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Old 11-07-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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The Book With No Name

Imagine a story about gangsters, Kung-Fu Monks, an Elvis-impersonating bounty hunter, and swarms of vampires all living in a world that is a cross between The Lost Boys and From Dusk Til Dawn (and not a Twilight reference in sight)! Do I really need to say anything else to get you excited?!

Ok, I suppose I better had otherwise it would be a pretty pointless review...!

Miles Jensen is a detective in the mould of Fox Moulder from the X-Files, and he is sent to the lawless town of Santa Mondega to investigate a spate of vicious murders. Unbeknown to Detective Jensen is that the root of all this evil is down to a mysterious blue stone known as The Eye of the Moon and all of the low-lifes and blood-sucking creatures of the night that prowl Santa Mondega will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

It soon becomes very apparent that all of the victims have one thing in common - they have all read the ancient Book With No Name and not one of them has lived to tell the tale. Detective Jensen will need to piece together all the clues if he is to work out what the hell is going on, and he meets some very strange characters in the process, including The Bourbon Kid - who just happens to be a serial killer, blasting his way through the undead, but not before he has a sampled a shot of his beloved whiskey!

A special mention has to go to my favourite character - Sanchez the bartender. The guy is such a weasel, but you can't help but like his self-obsessed and bleak outlook on life. Then again, if you owned a bar and all your clientele were blood suckers, you probably wouldn't be too happy-go-lucky yourself!

This book packs a punch from the very first page and is laced with black humour that will have you chuckling away despite all the blood, gore, and guts that comes in between. The author, who remains anonymous to add further intrigue to the story, manages to convey his story in such a way that it is never a chore to read, and you are always looking forward to picking it up again.

The quickest way I can sum up The Book With No Name is by calling it a Quentin Tarantino movie in the making. It is such a pleasant change to read a proper good old-fashioned vampire story without a ridiculous love triangle splattered all over it. And if that ticks all the boxes for you then make sure you get yourself a copy of this book!
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Subtitled, Bourbon Kid 1, author listed as "anonymous." (Not to be confused with the book of the same title edited by Ian Birch, about pop stars in the '80s.)

Amazon link - Barnes & Noble - Kobo (possibly lowest price) - ebooks.com

Googlebook Listing (not avail. for purchase) - its own site (flash-based advert; incl. flash-base sample chapters)
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I read it earlier this year, one of my nominated books challenge, and one of the few pbooks I still have lurking around unread. Really enjoyed it too. At the start of reading it, I hadn't realised it was part of a trilogy, and have been promising myself to buy book two some time soon (in ebook this time).
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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There is actually a fourth book now as well!
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I've been though the desert on a book with no name...
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