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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,374,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A pedal-to-the-metal demolition derby of sex and violence. Werewolves and vampires were never so much fun."

-- Mario Acevedo, author of "X-Rated Bloodsuckers" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

J.F. Lewis lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is older than is necessary. He decided that he wanted to be a writer when a supposed creative writing teacher questioned his sanity and suggested therapy. The author spent eight wonderful years working in a comic and game shop, until financial considerations required him to become a corporate schmoe. He abides with his patient wife, two adorable sons, and an ornery Akita.

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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

Customer Reviews

It's well written, fast paced, and entertaining.
Hilaire
He wraps them up well, though he leaves a few cliffhangers at the end--which makes me really, really want to read the next book!
Lupa
I did not like the characters and did not connect with them.
AMG

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lupa VINE VOICE on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Eric is a vampire. A vampire who owns a strip club, drive a '64 1/2 Ford Mustang, and has persistent short-term memory problems thanks to having been embalmed. Unfortunately, that werewolf that he killed while defending himself had connections--and now the pack's coming to collect payment (and did I mention they're holy rollers on top of it?). On top of it, his girlfriend, who convinced him to turn her into one of the undead, suddenly just isn't doing it for him any more. And his partner in the strip club business may not be the best friend Eric thought he was. What's an undead guy to do?

One would think that a novel featuring a vampire-owned strip club would be pretty predictable. Same goes for vampires vs. werewolves, and, of course, the physiology of the vampires themselves. Lewis manages to not only avoid being predictable, but displays an excellent talent at worldbuilding and characterization. Eric is anything but the seedy, smarmy stereotypical strip club owner. Despite being a vampire, he still deals with very human problems, from love to paying fines and tickets. Additionally, because he's still relatively young, dying in the mid-20th century, he doesn't have the "I've been dead for so long that my culture of origin no longer matters" copout going on. Instead, the reader is treated to odd cultural references from the 1950s and 1960s, and Eric's life is still punctuated by reminders of his human life--including his would-be wife, Marilyn, who stays with him even after his undeath.

The plot is fast-paced, too, especially for a not-quite-400-page book. Rather than focusing only on the mystery at the center of the story, Lewis brings in several plot threads and fleshes them out enough to keep them interesting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Slaingod on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was a lot of fun. Reminds me of a good cross of say Dresden Files and some of the other paranormal/urban fantasy (mostly female) authors out there. So basically the male lead is a little more well-rounded/thought out than usual. Some predictable plot twists, some not. It's hard to be completely original these days, but he still makes it seem fresh and interesting. Several laugh out loud moments.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Gardner Andersen on June 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
J. F. Lewis writes vampires so engagingly that I found myself breezing through the sex scenes to get to the juicy undead bits. I'm a guy. This is not normal behavior. Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying that the sexy stuff was bad. It simply paled in comparison to J. F. Lewis's fascinating interpretation of vampirism.

"Staked" is written with an easy, enjoyable style. There's a tongue-in-cheek element throughout the entire book that will keep you laughing before, during, and after the horrific elements. Most importantly, there's a character for everyone to like.

J. F. Lewis has a bright future ahead of him. One morning, I found myself reading this book while shaving with a straight razor. I don't think that's ever happened before. I'm sure if it was waterproof, I would have read it in the shower.

Nicely done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Szabo on May 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
The action doesn't stop from page one till the end, and I was left wanting more. Eric is that guy, the one that we all know at least one of, and he's a vampire, with memory problems, woman problems, and even best-friend problems.

JF Lewis is a hot new origional voice in the urban fantasy market. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this series! A gritty, down-to-earth telling of what it might really be like to be a vampire, and have to deal with all the everyday problems we all encounter as-well-as the not so everyday ones, like a whole pack of werewolves out to get you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ithlilian on June 19, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I was skeptical when I first started reading this book. I thought I was in for a let down, but I was pleasantly surprised. My first impression of all of the characters was that they were rude, sarcastic, and annoying. Eric has no backbone. Turns his girlfriend that he doesn't love into a vampire when he knows he will want no more to do with her. She thinks being a vampire will bring them closer together, which is not the case at all. Shortly after that things pick up. Eric, our main character, is being framed for werewolf killings. His girlfriend and his friend go out to find the magical gun that killed the werewolves. There is treachery, betrayal, sex, attitude, and even some funny moments. As sarcastic and caustic as Eric is his memory lapses and care for his friends redeems him a bit. His girlfriend is a bit nicer, and is more interesting as a vampire than she was as a human. I enjoyed this book, and even laughed a few times. The ending does come out of nowhere and twists and turns happen one after another for the last 20 pages that will make you crave more. If the second book actually explains some things and doesn't drag the plot out then explain everything in the last few pages then I will be happy. Interesting new series with a major attitude.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) VINE VOICE on March 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Just finished reading "Staked," and it is --hands down -- one of the 5 best novels in the Dark Urban Fantasy genre, and easily the finest vampire novel ever written (BTW, I utterly despise vampire novels).

Highly original concepts, intricate plotline, sympathetic characters, and a few surprising twists make for a great read. Certainly not for everyone, though . . . the fluffy bunnies can stick to Kim Harrison, as the graphic bloodshed might be a little much for their tender sensibilities. The gore is integral to the plot, however, and is artistically rendered without ever going over the top.

Brilliant conclusion. This book stands on its own, or it could even be developed into a series. I hope to see more from this author.
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