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Staked Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009

4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Void City Series

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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

"[A] fast-paced story with a heady mixture of humor, violence, and sex."

-- Library Journal

"...certainly impressive for a debut. The plot is reminiscent of the early, and best, of the Anita Blake novels."

-- Don D'Ammassa

About the Author


J.F. Lewis
lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his patient wife, two adorable sons, and an ornery Akita. He can be found online at AuthorAtLarge.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439120749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439120743
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Eric wakes up from his rage in an alley in Void City, where he as apparently just killed another vampire. A bum has seen it all, and Eric tries to pay him off. But the bum is a werewolf, who has killed vampires before, and now he goes for Eric. With the sun almost risen, Eric should be weaker and an easy pray for the werewolf. But Eric is a Vlad, the strongest kind of vampires there is, and almost impossible to kill. Just like Dracula in the movies, he will always come back.
At first Eric doesn’t want to kill the werewolf, just teach him to leave him alone, but the werewolf doesn’t give up. And with the sun already shining, Eric needs to get to shelter, fast.

He finally remembers the phone number to his strip club, and calls his manager, Talbot, to send out one of the girls with the van to pick him up, as he has just wrecked his brand new Hummer. He didn’t like the car anyway, so Eric doesn’t care about it at all.

Back home, he senses that his girlfriend Tabitha really thinks she is in love with him, and softy that he is, he can no longer deny her the change. Of course, after that, he will have to dump her, as he doesn’t do dead girls. He prefers them alive and warm, not cold and dead. Of course Tabitha doesn’t believe him, she thinks it is true love. The people who have worked with him for years now, know that he screws it up most of the times, and the new vampires don’t always emerge right.

And before Eric can help Tabitha ease into the life of a vampire, his werewolf troubles begin. Apparently, he killed the son of the local alpha, and the alpha wants revenge. Meaning: killing Eric and if that doesn’t work, his two children.
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