Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Publication Date: 1 December 2014
Genre: Paranormal / Historical
Source: Xmas Gift
The vampire Count
Saint-Germain protects Americans fleeing persecution—and becomes trapped
in a web of betrayal, deceit, and murder in post-WWII Europe in Chelsea
Quinn Yarbro’s SUSTENANCE
The powerful House Un-American
Activities Committee hunted communists both at home and abroad. In the
late 1940s, the vampire Count Saint-Germain is caught up in intrigue
surrounding a group of Americans who have fled to postwar Paris. Some
speak out against HUAC and battle the authorities.
to do his best to protect his friends, but even his skills may not be
able to stand against agents of the OSS and the brand-new CIA. And he
has an unexpected weakness: his lover, Charis, who has returned to Paris
under mysterious circumstances. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Another glorious book to add to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's marvellous Saint Germain series. These book releases are always a highlight in my year, and Sustenance is no exception. That said, I am only giving this one four stars and not five, simply because the story did not grip me quite as much as others have. For some reason, I always prefer the more 'historical' ones - the few (like this one) that are set in the early-mid twentieth century just don't thrill me in quite the same way. But that's just a personal taste and is in no way a reflection on Yarbro's excellent prose and delightful characters and storytelling.
Fans of this series will find this a charming addition to the canon; however, I would not recommend this one as a first read for those new to Saint Germain - try Blood Games or Hotel Transylvania first.