Tuesday, March 4, 2014

An interesting noir take on vampires or the Void City series

Going through my Ebook list I found I have a lot of books I just didn't know I had.  So I decided to try out a random series and see if they were good.  I was both pleasantly surprised and annoyed.   The Surprise is that I found myself wanting a lot more of this series.  The annoyed was really with how well the author managed to write a character into his books that makes me want to smack her hard.

Here is a little bit of the blurb for the first book in this series, Staked by JF Lewis:

Eric's got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can't remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It's almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost

Now Eric is an interesting character.  A vampire who didn't ask to be one, woke up as one and seems to have a touch of memory issues.  He is a good guy in the old fashioned kinda way.  Yes he is a blood drinking killer but he takes care of his people.  Running a strip club where his dancers have a salary (a good one at that), insurance, dental and vision care and he helps them with college.  Now that is a boss right?  He won't harm children, well unless they are killers like werewolves or vampires but he does his best to not hurt the harmless.  He loves his 1964 1/2 Mustang (the 1/2 is important to him) but he has real trouble with the women in his life.

The two books I have read so far toss back and forth between his POV and Tabitha's POV.  Tabitha was his human lover who he finally gave in and turned into a vampire.  They have their issues as is to be expected but Tabitha is a dense one for sure.

After years of reading books were you have a with it female vampire, one with a clue, she comes as a bit of a shock.  She is very self centered and sure of herself.  At 22 it is to be expected but damn it makes the 50 year old me want to slap her around.   Thing is she slowly grows on you.

It could be because also in this story there is her 18 year old sister, Rachel.  A typical goth loving girl who really wants to be the thrall of Eric, or so we are led to believe at first.  There is a great twist in that Rachel died long before Eric met her.  Of cancer.  Tabitha doesn't at first recognize her sister when she comes around.  After all her sister is dead and buried right?  Not possible right?

Before I go into more depth and ruin the tale for you I will just say we have a city filled with strippers, high class vampires, werewolves, demons, a ghost of a lawman and who knows what else but it is a fun right.  Eric is a man of his times, fought in WW2 and turned into a vampire before he could marry the woman he loved.  There is lots of sex, blood, intrigue, betrayals and magic. Everything that a good urban paranormal needs.

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