A Body Given (Paperback)

In Guatemala, women and children are being enslaved to work in sweatshops, assembling designer clothing for high-end consumers. In Los Angeles, men are going missing but no bodies are found. In New York City, two towers are about to fall. When an Anglican clergyman and his friends investigate a link between a Guatemalan sweatshop and

In Guatemala, women and children are being enslaved to work in sweatshops, assembling designer clothing for high-end consumers. In Los Angeles, men are going missing but no bodies are found. In New York City, two towers are about to fall. When an Anglican clergyman and his friends investigate a link between a Guatemalan sweatshop and a major US corporation, a new evil emerges, its reach expanding across the globe. It is an evil that is familiar to the friends, one that drains the life from human beings and was thought to have been defeated long ago in a small seaside town in southern California. Familiar characters from the novel This Side of Death return twelve years later to find that the horror of the vampire they thought had been destroyed is now about to revisit them in ways they couldn’t have imagined. And the price the friends will pay for their confrontation with this new enemy will be devastating.



Meet the Author
Mike McNichols writes, teaches, and works in Southern California. He is the author of The Bartender: A Fable of a Journey, Shadow Meal: Reflections of Eucharist, and The Dead Cry Out: A Novel.

Comments

K. Wheeler says:

Good and evil A bit of a slow start as the characters and setting were established, but gained momentum and suspense as it all came together. I liked the working in of 9-11. Refreshing that “good” (God) was given as much description as “bad”(vampire) and that the good guys weren’t just a bunch of ineffective noodles. The ending was strong and somewhat of a surprise; no fun to read a story that’s too predictable. A quick read for most anyone, but I would not let my 14 year old read it. I would recommend it for young adults.

Anonymous says:

Mike McNichols creates an interesting weave of family love juxtaposed by evil and the horrors of this (and other) worlds. Part morality tale, part thriller, “A Body Given” presents a new twist on laying one’s life down for her friends. It was a delight to read a vampire book void of the teen drama and sexual tension so typical of this genre and to discover a more adult take on horror literature. It would have been interesting to know more detail of Morana’s transition to the dark side, as we start to see in the character development of Maya and how her nature transforms. Overall, a great read!

Anonymous says:

The second book of many trilogies is often, though not always, the weakest book of the three, but in this case, I think “A Body Given” is even better than “This Side of Death”, the first book in Mike McNichols’ planned vampire trilogy. Neither book is what one might expect of a contemporary vampire novel (most definitely NOT in the same genre as “Twilight”). “A Body Given” reminds me of the novels of Charles Williams, in the sense that the main characters are faced with the sudden and startling intrusion of the supernatural into their “normal” everyday reality. This is a story of a battle against principalities, powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world, but it is also a story of courage and of the quiet, deeper, greater power of love. The suspense builds as the story progresses, with some good twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I am looking forward to the final book of this trilogy.

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