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A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

3.2  ·  Rating details ·  185 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
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'
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I liked this better the first time I read it when it was called World War Z . . . .

Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just didnt work for me. Started off well, with the CDC and others investigating the virus. Then each chapter became too similar in the POVs, I really couldn't distinguish any different emotions or peronal feelings. They all sounded the same. The story became a little boring after all the time jumps, and the little footnotes seemed out of place. Disappointed as I had high hopes. I think we've had an explosion of zombie novels along this line but nothing with vampires with the style and tone. Unfo ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full RTC - I finally finished a book! 😅
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 what she later terms Nogales organic blood illness viru ...more
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"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 ficti
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Although I'm not into vampires so much I do love a good epistolary novel so I was intrigued enough to pick this one up. I was hoping for a unique take on such an overdone trope. The pacing was uneven, alternating between being really interesting and even exciting and really, really boring. I didn't find it especially clever or engaging but it was alright. One element that I did appreciate was the political aspect. When monsters run for public office and you vote them in, don't be surprised when ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 imagine you're in this world where vampires really d
Yolanda Sfetsos
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
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 was definitely intrigued. I was enjoying Lauren's
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My Thoughts

A 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 down pretty smooth!

The skinny..

Hard to fully summa
The Library Ladies
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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I want to extend a special thanks to Mulholland Books for sending me an ARC of this novel.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read vampire fiction. I don’t know if it’s because the pop culture fascination with vampires has waned again and not much has come out, or if I have just been oblivious to what new offerings are out there. But when I saw that “A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising” was about to come out, I was immediately interested by the premi
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Raymond A. Villareal
A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising: A Novel
Mulholland Books
Hardcover, 978-1-3165-6168-6 (also available as an e-book and audio book), 432 pgs., $27.00
June 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 hemophilia, but no other signs of trauma, is discovered outsi
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 wasn't much difference in each characters voice. So m
Carey Gibbons
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, this book was kind of a mess and I'm mad because I had been looking forward to it for months. It started off pretty well but then devolved into one of the most boring and vampire books I have ever read.

Structurally, the book was poorly organized without a cohesive plot to hold things together. It was very confusing since things progressed linearly at times and not linearly at others. All of the narrators have a promising start but don't go anywhere as people. They all have the same "if I
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ending all that well. Vampire fans will enjoy. I rec ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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% of the book, but the last bit was a bit jarring- ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
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 lawyer myself, I just couldn’t get into it. I hope this boo ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure I've ever read a book anything like this one before. The style is something like the script for a fictional documentary, with events laid out in (mostly) sequential order. There is no principal main character but rather input from the perspectives of several characters who played significant roles in the described events, from a virologist with the CDC to FBI agents, priests with a secretive Catholic order, and even some of the vampires themselves.

In essence, this is a cautionary ta
Boy, it's been a long time since I binge-read something, rather than serially reading it along with a stack of 4-6 other things. But I blew through A People's History of the Vampire Uprising in less than 24 hours. I gave it 3 stars, but that's provisional. Still trying to figure out what I think of it. It started out reminding me of World War Z but then kind of devolved into the Da Vinci Code. The first part worked much better than the latter part did.

I was riveted and read it almost without sto
Suzi McGhie
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 must also avoid sun and need to drink blood. These trai ...more
Lou Grimm
I pretty much always love a genre-crossover but this one pushed even my limits. Imagine reading World War Z with every 4th or 5th chapter replaced with a chapter from An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure. No offence meant to the legal profession, but even lawyers skip at least some legalese.

Having said that, the story is meant to be told after the fact, and is written from the perspective of a person having thoroughly researched many sources, so of course legal transcripts
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
***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 another character was thinking or how would you even get the POV
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*received an ARC for review*

*4.5 stars

This 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 fascinating look at how our world would likely react t
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Someone smarter than me is going to have to explain the ending to me but I definitely enjoyed the long ride there
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Made feel like I was in school...yuck! Nothing about this is horror :(
Julie Garner
I am reading an ARC of this book
I 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 another - sometimes moving backwards from each re
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I gave up on this one. Interesting premise but I thought it was incredibly boring.
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.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, old news. They’re so 2008. Well, thanks to Villarea
Allen Adams

There’s truth in the old adage that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However, I would argue that in some cases, you CAN judge a book by its title.

For instance, take Raymond A. Villareal’s new novel “A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising.” That is one judgeable title – evocative and provocative at the same time, offering a tantalizing and crystal-clear description of what you’re about to experience.

This book is exactly what its title purports i
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Raymond A. Villareal is a practicing attorney in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law. His first novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising will be published on June 5, 2018. Film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps Entertainment.
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