By Nancy Kilpatrick
Near Death is the second book in the Power of the Blood world. David Lyle Hardwick was a poet who lived well over a century ago. Now, he is an undead poet, residing in Manchester, England, surviving during the day in the basement of his ancestors’ stately home. He sleeps in a coffin, acting out the role of vampire. This sensitive yet unholy creature would continue his tormented existence but one night a beautiful girl named Zero appears with a stake in hand aimed at his heart. Fortunately for David, the drug-addled New Yorker fails. But now he’s left with a complex puzzle: who sent her to murder him, and why?
Zero can’t help him much—she’s addicted to heroin and has even bigger problems. Still, she falls for his seductive vampire power and together they set out in search of his enemies, who are not necessarily what they seem.
Both David and Zero are changing, but maybe not for the better. When a vampire’s craving for blood mixes with passion and a lust for revenge, he becomes Nosferatu. And once that fury is unleashed, Zero quickly realizes that no one is safe, not mortal, not immortal, and especially not her!