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Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-905091-42-3

Ebook: ISBN: 978-1-905091-30-0

 

Length: 111,922 words

 

 

The Great Right Hope, by Mark Jackman

 

“Even the best vampires need a good smack...”

In north-east England, a monster has arisen. A vampire beast is stalking the Yorkshire moors, mutilating and destroying everything in its path. The vampire elders realise that the Firmamentum has cast its shadow on the world once more–a phenomenon which happens every few millennia, where a human and a vampire are born ultimately powerful and destined to oppose each other...

Sid Tillsley is a forty-six year old benefit-fraudster from Middlesbrough. He's an overweight alcoholic, and also sexist, homophobic and a lazy git. But one thing sets him apart from his northern brethren; he can kill vampires with a single punch.

Now, as you can imagine, killing a vampire with a big haymaker is pretty amazing. After all, they are big hard bastards who can regenerate and stuff, and if anyone could kill them, Dracula would never have lived up to his tough-guy persona. So, when Sid inadvertently kills a vampire, whom he wrongly suspects as being a homosexual dogger trying it on with him, the whole vampire world is thrown into a state of shock. Suddenly, and very reluctantly, Sid finds himself the centre of human and vampire attention. Some want to kill him, but others believe him to be the Bellator; the one to fight the vampire beast.

That's all well and good, but Sid just wants to get pissed down the pub with his mates, and, maybe, just maybe, end his two year drought with the ladies. Besides, Sid has more important things to worry about. The benefit office are on to him, and, if they see him scrapping, they'll know that his bad back and dodgy heart are all a load of bollocks!

 

 

Forget “Twilight”, “The Great Right Hope” is the vampire release for 2009!

Highly recommended  -  (Jacob Perkins on 30 January 2009)

Really good read - couldn't put it down! The storyline is well paced and thrilling with plenty of twists and turns, and Jackman's wicked sense of humour keeps the whole think moving along at a rapid pace. I'd recommend it to anyone as there's something in it for everyone! Definitely the only book i've ever read where doggers, vampires and dole cheats are seen together!!

 

Brilliant - (Jason K on 22 January 2009)

The Great Right Hope is a fast paced, action packed comedy horror that I couldn't put down. Jackman has fused two distinct styles of writing - and it works brilliantly. From Gothic melodrama, to outrageously bad taste humor the story culminates in an epic (and unexpected) ending. In Sid Tilsley, Jackman has not only created a hero that fat, sexist, unemployed layabouts from Middlesbrough can identify with, but a set of wonderfully ludicrous characters that make up Sid’s clique. So not only is the central story riveting, but the comic character interactions are superb. I loved this book and I want more Sid.

 

Worth reading - (Chris on 21 January 2009)

great book, enjoyed reading it.

 

The great right hope review - (Dave Farmer on 18 January 2009)

Brilliant, some of the best giggles I've had in ages. Really well written and easy to read, Hoping there's a sequel in the making. Big Sid's the man!!

 

Three worlds collide.... - (Lee Mallard on 16 January 2009)

Never before have the worlds of Vampires, benefit fraudsters and doggers been brought together, until now that is. The Great Right Hope is a fantastic piece of fiction that appeals to anyone from 8-80 with a twisted sense of humour, be honest that's most of us. You will all have met characters like the ones described - bounders, cads and swordsman - and enjoy their tales of drink, ladies and vampire slaying (well maybe the latter doesn't feature too much in pub chat). This is a witty, amusing and well written first novel. It could well be a cult classic. You have been warned!

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