A discovery goes horribly wrong when a young teenager
nds an artifact that comes with a horrifying secret.
Soon he becomes infected with a virus that changes him and his friend into vampires. Meanwhile, Dr.
Zachary Hawk unearths more than he bargained for when an artifact infects him. He soon meets vampire
children that have joined forces to rampage a community. Elsewhere, Blake continues to search for his son’s
whereabouts which brings him to Mexico and up against a dangerous cartel, while what remains of a bio-
weapon team soon surfaces, and Lorena has found purpose by leading what remains of the Mayan people in
ght to bring justice against a deadly war lord.
This explores the concept of vampires through the idea of a virus which has been explored in the previous books. In this third book, the
story is digging a little deeper into the roots of this virus through paleontology discoveries – which can still pass on the virus. The Vampiro
Trilogy places originality on the idea of vampires with the use of paleontology, speci
cally the discovery of bones and artifacts. The story
put a unique perception on vampires by rooting it in the idea of digging up vampire bones, viruses which thanks to the pandemic hits a
c note, and the evolution these characters face. Each character infected has their own experience with this virus and how it
evolves them such as the journeys of Blake, Miguel, and Romero from the previous book. The writing style makes great use of poignant
and vivid word choices such as prank prowler, fainted into a blissful fog, and direct spell of an admixture of potent aromatic chemicals.
Several characters are seen again in this installment such as Parker who ties directly into the exploration of the vampire origins and Blake
in the midst of searching for his son. One of the characters that truly came into her own this go around is Lorena who has grown into a
leader that guides her people and protect them by seeking justice against a war lord. The introduction characters Jesus and Isaac gives an
interesting voice to the idea of vampire beginnings through the perspective of kids experiencing vampirism and the addicting power that
comes with it. Their story captures the theme of innocence that is corrupted by darkness as you see these children drawn into this world
of blood and violence. This group of children are also the catalyst that digs into the essence of the plot which focuses on the creation of
the Brotherhood of the Bat.
The plot balances each thread of story to draw elements of suspense and action, connecting each character’s journey that wraps up nicely.
The setting maintains a grittiness to the details that comes from elements such as blood sucking, murder, violence, and drugs. This tone
comes from elements typically associated with vampires such as violent and blood though this trilogy offers a character-oriented tale. The
characters are at the forefront of the story as vampiric elements push them to confront the darkness within and face the effects this virus
draws out. Illustrations included have a similar style to previous books with a darker color scheme that captures
ne details that capture
various elements such as landscape, vampire skull, and
ipped over car. These illustrations also feature visuals to the violent and gory
moments presented throughout such as a man skewered, eating a heart, and a giant bat attacking someone.
Vampiro Trilogy: Volume III: Brotherhood of the Bat, written by Don W. Hill, M.D. & Tom Cavaretta delivers a new lore on the origins of
vampires in a story that explores a variety of characters with a gritty tone and an original perspective.