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Felix Gomez, Latino Vampire Detective Extraordinaire, Tackles A Sexy Werewolf Cabal In Werewolf Smackdown, The Fifth Installment In Mario Acevedo S Satirical Supernatural Series This Is The Author S Wonderfully Twisted Blend Of Comedy, Horror, And Detective Noir It s just hard not to love the Denver based Latino vampire P.I Felix Gomez This is the 5th book in the Felix Gomez series Just like in the previous books, Mr Acevedo paints a highly entertaining supernatural world of vampires, werewolves, dryads, ghosts and The story follows Felix s adventures in Charlotte, SC, where he gets involved with the local werewolves and their internal power struggles, tangles with an old lover, and faces an old deadly enemy This book, like all of the Felix Gomez books, is a guilty pleasure that is almost impossible to put down once started What s not to love This book was from cover to cover a non stop problem for Felix Gomez half of the time it was caused by his own pride This book kept me interested enough to finish it but I probably will not pick up another one to read. I m so glad this is the last of the Felix Gomez books It looks like there s one volume on its way, which will actually revisit some of the loose threads that were left dangling in books three and four, but I m done with it This book was pretty horrible.I m not sure what made me think that the first two books were fun, other than their titles Acevedo has a bad habit of telling much than he shows, which is odd, because he does a bit of showing through dialog, and then follows it up with telling us what just happened You know, like, having a character say, Felix, you re this close to crossing the line with me, and then follow it up with Felix s observation She was pissed It s not necessary, but apparently Acevedo wants to make sure we get the point.He s still reusing the hypnosis thing, but at least in this book, he gives Felix a reason to not have to rely on it so much The werewolves tell him that if he takes his contacts out, then he s telling them he doesn t trust them, so he keeps them in for most of the story It s a weak reason he s had three attempts on his life since arriving in Charleston, and has good reason to not trust the werewolves, so why would he agree to that , but it at least gets him out of the habit of hypnotizing everyone within range.Acevedo also refers to werewolves as weres, italicized, for much of the novel, and at first it was really hard to get used to that convention He tends to check their auras to confirm whether someone is human, vampire, or were, and since were looks like were plural past tense of to be, that is , it kept tripping me up and making me re read sentences It seems like it would have been better for the pacing if he had gone with werewolves or even Were, but hey, these books aren t exactly Steinbeck, you know Felix also talks a lot about how his kundalini noir, the spiritual thing that drives his vampirism, reacts to certain things It twists, it cringes, it tenses, and it basically tells us how Felix feels without having to observe anything that Felix actually does Hell, it even gives him a spider sense for when danger is about to happen Not only is it a cheap way of skipping over some narrative, but it s also oddly reminiscent of Anastasia s Inner Goddess from Fifty Shades of Grey At the very least, the kundalini noir was just as annoying.But hey, this book actually has a story that s relevant to the title Said smackdown doesn t ever quite happen, but the threat of it is the main thrust of the novel, so there s that On the flip side, we re almost treated to an explicit vampire wolf on werewolf wolf sex scene, so I guess it all evens out.Honestly Don t waste your time with this book or series I wish I had stopped reading these after Jailbait Zombie, but hey, I don t have a kundalini noir to warn me away from this crap. It seems that lately I have come across a lot of books that have combined mystery and horror Mostly they are centered around a detective that has supernatural powers For example Jim Butcher has written 13 novels based on wizard detective Harry Dresden There is also the Shannon Delaney paranormal mystery series by Elizabeth Eagan Cox The book I want to talk about here, follows the adventures of vampire detective Felix Gomex in Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo.A high powered werewolf Attorney named Eric Bourbon wants to hire Felix to come to Charelston North Carolina to kill his rival, another werewolf by the name of Randolph Calhoun Felix refuses, but now someone is trying to kill him and it looks like he is now in the middle of a werewolf war weather he likes it or not To complicate matters further, Felix s ex girlfriend is working for Randolph Calhoun Also a vampire gangster named Gullah Gullah is trying to keep Felix away from the werewolves because he believes vampires should not meddle in werewolf affairs, but he may have a large stake in the battle for the top werewolf in Charelston.Werewolf Smackdown is basically a detective novel with some horror elements mixed in I originally bought it because I like werewolves, also I liked the title and the cover art I guess I should learn to never judge a book by its cover, because the book was not what I expected I didn t realize that this was book 5 in a series of vampire detective novels All of the books are self contained stories but this book referred to a lot of things that happened in previous novels and I was a little lost at times I was also expecting a horror novel or at least a book with a lot of humor and didn t get it.This book wasn t all bad though, the action picks up in the second half of the book I really liked the character of Gullah Gullah, he was kind of like a vampire pimp and hard core gangster rolled into one Also there is a scene in the book where the werewolves are having a convention and play Nintendo Rock Band One group of werewolves have vampire detective Felix Gomez sing lead on Warren Zevon s Werewolves of London This leads to a big brawl and riot that was the best scene in the book Towards the end of the book there is a ceremony to decide the future of the werewolves in Charleston which I liked as well Weather you like it or not depends on what your expecting If you wanted a bloody horror novel then this book might leave you wanting , but if you want a decent mystery you might enjoy it.