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X-Rated Bloodsuckers Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Hard-boiled action mixes with soft-core titillation in Acevedo's second novel featuring soldier– turned–vampire PI Felix Gomez (after 2006's The Nymphos of Rocky Flats), who's approached by porn actress Katz Meow to investigate the murder of her colleague Roxy Bronze. Before you can say XXX, Felix is off to California's San Fernando Valley and up to his fangs in intrigue implicating a vampire producer of adult films, a sham evangelist, a power-hungry local politician and the Araneum, the secret vampire hierarchy tasked with stamping out unorthodox human-vampire interactions. Felix endures the usual silver bullets and garlic, as well as several very human double crosses and miscalculations, before the story speeds to an unlikely conclusion that exposes a somewhat unconvincing villain. The novel's true appeal lies in its zippy banter and witty repartee on vampire lifestyle, particularly in Felix's ongoing partnership with Coyote, a low-rent vamp from the barrio. Acevedo has a natural flare for the hard-boiled idiom, and readers who enjoyed Felix's first adventure will find this follow-up equally entertaining. (Mar.)
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Raymond Chandler could never have imagined an L.A. like this, where hard-boiled, private-eye vampires fight crime, as well as commit a few during lunch breaks. When renegade vampires threaten to wreck the fragile balance between humanity and the netherworld, PI Felix Gomez is hired to repair the growing schism, or give up his immortal and somewhat immoral life trying. The mean streets have never been meaner--or stranger--and the result is a high-speed, well-crafted romp through the forests of the night. Fans of Acevedo's The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (2006) will find this a worthy sequel. Elliott Swanson
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Top customer reviews
1. Do you like humor? More importantly, so you like some subtle humor in books that you read? Would you like to chuckle or be amused during a story?
2. Do you like "flawed" characters? Characters that have something wrong with them? Well the main character in this story is a blood sucking kinda guy who is allergic to sunlight and has a strong aversion to human blood.
3. Do you like a good adventurous story where "things happen" and they don't take a long time to get going?
4. Do you like sex? or at least, do you recognize that there are certain desires that just about everyone has? Well this novel is full of innuendos. It is not a porno novel. The title might suggest that they are doing it on every other page. Not true. That isn't to say that something did not happen, but I'll leave that up to you to read.
I found this to be a fun entertaining adventure. More importantly I really enjoyed the "twist" that it gave to the standard vampire tale. It suggests a few new ways of looking at things. The second novel is just about as fun as his first one, so it's worth considering the series.
But thats just my opinion, Awsome job my friend.
The book does not deliver on sex, so don't let the title make you think this is some breathy paranormal erotica or something. The adult industry backdrop is really just an excuse for cheap puns and some crude language that is devoid of cleverness, humor, or bite.
The mystery expands slowly. And THE CHARACTER SPENDS HALF OF THE NOVEL PUTTING IN AND TAKING OUT HIS CONTACT LENSES!!! Acevedo never should have made this "reading auras" thing such a focus of his mythology. Also, if the character wears contacts to keep humans from seeing his cat eyes, and the contacts keep him from reading auras, and he also wears sunglasses, then WHY NOT DITCH THE CONTACTS AND JUST WEAR REFLECTIVE SUNGLASSES!!!
Also, if I had to read the phrase "Vampire/Human collusion" another time, I was going to stab the book with a wooden stake myself.
Boring, horribly written, repetitive garbage.
The real story here is Carlos joining up with the down-at-the-heels, universally disliked-but-tolerated, and proudly barrio-living Hispanic vampire Coyote. Coyote loudly and frequently proclaims himself to be more than he seems (he calls his run-down house in the barrio a castle and his beat-up, push-start car his magic chariot) and everyone agrees that he is; they just don't like him anyway. He's a perfect mentor for Carlos.
The story progresses to involve the usual mixed-up land deals, secretly broke and secretly wealthy people, and sudden revelations about relationships that are staples of LA PI stories since Chinatown and they come off quite well. All in all, the detective story (the obvious heart of the book) is more than good enough.
The character development is excellent, particularly in the way Carlos influences Coyote as much as Coyote (and others) influence Carlos.
There is an interesting surprise towards the end that deprives Carlos of one of his most-used and most-powerful abilities. I hope the author hasn't written himself into the trap of having to explain why Carlos can't just vamp his way out of the problem in every book. It worked nicely this time, but the schtick of explaining why we can't use a known ability gets old.
Having said that, the deprivation of the power works really well in this, and it gives a possible insight into how the power works.
Overall, great fun.