Vampire$ 2 Paperback – Nov 20 1990
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
See you all at the ANTWAR saloon.
Rock and Roll.
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$.
Meet Jack Crow. Crow has a foul mouth, quick temper, liked his wiskey, and is a vampire hunter. He hunts vampires for money, a lot of it. The reader will accompany Crow on a few slayings. You'll meet his team and get to know the characters, and their background. I really liked the char. Cat, what a hoot. He's adds a lot to this book. What impressed me the most was they last slaying that the reader will read about. The Team has to come up aganist a master vampire...at night. Why you ask? Read the book and find out.
Steakly has an amazing writing style. Through interesting plot twists, and fasntastic char the reader will be drawn in and will be fighting to put the book down. Steakly's that good.
I highly suggest this book if you like vampire books, horror books, or likes to read a well crafted story by a talented author. If you start this book, you won't be sorry.
Vampire$ 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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 on May 28 2014 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