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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.
Gives a closer, longer look at violent vampire-hunting than anything else to date, often at a breath-taking pace. -- The Vampire's Closet --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Seikoguy
Excellent book, with a few hidden cross-overs to Steakley's previous book, "Armor" (anyone catch the "Antwar Saloon"?). Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Trident86
I just finished reading the Vampire$. I felt terribly cheated that John Carpenter's movie out shines the novel on which it was based. The novel is overly 'campy'. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by C. Halbert
I read Armor and Vampires and would read anything else that John Steakley cares to write. As a reader of several vampire books and viewer of almost all of the vampire movies ever... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by rylett
Jack Crow and his Team don't fool around. They go after the vampires with stakes, crossbows and dynamite while wearing chain-mail. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
This is, by far, the best vampire novel I have ever read--and I've read a lot of vampire novels! I couldn't put this book down. I didn't read it, I inhaled it! Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by Sarah Bollinger
I picked up this book because of the qoute at the start. This book was amazing from start to end I could not put it down. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001
Now this is what I call a book! Non-stop action is the appeal of the novel Vampire$ and that is what you get. The blood flies in this tale of Vampire$ Inc. Read morePublished on June 6 2001 by Matt Reifschneider