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Vampire$ 2 [Paperback]

John Steakley
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Nov. 20 1990
Suppose there were really vampires. They'd have to kill wouldn't they? But who'd be crazy enough to try and make a living out of it? Meet Jack Crow - mercenary vampire slayer who leads a contingent of Vatican renegades in a a long-waged war against the undead.
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Vampire$ (the title does end with a dollar sign) is about a tightly knit group of professional vampire killers. They may say they're in it for the money, but their death-defying bravado and warm male friendships are as intense as those in any soldier-hero epic. The irrepressible, foul-mouthed, hard-drinkin' Jack Crow--decked out in high-tech chain mail and wielding a fearsome crossbow--is the leader of the bunch. He's the sort of man who screams obscenities at the pope, and then (after a lot of booze) weeps in the pontiff's lap over the horrors he's witnessed.

Author John Steakley is the son of a Chevrolet dealer from Cleburne, Texas, and he uses his roots to good effect. Not only does much of the action take place in the Lone Star state, but when we first meet the major character named Felix, he's an apparition out of the Old West--living in an abandoned boxcar on the Rio Grande with a Mexican whore, an endless supply of tequila, and a tacky bleeding Jesus on the wall.

Vampire$ is one gaudy, action-packed novel. The men are men, the women are vulnerable, and the vampires are mean, ugly monsters. Unless you don't like that sort of thing, you'll love it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Exciting and surprising...a real genre bender that keeps the best elements of both.”—Locus

