Nosferatu is a Vampire, as are many of the Arlia. Intereting concept, isn't it? Seems that when the Arlia came to Earth so many thousands of years ago, they chose human females to breed with and then imprisoned their offspring to take their blood in order to survive and extend their lives. Hmmm, wonder if Robert Doherty has been watching SG1 all this time?
This story takes place in both the past and the present, from the pyramids of Egypt to the tomb in China and Russia. It is, beleive it or not, also a love story.
Nosferatu has lived for thousands of years, taking many identities, as has Adrik, the Russian, and Tian Dao Lin, both descendants of Artad. Nosferatu's father was the God Horus, one of the six Arlia left to rule Eqypt. He was imprisoned for 300 years until his escape with the help of a strange woman. The 4th person, who doesn't show up for a meeting held somewhere in the present time, is Vampyr, also a half breed offspring of the Arlia.
But Vampyr has a vendetta against everyone ever connected with the Arlia and their decendants. He, along with the other three, have all lived thousands of years, somtimes in stasis in their "tubes" and some times taking on human persona we have come to know. Ghengis Kahn, Ivan the Terrible, a Spartan Warrior, all living undead, and all needing the blood of humans to live.
The plan presented by Nosferatu is to journey to Mt. Everest to collect the blood of the dead Guides there, a trip to the drifting remains of the Mothership to drain whatever blood is in the Arlia bodies there, and under the Kremlin to find the blood stashed by the KBG after WWII, collected by the Nazis in the camps. With this blood, he can bring eternal life to all of them, as well as his love Nekhbet.
Unfortunately, Vampyr tries to foil them at every turn and eventually it comes down to he and Nosferatu one on one.
Interesting concept, and intriguing in the manner in which the author ties all the old legends and names and places into these 4 half human, blood sucking wierd guys who have managed to survive and amass huge fortunes. Go figure :)
A good back story that compliments the Area 51 story line. But I don't think it can stand on its own - the characters are too dependent on the seven books in the series and you really need to read them along with this one. There are more to come in this vein (no pun intended) so we'll just have to see what Doherty has in store next.
Title: Area 51: Nosferatu