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Blood Lust 2.5: L'Hunch Est Dos

Rhys A. Wilcox

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : RAW!

Published : 2010

Copyright : Rhys Alun Wilcox 2010

ISBN-10 : PB 0-9561559-1-X
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-9561559-1-7

Publisher's Write-Up

Father and daughter vampire hunters have found themselves unemployed. With time on their hands, they decide to forge their relationship by retreading their nostalgic footsteps in their home city of Paris. Unfortunately, their arrival coincides with a series of mysterious deaths that have something to do with a code, a church and a famous Italian's painting of a do-gooder's final meal. A mix of frenetic action, gratuitous violence and self-disparaging humour - all wrapped up in array of cultural, literary and cinematic references - that puts the 'trite' back into 'poltergeist'.

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Review by Nigel (300411) Rating (9/10)

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Review by Nigel
Rating 9/10
Blood Lust 2.5 is a stand alone spin off novel from the Blood Lust series involving Penny and her father Eric (Nutter) introduced in the first book Blood Lust where they helped Cameron et al to defeat the vampire attack in Leeds. In this story we find out a lot more about these characters whose names are actually Abraham and Penelope Helsine... which explains a lot.

The story itself is about a religious artefact that is stolen from the Vatican and the resources that are brought to bear to recover it. At this point we are hilariously introduced to every secret sect and religious fundamentalist group that has come to prominence following the success of the The Da Vinci Code.

The stolen artefact is actually quite powerful and as a number of suspicious suicides occur in Paris the various forces begin to converge. Inspector Rene Anjo, disillusioned and near the end of his career, and his impressionable assistant Matilda, begin to investigate these inexplicable deaths. Unfortunately, Abraham and Penelope just happen to be in Paris trying to reconcile their differences and are drawn into these events simply because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It feels odd to say it but this is probably the closest work that Rhys Wilcox has done that you could class as ‘mainstream’ and would not be out of place in the Fiction Top 10 chart in W H Smiths next to a Dan Brown or a Stephanie Meyer, although slightly darker with a vein of ironic humour running side by side with all the blood. I know this is going to break Rhys’ heart but it is in fact quite tame and you will find much more graphic descriptions in the latest Stephen King novel... Rhys must be slipping in his old age.

This is a highly entertaining, darkly funny, laugh out loud, stand alone story with a good solid plot and a sound, if somewhat farfetched*, denouement. Blood Lust 2.5 is an excellent place to start if you are new to this author and if you are already a fan prepare to be entertained as this latest novel does not disappoint.

Great fun and a solid 9/10 read in which you will not regret investing some time, assuming a slightly sick sense of humour...

* I only say this to keep the fundamentalists happy, sounded fairly plausible to me :)
Nigel (30th April 2011)

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