A quick and easy book to read. I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with the story.It is the first of the series I've read, but prior installments aren't required reading as you can pick up the story easily enough. I liked practically everything about this book; the characters, the settings, the villains, the story. I can't really say anything bad about it. If you like a good vampire story with plenty of gore, then you'll enjoy this book. I bought my copy in a cheap book store to discover new authors and I can say that I picked a good one. Thumbs up to Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte for their work.