Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez)
by Mario Acevedo
Cover Artist: Will Staeble
Review by Steve Sawicki
Eos Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061567179
Date: 01 December 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Felix Gomez, private investigator, Middle East war vet, native of Denver, and vampire finds himself on the wrong end of a zombie attack as he works to fulfill one of the few standing orders of the Araneum; the council that oversees all affairs of vampires and works to keep the human world and the supernatural world separate.
Soon enough Felix finds himself meeting with a representative of the Araneum and being told about a nest of zombies that had to be destroyed along with their maker. As with previous assignments, Felix has the feeling that he's not being given all the information. Regardless, he's soon on his way to Morada, looking for zombies and using a piece of alien technology which is supposed to hone in on psychic energy. Before he knows it Felix is knee deep in zombies, being threatened by the local mafia and fending off the advances of an adolescent teenage girl with psychic powers who only wants him to help her become immortal.
This is the fourth book in Mario Acevedo's vampire series featuring Felix Gomez. As with the other books in the series, this one combines fast paced action, tongue in cheek humor, and a protagonist who fumbles himself to success as often as he does so through any investigative process. Acevedo has created a complex world where the supernatural exists only to be fiercely protected from humans because of a fear that if they found out they'd wage war and erase every supernatural from the planet. Acevedo also advances any number of solutions to the standard vampire problems, such as the use of sunblock during daytime hours.
This is a fun series and Acevedo seems to be keeping up the standard he started in the first book--fast paced, fun, and intelligently done. It should also be noted that Acevedo's characters often find themselves in sexual situations of just the sort you would imagine when trolling the steamy side of the supernatural. Acevedo has, perhaps, created his own genre here--vampire detective noir--within which he moves freely and fantastically and with great results for the reader.
Consider this an invitation to go and find out for yourself just how much fun hanging out with a bunch of stinking, putrefying zombies can be. Highly recommended.