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Mario Acevedo
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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo (Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060833262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060833268
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,675,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A humorous thriller follows the exploits and adventures of ex-soldier-turned-vampire Felix Gomez, who confronts shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and lustful women when he investigates an outbreak of nymphomania at a secret government facility in Rocky Flats. Reprint. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mix of genres 21 Mar 2009
By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The genres being the private eye thriller, the supernatural thriller, and um (just a touch of) porn and another light twist on the vampire sagas. Oh and another which I won't reveal as it would ruin the end of the book.

This time our hero is a guilt-ridden vampirised ex-soldier turned P.I. hired to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania on a secret government base. He links up with the local vampires who aren't such bad people and who generally do their best to avoid killing humans, sticking to volunteers, and blood banks or animals for their supplies, Our hero only drinks animal blood. To complicate the mix even more, the vamps are being hunted by a mysterious organisation of vamp-killers.

Add a bit upfront relatively explicit sex (it isn't really porn, I was just being playful) and you have an entertaining time passer. This first in a new series won't come within mile of any awards but it's different enough to make me want to read the rest. You might too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! 27 Mar 2006
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Felix Gomez went to Iraq as a soldier. When he ends up killing an innocent family, Felix wants only to be punished. His plea is heard by one of the undead. Thus Felix becomes a vampire.
When Felix is released from the military, he becomes a private investigator. One of his old friends is now an assistant manager at a secret government facility in Rocky Flats. His name is Gilbert Odin. Gilbert hires Felix to find out what caused the outbreak of nymphomania at the facility. When Felix delivers the answers to Gilbert, he learns that they only make more questions come to light. So a second mission is needed to find out what is in a certain trailer.
Felix should know that anything is possible. After all, vampires DO exist. Why not Area 51, aliens, and all the other things people believe are fake? But while Felix is doing his investigations, he is also having to dodge vampire hunters and government agents. There is much more going on than any one person knows.
**** Author Mario Acevedo seems to know his topic very well. After all, the author used to work at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant in Denver, Colorado. And, you guessed it, he is also a veteran of Desert Storm. This novel actually required a security declassification by the federal government before it was allowed to be published. So it is a huge understatement to say the author has researched his material. In fact, the author's expertise shows in every page of the novel. The title makes the book sound like a "free for all", instead it is a wonderful mystery with a super natural twist. It also looks to be the first of a brilliant new mystery series. Bravo, Mario Acevedo, you have a fan in me! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The bones of a good story 6 Dec 2007
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Sadly an average book - the basic story/plot better handled would have been interesting. But, well, the hamfisted way what could have been interesting quirks - like a vampire frightened of bloodsucking by a virus/disease but forced to do so to pacify (no joke) some nympho behaviour by female witnesses - leaks away the tension. I'll pass on critiquing the plot holes - like having a vampire funeral at the place where the vampire hunters have killed him - isn't it just a bit risky for the undead to hang around at such an obvious place? And the main characters being given permission by his dead victims to munch on humans was a sadly underwritten about-face after being a vampire vegan (animal blood) throughout the book. This is no dark n deadly stud muffin - just a minor variation on the private dick novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great fun! with a bit of gruesome! 14 Jun 2012
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I was advised to read this author by a friend and I have to say I read it all in one day and loved it!! Such a giggle!
Yes some things did get on my pip, the constant use of certain phrases and words; but the rest was excellent, horror/comedy/thriller/espionage!
ex army turns vampire turns PI.... then the fun starts.
A whole new view of vampires and their world, shades of Buffy humour! with fairies, sprites and ET!
If you were to take out the supernatural element you would have a fairy good thriller to boot.
Will definitely be looking up more, for lighter moments of good reading.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserved a better title 9 July 2007
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Nymphos of Rocky Flats," Mario Acevedo's first novel, is a pretty good vampire yarn with a few exceptional highlights. The beginning, for instance, places protagonist Felix Gomez, still mortal, doing his bit for Operation Iraqi Freedom. But when the mission goes wrong and Iraqi civilians are killed, Felix is overcome with guilt -- easy prey for a vampire who happens by.

Back home, Felix works as a private investigator, retaining his mobility in daylight with a cocktail of sunscreens and cosmetics. He's called to Rocky Flats, Colorado, to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at a federal Department of Energy facility -- hence the title.

But the nymphomania, along with the handful of of nymphomaniacs we meet, are really extraneous to the story. Much more interesting is the vampire society Acevedo has created, as well as the small army of vampire hunters that invades the greater Denver area with crosses, stakes and silver pellets in their shotguns. The dryad is pretty cool, too.

I'm afraid the "nymphos" in the title, coupled with the leering face on the cover, my harm more than help Acevedo's sales. That's too bad, because "Rocky Flats" -- which had to be declassified by the Department of Energy before its release -- is a pretty good first novel and a solid addition to modern vampire lore.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yea...I Know, the Title...But it IS Good!! 22 Sep 2006
By Amy Aldrich - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh...it's a man goes to war, man kills innocent civilians, man suffers from the guilt and anguish of killing said civilians and what happens....why he is bitten by a vampire as the ultimate punishment, of course! Now that man is back in the US, having been discharged from the army for "medical reasons" and he is, naturally, working as a private investigator. He's been lured to Rocky Flats with a retainer of 20,000 dollars to investigate a rather interesting little problem...an "outbreak" of nymphomania amount the facilities women employees.

