By Graham Masterton
Californian James Falcon's compelling Romanian mom informed him such a lot of people tales that by the point he reaches collage in 1943, he's whatever of knowledgeable at the strigoi, the mythical, timeless vampires who infested the main remoted forests of Wallachia. regularly as a shaggy dog story, he writes a time period paper at the strigoi. however the funny story turns critical whilst US counterintelligence process him to recruit his services. James hunts down strigoi murderers in war-ravaged Europe, Nazi assassins employed to run down run down the French and Belgian resistance in trade for Transylvanian independence, even though the central one, the bad Dorin Duca, maintains to elude him. within the chilly conflict, he needs to struggle once again, as Duca is going at the rampage, spreading his strigoi an infection all throughout London, England.
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