I have to say Sigler you are one of the best writers i have ever encountered normally i can see through most novels about half way through and tell you whats going to happen, but for the most part man you have me stumped.
Alright I think I know just a little bit...I'm pretty sure that one way or another Ericson is screwed. The biggest clue to this really is you gave him an elderly appearance, which is like a literary divice that tells me Ericson is not the hero overall. I know he may just look old and actually hes in good shape etc. etc. but the writer in me tells me that no mater what he is screwed because age always signifies the dying of the old and the birth of the new. I got three scenarios here that i find to be most likely:
A. Ericson dies from wound
B. Ericson taken to hospital/police/wherever and he'll be fine but incopasitated for some time.
C. He will be fine but before he can heal nocturnals get to him.
The real issue im having is seeing where Brian fits in to all of this. The way you write his instincts it almost be improper to say he ignores them and is the good guy anyway. I find that really unlikely. Brian and Rex are obviously simmilar the only difference I see is time and a stable a more/less stable life. See i think the important thing with Rex being the King is that he is a natural/abandoned nocturnal, but it is the same with Brian. His instincts seem to be clearly his and not projected from anyone else so I find it unlikely for him to be a hero unless Ericson has some magic up his sleeve to fix him. Its clear that Ericson is the same/similar to a nocturnal genetically so I could see that happening.
See it was my theory early on that Brian would actually end up being the villian in the end because I know your just sick enough to do something like that Sigler, but now there is no real good side with Ericson gone(ish), so I am left to pounder
It wouldn't suprise me at all if I was totally off base here I am totally in the dark for the story overall. Anyway reguardless Sigler you are the sickest most brutally graphic and insane writers I have ever come across and I swear my alligance to you as a loyal junkie...you are much harder to figure out then Hutchins ever was...