Vampires of the Scarlet Order is an actionadventure novel about an elite cadre of vampire mercenaries who have worked throughout history as pinpoint assassins Under the command of Desmond, Lord Draco, the Scarlet Order was involved in wars with the Ottoman Empire, The French Revolution and even the conquest of the Americas Now, at the dawn of the st century, vampires are too expensive, too untrustworthy, and frankly, too pass Vampires of the Scarlet Order reads like it belongs alongside the offerings in the Penguin's Book of Vampire Stories Right alongside the greats of classic vampire literature.There are a few wonderful twists and turns in this book that I'll try not to give away I'll just say what I really loved about this book I love the diarylike entries that allow each character to tell their story from their POV As one reads on, they see how each character is connected down the line and the awesome history that dates back earliest during the Spanish Inquisition gave the book a timeless feel especially with the amount of real life figures placed in the story.I love that Summers gave each character their own personality along with their backgrounds It really made them stand out from each other Being a fan of books from vampires and 'others' POVs I loved seeing the world through ancient eyes throughout the ages.One thing about this book is that it was also so original The vampire mythos is tied to various cultural mythologies which explains their origins Summers definitely takes the tried and true vampire lore and makes it his own The vampires within are complex characters that may do bad things but one is sympathetic to their lives and the trials they go through which makes them shades of grey.Vampires of the Scarlet Order is a horror novel, a scifi novel, a paranormal novel and a historical novel all rolled into one awesome read I bought this in eBook but I'm definitely snapping this up in paperback format for my keeper shelf Right next to my Anne Rice collection and my Penguin Vampire Stories classic anthology :)If this wasn't published 4 years ago, this would definitely go on my Best of 2008 list But alas, it'll probably go on my Best Reads of 2008 List :) At the heart of this origin story is dark, descriptive writing that makes you believe that real vampires, not sparkly ones, do actually exist An exciting novel that made me love a good vampire novel again. Soldiers of fortune and seekers of acceptance is the way I would describe the first book, Vampires of the Scarlet Order by Award Winning Author David Lee Summers.The novel opens with an introduction to a young man wanting to obtain revenge and suffering from extreme loneliness In the High Middle Ages, he meets Lord Draco, and is recruited to the Scarlet Order vampire mercenaries.I was entranced with the history I felt like I was there Fear and honor ran through my fingertips as I read It was strange, but the alliance with the Church, seemed to almost make sense A great character and somewhat sad, Lord Draco endeared himself to my soul.Quickly, I was whisked away from the Middle Ages to the Wild, Wild West in the United States I felt like the shift happened flawlessly The real life characters were written so well, that I thought I was actually getting an eyewitness encounter with Billy the Kid!Then to Modern Times we come tocharacters which emerge and captured my attention I loved the way Mr Summers does not “villainize” the vampires He makes me want to cheer for them and cry for their loneliness and heartbreaks.Vampires of the Scarlet Order took me on a wild ride from year to year and century to century I absolutely became enthralled with the characters Desmond, Lord Draco being my favorite! Even if you are not a fan of Paranormal, this novel should be on your list.What got me is that even after reading it, I’m still wondering about the Vampires of the Scarlet Order I love the cover too, it seems to leap at me!For this, and so much , I will have to rate this novel as FIVE STARS and must read for all!