by Mario Acevedo
Review by Steve Sawicki
Rayo Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060833275
Date: 01 March 2007 List Price $13.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the follow up book to Acevedo's The Nymphos of Rocky Flats: A Novel, which was his first foray into the genre of supernatural romance comedy. Like the first book, Felix Gomez, who was turned into a vampire during the first Iraq war, is once again the protagonist. This time, Felix is hired by a porn star to investigate the death of her friend, another porn star, who died under mysterious circumstances. The Areneum, a sort of vampire ruling council, also wants Felix to investigate this death, along with a few other things that may or may not be related. And so, Felix heads off to California where he teams up with a Mexican vampire who's sort of a cross between Carlos Castaneda and Cheech Martin. Felix ends up getting involved in multiple investigations as the woman who initially hired him is also killed. These investigations include a number of strange and seemingly unrelated events and circumstances including a land deal gone wrong, a movie deal, a religious deal, a bowling alley and a couple of Hollywood hit men.
Acevedo is the first author that I have read who seems to have figured out how modern day vampires would really live. They're out in the sunlight, they're only kind of organized, they take care of their own problems, and they've managed to take advantage of the cult of human wannabe's that one would expect to exist. Beyond that he deals with the issues that one would expect to find between those who were turned centuries ago and those who were turned recently. Let's face it, the culture clash would be enough to make life very difficult.
This is also a pretty funny book, not so much fall down funny, although that probably depends more on your sense of humor than anything else, but dry and wry funny, with Acevedo having his characters recognizing the sometimes ironic situations they find themselves in. There are also some genuinely funny set ups, such as the vampire bowling alley. All of this hangs on some pretty strong writing and interesting plotting. The book is a quick, fun read and adds to the beginning of what will, undoubtedly be, an interesting series.