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Book Review: Tandem by Tracey Bateman

Tandem a book by Tracey Bateman

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Tandem is a traditional vampire novel, filled with predictable twists and turns. Lauryn McBride, struggling to come to terms with her father’s illness, takes ownership of the family auction house. In doing so she inadvertently ushers in waves of darkness, evil, and hidden secrets via the sale of one mysterious estate belonging to a Markus Chisom. Amede Dastillon (the good vampire having an identity crisis) visits Abbey Hills hoping to track down her beloved, long-estranged sister; but what she finds instead is a warped police officer with a vendetta.

Townsfolk in Abbey Hills are run-of-the-mill small town people. The book is well-written but slow reading. Tracey Bateman is a good author. So if you are looking for a vampire novel with a God-twist, you might enjoy this book. Bateman’s approach to vampirism in Tandem is this: it is better to believe in redemption than to not believe “and find out in the end after it’s too late for forgiveness.”

I don’t really care for this approach. In my opinion this is a kind of a half-hearted approach to commitment. This is exactly the kind of approach a vampire is likely to take however, if they have had no formal training in ministry. But, it is not the approach that Jesus Christ asks sinners to take.

Christ doesn’t want the sinner to have one foot in the door and one foot out; rather He wants a full commitment to salvation. Amede should have taken a few lessons from the preacher’s son Billy. To understand this, you’ll have to read the book. That said there are some good points about the book, so overall, I give it a thumbs up. Try it, you’ll like it. There are a lot worse vampire books out there with no message of the cross to read.

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