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The Nymphos of Rocky Flats

NymphosThe Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo

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Across the back of this novel is a blurb that contains the following: “I defy anyone to read the first chapter of [this book] and not fall under its spell.” This is noteworthy praise, no doubt, maybe moreso if you know more about the author of this blurb (Rick Riordan, whom I don’t recognize), but it’s erroneous. The first chapter of The Nymphos of Rocky Flats was the dullest of the book, and speeds along through the necessary exposition much like a Mack truck bearing down on a squirrel in the road.

This isn’t to say that the rest of the book isn’t entertaining, because it is. Despite some problems I had with the pacing and the character development, I found this to be an enjoyable mystery-by-horror novel. At its heart, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats is a private investigator novel, with the central character being a vampire who was turned during his service in Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom. He’s been tracked down by an old friend who wants him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at a military installation, called Rocky Flats. And, yes, I did say “outbreak”; it seems that the nymphomania is so severe and so sudden that the administration at Rocky Flats chooses to treat it as a diesease.

I have to give the author credit: He manages to tie together a plot involving vampires with another plot involving a secret government installation, and include a love interest for the main character (who turns out to also be a supernatural creature), without making it seem contrived. I found some parts of the novel repetitive; the author takes great care in showing how the main character, Felix, uses blood on his food like we use condiments, and he seems to have to hypnotize every human he meets using the same process. The former example is less invasive, since the author is establishing character, but the latter example is used as a plot device, and the author seems to rely too much on it. Given the entertainment value of the story, though, it’s a forgiveable offense.

The ending felt a little out of place after finishing the book, but reflection proved that this isn’t the case. It resolves the issues well, and satisfies the lengthy suspense of being left in the dark for much of the story, but it was a gentle sort of ending, and not a concrete one. I have to point out that, though the pacing sometimes left me feeling that certain moments weren’t developed enough, the author has a keen sense of plot development and manages to carry the suspense well throughout the story.

There may be some unanswered questions at the end of the book, but hey, I can live with that. They seem to suggest that there will be more books featuring Felix Gomez, PI, and I look forward to seeing how well the author pulls them off.

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July 19, 2006 - Posted by | Adult Fiction, Reviews

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