Vampires on a Mississippi riverboat in the mid 1800s. Started a little slow; I had trouble staying interested until I was at least half way through. The end picked up, though, and I ended up enjoying it.
In this take the vampires are a different species, one that has lived alongside humans for centuries, but holding themselves separate. They reproduce sexually, and can't turn humans. Lots of other differences too, but they drink blood and can't to go in the sun without burning (although it takes a while).
The main character is Abner Marsh, human riverboat owner who goes into partnership with Joshua York, a vampire. Joshua wants to bring the other vampires together and enable them to stop preying on humans. His battle to do this goes on ... and on ... and on.
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