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John Steakley doesn't miss a beat in this bone-crushing novel of combat, friendships, and the miseries of living and dying that follow the professional vampire hunter. Most of the book is fast-paced and keeps you hooked, although there is a lull here and there. This isn't the type of vampire novel where vampires run around kissing people and singing "Kum-bi-yah" like Dracula did in the horrible movie remake of Bram Stoker's excellent book (Poor old Bram must've rolled over in his grave, especially since they called the movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula"). Unfortunately, Steakley's book, Vampire$, was similarly mutilated via a John Carpenter C-section when it was reborn on the big screen. Anyway, the point here is that John Steakley's vampires aren't poor, misunderstood, fuzzy creatures that just need love and kindness. They're completely evil, ruthless, and powerful, and thus require hard, dangerous men to hunt them down and kill them. That's what Team Crow (Based on the name of Jack Crow, the main character) does for a living. In a sense, Team Crow is like a special forces team, but trained to kill vampires instead of people (And don't try to tell me that "Vampires are people,too."). Anyway, it's a great read if you like some action and a lot of raw, intense combat. I also recommend ARMOR, also by John Steakley- totally different genre (ARMOR is sci-fi) but a great book.
See you all at the ANTWAR saloon.
Until then,
Rock and Roll.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Way better than the movie. Aug. 9 2001
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First off, how can you not like a vampire novel with the name of the author is Steakly. *LOL*. You know it's going to be a good read.
Before I get started, I just wanted to say how bad the movie to this book is. If you've seen the movie, and not sure if you want to read the book, I urge you to forget the horrid movie, and sit back and enjoy VAMPIRE$.
Meet Jack Crow. Crow has a foul mouth, quick temper, liked his wiskey, and is a vampire hunter. He hunts vampires for money, a lot of it. The reader will accompany Crow on a few slayings. You'll meet his team and get to know the characters, and their background. I really liked the char. Cat, what a hoot. He's adds a lot to this book. What impressed me the most was they last slaying that the reader will read about. The Team has to come up aganist a master vampire...at night. Why you ask? Read the book and find out.
Steakly has an amazing writing style. Through interesting plot twists, and fasntastic char the reader will be drawn in and will be fighting to put the book down. Steakly's that good.
I highly suggest this book if you like vampire books, horror books, or likes to read a well crafted story by a talented author. If you start this book, you won't be sorry.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Give the Steak to These Awful "Vampire$" June 28 2001
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John Steakley's "Vampire$" falls into the category of "great concept--lousy execution." That Steakley is not a terribly creative writer is immediately apparent to anyone who has read his sci-fi epic "Armor." Though that novel is pretty good, one has to question why, other than abject laziness, would he use the same two names (Jack Crow and Felix) who were the heros of the previous book? The first scene of "Vampire$" starts out scary, but decends into gratuitous violence. From there, the novel stalls, spending over a hundred pages on uneffective character deveolpment. The mood is all wrong. If vampires WERE real and stalking the earth, one would think that governments would have more urgency about destroying them and that those who do the job would be a little more organized. I also found the religous aspect of the story baffling. Quite frankly, the whole novel lost comprehension for me well before the halfway mark. I would love to see it rewritten by someone who is able to give its great concept true justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book for John Steakly June 25 2001
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I read Vampire$ a few months before the movie arrived in theaters and I love it. This book has been probably the best book I read that year. Then I went to see the movie, it's good, but if you have read the book, do yourself a favor, don't see the movie. If you've seen the movie you'll notice that it's a good movie, but a bad adaptation of a great novel.
Vampire$ is something different, when you read this novel, you need to forget about other Vampire classic novels (like I am Legend, Interview with the Vampire, etc), this is totally different and it will blow your mind away. I'll love the way Steakly introduce the characters, specially the mysterious Felix, which turn to be the main character of the novel, not Jack Crow (like the movie). The way John introduces the characters, the way he developed them, amazing.
If you like a good Vampire, action, intriguing novel, Vampire$ is your choice. When you read Vampire$ (if you've read John Steakly's Armor), you'll say "What a coincidence, in both of his novels, the main characters are the same, Jack Crow and Felix". But, most intriguing is that in both novels Felix is this mysterious guy that you want to know more about him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't blame the book for the movie... Sept. 6 2000
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I mean that. "John Carpenter's Vampires" was a decent movie, if a bit trite (a black cross? reverse exorcism? please...), but this book is anything but trite. It is vulgar, edgy, dark, and very very good. Forget the limp-wristed characters Anne Rice writes about. Steakley's vampires are a monsterous lot, full of violence and horror. Brian Lumley's books are a much closer comparison, and that is high praise in deed (for me, anyway). It doesn't hurt that I grew up not ten miles from Cleburne, Texas, and it was a kick in the pants when I saw the city represented in the book (it's a small, dusty, Texas town without much of note), not to mention the fact that John is from there. On a side note, his dad's dealership has moved to Fort Worth, I believe.
Anyway, before I digress further, go buy this book! It was action aplenty, characters that just grab you by the lapels and shake you, and a story that never tires no matter how many times I read it. This is a first class American vampire novel. Forget about Rice. THIS is was a vampire book *should* be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the same vein
As "Armor", despite the author's note that the identically-named characters are in fact otherwise unrelated. Worth a read for completeness if nothing else. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Seikoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires for non-vampire fans
Excellent book, with a few hidden cross-overs to Steakley's previous book, "Armor" (anyone catch the "Antwar Saloon"?). Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Trident86
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad book. Better movie.
I just finished reading the Vampire$. I felt terribly cheated that John Carpenter's movie out shines the novel on which it was based. The novel is overly 'campy'. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003 by C. Halbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Drag 'em into the sunlight!
I read Armor and Vampires and would read anything else that John Steakley cares to write. As a reader of several vampire books and viewer of almost all of the vampire movies ever... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by rylett
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Hunters as it would be...
Jack Crow and his Team don't fool around. They go after the vampires with stakes, crossbows and dynamite while wearing chain-mail. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome!
This is, by far, the best vampire novel I have ever read--and I've read a lot of vampire novels! I couldn't put this book down. I didn't read it, I inhaled it! Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by Sarah Bollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars I hunt Vampires for a living......
I picked up this book because of the qoute at the start. This book was amazing from start to end I could not put it down. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire$ makes the money!
Now this is what I call a book! Non-stop action is the appeal of the novel Vampire$ and that is what you get. The blood flies in this tale of Vampire$ Inc. Read more
Published on June 6 2001 by Matt Reifschneider
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the movie
After reading the glowing reviews of the book, I ran right out and got it. Well, it is nothing like the movie, and thank God that John Carpenter got a hold of this and made it into... Read more
Published on May 17 2001
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