by Jasper Kent
Bantam Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780593060643
Date: 09 October 2008 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy : A fascinating début from a new and exciting British author, Jasper Kent. Twelve is described at "the first Napoleonic historical vampire novel". Due for release in October from Bantam, Twelve already has its own web site where you can read an excerpt.
"Twelve is the story of Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, a captain in the army of Tsar Alexander I, sworn to defend Russia against the onslaught of Napoleon's Grande Armée in the autumn of 1812. He joins forces with a band of twelve Wallachian mercenaries, whose zeal and success in slaughtering the French invaders seem too good to be true.
Soon, Aleksei unearths the gruesome secret behind the Wallachians' abilities, and discovers that they make little distinction between Frenchman or Russian. His fight becomes not simply one against Napoleon, but against a far more dangerous enemy."