Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Series: Fred, the Vampire Accountant
Published by Self Published on July 26th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Humorous, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: James
The third book in Drew's outrageously adventurous and satirical series, including THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT (Book 1) and UNDEATH & TAXES (Book 2).
With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred’s undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately, it also seems that he’s no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren’t well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.
Now, Fred must cope with the growing presence—and threat—of other vampires even as he struggles to keep up with his business’s demands and make time for his friends. Between hidden parahuman towns, crazed vampire hunters, quarreling mages, and the world’s least subtle spy, it will take all of Fred’s wiles just to keep his head above water. And as the new clan sinks their fangs deeper and deeper into his city, the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two equally unappealing options: flee his home, or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires.
BLOODY ACQUISITIONS is easily the best book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. Drew Hayes' writing has improved a lot since THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT. He's managed to keep all of the amazing things that make the world of Fred, that Vampire Accountant so lovable, while ditching all of the bad parts. This is no longer a collection of novellas, but one story. BLOODY ACQUISITIONS still has an episodic feel to it, but it follows one story line.
BLOODY ACQUISITIONS still doesn't take itself too seriously, which is what I love about the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. Whether it's being stuck in a pocket dimension to finish some accounting stuff, or being chased down by a completely ridiculous vampire hunter, Drew Hayes manages to have a good laugh out of a lot of the common urban fantasy tropes.
I also love seeing the character progression in BLOODY ACQUISITIONS. Fred is still lovably oblivious to things a lot of the time, but he's gotten a lot shrewder. That being said, he is still Fred. He doesn't face challenges the same way your average urban fantasy protagonist does, which is one of the reasons I love this series so much.
BLOODY ACQUISITIONS is another fantastic addition to the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. If you haven't tried it yet, rest assured that the books get progressively better, so this is a great series to jump into. Fred, the Vampire Accountant is on my list for the best series of this year.Series Titles:
- The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
- Undeath and Taxes
- Bloody Acquisitions