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Deadly Assessment by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Series: Fred The Vampire Accountant #5
Published by Tantor Audio on August 7, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours, 9 minutes
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fter several years as a vampire, starting a business, founding his own clan, and proposing to his girlfriend, Fred is finally beginning to settle into life as an undead accountant. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about his continued survival, or the dangerous friends he’s made along the way.
The Blood Council has dispatched a representative to determine if Fred is fit for the position he currently fills as head of a clan, and the stakes for failure are deathly serious. Worse, Fred will have to muddle through without the help of Krystal, who is off on a mysterious task of her own.
Saddled with a new bodyguard, Fred will have to prove he’s got what it takes to be a respectable vampire, control his abilities, and lead a clan. Because if he can’t, the House of Fred will be no more.
I started by getting audios from the Fred, The Vampire Accountant series at the library. Once I was current, I requested them for audio review. It’s a slow burn with Fred’s tales. They start so straightforward and then everything goes to hell.
Deadly Assessments was quite suspenseful. The story was very focused on Fred, his vampire training, or lack of training, and his leadership of the clan. Thankfully, Fred continues to control his emotions, show his superior willingness to use his brain, and collect the odd band of completely devoted friends.
I will always want more of Fred’s stories. As they continue, in both the world-building, and the development and growth of our beloved characters, I am happy to listen. The Blood Council is a serious and rather frightening development but I have faith; they will love Fred as much as everyone else.
Kirby Heyborne is the perfect choice on the audio narration. He performs the logical, rational Fred and yet the explosive Krystal as well. There are differing voices for the other characters, also. My usual 1.25x speed works well.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge