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The Vampire Files [Paperback]

P. N. Elrod

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Sept. 5 2006 Vampire Files (Book 2)
The Vampire Files, Volume Two includes three adventures featuring Jack Fleming, Vampire P.I. in prohibition-era Chicago, walking the line between both sides of the law-as well as the line between human and inhuman.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Trade (Sept. 5 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014279
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P.N. “Pat” Elrod, best known for The Vampire Files and the Jonathan Barrett: Gentleman Vampire series, co-edited Time of the Vampires, and has stories in several other anthologies.  A great fan of Forever Knight, she collaborated with actor Nigel Bennet (LaCroix) on Keeper of the King and His Father’s Son.  She is currently working on a new set of toothy titles and branching into the mystery and science fiction genres.


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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Books 4-6 in the Jack Fleming, Vampire PI series Aug. 21 2007
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a collection of books 4-6 in the Jack Fleming, Vampire PI series and contains entertaining supernatural stories which leaven the 'vampire' moments with the humanity of our bloodsucking protagonist, Jack. He's a great hero because he's fallible, seems to get shot and knocked out rather regularly, cares for his girlfriend Bobbi and his friend Charles Escott and tends to blunder around not being quite sure what he's doing a lot of the time. Perhaps his blundering and being shot may pall over time but at the moment it makes for a very different, and very likeable, hero.

ART IN THE BLOOD
"Art in the Blood" sees Jack coming to the rescue of a man at a party and then being sucked into problems within the art world. Alex Adrian was a famous artist but hasn't done anything since his wife committed suicide; Evan Robley and his sister Sandra are also artists and when more suspicious events start taking place, including a death for which Alex Adrian might be responsible, Jack and Escott have to unravel the plot and work out what's really going on. The Chicago underworld plays its part as usual with more dodgy characters who have it in for Jack and Escott.

This story gives us more of an insight into the relationship between Jack and Bobbi as well as Jack needing to use his powers of vampire hypnosis more and more, leading to more people finding out what he truly is. It's another great read with a lighthearted feel and yet sometimes a darker undertone.

FIRE IN THE BLOOD
The first page in this book is great fun as we meet Jack apparently stripping Olivia Vandemore's evening gown from her and about to sacrifice her on an altar to Sabajajji, the Spider God. Fortunately this is just part of the novel he is writing rather than reality - although reality for Jack Fleming, Vampire PI, is often as bloodthirsty as this novel.

Jack and Charles Escott, Private Agent, are summoned to see Mr Sebastian Pierce, a rich retired Chicago man who tasks them to find a valuable bracelet that his daughter's boyfriend or a friend of his may have stolen. Jack finds himself shadowing the daughter to Bobbi's club and soon enough they stumble into murder and mayhem. A new member of the Chicago Underground, Vaughn Kyler, comes into play in this book and he's a particularly creepy individual who is resistant to Jack's vampire hypnosis. This book also sees the darker side of Jack having an outing after an episode of hypnotising goes rather wrong. Once again Jack finds himself in dodgy situations and only escapes by the skin of his teeth - is this ability going to pall any time soon?

The ending of this book is rather open and in fact leads directly into the next story, "Blood on the Water", although fortunately this episode does reach some sort of a conclusion. However Jack's rather more off balance in this book because of the darker side of his powers and we are learning more about him through it. Another great episode in this excellent series - a series that it probably pays to read in order.

BLOOD ON THE WATER
This story starts directly after "Fire In The Blood" and I think it would probably be rather difficult to understand everything that's going on, along with the fairly large cast of characters, without reading some of the previous books.

Jack Fleming, Vampire, had a bit of a shock in the last book when his vampiric nature got away from him and he nearly killed a woman. He's still struggling with the aftermath of those events in this story and is unwilling to use his hypnosis skills but equally doesn't want to talk about it to the rather perceptive Charles Escott, his partner.

The 'baddie', Vaughn Kyler, who we first met in the last book plays a significant role in the beginning of this story when he gives Jack the ultimatum to leave town or die. This gives Jack huge moral qualms - Jack knows that if he doesn't kill Kyler then neither Charles nor Bobbi will be safe, and yet how can he become a murderer? I think the way that the author showed Jack's fears about this was excellent.

In this story everyone is still chasing the bracelet from the last book and Jack enlists the help of Gordy, another local crime boss who's helped them in the past. Unfortunately a turf war seems to be breaking out with a new entrant, Angela Paco, playing her part as well. The three-sided war looks to be unstoppable and Jack has to decide on his actions with Kyler.

