Fantasy Romance | Action | Horror | Crime
Second Sunrise is a series of four vampire-shapeshifer-themed fantasy romance novels by American authors David & Aimée Thurlo.
Adaptation by filmmaker Joanelle Romero.
A case of plutonium brings a Navajo nightwalker (vampire) and a no- nonsense FBI agent together. While deadly shapeshifters stalk them, Lee Nez and his beautiful partner must stop the power-mad Nazi who created him.
ABOUT THE FILM
New Mexico State Police Officer Lee Nez is a nightwalker, a Navajo vampire. Thanks to the quick work of a Navajo shaman, Lee can walk about in the day and prefers his blood refrigerated-but his vampire nature makes him a magnet for other supernatural entities.
Take his current cases. Lee suspects that the vampire who created him during World War II is back in the US, searching for a cache of stolen plutonium. And Lee’s being stalked by the remnants of a pack of shape shifters/skinwalkers; Navajo shape shifters who are literally out for his blood. When the FBI shows up, in the person of the very attractive Diane Lopez, Lee’s problems only increase. He can’t tell Diane that the case she’s looking into involves shape shifters or that it’s his supernatural abilities that make him such a great cop. And teaming up with Lee could be very hazardous to her health.
Sixty years ago New Mexico patrolman Lee Nez and his partner foiled the hijacking of an American military convoy transporting nuclear material. At the end of the firefight, all of the soldiers and Lee’s partner were dead-and Lee’s life was forever transformed.
Now a nightwalker, the Navajo equivalent of a vampire; Lee lives with one foot in the human world and one in a world full of monsters. In 2002, Lee Nez is a cop again, now known as Leonard Hawk. His more-than-human abilities have made him the target of murderous Navajo witches (shape shifters) who want his powers for themselves. When cool, capable FBI agent Diane Lopez questions Lee about an incident on the Navajo Reservation, Lee can’t tell her then the people he killed that night were shape shifters out for his blood.
Lee and Diane are attacked by a wolf pack. Diane is stunned when the wolf she shoots shapeshifts into a woman before dying. On the run, Lee tells Diane of his true nature and that he is convinced the vampire who made him one of the undead has returned to New Mexico in the guise of German Air Force pilot Wolfgang Muller. Muller has been much too close to the place where Lee hid the plutonium six decades ago, a trap for the vampire, set with the inhuman patience of a nightwalker.
Using police and FBI resources as well as Navajo healing magic and his own supernatural powers; Lee and Diane hunt for Muller and his undead offspring. Muller was to sell the nuclear material to the highest bidder, what does he care if some humans blow up some other humans, as long as he can find fresh sources of blood? When Muller takes Diane captive, Lee swears he won’t lose another partner to the vampire’s evil.
Second Sunrise is the first in a series of novels featuring Lee Nez, an undead hero who lives in a world where magic and monsters are all too real. The Thurlos’ skill at evoking of Southwestern settings and Navajo philosophies and lifestyles combines with their ability to create strong plots and solid characters in this fast-paced, action-filled story of supernatural suspense.
CAST & CHARACTERS
Eddie Spears as Patrolman Lee Nez/Detective Leonard Charley – a 28 year old New Mexico State Policeman, later Navajo Nation detective. A Nightwalker. Credits include “Dreamkeeper” and “Hell on Wells.”
Sage Galesi as Diane Lopez FBI Special Agent, young, ambitious Tohono O’odham and Mexican- American field agent. Credits include “Dreamkeeper” and Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West.”
A. Martinez as Josiah (“Joe”) Hosteen aka Bowlegs, a Navajo medicine man, Billy Hosteen’s now- grown son. Credits include “Longmire.”
Balthazar Getty as Wolfgang Adler/Maj. Rudolf Stusser, an aristocratic German vampire; In the German SS and later Air Force officer for the German Air Force. Credits include “Brothers & Sisters.”
Zahn McClarnon as Patrolman Benito (Benny) Mondragon, young Navajo New Mexico State Police patrolman. Lee’s partner and friend. Credits include “Longmire,” and “Fargo.”
Danny Trejo as Betonie (“Beto”) Blackhorse, Ingrid’s father, leader of the shapeshifter clan, coyote. Credits include “Machete Kills,” “Machete,” “Halloween,” “Hood of Horror,” and “Spy Kids”
Montano Rain as Darvon Blackhorse, young Navajo shapeshifter, Johnny’s cousin. Owl. Credits include “Matrix Reloaded”
Crystle Lightning as Ashley Blackhorse, Beto’s youngest daughter.
Manuel Cuevas Martinez as Billy Hosteen, 60-something Navajo medicine man. Lee Nez’ uncle.
Shauna Baker as Nora Jane Benally, young Navajo shapeshifter, Johnny’s girlfriend, wolf. Credits include “Drunk Town’s Finest.”
Shannon Baker as Belinda Benally, young Navajo shapeshifter, Nora Jane’s twin, wolf.
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