I am Eternal: Cowboys and Vampires by Athanasios
Simon Magus, who has been a vampire for millennia, has made a friend in Tom Galanis. Simon met Tom on the morning train as they bonded over a discussion of mythical vampires found in today’s literature. Tom, being unhappy in his job as a graphics designer, is soon hired by Unisoft, Simon’s company, designing gaming software
He is given the “amber key” that allows him to go anywhere so he can choose whatever project he likes. He is soon providing great tips to projects that have been in the works for some time. Simon likes Tom’s easygoing manner and is glad to have someone he feels comfortable around.
Simon loves to fuel his own imagination and sees Tom as a good opportunity to do that. Tom quickly goes to work helping Simon expand upon the company’s newest game, which Tom has teasingly dubbed “Cowboys and Vampires.”
As Simon provides the back story for the game, the reader is provided with some of Simon’s life history. This also gives rise to Simon’s paranoia and ever-constant suspicion of humanity, leading to a life-altering confrontation.
This book ties in closely to the Predatory Ethics books; and the reader benefits by having read those, though it isn’t necessary. This is an incredibly fast read and seems to lead up to something that never fully materializes. It is highly engrossing and the history enmeshed in Simon’s life is compelling and entertaining. However, there are characters that are introduced in fairly descriptive detail that seem to be important, but end up as little more than meals – and not food for thought.
As always though, Athanasios leaves the reader with a feeling of having come away from the novel a better person for having read the book and with a concerned hope that there will be a sequel.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review in coordination with Goodreads’ Read for Review program.