Once again, as in most of the other stories, Jack gets himself into various fixes and nearly dies. His physical limits are tested in a new way and there is more violence surrounding him. In the earlier books there was a lot of situation comedy where Jack was acting like a ghost and it happens again, very amusingly, in this book. However the turf war in this book lends it a darker feel and no doubt sets up for further instalments.

In short, it's another good read and we're getting further and further into Jack's character as the stories continue but this wouldn't be a good first book for a reader in this series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Much Can He take? Feb. 5 2010
By Joan A. Tinnin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started out loving this series. The beauty of it is the fact that it is written in the fashion of a book written in the period of the story. Wonderfully told. The suspence is marvelous. The vampire is tortured by what he is, but manages to create a life around his "affliction". He joins up with a super detective, who is enthralled by vampirism. Together they solve crimes. I truly love the writing and am bound by the mystery throughout. Now for the reason I stopped reading the series. P.N. Elrod's vampire was beaten to a pulp way too many times. It got tiresome. You could see it coming after a while. That saddened me, as I was enjoying the tales. P.N. Elrod's writing is amazing in that I thought she was a man. I have read so very much that I can guess the gender of the writer by the content. If only she hadn't gone quite so far with the violence toward the main character. Still very worth reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE copy-editing March 2 2013
By Steev43230 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This e-book suffers from the absolutely WORST copy-editing I have ever seen. I've come to expect punctuation errors, spelling mistakes, font and spacing problems, etc. in e-books where everyone with a word processor seems to think they remember the basic rules of punctuation they should have been taught in school at the age of 9.

But this e-book takes the cake. So far as I know the word "I" does not have a "1" in it. Two or three spelling or punctuation errors on EVERY SINGLE SCREEN. It's almost like the book was dictated to a speech-to-print program and published without the MS ever being seen by human eyes until it showed up - several dollars later - on my device. The publisher should be ashamed of itself. The production "standards" of this book are crap and the author should take someone to task for the embarrassment he has suffered because of it.

I suppose it would be too much to ask for a correct e-book to be published. If it is, I'll submit a content review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 'down to earth' vampire fiction! Dec 3 2007
By Dawn Emerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was so happy to see that the publisher has opted to do a 3-book large format release for this excellent series by P.N. Elrod that even though I own all the books under the original mass market covers, I am buying them all again in the new editions.

I am also ecstatic to see that they have done a MUCH better job on the cover art than in the original mass market editions. If I had not been running a chain bookstore when the first one came out hadn't gotten a recommendation from one of my customers who loved the book, I would NEVER have picked it because the cover art was so tacky. I think a lot of good books go unnoticed because the publisher harms the book with bad art. Publishers: use a plain colored cover instead of something that makes the book look like tough-guy drivel or something else they are NOT! Good cover art sells books, BAD ART KILLS!

I recommend this series to readers who are interesed in how a 'normal' human might react to the circumstances created by being made vampire unexpectedly. Jack isn't a deliberate hero, and is no part of any 'brotherhood' or 'secret society'; he is instead a Joe Average hack journalist scrabbling to make a living in the depression, a likable guy who bumbles around trying to figure out what happened to him and feeling like he is up to his waist in the quicksand that has become his existence.

In many vampire fiction novels, becoming a 'creature of the night' magically solves a host of probelms and enables the hero to go on a crusade or gain lots of 'powers' which help to cope; this doesn't happen for Jack. He tries to do the best he can under the circumstances he's been handed, but finds himself becoming more at odds with the 1920's organized criminal empire he's become inadvertently pitted against, and finds himself relying more and more upon the few human friends he has who know what he is. His vulnarability is at times wrenching.

These books are enjoyable fiction which make you think about what it REALLY might be like to have the vampiric circumstance thrust upon you. No sturm and drang, no graphic sex scenes, but plenty of emotional response where the reader becomes invested in Jack, his friends, and the trials of his new existence.

I recommend these book Highly - watch out, though: they're hard to put down and you may face the hazard of staying up way too late to finsh and showing up for work the next day with dark circles under your eyes!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! But not a fan of the Kindle version. May 22 2014
By David Klickman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, let me say I have been a fan of this series for many years. P.N. Elrod does a fantastic job weaving the supernatural with the gritty detective novel. The reason I purchased the Kindle versions in the first place is that my paper back versions are falling apart because I have read them so many times. That is why I would have given it five stars. The reason it only gets three is that whoever converted these books for the Kindle version was a moron. Can you say spelling errors? Holy cow! I lost count of how many errors there were. Misspelled character names, symbols and numbers where letters should be. It's as if they had never heard of spellcheck. At the very least someone could have double checked to make sure it was correct before they put it out there for sale. I believe that the author would be furious to find her hard work being mangled like this. If I could I'd get my money back and go track down the print versions. So fives stars for the books. Only three stars for the Kindle version.

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