The Reviews

A great first book in the series

I wasn't sure what to expect, other than vampires. What I did get was thoroughly enjoyable.

A mix of the english mob, the supernatural, and an almost endearing anti-hero in Joe himself. The book leads directly into the next one, so I was a little disappointed that the story wasn't neatly tied up in a bow for me, but that's not the author's problem.

I did buy Season 2, as I want to see where this goes -- so far, I'm hooked.

Terry Marchion

Great Read

Great read with unlikely hero & unexpected twist & turns.

A mixture of gangland thriller and Vampire Horror. Joe Coffin is an unlikely hero in a novel with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. If this story ever makes it onto the TV screens it will , in my humble opinion, be a hit.

Nolan Kee

Joe Coffin - This is loads of fun !

This is a helluva read for mature readers ! I haven’t had this much fun reading in a long time ! Joe Coffin is a huge bruiser of man who wants revenge for the murder of his family. What he soon gets involved in is so bizarre he really struggles with it. If you’re into vampires, murder, mayhem and criminal activity then this is the book for you ! Just enough turns and twists to keep your head spinning while you try to decide what could possibly happen next !

M K Pingree

Joe meets a vampire

I think this book is a great start to a series. Joe Coffin gets out of jail after his wife and child are killed. Tom a some what friend tells him who killed them so that he could get revenge. After killing the two people who he thought killed his wife and child he decides they were too stupid and could not have done it.

His x-wife's son and another boy are missing and Joe told her he would help find him. When he goes to check out a deserted mansion he meets Abel the vampire. They have a fight and with a little help from Emma the reporter Joe thinks he has killed the vampire.

This is a great introduction to the vampire world. The vampire not only turned Joe's wife into a vampire, but also his son. The book has a lot of excitement and Joe tries to find the person responsible for his wife's death. He has decided that its Able. A very good well written book you will enjoy.

Lonnie Huff

Original and addictive vampire series

Joe Coffin is not a run of the mill vampire series. Forget the romantic, sparkling insipid characters you may have seen in other books or on TV - these are proper vampires and vampire killers for grown ups.

If you buy this book make sure you set aside plenty of time to read it, because once you start you won't be able to put it down.

Kirsten Bennett

Vampires. In Birmingham!

Joe Coffin is the over-sized enforcer for Birmingham's gangland boss. Newly released from prison his priority is to find the killers of his wife and child but it seems that matters are not as simple as that. A tip as to the identity of those responsible may not have been correct - and his wife may not be as dead as it is presumed...

Add to the mix an interfering reporter, a previous wife, missing children... and the vampires are almost over-egging the pudding. However the mixture works and this first 'Season' comes to a satisfactory end while opening up a new plot line.

Julian White

Raw and brutal like a kick in the teeth from a pair of hob-nail boots!

As a fellow Brummie I was intrigued when I stumbled upon this book by accident. But what a happy accident it was.

Raw and brutal like a kick in the teeth this book takes the reader down a dark alley, mugs them at knife point and then proceeds to give them a kicking just because...

AND after following the rollercoaster to the end, you WILL immediately want to go and get the season 2 & 3 bundle, just to see what happens next.

Jon Howard

Joe Coffin series

Great read. Enjoyed all the books. Hoping for more. Need more Emma and Joe.

Jan Westlake

The Path To Hell Begins!

This truly is a gritty, fast paced, potty mouthed, violent start to the Joe Coffin series - IT IS UTTERLY WONDERFUL!!!

Intense characters (I particularly loved Emma, with her ballsy, dogged attitude). Joe Coffin is an enigma, his uber violent, tough guy image, belays a surprising soft spot, family means everything to him!

There's humour, gore, characters to love and characters to hate...

Thank god there are more to read! 💥

Gaynor Daly

Gritty Fusion of Vampire Legend and Gangster Action

Preston combines the unpolished horror of Eastern European legends with the brutality of gangland culture to create a tale that provides the purity of classic vampire stories without the simplistic moral binary.

Joe Coffin’s second wife and young son were brutally murdered while he was in prison. So, when the fellow member of the Slaughterhouse gang who picks him up on the day of his release says he’s found the men who did it, Coffin doesn’t hesitate. However, after his wrath has faded, the story starts to feel a little implausible. Meanwhile, the son of his first wife is missing, trapped in a cellar and bled daily by mysterious captors. A gangster to the core, Coffin doesn’t trust the police to deal with either situation, but—as the issues surrounding each of his former wives start to overlap—he begins to wonder if he can trust anything (or anyone) other than his fists.

At it’s most basic, this is a tale of a criminal and thug discovering the existence of vampires, inviting comparison with From Dusk Till Dawn. However, while a nightclub is a significant venue, Preston sets the action in the gang-owned streets of Birmingham, creating a much more visceral experience than Tarantino’s glamorous violence.

