By David Wellington
[Read by means of Bernadette Dunne]
Laura Caxton vowed by no means to stand them back. The horror of what the vampires did is simply too shut, the injuries too clean. but if Jameson Arkeley, damaged and rarely recognizable, involves her with an unfathomable, unholy discovery, her get to the bottom of crumbles.
Arkeley leads Caxton to a tomb in Gettysburg lately excavated through an area archaeology professor. whereas town, with its mythical function within the Civil War's worst conflict, isn't any stranger to cemeteries, this one is remarkably, eerily diverse. In it lie a hundred coffins -- ninety nine of them occupied by means of vampires, who, fortunately, are lacking their hearts. yet one of many coffins is empty and smashed to items.
who's the lacking vampire? Does he have entry to the ninety nine hearts that, if put again within the our bodies in their vendors, may well reanimate a whole bloodthirsty military? How did the vampires prove there, undisturbed and undiscovered for one hundred fifty years? the reply lies in Civil battle records that include sinister secrets and techniques concerning the newly came across coffins--secrets that Laura Caxton is ready to discover as she is thrown right into a lethal, ugly project of saving a whole city from a mass invasion of the undead. . . .
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Extra info for Laura Caxton 2 99 Coffins: A Historical Vampire Tale
I figure that the best way to honor history is to learn about it, but I guess not everybody agrees with me. This was a Confederate powder magazine originally, a place where they stored barrels of gunpowder for the cannon. They kept them underground where it was cool and where if they blew up accidentally nobody would get hurt. There are magazines like this all over Gettysburg, most of them constructed very quickly and then filled in with earth after they were no longer needed. Sometimes you find pieces of barrels or maybe some broken hardware from a winch or a pulley, but that’s about it.
Arkeley told her to turn off on a poorly marked gravel road, and the car rumbled along for about half a mile into a thick clump of trees. Three cars, late-model cheap Japanese sedans, sat in a crook of the road, and a foot trail led deeper into the woods. Caxton pulled up beside a red Nissan Sentra and switched off the ignition. She had no idea where she was or what Arkeley wanted there, and she told herself she didn’t care. He cleared his throat again. ” he asked. “No,” she told him. ” “Alright,” he told her.
She glanced around the room. She’d been trained to always make a note of her surroundings when she entered a new place, and though she didn’t expect to find any criminals lurking in the corners, she did get a big surprise. The room was nice enough, a small double furnished tastefully though cheaply. There was a big television in a cabinet on one wall, an open closet with a pair of suits hanging from its rack. A door at the far end of the room led to a darkened bathroom. A thin muslin curtain had been drawn across the windows, leaving the room in semidarkness.