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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061567183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061567186
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The fifth adventure of vampire PI Felix Gomez (following 2009's Jailbait Zombie) finds him caught between alpha werewolves battling for supremacy in sunny Charleston, S.C. When high-powered werewolf attorney Eric Bourbon tries to hire Gomez to kill his rival, Randolph Calhoun, Gomez refuses. The last thing he wants is to be the guy responsible for breaking the uneasy truce that exists among supernatural entities. But as soon as Gomez dodges that metaphorical bullet, someone tries to put a real one through him. Finding the answers will bring Gomez up against an estranged old lover and an old enemy, and just might get him killed. Characters include the usual roster of hoodlums and femmes fatales, who engage in a plethora of double-crosses and violent action scenes. Plenty of cliffhangers keep the story moving in this horror fan's perfect vacation read. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Latino vampire and PI Felix Gomez is in Charleston, South Carolina, called in by the local werewolf alpha. What he thought was to be an investigation into a murder turns out to be an attempt to hire him as a hit man. Felix refuses, but he is attacked only moments later. Thus begins another fast-paced supernatural adventure, as Felix attempts to do his job, keep the Great Secret, and stay alive. Suddenly, Felix finds himself with only four days to avert a destructive civil war that would expose werewolves as well as the other supernaturals. Readers new to the series are given just enough background to enjoy the story, but as several enemies from Felix’s previous adventures return, Werewolf Smackdown will be best enjoyed by readers familiar with the series. Suggest to fans of urban-fantasy mysteries like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt series, about another modern-day vampire investigator. --Jessica Moyer

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If u like stories like this then u will like his books.
Ernest Garcia
He is an enforcer who goes after rogue vampires who break their laws; especially the ones who threaten to expose the Great Secret that supernatural species exist.
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I heartily recommend this rollicking fun series to fans of vampire literature or of supernatural noir.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Like most of you (book lovers) my stack of `books I need to read' list is as long as Kim Kardashian `guys I've slept with' list. So because of this, I haven't read Mario Acevedo's work in a couple years. After reading this book I felt so stupid! Not normal everyday "I locked my keys in the car stupid"; but rather an "a Blonde got an AM radio for Christmas and it took her ten months to figure out she could use it at night" stupid! During one of my numerous temper tantrum throwing/whining 'I can't find anything to read' phases, I should have picked up one of Mario's books and had my problem solved.

I became a fan while reading 'Nymphos of Rocky Flats' because Felix is my kind of vampire. He enjoys (immensely) the carnal pleasures, is an unapologetic smart-ass, and enjoys the carnal pleasures WHILE being an apologetic smart-ass! He's not some pretty metro sexual, sparkle-in-the-daytime, scamper up trees shirtless vamp. Naw, Felix is a character that stands out in a crowd of characters. If you want a foo-foo vampire, please take your Edward vs. Jacob, half soy half chai latte drinking cadaver someplace else. This here book is for grown folks.

Felix is tangled up in another vampirific mess, and while I've missed a couple books, I was immediately drawn back into a hypnotic reading trance that only Felix could cast. I mean come on... the first page you have a clan alpha werewolf talking to a vampire while holding up the decapitated head of a werewolf! And true to form, Felix gets off a smart-ass remark by paragraph two. He's been 'recruited' to help this clan werewolf figure out his place as ruler of the clans and to help prevent a war between warring werewolf factions. Problem is he shouldn't be. Vampires don't meddle in the affairs of werewolves and vice versa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TMStyles VINE VOICE on April 19, 2010
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Mario Acevedo hit the ground running with his first Felix Gomez novel "The Nymphos of Rocky Flats" and has just gotten better and better with each subsequent installment of this fine satirical supernatural-noir series. Acevedo has created a plausible world of modern vampires that rivals that of Charlie Huston (see "My Dead Body"). Both series portray the vampire world as coexisting in our modern world but in highly secretive fashion. While the texture and mood of their modern day vampire worlds are clearly different in the renderings of Huston and Acevedo, the vampire/human relationships and interactions and the philosophy, "laws", and governing structure governing their worlds are fun to unravel. For example, Felix is a vampire PI and an enforcer and clean-up man for the Araneum whose main objective is to protect the "Great Secret"-- to prevent any revelation that vampires or zombies or anything other than normal human beings exist on the planet.

In "Werewolf Smackdown", Felix travels to Charleston, South Carolina ostensibly to investigate the murder of a werewolf clan leader. But he is quickly caught in the crossfire between two rival werewolf factions scrambling to assume the vacated throne of Alpha Werewolf of the Lowcountry clans. Both sides want his help or want him dead. Felix is hampered by Araneum law that forbids Vampires to mix in the affairs of werewolves yet he is pressured by the need to protect the "Great Secret" (that supernatural beings coexist with unknowing humans). Complicating things are the reappearance of his old love, Wendy Teagarden, a dryad (wood nymph) who is acting as a spy for the Araneum, and Julius Paxton, a deadly vampire foe from his past who has some mysterious role to play with the impending werewolf civil war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on March 16, 2010
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In the current glut of urban fantasy/noir/hardboiled crime, it's hard to tell what's worth reading. On top, of course, are names such as Jim Butcher, Tim Waggoner, Simon Green and others, but dozens of "mythic" knock-offs abound, some of them quality reading, the rest better left alone. One standout is Mario Acevedo's vampire detective, Felix Gomez, who returns to action in "Werewolf Smackdown".

Felix Gomez has been drawn into a war that's not his own but threatens not only vampire-kind, but scores of supernatural beings and humans, also. A death has left a power vacuum in the werewolf hierarchy of Charleston, South Carolina. Two rival families stand ready to wage civil war. When Felix discovers that an alpha werewolf wants to hire him for an assassination, he turns the gig down quick...but not quickly enough, apparently, as two vampire thugs try to take him out soon after.

Now, what looked like a simple job offer has turned into a tangle of lies, deceit, and mystery. Worse, as Felix digs deeper - instead of blowing town, which common sense dictates - he realizes that an old, deadly foe thought long dead might be pulling the strings. Worse, this foe cares nothing for the "Great Secret", an ancient pact made to shield the supernatural world from the human one. The goal: werewolf Armageddon, to blow the lid off the Secret, which would put everyone - human and supernatural - in danger.

Many writers have tried to emulate the charisma of Butcher's wildly popular character Harry Dresden; Acevedo is one of the few who very well may have succeeded. Gomez isn't a "vampire Harry Dresden", but he strikes the same world-weary tone of the classic gumshoe detective, only in this case his world consists of immortality, aversion to sunlight, and feeding off the living.
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