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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439191174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439191170
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Vampire fans who like their blood and gore leavened with humor should enjoy the campy sequel to 2008's Staked. Eric Courtney, strip club owner and operator in Void City, is coming to terms with existence as a ghost vampire after dying in an explosion that totaled his place of business. His former fiancée, Marilyn, tells Eric that his best friend betrayed him, but the demon J'iliol'lth collects her soul before she can explain further. Worse yet, Eric's beloved Mustang somehow gets turned into a vampire. Eric accepts a commission from J'iliol'lth to find the Stone of Aeternem, which enables its holder to raise the dead, in exchange for immortality and the return of Marilyn's soul. The jokes are far from subtle, but Lewis's creativity elevates this above similar outings. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"J. F. Lewis has delivered an explosively written vampire tale!" -- Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dark-Hunter series


"A pedal-to-the-metal demolition derby of sex and violence." -- Mario Acevedo, author of X-Rated Bloodsuckers
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

J.F. Lewis lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his patient wife, two growing sons, and a fairly hyper Labrador-mix mutt. J spent eight wonderful years working in comic and game stores and is currently employed by a major telecomm. He's always been a writer... but he decided that he wanted to be actually published when his college creative writing teacher questioned his sanity and suggested therapy.

An avid reader, J also enjoys sushi, popcorn, lukewarm sodas, and old black and white movies. His two favorite activities are reading comics to his kids and typing into the wee hours of the morning. (He used to be a person who took very little sleep.)

J is a member of SFWA, where he volunteers as editor for their Pressbook pages. He is also a Codexian and a member of the League of Reluctant Adults. Those looking for more information should track him down on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-F-Lewis/54427382233 or Twitter @JF_Lewis or at his website http://authoratlarge.com

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I still don't know why I am enjoying this series to much... its just so fun to read.
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Funny and twisted, with lots of action and interesting paranormal ideas.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lady Rogue (Escape Between The Pages) on November 7, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book picks up right where Staked lefted off. Eric had been blown up, his car gone, his business destroyed, best friend dead, ex-girlfriend with someone else, the woman he loved for so long betrayed him, and his current lover was up to something... Yet, he was resiliant. He got his body back, considered opening a bowling alley in place of the club, and sought out a demon named J'iliol'lth in hopes to retrieve Marilyn's soul. I actually liked Eric more in this book than the previous one. I felt his fustration. In truth, I think, I would be a prick most of the time too, if I put up with half the crap he did. While he would deny it, I think he was a good guy underneath it all...even under the monster. It was apparent that he was loyal to those he cared about. But, the guy just wanted to be left alone. Yet, people seemed to always betray him or were always after him for one thing or another. Not to mention, Rachel who manipulated him with her tantric magic and cinnamon scent. I really didn't like her.

Like its predecessor, this book also had Tabitha's perspective. I was disappointed in her character, although I should have expected it. I didn't like that she pretty much whored herself to the vamps of high society. She seemed fickled, whiny, and didn't seem to have a clue half the time. But, I confess, I loved the showdown she had with Rachel. It was the first time, she showed some actual spirit and potential.

I thought the plot to be a bit confusing. Between the vampiric ascensions, the historical background on Eric's family, the curse, and the multitude of people who were manipulating events, I found it hard to keep track of what was going on. That being said, once I figured it all out, I was intrigued.
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Plot Summary: Even being vaporized by a blessed bomb isn't enough to keep Eric, an Emperor vampire, down. Regaining his body turns out to be tricky, but once he's got his feet on the ground, Eric finds that his problems didn't end with the explosion. The soul of his longtime love, Marilyn, is in the hands of a demon, who wants to trade it to Eric for a service. His ex-girlfriend, Tabitha, is shacking up with the richest, most powerful vampire in Void City. And Eric's current girlfriend and thrall, Rachel, seems to be controlling his thoughts and moods with her cinnamon scent.

Suh-weet. Finally, my long dry-spell of so-so reads is over. It's been a bad week over here, and "ReVamped" successfully banished my book blues. I've been very eager to read the next installment in the Void City series ever since I encountered "Staked" a few weeks ago, and J. F. Lewis stomps the petal to the metal once again (in a vintage Mustang, of course).

If anything, I'm even more in love with Eric and his old-fashioned, macho-man antics this time around. Eric's specialty is caring for a precious few, and telling the rest of the world to go *bleep* themselves. Don't get me wrong, it's an absolute mistake to think of him as a `good guy,' and as Eric explains at one point, he makes Charles Manson look like a Sunday school bible teacher. But, he's like the proverbial hooker with a heart of gold, and I can't help loving this murderous [...].

The next character who has earned my allegiance is Tabitha, and I didn't even like her at the beginning of "Staked." That girl has come a long way, and I'm rooting for her now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CeeCee on May 24, 2009
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What's the story?
It's about Eric, a very powerful vampire who just wants to be left alone but is constantly getting dragged into one situation after another. He's brutally honest, coarse,impulsive,and doesn't give a crap about anyone; but he's loyal and protective of his friends and family and will kick the [...] of anyone stupid enough to mess with him and his small circle.

Why is ReVamped interesting?
Like Stake, the first Void City novel, it's a new point of view in a growing genre (urban fanstasy). Some things are familiar: vampire - thrall - sex. But Void City is an interesting place and there are so many great characters courtesy of J. F. Lewis. It's fast-paced, hilarious, and has a main character that both male and female readers can relate to.

I was hooked with Staked, extremely satisfied with ReVamped, and excited about what's going to happen in the third. I hope this isn't going to be a trilogy, but rather a series that gets better each year. I'd recommend this to fans of Jim Butcher and Rob Thurman. The hero is rough around the edges but solid as a rock!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ithlilian on July 3, 2009
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A vampire car, two main characters-one is a bit of a jerk, the other is a bit clueless, demons, and magic stones. That doesn't sound like a book I would enjoy. It actually sounds a bit ludicrous. In reality it was f'in awesome! This book picks up right where the last one left off-Eric has been blown apart, Marilyn is dead, and Tabitha broke up with Eric since he is sleeping with her dead? sister. The cast of characters in this series is unforgettable. Sure Eric discards his lovers when they become dead, and can't help himself to tempting cinnamon smelling humans, but that doesn't make him less likable. Tabitha may get mad over tiny things and be a bit clueless, but she is a newly made vampire, and she does have strength. Even the treacherous Roger and Rachel are interesting. The plot is a bit confusing at times with relation to the Courtney curse and vampire ascendancy but it's not too bad. This is definitely a fast paced and fun book. Revamped doesn't have the slow pace with the quick ending that made the last one mediocre. Also, the things I didn't like about the characters in the first book seem to make them unique and different in this installment. I'm glad I decided to read this, and if you liked the first at all, then definitely check this out.
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