August 9, 2010

REVIEW! Already Dead.

Already Dead
Charlie Huston


Those stories you hear? The ones about things that only come out at night? Things that feed on blood, feed on us? Got news for you: they’re true. Only it’s not like the movies or an old man Stoker’s storybook. It’s worse. Especially if you happen to be one of them. Just ask Joe Pitt.

There’s a shambler on the loose. Some fool who got himself infected with a flesh-eating bacteria is lurching around, trying to munch on folks’ brains. Joe hates shamblers, but he’s still the one who has to deal with them. That’s just the kind of life he has. Except afterlife might be better word.

From the Battery to the Bronx, and from river to river, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe is one of them, and he’s not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be stronger and faster than you, and he’s tough as nails to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that’s eating at him isn’t his idea of a good time. And Joe doesn’t make it any easier on himself. Going his own way, refusing to ally with the Clans that run the undead underside of Manhattan – it ain’t easy. It’s worse once he gets mixed up with the Coalition – the city’s most powerful Clan – and finds himself searching for a poor little rich girl who’s gone missing in Alphabet City.

Now the Coalition and the girl’s high-society parents are breathing down his neck, anarchist Vampyres are pushing him around, and a crazy Vampyre cult is stalking him. No time to complain, though. Got to find that girl and kill that shambler before the whip comes down … and before the sun comes up.

My rating: 4 stars.


Initially, I was hesitant to read this book. It was suggested to me, and after doing some quick research, I found that Already Dead is located in the Mystery section. Although I have nothing against mysteries, I thought that the mystery aspect of the story would overshadow the vampire aspect. Thankfully, this was/is not the case.

Huston’s writing style is unlike any I’ve come across. Curt. Firm. Strong. He gives detail where detail is needed. The plot is always moving, never stalling. Action and tension never cease. And the characters are great – so different from one another that once one is introduced, you crave to know more, whether they’re likeable or not.

It’s vampires – or rather, Vampyres – in a way you’ve never seen; this is what gives Huston the upper hand. You’ll continuously want to know where his story is taking you.

Already Dead is the first book in a five book series.

EXTRA: No Dominion, Half the Blood of Brooklyn, Every Last Drop, and My Dead Body are the following books in the series, in order.


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