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Eli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend, Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. MalacEli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend, Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth. When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice – return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation....

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dead camp one Reviews

  • Lorraine Lesar
    2019-02-04 10:46

    Who is Sean Kerr? I don't know? but what I do know is that he somehow persuaded me to read a book that I normally would steer well clear of, this is not my normal reading. I found this it to be seductively delicious, so much so, I couldn't put it down.It's dark, the erotic content, is exactly that - erotic. At times I felt I was on a roller-coaster, flying high with so many twists and turns that I got dizzy in anticipation of what was coming next. It was executed brilliantly. I was entertained throughout. Looking forward to see what the cunning mind of Mr. Kerr is thinking up for his next book.Highly recommended.

  • H.R. Sealy
    2019-02-16 16:25

    I don't usually read in the paranormal/romance genre, but this is a fabulous first novel by Mr. Sean Kerr. Dead Camp is dark, chilling, exciting and erotic. All at the same time. The book introduces Eli the vampire, a damaged supernatural being with a dark shrouded past, The narrative is fast paced, flying through the German holocaust period with surprising plot twists and turns. I could not put this book down. I am dying to read what comes next from the sick, twisted, yet brilliant mind of Mr. Sean Kerr. This is an author we will all be hearing about for years to come.

  • Jack Pyke
    2019-02-08 09:34

    Oh lol, I think Mr Kerr would get on famously with my husband when it comes to conspiracy theories and mixing up darkened trouble! Okay, hands up here: Dead Camp had such a tough job because I don't usually read historicals, and this does mix time time periods as well locations (Germany v London, WWII with 1886 etc). It also has a mix of angels and demons (vampires, ghosts, and angels). Sense said I should have hated this from the get go!So much for sense, huh?Kerr's got such a way of injecting humour and sarcasm into his characters that, despite all the locations, the crossover of angels and demons, it still reminds me so much of Wales! Added to how there's a lot of historical fact given a fictional twist, the complexity of character, plot, and location is fantastic.Eli's one sarcastic vampire, with a way with words that leave you chuckling, okay it drives his *coughs* very egotistical side, but there's that haunting quality of using humour to hide hurt that's done just so well. Mal... where do you start with him? He's Eli's long-time live-in ghost and just so damn funny! These two bounce off each other so well! I doubt I'd have picked up this book without understanding there was a very dark side to it, and it didn't disappoint. I think my one crit would be with filtering, but it's minor enough to have not interrupted with the love of the read.Fantastic and very imaginative read overall, and such a good step away from what I usually read! Definitely recommended.Eli didn't disappoint, not one bit!

  • Laura
    2019-02-08 10:30

    I have to say that this book has some really good points and the rest are great! You will laugh, cry, aww and cringe lol. It's a roller coaster ride with some history thrown in but not overly so. The MC is very likeable yet very hateable as well in his selfishness. Yet, I couldn't stop reading to see where it will go next. It's a definite read as far as I'm concerned! Things to keep in mind while reading this book:It's based in Germany during the Nazi occupation. It has Vamipres, ghosts, angles and demons Oh My :)It's written by a brit, so camp has a few different cheeky meanings as well as the obvious.It's going to be a character series, so we get more of the great characters soon I hope!

  • Jayne Nicholas
    2019-02-15 15:31

    This book is fantastic not your typical vampire book I could not put it down can not wait for the next instalment.

  • Sheryl
    2019-01-31 14:38

    this is 1 of those books you start and can't put down. I loved the characters and their interaction and OMG the sexy parts are HOT!!I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book. This is book 1 of the Dead Camp series by the author.

  • The TBR Pile *Book review site*
    2019-02-06 08:52

    I absolute love and am horrified by the twists. Wow! Add in Ethan, the ghost with a butt like a trampoline and the complicated angel, you have yourself a solid four star read.FULL REVIEW -

