Dark God Descending is a vampire romance but it's one, I hope, with an enjoyable twist. It's also a story of friendship--between two men, separated by millennia: Tucker Upchurch, an archaeology student from the University of Georgia, and Semris, a Mayan god-king already several thousand years old.
Tuck and Semris meet when the student accompanies his professor to Yucatan on the trail of an ancient bat god. Instead of finding a stone statue, however, they find a living being in an extant Mayan city in the middle of the jungle, and as usual when modern civilisation intrudes into the past, disaster results. Tuck's professor is without scruples if it will enhance his own reputation, and this is an opportunity he can't turn down. He and his men steal the city's most prize possession--its Emperor, Semris.
Drugged and caged, Semris is guarded by Tuck who soon develops an emotional bond with his captive charge. The two men communicate through an archaic form of Spanish, and Tuck learns that Semris is the son of Yum Cimil, the Mayan god of death, and is, in the eyes of the civilised world, a vampire. Tuck gives his blood to keep his friend alive, and when the opportunity arises, he helps the emperor-god escape.
Before he manages to once again return to the city in the jungle, Semris will learn of human love and sacrifice, and will suffer an all too-human grief. Tuck will lose the one person he's loved all his life but will gain something more precious in Semris' friendship, and be blessed with near-immortality. Everyone they touch on the journey back to Yucatan will be changed forever. And the punishment to the villain is both fitting as well as ironic.
I think it’s a good story! I hope my readers agree. I know the critics have:
I highly recommend this out-of-the-ordinary novel to readers of paranormal romance.
--Fallen Angel Reviews
From its startling opening to its final showdown in the jungle, readers of modern fantasy won’t want to skip a word.
--Tony Richards, Stoker Award nominee, Author of the Raine’s Landing series
Dark God Descending is a unique, stay-up-all-night read. It simply fascinates from beginning to end, and, when it ends, it’ll leave you hungry for more.
--Margaret Marr, nightsandweekends.com
Dark God Descending reads like a classic Indiana Jones adventure with a dark and bloody spin,
--Nerine Dorman, House of Toad
Dark God Descending is being re-issued by Class Act Books, www.classactbooks.com