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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Felix Gomez series by Mario Acevedo

This series consists of four books (three are out now). The titles of the books lead one to believe there will be lots of juicy sex going on: The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, and The Undead Kama Sutra. But that's not the way it works at all.

Felix Gomez gets turned into a Vampire while fighting in Iraq. He returns home and turns Private Detective. Contrary to what the book titles might lead you to believe, these books are not about sex. He does have sex, but we aren't given details.

In the first book, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, Felix takes an assignment at Rocky Flats to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania, and, well, things get even stranger from there. It's a good book with lots of twists and turns to the plot.

In the Second book, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, Felix takes on a job involving the porn industry. The case involves missing and murdered porn stars, but it doesn't really talk about their actual job too much. It's again a good book, and a decent plot.

The third book, The Undead Kama Sutra, starts out with an alien warning Felix to save the women and to find goodman. Meanwhile, a friend of Felix is piecing together some ancient works to come up with a Kama Sutra for vampires that increases their psychic energies and healing abilities. And then the plot kind of splinters off and there are government conspiracy theories and alien involvement and... well, let me just say that it starts out good but then has some slow parts, though the overall plot is still a good one.

The fourth book is due to be released February 24, 2009. I look forward to it coming out.

The series has vampires (of course) and again there is information about how the vampires police themselves. I've lost track of how many vampire books have some sort of supreme vampire governing body (Anita Blake series, Twilight, etc) and this one pulls that into the mythos as well. There are also other beings in this book that aren't human, including one group I don't believe I've ever seen brought into an Urban Fantasy series before: aliens from outer space.

I enjoyed the series, but it's not in my list of favorites.

The Nymphos of Rocky Flats Book Rating: 8 of 10
X-Rated Porn Stars Book Rating: 7 of 10
Undead Kama Sutra Book Rating: 7 of 10

Series Rating: 7 of 10

1. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats
2. X-Rated Bloodsuckers
3. The Undead Kama Sutra
4. Jailbait Zombie

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