  • Kiki Clark
    2019-01-31 09:31

    **Originally Posted on Kiki's Kinky Picks** Reviewed by BrandyDead Camp by Sean Kerr is a phenomenal first book in the Dead Camp series. I went into this story really unaware of what I would discover, but once I read that very first page, I was hooked. You could not tear me away from this book. I HAD to find out what was going to happen to our Eli.To say this book teases you with questions is an understatement. There are so many questions throughout the book and only a few are answered. Even with so many secrets in this book, it’s written so beautifully that you get caught up in the stories shared by the different characters. Sean Kerr is an evil genius.Eli is an ancient vampire who can’t remember how he was made, or who he once was. He has exiled himself to his secluded house Alte. His only friend is Malachi, a ghost who also doesn’t remember who he was before he died and who is achingly in love with Eli. Eli, however, has decided to harden his heart to love because the man he loved more than any other broke his and left him to be alone. SO sad. My heart broke for Eli.Then suddenly, after a visit from the angel Daniyyel, also a big yelling match, Eli runs away and into a horrific scene of death. He discovers among the dead bodies one lone man still alive, and guess what happens? MORE QUESTIONS! He saves said man and brings him to his home and then we learn of Ethan’s life and that of his father Isaiah. SO even though a ton more questions are starting to float around your head, a few from before are answered.This book is a marathon. You get pulled through so much in this book. It really leaves you drained but in the best way possible. How could I not give this one a 5 star rating? As soon as I finished it, with the unanswered questions still lingering in my mind, I simply HAD to get the second one! Highly recommend this book to anyone! Sean Kerr is a fantastic story teller who I hope continues to delight and awe!

  • Derek King
    2019-01-20 13:50

    Sean Kerr paints a story with his pen like the old masters did with their brush, every brush stroke sublimely highlighting nuances in the sub plot, there are areas of light and shade as good fights against evil, and colour superbly used as he paints a detailed picture with words creating a beautifully detailed universe. It is most refreshing to come across an author who can truly write, unlike many current authors populating this genre. Buy this book, absorb the imagery, engage in the adventures of Eli an: board the roller coaster ride that is Dead Camp, you won't be disappointed.

  • Elaine White
    2019-01-28 16:25

    Book – Dead Camp #1Author – Sean KerrStar rating - ★★★★★No. of Pages – 238Cover – Nice!POV – 1st person (with multi-POV)Would I read it again – YesGenre – LGBT, Paranormal, Historical, Religion, Nazi, Angel-Demon** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY eXSTASY BOOKS, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **Reviewed for Divine MagazineWARNINGS: a little bit of gore, on page; implied rape; heartbreak; cheating; historical events that may be upsetting for some readers: Holocaust.I am stunned. This is the author's DEBUT work and it was enchanting. From the entertainment factor of Mal and Eli bickering like an old married couple, the intensity of the mystery surrounding Eli's past as well as Ethan's father, and the incredible historical detail, there wasn't anything I didn't love about this book.Oh, and editing? Normally, if a book has less than five notes from me about editing issues, I don't mention them unless they hugely impact my reading. This book had ONE. One tiny little slip of a comma (which are the bane of my existence, so I get it!) and that was it. I never saw anything that could count as a spelling, grammar, editing or plot mistake, slip up or accident. In a debut novel.When it comes to POV, 1st person has never been a friend of mine. There are few books that actually write it the way that I can read it – which is falling into the story and never having a million unanswered questions about who “I” as the character am supposed to be. Because, the trap with 1st is that it's written where you're supposed to know who you are already, so there's no real introduction.There was no need for an introduction here. Eli is perfectly clear and brilliant as a main character. Sarcastic, but deeply troubled, he's the quintessential tortured soul, with a difference. He feels sorry for himself, but only rarely; he tries not to let his failings, past or fears distract him and tries not to let anyone else see them, either. His ego is incredible; he's the kind of man who loves himself deeply and isn't ashamed of his vanity. But, at the same time, he uses it as a shield to prevent anyone from seeing the dark side of him. He's far from your typical hero. But, then, maybe he's not a hero? Maybe he's just a regular guy (vampire) who has a job to do?Similarly, I love Malachi. He's a ghost, but he's hilarious, camp and all the other things Eli claims he is. Utilizing some seriously eloquent snark and unabashed campness, the pair together are a riot, but Malachi himself is just so adorable. I spent half the book shipping Maleli and the other half shipping Elian. Now I can't decide what I want or if I really want Gideli back. (Not that I ever saw the together, to begin with, but you know what I mean.)The way the POV was used – primarily in Eli's 1st person, but also with extracts of Ethan, Daniyyel's POV and diary entries for Isaiah, Ethan's day – meant that we got to find out all the important things, as and when we needed to know them. Eli wasn't there for the big events, but through the eyes of other people's memories and accounts – told in 1st person, which is much less draining and less complicated than having a long explanation from them during a conversation – we get to experience them with all our senses, to make sure we don't miss the important details.Ethan is an enigma. I know there's a big secret in his past – as there is for all the main characters, Malachi and Eli alike – but I can't wait to see how it will be discovered. Knowing that all three have huge secrets, but that Ethan is the only one opening up about his past so far, would normally have me desperate for information. But, I'm enjoying the journey and the way that the secrets are revealed too much to demand that they're spilled in a quick, unsatisfactory manner. I want to juice, the detail, the gore and the excitement. So I'll patiently wait.For me, the genius of this book is in it's detail. From characterisation – slowly explored, with hints and suggestions or more, as well as all the characters being nicely transparent or confusing as hell – to the detail of the locations, the historical facts, the emotions and the way that the characters all interact with each other. Not only is there a lot in this book, but it all comes together seamlessly, because of the detail binding it all together in a believable way. Characters like Eddie, Vicky and Adi were an interesting twist, allowing us readers to ponder and wonder, only for the big secret to be revealed when it was all beginning to come together.The story covers a lot of historical incidents – Queen Victoria, her grandson Prince Albert Victor, Jack the Ripper, Nazis, Jeiwsh Concentration Camps, Adolf Hitler – but it never once feels disjointed, ridiculous or fanciful. The way the events are linked, how and the way they're interlinked is the interesting part. And the bit that is so clever.And let's not forget the most important player of all – The Devil, AKA Melek.~For me, there was so much depth to this story that I can't believe it was contained within less than 250 pages.It tackles some seriously hardcore issues – there is nothing light and fluffy about it. With a strong theme of the Nazis and Hitler's prejudice against the Jewish people, told through Ethan's story, and historical events that Eli has personal experience of – Jack the Ripper and Queen Victoria's reign – intense, upsetting historical crimes are explored in a way that is readable, but has the emotional impact of reverence towards the subject. Adding in Eli and Mal's naturally humour natures, these events offer a darker side to their lives and shows the horrors they've endured or are yet to endure.Beneath the intensity, is a beautifully explored journey of self-discovery, themes of resilience and love in the face of adversity and the overwhelming need to see these characters rise from the ashes that other people have made of their lives. Somewhere along the way, I know hearts are going to be broken, but then again, this isn't the type of book (series) where everyone will get their happily ever after. It's more realistic than that.When I read this part of the author's biography, I just knew that it was perfect. Basically, this one sentence can describe me to a tee. “My fascination with History, Religion and Conspiracy theories have, in this instance, gone hand-in-hand with my love of all things vampire, fantasy, sci-fi and horror.” Me too, Sean. Your books and I are going to be spending a lot of time together in the future.All I can say is bravo. Bravo, Sean. You're onto a winner and I can't wait to see what else you write. Whatever it is, I'll be waiting with impatient grabby hands to get my copy.~Favourite Quote“I was Atlas, carrying the agonies of the world.”“I had an angel in my dining room and a German soldier in my dungeon, and to top things off, I lived with a ghost.”“I went back to that forest to find some books, but he would have me leave a freedom fighter.”

  • Micah
    2019-01-20 12:50

    3.5 out of 5 Pros:* I enjoyed the reimagining of the holocaust and how the author took real life events and gave them supernatural elements. * when the plot line actually progressed, it was thrilling. * there are several character reveals that seemed like they are supposed to make the audience gasp, and while some of the reveals I saw coming, there was one that I didn’t and I gasped so props to the author. * there were a few comedic moments that got me good Cons:*i have literally no sense of who the main characters are. A majority of this book is spent on the backstory of secondary characters. Like at some points, I was confused who the main characters were. * in the blurb, the MC is supposed to have a giant ego but like every other paragraphs he mentions how good looking he is but it’s like ok I get it. It would’ve been nice to get some character development and I thought it was going to happen near the end but then boom another backstory of a secondary character. * transitions. The transitions in this book gave me whiplash. Segues in this were like not a thing and I found myself having to continually flip back a few pages to see how I ended up here. * Diversity. Diversity can be such beautiful thing. This book have several paragraphs with asians... but diversity wasn't really there. If this isn't a problem for then disregard. It's a major make-or-break a story for meI’m going to give the 2nd book in this series a chance. I feel like this book could be amazing if there was good character development. I’m rooting for it so we’ll see.

  • Debbie Bookers
    2019-01-28 14:40

    Let me start by saying this author has a brilliant mind. His imagination took me on such a journey and had me captivated for the entire book. I can’t even begin to imagine the research he had to do for this first installment. The way this author engaged all my emotions is mind blowing. I could be laughing one minute and crying the next and then scared the very next.This story is set in the WW2 era within Germany during Hitler and the Holocaust. There are many creatures in this story anywhere from good to evil. We have Eli the vampire that’s locked himself off from the real world in his castle. He lives with the funny and campy ghost, Malachi. These reminded me of an old married couple with their bickering but in a good funny way. Then the angel, Daniyyel shows up and changes things up.Then there’s the gorgeous soldier, Ethan that Eli rescues and brings him back to the castle. It’s there that we learn of Isaiah’s books, Ethan’s father. I learned of Isaiah’s demise with demons and the loss of Eva, his wife. Eli feels a deep lust and connection with Ethan, and this drives Malachi crazy. Malachi has been in love with Eli for a very long time.Eli is damaged and broken hearted. He uses sarcasm to keep from feeling real feelings and has an ego that gets him in trouble. Gideon was his true love and is the reason for his broken heart. Eli is lovable also with a high sex drive, but not many see this side of him.There are so many characters, I can’t even tell you about them all. What I can tell you is that these characters are interconnected, and the flow this author has throughout this book is amazing. There are twist and turns, good vs. evil and jaw-dropping scenery.This author has won me over as a fan for life. I found this story riveting, mouth-watering, terrifying and had my full attention from beginning to end.I would recommend this to book to the not so weary. This book contains historical events, horror, gore, passion, rollercoaster of emotions and, of course, hot MM sex scenes and some MF sex scenes.

  • Bike Book Reviews
    2019-02-01 16:26

    Very rarely does a book come along that floors me, a book that takes me to a place that the author creates, and I stay there until the last letter of the last sentence. Luckily, Dead Camp is one of those books! You will fall in love with these guys and their story just like I did! First we meet Eli, Eli is a very old Vampire who has very deep dark secrets. These secrets about his past eat at him night and day, and they cause him to remain in the shadows, not even his best friend, Malachi, a ghost, knows the whole story. Eli prefers to live with his guilt and punish himself for his past. Eli's life changes when two things happen, first Daniyyel, an Angel visits and forces Eli to face his past, no spoilers here guys so you will have to wait to find out what happens :P! Also Eli meets Ethan, whom he swears he knows from somewhere, and whom he is so deeply drawn to he may even confront his past to be near him. There is so much I can't tell you, so much more to this book! I will tell you that the plot in this book is amazing, there is no shortage of sexy interludes, and you will be on your toes and riveted from cover to cover! I know I can't wait to dive into book 2! Thank you Sean, for a book that is so expertly written it takes us to another place, a place I can't wait to revisit!

  • booklover
    2019-01-28 09:42

    This was VERY different to what i was expecting. I've rad m/m vamp books before but NONE were like this. While it was funny a lot of the time, in places it did take on a more serious undertone,and the fact that historical events were intertwined was a great concept. The story flowed well but at times i did get a tad confused over who's pov i was reading from. The characters were well thought out and i particularly liked Mal, he made me laugh the most. Overall this was a really good read from an author i've never read before.

  • Lindsay Crook
    2019-02-19 08:49

    You have to read this!!!Omg I loved this book..From the start I was hooked vampire's, demon's, Angeles and a ghost I mean come on what more could you ask for.Eli is a damaged soul with a sassy attitude you can't help but love.This book had me excited from start to finish..I'm now in need of book 2

  • Andrea
    2019-02-16 10:25

    This is an extraordinary book. When I started reading it, I honestly had no idea what I got myself into. Usually, I read a bit of the blurb to get the gist and then mostly reviews from other readers. I was a bit reluctant at first, as I am German and don't usually like reading about my people's horrendous past. At all. Also, not much of a history geek. But it made me curious.Adding paranormal aspects to my country's history gave it a whole new meaning, and fittingly so(view spoiler)[ with Hitler being a demon. He truly was one (hide spoiler)]. History and all the things that happened before and during the NS regime would totally make sense.Now, putting the story aside for a bit, I was utterly awestruck how well-written and eloquent the book was. The prologue alone just blew me away. Also, I truly love the British English and I revelled in reading it (most books, especially m/m, do come from the US, so the colloquial stuff I know is usually American). I absolutely loved the characters in the book. Eli is a magnificent being and I'm looking forward to watching how his character will develop. His anguish is soul-shatteringly deep and I want to see him healed - or at least to be able to cope with his past. Also, I hope we'll see him together with Ethan in the future (oh please, please, please!) and Mal the little twat (I love him so much) won't get in the way again. (view spoiler)[I wanted to kill him, when he opened the gates of Alte and interrupted when Eli was about to kiss Ethan! Argh! (hide spoiler)] I'm curious of what will become of Mal.Really intriguing is Melek and what his objectives might be. What he told Eli in their encounter gives a hint to what Eli was before he became a vampire. I've got a hunch but in the end we'll see, won't we. Surprisingly, few of my fellow reviewers wrote much about the carnal parts of the book. It IS very sexy and the characters are really mouth-wateringly hot, the book lets me long for more though. I hope we get to see more of this in the books to come (and I hope not only the books are coming...). Sean, thank you so much for making me aware of your books, I hope you keep up with the good work and give us more of the juicy stuff. As we connected through Nicholas Bella, you know how we like it ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Daniel Mitton
    2019-01-23 16:45

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews.)Okay, so I’m going to be brutally honest. This book confused the hell out of me and it will probably show in this review… because I really have no idea what I’m going to say. I get that there is a lot of info being dumped in this installment that probably makes more sense down the road in the other books, but this book kept making me go back to see whose head I was in. I tend to read smaller amounts since I went back to work full time, and when I pick up a book, I like to be able to just fall back into the story. That didn’t happen here.I really liked the story overall, and the writing style and shock value were great… but there were some strange things which made me pause on more than one occasion and say ‘HUH?’. An example would be some things that happened in London involving a famous historical woman. I’m not sure what that had to do with the overall story, but again, maybe we find out in a later book.I did figure out who one of the characters was supposed to be before the big reveal, but it didn’t spoil the story. Some grossness with a bloody vagina almost did, but I moved past it quickly.Again, to keep it honest, I have to tell you that at first, I didn’t like the book. It took me quite a while to get into the story, but once I did, I moved through the rest of it quickly. It left me in mid-air, and now I need to know what happens next. I will be moving on to the second book in the series… I have no choice. Where does it go from here?I recommend this book to anyone who likes a paranormal story, with vampires, ghosts and famous people thrown in to tie it to the real world. It has some pretty dark sections, some fairly gross scenes, and lots of different characters. Beware the cliff-hanger, but know that the other books are already out and you won’t have to pause if you don’t want to!

  • Natosha Wilson
    2019-01-23 11:51

    Wow what a gripping, dark read. This book basically latches on to the reader and will not let them go. It ends in a cliffhanger that leaves the reader on the edge of their seats waiting impatiently and immediately wanting the next books in the series to see what is going to happen and who is going to turn out to be good and who is going to turn out to be bad.This is a book that I would definitely describe as being a good versuses evil. Heaven versuses Hell. Want versuses need. And love versuses hate. There is no better way to describe this bookthen that. It is a paranormal read with angels and demons, vampires, god and devil, and definitely good and bad. This is one of those books that while you are reading it you cannot help to imagine the scenes as they play out while you are reading them. In the end each and every character in this book has a very important role and each and every character has the potential to either turn to the good side or turn to the bad side and at this point no one except maybe the author knows what is going to happen and who is going to go which way.I find myself sitting here wishing I had the next book right now in this series because I would sit down and read it immediately. This will definitely be a series that I will be following and waiting impatiently for the next book to come out because I am hooked.I am definitely rooting for Ethan, Malachi, and Eli. This book is primarily based around them but I can honestly say that I hope that Ethan and Eli end up togetherbecause I believe the two together as a couple will turn out to be an important part of the whole good versuses evil but I do but know that for certain. Just a vibe I got.Can't wait for book two. I will be impatiently be awaiting it.Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review

  • Ayanna
    2019-01-29 16:45's bad I missing something? the rating is so high? Did I somehow end up reading a completely different thing than other people?Like for me, the first chap: made 0 sensethe second chap: a lot of wangst, plus it still lowkey made no sense, and also Nazis. Granted, Nazis are perhaps a bit more of a sore topic now that they're actually in reality popping up everywhere than a couple years back but like... well I was still taken aback by how blase this was about consorting with Nazis in whatever form.Also like, the blurb is like "Mal can never know what happened in London," but it kind of seems like they wasted no time delving right into it? It either gets a bit fuzzy who is saying what when, or I started tuning out lol(after a brief moment of thought I'm putting this behind a spoiler but it's really patently ridiculous and like........Does The Author Know. Because like.....what)(view spoiler)[Also I need to call out the fact that Eli is "Menarche." Surely there were other words the author could have chosen. So what is the implication of this, then? Vampires are to humanity what menstruation is to people with vaginas? What does THAT even mean? (hide spoiler)]Anyway this story does kind of seem like it might have potential but it also feels like five concepts in a trenchcoat

