The Nymphos of Rocky Flats : A Novel
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As The Nymphos of Rocky Flats opens in present day Iraq, in the middle of "Operation Iraqi Freedom," the reader can expect this book doesn't follow the traditional eighteenth century castle-dwelling vampire stereotype. Felix Gomez is a kindhearted United States soldier when he is transformed into a vampire. When Felix returns to the United States, he opens his own private investigation agency, which is incredibly successful, considering he can use his supernatural powers in his investigations.
It is client and college roomate Gilbert Odin that lures Gomez to Rocky Flats with a substantially large deposit check, which he backs up with an even larger reward when the investigation is complete. The investigation is within the United States Department of Energy, which means Felix has to pose as a scientist to access internal government secrets and the dangers they possess. His main objective is to discover what is causing a sudden outbreak of nymphomania among a group of female researchers within the DOE.
Felix befriends a group of local vampires, who introduce him to another mystery. Vampires are being slaughtered throughout the area in "vampire hunter" fashion. As he tries to solve both puzzles, the vampire circle aids him in his investigation as much as possible, saving his life in several circumstances. They also introduce him to the love of his life, Wendy Teagarden, who is unique and far from human.
Peppered with subtle humor throughout, Felix's adventures are anything but typical. Being a vampire, he must to return to his coffin each night to "recharge," while he is able to maneuver among men during the daylight hours with the aid of vitamin supplements, makeup, and lots of sunblock. Contact lenses hide his vampire eyes with hypnotic powers, and he attributes his unusual skin tone and use of makeup to a skin condition caused by Gulf War Syndrome to those who question his health or masculinity.
Each character introduced throughout the book possesses a distinct personality and history that draws the reader into a relationship with them. The storyline is packed with adventure that keeps the reader hooked. It's a light read, but one that can't be put down. As Gomez's investigation unfolds, the secrets hidden within the DOE are far greater than anything he had suspected, secrets that could affect all of humanity.
From the publisher:
"EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT VAMPIRES IS WRONG.
Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire.
Now a private investigator, he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He'll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying. But first he must contend with shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and women who just want his body...
Skewering sexual myths, conspiracy fables, and government bureaucracy, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats reveals the bizarre world of the undead with a humorous slant and a fresh twist."
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Mailing out to SandDanz today to begin the ring. Enjoy!
Thanks so much for sharing it Breeni!!! *hugs*
Thanks for sharing Sabrina! *hugs*
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sent to xallroyx via media mail
The premise for this book sounds like it'll be a lot of fun! Thanks for including me in the ring -- I'll try not to take too long with it!
The recent trend of pulling vampire and paranormal stories out of the pure, plodding horror genre and making them more humorous is one I've been having a great time with. I hope it's not too much of a fad so it sticks around for a while!
I have lots of review books to read, but I'm going to try to sneak this into my reading queue as soon as I can ;)
Apparently August is vampire month for me. This was my third vampire book this month (after Undead and Unwed and Undead and Unemployed), which is very strange because prior to this month I hadn't read a vampire book in recent memory.
Anyway, I was one of the people who signed up for this book when it was offered as part of Harper Collins' First Look program. It just seemed so new and fresh and completely over-the-top that I wanted to check it out.
And I will say that the book lived up to my expectations. Very different; definitely genre-bending. I was extremely amused by a number of things in this book, one of which was the fact that Felix (when talking to humans) blames all of his weird (vampire) traits on Gulf War Syndrome.
Did anyone else notice that there was lots of talk of food and eating? The constant references to animal blood (and even worse congealed animal blood) kind of grossed me out... but then again I'm a lily-livered vegetarian :P
My favorite thing about this book: the cover art. Seriously. I love the design and the cigarette really looks like it's glowing.
I loved this book! It was so original and kept me in stitches (no pun intended). I gobbled it up so fast that I almost had regrets at not savouring it further, but I did want to send it on its way back to Breeni while I was in the US. I agree that the aura thing was cool but I think my favourite part of the book was how Acevedo combined vampires with Area 51. Very cool, I'll be looking forward to his next book!
Thanks for offering this up as a ring!
Bookring rules: there are no rules! I trust that your conscience will inspire you to read the book and pass it on in a timely manner!
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A little late, but this is going out today! Thanks and I hope everyone enjoys this!
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Mailing out today to caseyw, the next participant!!
I ordered another copy through the Amazon Marketlace and had it sent directly to redhot-brat as caseyw pm'd me and said that she has decided not to read it.
I will give brat the BCID to put on the new copy per Breenie.
Thanks so much for sharing them Breeni ... they were both fun reads.
Felix Gomez is a private eye... who went to Iraq as a soldier and came back a vampire. To blend in with the rest of humanity and keep their identity a secret, he and his fellow vampires must hide their unique vampire features behind makeup (for their translucent skin) and special contact lenses (for the mirror-like hypnotic reflection of their eyes). However, there's one vampire custom which Felix hasn't much embraced—the drinking of human blood; he drinks animal blood instead. It makes no difference that the blood comes from blood banks, and no humans need be harmed in the taking. Yet Felix still very much lives with the guilt of the innocent Iraqi family he and his platoon accidentally gunned down over in Iraq.
Unfortunately, this failing of Felix's is causing him to slowly but surely lose his vampire powers. And though it hasn't much hampered his current investigation within the Department of Energy (DOE) of tracking down the source of the recent nymphomania outbreak, it is putting him at a slight disadvantage against the vampire hunters who are actively hunting him!
Part paranormal mystery, part Koontz-like thriller, and a sprinkle of the nonsensical, this was a wonderful first novel from Mario Acevedo, the first in the Felix Gomez series. Felix reminded me a little bit of Harry Dresden, from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, except that the problems Felix is hired to investigate aren't necessarily supernatural in nature. And Felix presents himself as human to all but other supernaturals, while Harry openly admits to being a wizard. But I have to say that based on my enjoyment of this first novel, this series looks quite promising and like it could be nearly as good as The Dresden Files.
Though a first work from the author, I'd have thought he was already well established as he wrote quite well and in a style very much suited to the genre. I had absolutely no complaints about the dialogue, the writing style, or anything else for that matter. The pace of the story was quick and punchy and the chapters short which added to that fast-moving action. I already had the second book, X-Rated Blood Suckers, here on Mt. TBR so I started on it immediately after finishing this one. I'm looking forward to another fun ride!
This is now reserved for karendawn. Since I actually picked up the 2nd book immediately, I'll hold it and send both together when I'm done with X-Rated Blood Suckers.
Cheers and thanks for sending my way.
I also agree with morsecode, the talking about congealed blood was a little gross, especially since I was trying to enjoy the book and my lunch at the same time. I don't think I'd make a very good vampire :D
That's OK! I'm going to send a pm to chronicbooker3 for an address, and then get started on X-Rated Bloodsuckers, so I can mail it out by the end of the month. :)
ETA (Feb. 07) Removed from Paranormal VBB today. Noone chose it. I will probably put this up on BookMooch because wild releasing here is not too nice to books.