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Book Review - The Disallowed: The Humorous Tale of a Contemporary Vampire Family- Owen Jones

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Before I read this I kind of doubted that a story about Vampires could be humorous. Well, was I surprised, happily I might add, that it was! This is essentially the story of how a tiny village in the mountains of Thailand became a village of happy, considerate and prosperous Vampires!

Heng, who is the first to become a Vampire has no idea how it happened. His aunt. the village Shaman, tells his family how to keep Heng alive. They do what she says. Then Heng finds out he can take to the air as a bat! He loves it. His family accepts it.

Then the fateful day when Heng and his son find two hikers hurt and they bring them back to their home.

All I will say is this all ends on an actually happy note--you really have to read it to see what I mean!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Heng Lee is a goatherd in the remote mountains north-east of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, very close to the border with Laos. It is a tight-knit community where everyone knows one another.

Heng gets sick all of a sudden, but not too sick to take the goats out, until one day he has to go to see the local shaman, because he has started fainting.

There are no medical doctors in the vicinity and the Shaman has been good enough for most people for centuries.

The Shaman takes some specimens and comes to the conclusion that Heng’s kidneys have stopped functioning and so has little time left to live.

The battle is on to save Heng’s life, but there are other forces at work too.

What will become of Heng, his family and the rest of the community, if he takes the Shaman’s advice?

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from Amazon)

Author Owen Jones, from Barry, South Wales, came to writing novels relatively recently, although he has been writing all his adult life. He has lived and worked in several countries and travelled in many, many more.

He speaks, or has spoken, seven languages fluently and is currently learning Thai, since he lives in Thailand with his Thai wife of ten years.

"It has never taken me long to learn a language," he says, "but Thai bears no relationship to any other language I have ever studied before."

When asked about his style of writing, he said, "I'm a Celt, and we are Romantic. I believe in reincarnation and lots more besides in that vein. Those beliefs, like 'Do unto another...', and 'What goes round comes around', Fate and Karma are central to my life, so they are reflected in my work'.

His first novel, 'Daddy's Hobby' from the series 'Behind The Smile: The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya' has been followed by four sequels, but his largest collection is 'The Megan Series', eighteen novellas on the psychic development of a young teenage girl, the subtitle of which, 'A Spirit Guide, A Ghost Tiger and One Scary Mother!' sums them up nicely.
As Owen puts it:

'Born in the Land of Song, living in the Land of Smiles'.


Author's Website
Website (for Behind the Smile series)

I received a mobi edition of this novel for review purposes only. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.


wpo1408 said...

I set out to write a horror story, but it just wasn't in me.
I did have a lot of fun writing this book though.
Thanks for your review, Michele.
All the best,

Jamie said...

Humorous and Vampires? Interesting! Your review is great about the book. :)

Gladys Parker said...

This book may very well become the first vampire book I ever read. It sounds like this could get hysterical vampires finding out they are vampires. On my reading list for sure!

Tamra Phelps said...

I like a book with humor. It sounds like I'd enjoy this one, and the other series he's written, too.

wpo1408 said...


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