David Flinch is a recovering alcoholic that has made a decent life for himself. He is a an English teacher and has a nice girlfriend named Lisa. David’s family has a dark history which he wants to escape, but you just can’t walk away from the family business. When David gets a letter stating that his older brother, John, is dying of cancer, he has no choice but to go to Spain and take his rightful position as servant and guardian to the vampire, Lord Underwood.
David doesn’t want to be the guardian, but he swears to his dying brother that he will do it, much to the disappointment of his sister Lydia who wants the position herself. Now that David is guardian he vows to stop Underwood from killing and turn him into a kinder, gentler vampire. But how do you stop a vampire from killing and how will he stop Lydia from taking his job and using Underwood for her own plans?
Underwood and Flinch Resurrection by Mike Bennett is an excellent horror novel that shows books about vampires never get old. I was hooked on the story right from the beginning when you get to see the relationship between Underwood and Arthur Flinch who is David’s father. They are a team and work well together. I loved the part when Arthur and Lord Underwood have a conversation on the meaning of life right before Underwood goes into a casket for a 50 year hibernation. Mike Bennett did a good job of creating multi-dimensional characters and creating a vampire that you can’t help to root for.
Flash forward to the present and you have David who is the opposite of his father. He looks at the family business of taking care of a vampire as evil and wants no part of it. You see when he is introduced, he has trouble with relationships and doesn’t trust people. He wants to make a difference in the world, but his past is dictating his future and his life is not his own.
There seems to be a theme in Resurrection of how everyone is a shade of gray. Lydia and Lord Underwood both look at themselves as evil, but both of them show several times how they have a conscience. Lydia feels guilt when someone close to her dies even though she says it was for the greater good. Underwood kills two people and then apologizes for it, saying he had to do it. David threatens to kill his neighbors at one point, but he still wants to stop Underwood from killing. All of the characters in this book are fascinating and not what they first appear to be.
What I liked most about Underwood and Flinch Resurrection is how it blends comedy with horror. Leading up to the resurrection scene, the exchange between the three people who are reviving Underwood was funny along with Underwood’s worshipers who try to get a closer look at the resurrection. I also liked how all the followers run off when they discover that Underwood may not be the savior they thought he was. Underwood And Flinch Resurrection is an excellent vampire tale that has everything you could want in a horror novel. I’m looking forward to what Mike Bennett has in store for us in his the second Underwood and Flinch novel called Bonded In Blood.