  • Stephanie Bonsall
    2019-02-16 14:38

    Wow! When you'd thought you'd read every take on a vampire story, this is something completely different and new. Add to the vampire a ghost, a demon and an angel of power you have one incredible mix of characters. It took me a while to start this book as I didn't think I would like the WW2 elements in the story. How wrong was I! I have never read such a descriptive book. The words just flowed giving multiple to descriptions to every item, feeling or situation. The authors way with words is like no other. The book was humorous, dark and scary at times with historical people and situation portrayed like never before. I can't wait to find out more about vampire Ely who's sexy and he knows it and his clan. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a new take on the vampire story and also enjoys a bit of history and horror mixed into one.

  • Kimberly Lord-bartoszek
    2019-02-13 14:26

    I was very surprised by this book! You have Eli who is an ancient (and very angsty) vampire. He's had a rough past so he's hidden himself away from the world with only his ghost pal Mal as company. Then bam! There's an angel at his door and he's rescuing a mysterious stranger which flips his quiet lonely world upside down. This is all taking place during WWII and I love all the historical and religious aspects. There are some very funny moments but for the most part it's a very serious and dark tale.

  • Nese's
    2019-01-23 08:42

    l truly don't know how to put into words how l am feeling.l am actually reeling from the intensity, and sheer gruesomeness of this story.Beautifully written , such depth to each scene , so descriptive .For a debut novel it is absolutely amazing, so chilling, so gruesome.l had to message the author to tell him ,that he gave me nightmares.

  • Olga
    2019-01-30 13:27

    I read only 2 chapters. It’s just not my feels like there is a big and nice plot hiding behind it but I don’t see it. There is sex, sex, rippled men, sex, dicks and a lot of jumps from one time frame to another, that don’t necessarily have any importance nor any thrill.

  • Sydney Whyte
    2019-02-20 09:29

    For me this was one of the harder book reviews to write. I actually tossed up whether to do it or not. I had it recommended on a fan site and heard the chatter about it from others in the group and was expecting something a little different. My feelings for this book are slightly ambiguous. I love it and I equally hate it too.This is the first book in a series and is little more than foundation laying. It covers only a day or two in the life of Eli but the back-story covers so much more. What happened in London? Why does Eli wallow in so much self-pity that even my empathy is exhausted?I have little affinity with the main character. I was left to meander bemused through the first half of the book, my attention caught first by one event and then another, to be offered full insight into their story but in reality was gifted nothing more than a mystery. And then to be tossed from that character to another and then another and then another, to warm to them and then to be abandoned to another tale of woe from the past. The author created intensity, I felt it deeply. But my curiosity was never really alleviated.I only became invested upon hearing the thoughts of an angel, the struggle he had to do what was right when religion/god forbade him to interfere. His hands tied and unable to help. I felt for him, for his silence and the accusations of others which I know must have been painful. He would tell the truth if he could but he is stymied at every turn.The book left me anxious, not alone for Eli, but for Malachi; for the danger he was putting himself in and that for a creature he loves unconditionally, but who in all likelihood was his murderer. I fear for Ethan, so human and fragile. I care about who he is and that he will survive.Mysteries are thrown at me from every angle and nothing is resolved. Who is Ethan, what has happened to his father? Who made Eli a vampire in the first place, why does the devil want him so badly? Why the demonization of a man who was real, and evil in his own right? Was that truly necessary? Interesting though.I love the diary section of the book, the revelations of Isaiah, the innocence, the determination to offer himself as salvation for his future wife. I loved their story, and their tragedy. That’s not saying Ethan’s mother Eva deserved to die, certainly not in the manner that it happened.I don’t fear for Eli, although I suppose I should, after all everything revolves around him, he is the centre.The style of the book is slow, full of wonderful descriptive phrases - luscious word pictures of misery - that tell you everything and yet still keep their secrets. What happened in London? What happened to Gideon?I found some phrases jarring, mostly that used by Eli. This story is set in Germany during the war and the incarceration of the Jews and yet Eli comes up with gems such as “fuck”, and “bum” for bottom, and “nada, diddly squat”. These terms sound so modern, so familiar, and while they indeed might have been language used in the speech of the day, they didn’t feel quite right. The London event happened in Victorian England in the age of Jack the Ripper, days when one had their mouth washed out with the mere uttering of the word ‘damn!’ And in Hitler’s Germany I’m sure language would have hardly progressed, especially for one who had hidden away for the last sixty years.That said, I will definitely re-read sometime in the future because all the information cannot possibly be absorbed in one sitting.

