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The Midnight Guardian: A Millennial Novel by Sarah Jane Stratford
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
St. Martin's Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312560133
Date: 13 October 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

It is World War II and Nazi Germany has commenced the extermination of all Jews, gypsies, homosexuals...and vampires. The British tribunal of millennials (powerful vampires that have lived for over a thousand years) fears that the war will produce a shortage of humans from which it can feed. The leader of the millennials, Otonia, selects five vampires to travel to Berlin and thwart the Third Reich's plans to cleanse Europe of vampires. Among them is the beautiful, talented Brigit.

Though Brigit is physically separated from her lover, Eamon, she maintains a psychic link with him through his music and singing. In times of great peril, she draws strength from him. The five millennials kill many SS soldiers. Brigit, a fierce warrior, single-handedly slaughters two-hundred Nazis in a theater. However, her greatest challenge comes when she vows to transport two Jewish children from Berlin to London. She finds herself constantly threatened by Sergeant Maurer who desires to become a vampire, Doctor Schultze who wishes to dissect her, and vampire hunters known as the Nachtspeere.

From official release/information:

Product Description: It's 1938, and the tentacles of Hitler's terrifying Third Reich have commenced their stranglehold on Europe. The Nazi empire will soon be clean of all bloodlines deemed tainted or undesirable…including vampires.

London's ancient tribunal of vampires is aghast at the destruction taking place on the Continent. Though vampires try not to interfere with human politics, Hitler's terrible plans force them into action. They resolve to send five of their most formidable vampires to Berlin— millennials that have lived over 1000 years and whose age and wisdom make them close to invulnerable— to infiltrate, disrupt, and destroy the growing Nazi war machine.

The brilliant and beautiful millennial Brigit is loath to go, but her powers are needed if the mission is to have any chance of success. She must summon all her strength to endure the separation from her lover Eamon, whom she made almost eight centuries ago, but whose lack of millennial status makes him an unacceptable choice for this operation. Though he longs to join her, his duty to Brigit is best served from afar, by nurturing their deep psychic connection and reinforcing her spirit with his fierce devotion and memories of his tender embrace.

But as the millennials attempt to penetrate and sabotage Hitler's armies, they discover that the Nazis are more capable than any human force they've yet encountered and more monstrous than they'd ever imagined. Forced to take bolder, more dangerous steps, they soon attract the attention of specially trained vampire hunters loyal to Hitler and his vision of a vampire-free Europe. Exposed, deep inside enemy territory, with vicious Nazi officers and hunters at her heels, Brigit must attempt a daring escape from the Continent, guarding precious cargo that marks the only hope of salvaging their mission.

(Source: St. Martin's Press)

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