What starts out as a seemingly simple task...discover the cause of the nymphomania turns into a whirlwind adventure that runs the gambit of every thing in this genre and throws in a few from others...we've got government conspiracy theory and cover-ups, the tedium of bureaucracy, vampires, vampire hunters (naturally), a dryad, Roswell, Area 51, Aliens...Acevedo threw in practically everything but the kitchen sink into the plot, stirred liberally and viola! We get a strikingly funny novel about a vet turned vampire (who refuses to drink human blood by the way) who is assisted by a local group of vampires and a dryad in his investigation of nymphomania...yea, it's a hoot. If this had not been written in such a humorous and entertaining way, there is no way that Acevedo could have made this even remotely believable.

It's enjoyable for it's over the top story and elements told in an over the top humorous manner! I almost passed this up because of the title and I'm glad I didn't, while this is certainly not destined to be a classic, it is funny and charming in its own way! In the end, I give it a B- because all the pieces of the puzzle don't fit quite right at the very end...but this is certainly forgivable given how entertaining the story is! I'll definitely be picking up the follow up book!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise doesn't quite deliver. 25 July 2008
By Martin P. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"I was intrigued with the premise of this book: a soldier gets turned into a vampire and then comes back as a private detective who is now investigating a case of nymphomania.

This premise is interesting, but I feel the book fails to deliver a whole package. Acevedo's descriptions are weak, and at no point did I feel myself drawn into the story, like I was feeling what it was like to be a vampire detective. The narrator was very nonchalant about his powers and there was little, if any, description about the way his vampire powers felt to him. He just says things like "I used my vampire power to hypnotise them." Very plain, not visceral at all. Lots of telling without showing. The most memorable character trait of Felix, the narrator, is that he refuses to drink human blood because he accidentally killed a young girl in Iraq. This is supposedly why he "chose" to become a vampire, though it really wasn't a choice at all and, thematically, doesn't fit with the rest of the story.

Despite the sensory deprivation of the narrative, Acevedo does add some interesting new twists on the vampire legend. Now vampires can turn into wolves, hypnotize, hover, wear sunblock, and cause memory loss in people. At the same time, some of these new powers made the narrator's quest a bit too easy at times. Need to get out of a jam? Make them lose their memory!

Aside from having vampires and vampire hunters, this is a standard mystery novel. Given, the plotline is funny it involves government conspiracies and nyphomania, but it offers nothing new from your typical dime-a-dozen mainstream mystery plotline. The ending comes as no surprise.

In summary:

With more sensory details and concentration on making characters come alive (instead of flimsy plot devices) this could have been a better story. As is, it's your standard mystery with two-dimensional vampires as characters that never strike home."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! 27 Mar 2006
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Felix Gomez went to Iraq as a soldier. When he ends up killing an innocent family, Felix wants only to be punished. His plea is heard by one of the undead. Thus Felix becomes a vampire.

When Felix is released from the military, he becomes a private investigator. One of his old friends is now an assistant manager at a secret government facility in Rocky Flats. His name is Gilbert Odin. Gilbert hires Felix to find out what caused the outbreak of nymphomania at the facility. When Felix delivers the answers to Gilbert, he learns that they only make more questions come to light. So a second mission is needed to find out what is in a certain trailer.

Felix should know that anything is possible. After all, vampires DO exist. Why not Area 51, aliens, and all the other things people believe are fake? But while Felix is doing his investigations, he is also having to dodge vampire hunters and government agents. There is much more going on than any one person knows.

**** Author Mario Acevedo seems to know his topic very well. After all, the author used to work at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant in Denver, Colorado. And, you guessed it, he is also a veteran of Desert Storm. This novel actually required a security declassification by the federal government before it was allowed to be published. So it is a huge understatement to say the author has researched his material. In fact, the author's expertise shows in every page of the novel. The title makes the book sound like a "free for all", instead it is a wonderful mystery with a super natural twist. It also looks to be the first of a brilliant new mystery series. Bravo, Mario Acevedo, you have a fan in me! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea for a story...needs more development 29 May 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being on a vampire/romance kick, this book seemed like it would be great. The story itself is very interesting. We see a soldier who returns from Iraq changed into a vampire. He then becomes a private detective who seems to end up with the strangest of cases, one being an outbreak of nymphomania at a government facility.

I like the idea of how he became a vampire and the idea of a whole vampire "web" that exists in the book. I think it was a little out there for me with some of the explanations. Think Roswell meets Dracula.

You can tell why Acevedo made this into a series. The character is somewhat developed in this book, but there is defnite room to expand. I was fairly interested in what happens to Felix next, so I bought the next book in the series, X-rated Blood Suckers. The titles seem to be a bit deceiving, I honestly bought the series because the review talked about how racy the books were. Not too much going on in that arena.

If you like vampires and new twists on the old legends, try it out. But don't expect Nora Roberts-esq sex scenes.
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