  • Toni
    2019-01-21 11:34

    This is a difficult book for me to rate because I like his prose for the most part. Although he uses the word "twat" a bit excessively in the beginning. I don't object to the word just the repetitive use. Also I kept getting lost in the narrative and it almost seemed like Eli also got lost in his own narration. In an attempt at mystique, he doesn't fully explain the tangents where he leads us. I think it isn't until another chapter, when we actually learn his ex's name although he has spoken of their life together in previous chapters. The evasive narrative also gets very confusing, like we learned part of Vicky's story and Eli's hand in it, but I am now several chapters and several decades away from it and wondering what the heck happened. It's giving me the back story piecemeal and it just doesn't always work. Another thing that bothers me is Eli is a vampire who's been secluded for 60 years and we are now in the midst of WWII, yet in a conversation with an angel a reference is made to the Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland. They are in Germany making reference to a movie with limited theatrical release in America before the war. The Wizard of Oz did not become popular and beloved by Americans (let alone other countries) until years after the war was over when it was on TV. It just pulled me out of the story. I know it sounds miniscule, but a simple fact check could have prevented the misuse of this reference. If it was just a reference to the book and not Judy too, eh maybe but the ruby slippers came from the movie - in the book they are silver. It seemed like there were other instances, but like I said I was a little lost in the narrative and not sure exactly what time period we were in at first.But I did think it could become interesting, I'm just not emotionally invested in these characters. Although for the first part of the book, Eli is doing most of the narration, when we did jump to Danyyel's head or Mal's, I just didn't see much difference between them. I was trying to think of how to describe Eli aside from his vampirism and horniness, and I was a little hard pressed to come up with some other descriptive terms. Maybe the fault lies with me the reader, as there were many places where the writing was smooth and flowed very nicely. I think it could be interesting if I had the patience to figure out where this was going. So although this is a DNF at 50%, I plan to pick it back up when I am less annoyed and not in such a hurry to read something else. Especially considering the other stellar reviews, it always makes me concerned that I was in a bad mood, the stars were not properly aligned or some other explanation as to why I am missing out on the great experience - this is quite possible.

  • Ian
    2019-01-21 14:37

    It's not often I get rolled up into a book in the first sentence. But there I was innocently perusing the opening line of Dead Camp and found myself immediately immersed. Kerr's wordcraft melts over you like an over easy egg.There is a vampire at the center of this story.In a market that is saturated with shifters Kerr has me begging to be drenched and drowning in Eli.Eli is a unique vampire that could easily be compared to the character BLADE—a Day Walker, etc. However, Blade is almost a perfect character: Flawless in his purpose and execution of vampires. Eli is hardly perfect in any sense other than perhaps a perfect mess! He screws up, says the wrong things, he’s selfish at times like the rest of us…well…he’s almost human and what could be more messed up than that. You find yourself screaming at the pages for Eli to do this or say that, and it’s not because there is something wrong with the writing. It’s because there is something RIGHT! Kerr gets you engaged and that is the point of reading and by far the point of writing. Get your readers engaged with the characters. He wields a mastery of the written word with such exactness and ease I could only imagine other writers would be inspired and jealous of his skills all at the same time, patting him on the back with one hand and punching him in the face with the other because he’s THAT DAMN GOOD!If vampires aren't your choice of delicacy have no fear. Sean Kerr has prepared an assortment of paranormal treats to tempt your palate. There are ghosts, demons, and an angel. Let me stop here and say that Kerr's description of an angel is by far the best I have ever read in any work, and most unique. Lest we forget there is an erotic element in this story. Oh, and there are Nazis too. What? Too much? With such a myriad of entities and elements in one book it could easily fall over into a cumbersome read. But Sean Kerr does not simply slop characters onto a plate and shove it in your face. No, Kerr is a culinary master that has skillfully concocted this savory dish, developing flavors peppered with ghost, a dash of demon, and a sprinkle of angel to present an exquisite feast for your delight.If you suffer from a multitude of tastes, like myself, and can’t decide if you’re in the mood for action, romance, eroticism, or supernatural exploits then go no further. Chef Kerr has got the dish just for you in DEAD CAMP 1.

