Welcome back to day two of the weekend blitz for Blood Bankorganised by Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have an excerpt from Blood Bank for you and I was over the moon with the excerpt I was given as it features my favourite character from the book. If you want to find out more about my thoughts about the book and you missed my review then check out my review which I posted yesterday.
Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…
Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?
And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.
In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…
Ben locked the front door behind him and grimaced as he was hit by the full force of half a dozen warring stereos. How can they listen to that stuff? It wasn’t music, it was just noise, discordant, repetitive and pointless. Like them. No wonder they were always so angry – how could anyone not be when that reverberated around them day in, day out?
Ben’s small two-bed terrace was in arguably the worst possible part of town. Penryll was a sprawling, run-down council estate, dotted with a few private properties and banked by a lush green which was impressive in the daytime, but lethal at night. Ben had survived almost ten years on the estate now. No mean feat, as it wasn’t a place for the faint of heart or gentle of soul. When the cash from the first round of web sign-ups had come in, Viktor had thrown him a generous advance, and Ben had found a company who soundproofed domestic walls and blown the lot. He couldn’t have lived there without it. His home was his own personal oasis of calm in a microclimate of depravity. It had put his savings plan back a little, but saved what remained of his sanity in the process. And if Viktor continued to let him develop the sites, it should be less than a year now before he’d finally be able to afford to move out of the estate.
It hadn’t been easy to convince Viktor of the benefits to an online branch of the business. Always one to favour the direct approach, he had little time for hiding behind computers. But Ben had taken things painfully slowly, researching his projects meticulously and carefully projecting a set of figures that would hold Viktor’s attention. Ben recognised the web as the future of the business. That was exactly why he’d been brought in to the operation, of course, to see opportunities the others wouldn’t. And now that the money was starting to roll in, Viktor was slowly coming onside. Real expansion of the online business was on the cards at last.
One more year, Ben repeated to himself like a mantra. One more year and then he could think about moving to the other side of town, or maybe go one better and get out of Swindon altogether. There were some peaceful-looking little villages on the outskirts that would be his idea of heaven. But Ben didn’t qualify for heaven. That was why, in some small way, he felt relieved to be living smack bang in the middle of hell.
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Title: Blood Bank
Author: Zoë Markham
Genre: Horror | Paranormal | Vampires | New Adult
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication Date: 25 May 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US