The evocation of Birmingham’s criminal underworld is bleak. Preston neither conceals nor excuses that these are wife-beaters and murderers, led by a man who expects wives to stay with their abusers for the image of the gang. This is a world where the closest to virtue anyone gets is redistributing protection payments so businesses run by petty criminals seem to have underpaid rather than businesses run by decent people.

Preston’s vampires fit the world of real gangster culture perfectly. These are brutal creatures, devoid of nobility or honour. While sexual, it is a tawdry display of self-gratification, stripped of the smouldering passions that often gild vampiric sex.

And Preston’s language and descriptions fit this: torn flesh is displayed in full rather than hinted at through character’s reactions; characters swear crudely and often. This is not a book for readers who want their rogues charming or their vampires romantic.

The one thing that might interfere with immersion into this gritty world of thugs and predators is Coffin’s name. Although Coffin is an actual British surname, readers unfamiliar with that might find it unconsciously echoes the names of more stylised Gothic tales. Conversely, those readers very familiar with British names might wonder at how a gang enforcer in Birmingham ended up with the surname of Devonshire nobility. This is a minor distraction though, that—if suffered at all—is likely to pass after a few chapters.

While Coffin is the centre of the story, Preston also uses other viewpoint characters: this access to other sources of information both provides the reader with evidence Coffin’s strategy is based on imperfect knowledge, heightening the tension, and allows for the introduction of visceral vampire action earlier in the book, removing any frustration the reader might feel at a vampire tale that doesn’t feature vampires without requiring Coffin to be almost wilfully obtuse in his refusal to work out what is going on.

This book contains the first four sections of an ongoing serialised narrative. However, this might not be obvious to most readers had Preston not highlighted it in advance. The transitions between the parts are smooth, noticeable only as more than a chapter break by the presence of a page marking the change. Whereas, the last pages of part four close off the arc of Coffin’s investigations into his wives’ problems, creating the same sense of closure as the ending of a normal novel.

Coffin is a sympathetic protagonist. While he is a committed criminal who embraces violence as both a career and a knee-jerk reaction, the glimpses of his past explain—without either justifying or glamourising—his choice to become chief legbreaker for a gang lord. Additionally, in a world where all the characters hurt each other emotionally, his weakness is pretty faces, avoiding the stereotype of thug-with-a-heart-of-gold while retaining the “virtue” of genuinely caring about his family, current and former. Coffin is also—although casually violent—not stupid or monomaniacal: he thinks about his actions and uses cunning or discussion if they seem a more profitable option.

The supporting cast are similarly multi-dimensional: reporters are united by nosiness but have distinct goals; gangsters disdain the law but each do so out of a different combination of group loyalties and moral priorities; and vampires approach the issue of ravaging humans with all the personal variety that individual humans display in pursuit of the same goal.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. I recommend it to readers seeking horror where the vampires are monsters not misunderstood creatures.

Dave Higgins

Amazing story!

I was a touch skeptical when I first downloaded this book. Mob thug turned vampire hunter was definitely a new one for me.

But as I got into the story there is so much more to this. Reaching the end just made me want to read more.

Definitely buying the next one and continuing on!

Chelsea R

Definitely a story with TEETH!

First off , WOW! It has been a while since I read such a completely horror driven vampire story. It took me three days reading whenever I could to get to the next page.

This is a 526 page compilation of the first few books and I am so glad I read them together this way. The wait for the next had I done it book by book would have driven me mad.

The action starts right away and just does not let up until the final page. Even then, there are more books to carry the story forward and I am here for them.

Vampires, mobsters, relentlessly amoral characters ... and Joe Coffin, an anti-hero like no other. Fast paced great character development and a seedy world where anything can and does happen. What a fabulous fabulous read.

Cat B.

Joe Coffin season one

First off , WOW! It has been a while since I read such a completely horror driven vampire story. It took me three days reading whenever I could to get to the next page. This is a 526 page compilation of the first few books and I am so glad I read them together this way. The wait for the next had I done it book by book would have driven me mad.

The action starts right away and just does not let up until the final page. Even then, there are more books to carry the story forward and I am here for them . Vampires, mobsters, relentlessly amoral characters ... and Joe Coffin, an anti-hero like no other. Fast paced great character development and a seedy world where anything can and does happen.

What a fabulous fabulous read.

Cat B.

Joe Coffin season one

If you are after a cosy lovely vampire book then this isn't one for you!

Whilst Joe was in prison his family were violently murdered and on release Joe is determined to seek revenge and boy does he do it with a vengeance.

Blood, gore, fantastic fight scenes. Brilliantly written characters

Allison Valentine