Narrator: Cary Hite
Series: Straight Outta Fangton #2
Published by Indie on March 26, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours and 5 minutes
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Peter Stone is a poor black vampire who has found undeath isn't all it was promised to be. There's no vast riches, innate cool, or super-sex appeal. No, instead, there's working the graveyard shift at a gas station alongside the highway to Detroit. Oh, and the blood thing sucks too. Working a second job as the sheriff of the undead, Peter is asked to serve as bodyguard to a famous vampire romance novelist visiting the city. He doesn't go twenty-four hours before she's dead and he's the primary suspect. There's also evidence it was one of the most powerful vampires in the world.
Some days just hit you like a stake through the heart.
Set in the same world as the Bright Falls Mysteries.
Back in the world of Peter Stone, a poor black vampire who still works at a convenience store. He is also the belladix, aka vampire sheriff, of New Detroit. However, the second job doesn’t come with a salary, hence why he has to keep the first job.
Thoth, Peter’s creator and the second most powerful vampire in New Detroit and husband to the voivode, vampire regional leader, Ashura (though, marriage is a pretty loose thing with vampires) has offered Peter a really high paying job of playing bodyguard to fairly young vampire and novelist, Rebecca Plum (think Stephenie Meyer or Anne Rice). The problem is that Rebecca Plum might write best selling novels, but she’s also really bad vampire in that she enjoys killing humans, which doesn’t sit well with Peter.
Things aren’t as easy as they should be, of course. Things go arigh and everyone ends in a battle that will change everything. I won’t go into more detail on that.
This is a fun story in a Phipps style of a lot of great humor and snide comments from the characters. Oh, and the large number of pop culture references that are featured in every C.T. Phipps story. The Straight Outta Fangton series is also set in the same world as Jane Doe the weredeer in the Bright Falls Mysteries series, though she lives in a different part of Michigan. There are some character crossover, but you can read either series without having read the other.
I have to say I love David, Peter’s best friend. He is a favorite character of mine. He has some of the best jokes in the story. I can’t say too much about David without spoiling things in Straight Out of Fangton or 100 Miles and Vampin’, but just know that David is a great character.
He looked like he was wearing a Halloween costume and not a particular good on at that. In fact, there were signs his deformities weren’t natural like extra fingers or third eyes that came with most deminkin. They looked fake, or at least the result of bad plastic surgery. Was I being Punked? Was Ashton Kutcher hiding out in one of the stalls? Was that show still on, even in reruns?
“Foolish, Stone,” the deminkin hissed with a mouth full of saliva. “You should have taken better care to hide you nighttime resting place!”
Okay, now I wish I was being Punked. I moved my hand in front of my face to guard it against spittle. That was what you got when you talked with fants. Every vampire new this, and the wannabe here had apparently gotten himself expensive dental work without knowing it (or caring). “Okay, first, dumbass, you’re supposed to look for my daytime resting place. That’s when vampires are vulnerable. Second, it’s not a secret, I’m in the damn phone book and on Google. I’ve been looking for a second job where I can work from home since I developed the ability to be up during the day. Third, please tell me you were born that way and didn’t actually alter yourself to look like an orc from the Lord of the Rings.”
Cary Hite is back as the narrator for this series. I’ve really enjoyed his narration of this series. I think I like the voice of Thoth the best. Not only is Thoth a very powerful vampire, but he is also a Haitian voodoo priest and I love the accent that he uses.I can’t imagine anyone else as the voice of Peter and the gang.