts." 3.5 stars, enjoyable read that was (almost) everything that I wish World War Z was... only with vampires!A People's History of the Vampire Uprising is a fictionalized oral ...
  • Suzi McGhie
    2.5 stars. It took me a long time to get through this book and it was basically a disappointment. It held such an intriguing premise and did have clever bits of ideas and insights, but much of it was just boring. It was a long, drawn out documentary of the rise of the Gloamings (vampires, but they didn’t prefer to use that term). A virus starts to infect people that gives them charismatic traits, beauty, strength, long life. Of course, they mus...
  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    As soon as I heard about this book and saw the colourful but creepy cover, I was very interested in checking it out. After all, I'm a sucker for anything vampires.The story starts with Dr. Lauren Scott from the CDC. When she goes to a border town in Arizona, she discovers people are disappearing from the morgue, which leads her to a new blood virus and the Gloamers...I have to admit that the book started out pretty well. It was interesting, and I...
  • Brandie
    ***Recived via a Goodreads Giveaway***This book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and the story didn’t go anywhere. As evidenced by the title, you know basically how it’s going to end. I understand it’s a ‘history’ but I guess I prefer character driven stories. But even as a history with transcripts and records of what these people said etc. there are places where the character wouldn’t have know what...
  • Kira
    *received an ARC for review**4.5 starsThis was really good. It's very similar to World War Z, but with a more storytelling focus and style, instead of journalistic. I enjoyed it a lot, but it does drag in a few places, and though it's generally predictable, the storyline is entertaining. I liked the excerpts of news articles and law arguments; this was definitely written for this time, with the references to Buzzfeed, etc, but I think it's a fasc...
  • Cristina
    Someone smarter than me is going to have to explain the ending to me but I definitely enjoyed the long ride there
  • Tracy
    This was well thought out and great dry humor - for example, all the Taylor Swift references ;)I was really intrigued by watching society developing laws and being "forced" to accommodate the vampire way of life. Love the very discrete references to Anne Rice as well.
  • Julie Garner
    I am reading an ARC of this bookI enjoyed reading this book but I found it hard to get through as it didn't have me fully invested.I liked Villareal's take on how the world would react to Vampire's slowly taking over many parts of our society, whilst people who could really see what was happening tried their very best to keep a control on how fast this takeover occurred. I found it disjointed in parts where it jumped from one historical record to...
  • April
    I got this book as an ARC at a library conference. And I wanted to like it. I wanted to love it. It’s sci-fi written by a person if color—my fave! But the writing is really rough and the plot doesn’t go anywhere and I just found the whole thing really frustrating. Plus, the author overdoes it with some of the details, especially when it comes to the virology and law bits. I can tell this was written by a practicing lawyer, but even as a law...
  • Courtney Judy
    Couldn't seem to tear myself away from the story. The modern-time references were a fun addition -- except the thought of Justin Bieber living 300 years (yuck). Wouldn't say it's the most original storyline, felt a little like a mash-up of a few vampire/apocalyptic/disaster shows or books I've read, but still a fun read for fans of vampires.
  • Elizabeth
    What Max Brooks did for zombies, Raymond Villareal does for zombies in A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising. Structured on a series of articles and interviews, it follows the discovery of a virus that causes vampirism and the subsequent rise of those famous creatures of the night, delving more into the political and legal ramifications than other vampire novels have tried before. Look, I can hear you saying that vampires are stale by now,...
  • Michelle Lancaster
    HORRORRaymond A. VillarealA People’s History of the Vampire Uprising: A NovelMulholland BooksHardcover, 978-1-3165-6168-6 (also available as an e-book and audio book), 432 pgs., $27.00June 5, 2018“These pages are compiled for everyone: those who lived through this time, and those who did not survive. I hope … they give you meaningful perspective.” (signature redacted)A body exhibiting the sort of intradermal contusions affiliated with hem...
  • Tracey
    From the outset, I have to admit that I am a fan of the genre where some virus thing alters the human condition (whether it be vampires, zombies or werewolves) and the fight for survival that ensues. I particularly like the books that use a mixture of eyewitness accounts, media articles and classified government memos to give legitimacy to the alternate universe that is constructed. In ‘A people’s history of the vampire uprising’, Raymond A...
  • ElphaReads
    Special thanks to Mulholland Books for sending me an ARC of this book!I really enjoyed the book WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks, a book that is an 'oral history of the zombie apocalypse'. Basically it brings together fictional interviews, documents, statements, and notes and letters from various people during the time in which zombies started rising from the grave. It was super original and a very fun, and satirical read. So when I found out that Raymo...
  • Anissa
    This was like Villareal tossed a bit of Justin Cronin's The Passage and Trueblood/Sookie Stackhouse novels into a Vitamix and poured out this interesting concoction that's two parts social/religious/cultural/political satire and one part horror (make your own determination where the real horror lies for you). The format is many disparate pieces from, tabloids, law reviews, medical and scientific journals, personal journals, news papers and more w...
  • Jessica Rentcome
    A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal is easily going to be my beach pick for the summer—ironic given the subject matter. A fast-paced, quick read (despite the 400 page length of the novel), A People’s History documents the rise of a vampire subsection of society—called Gloamings—as they integrate with the world. Their rise and history is told from the point of view of CDC operatives, an FBI agent, a politic...
  • Lauren
    From the first page, I was totally absorbed in this novel. The organization and feel of the book reminds me a lot of World War Z or Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep- it’s told through different witness accounts of the vampire, or Gloaming, take over. Each individual writing about or interviewed regarding the incident has a different perspective on the ever increasing population of Gloamings around the world. There are even faux articles an...
  • Nyssa Sutherland
    A People's History of the Vampire Uprising is not your typical vampire tale, but rather it follows the NOBI virus from when it is first discovered by Doctor Lauren Scott, and is unleashed on a world that is not prepared to handle it. When I read the synopsis for this novel I was excited. It looked like just the sort of book I'd love, and the cover was eye-catching. But unfortunately for me, it was a struggle to read. We frequently jumped from voi...
  • Vanessa Kichline
    I wouldn't normally have picked this up because I'm not interested in vampires, but I got it from a blind date with a book program and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did! It was a really fun and immersive fantasy. The format was unique, switching between character narratives, news clippings, and even court decisions. Each character had such a unique voice. I keep thinking about the description of a certain small town as "the kind of place ...
  • Naomi
    I won this book in a publishers giveaway and when I started it, I thought oh this is going to be bad. Not liking this book and I hate to give bad reviews. Good news, after a very slow start I ended up really liking it. Almost half way through I realized the creepiness factor had been building and building, then bam, I couldn’t put it down.The book was told with different characters voices and stories, switching between them . I liked some of th...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    This type of book is usually right in my wheelhouse -- the description and format reminded me of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War or Robopocalypse, but the execution wasn't as action packed or intriguing as those novels. The story of the CDC investigation was probably my favorite part, but all of the others were more confusing than helpful. And I'm still not sure what happened at the end. However, there's promise here. I think the a...
  • Unseen Library
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review.From the inspired mind of Raymond Villareal comes one of the most captivating and thought-provoking literary achievements of 2018. Have you ever wondered what would happen if vampires came into existence in the modern world? Villareal’s debut novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising, explores the possibility of such an event through a comprehensive fictional oral hi...
  • Joelle
    This novel is a combination of supernatural thriller and political/social satire. I found the mix of genres entertaining in and of itself, but the details became a bit tired. Much of the plot involved the CDC, legislation, politics, the hierarchy of the Catholic church, and law enforcement. This sounded interesting to me at first but became so detailed I grew bored in some sections of the novel. The inconsistency is what caused me to give this a ...
  • Chloe
    I actually didn't finish this book. I struggle to finish things that lose my interest, and I got too bogged down in the middle of this one. Which is a disappointment, because I really wanted to enjoy it. I found the writing to be a little clunky in some places, too. Though, I am a bookseller and in speaking to my rep, have heard that there are others who LOVE this book. I do think that is does have its merits and that there is an audience for it ...