  • Carra
    2019-02-01 14:38

    I'm not quite sure how to describe Dead Camp. There were parts that were intriguing, parts that were amusing, parts that were complicated and parts that were downright disturbing. The writing is a bit wordy at times, usually during the longer, explanatory narratives and other areas of the story where dialogue between the characters is sparse.There's a unique group of characters, with Eli (vampire), Malachi (ghost), Daniyyel (angel) and Ethan (presumably human) being the main ones and the bulk of the story being told from Eli's point of view. We're also introduced to other characters who have shaped the circumstances in which our group now find themselves (Ethan's parents, Eli's ex, and oh yes-the devil). They all make for some interesting interactions that reveal plenty of secrets on just about every characters' part, adding to the complexity of the story which only serves to draw the reader further in.There are some scenes with sexual content, and plenty more with innuendo. The one part that I found disturbing though is the final scene read from Ethan's father's diaries. While I had already guessed where things were leading in regards to his father's friend's identity, the events that allegedly cement his friend into who he became are graphic and disconcerting, and might be found distasteful by some readers.I do find myself thoroughly absorbed in the story to where I need to find out where things go from here. The end of this book leaves us on a cliffhanger that promises a lot more drama to come, and I really want to see how the group's plan pans out as well as what might come for Eli and Ethan. Dead Camp book one was a 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend it for fans of M/M paranormal fiction who like historical settings and flairs of drama. 18+ for adult language, graphic horror/gore and M/M (and a small bit of M/F) sexual content.

  • Maggie Lane
    2019-02-16 09:55

    Spellbinding,Unique,great read.I had no real expectations when I started this book but was soon blown away by the quality of writing, seeing as how this was the authors first novel.The story involves Vampires,Demons,Angels and ghosts so most all the paranormals here in one. Set in the Hitler rein it covers the atrocities inflicted on the Jews and German race in general. The main character Eli is a vampire who is self absorbed in pity, he can't leave his castle where he resides with his ghost friend Malachi. The ANGEL Daniyyel and Mal are trying to get him back into the world of the living.So starts his journey into finding who he was before he was turned.In his travels he comes across the most beautiful specimens of a man Ethan and feels the connection to him immediately. He now has to make a decision as stay hidden in his castle or help mankind fight the war against Evil.Sean Kerr has done a brilliant job, he takes you on a riveting ride with lots of funny dialog. I am now looking forward to continuing the story in Dead Camp 2'

  • Ilona
    2019-02-14 11:26

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I'll start by saying I honestly don't know how to describe the reading experience of this book. As an example I don't usually give spoilers (and technically this isn't one) but here is just one part of a sentence that gives an idea of how good the writing is.' .. the Limehouse area of London was as rough as a sheet of sandpaper against your bare arse'. This book is set during WW2 and besides having Nazis it has a homosexual Vampire, who is selfish yet lovable, a sex starved ghost who is in love the Vampire, an Angel who is enigmatic and worldly, the Devil and Adolf Hitler too. I think that says it all really except that it does come in parts all told from different characters POVs, which might put some people off but it is funny, horrific, interesting, and strangely additive and well wortnh the read. My only complaint is it does end on a small cliffhanger and I can't afford book two yet (also the reason it only got 4 stars).

  • C.E. Case
    2019-02-14 11:27

    Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The title is the worst thing about this book is the title. I mean, I get it, it’s about an effeminate gay ghost who’s “campy.” And Dead. But the book is so much more. Brooding, broken Eli is a sarcastic but lovable homosexual vampire obsessed with sex and afraid of his own capacity for violence. His best friend is Malachi the ghost. They are both hiding from their past, quite literally in a castle in the middle of the woods.Surrounded by Nazis. Seriously, this book is the best. It’s a great pleasure to read. There’s a lot of sex, obviously. And a lot of gore. Eli is not a sparkly vampire, he is an ancient evil. And I’m obsessed with him. Four stars- C. E. CaseI was provided this book in exchange for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. I was not compensated, coerced, or flattered into an opinion.