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review 2019-09-08 04:38
Review: Deadly Assessments
Deadly Assessments: Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Drew Hayes,Kirby Heyborne

This installment was a bit disappointing to me. The entirety of the story was Fred being assessed by a member of the Blood Council, who are the leaders of the vampire community.  There was a question as to whether he was a capable clan leader, thus the need for assessment.  But really the council just wanted to know if Fred and his clan, with their powerful allies were a danger to them. The assessor was not completely awful, but not really likeable either.

 

I just didn't like the direction this book took.  Most importantly there was violence against animals, which I just can't stomach in my old age.  Personally this took away from my enjoyment of the book.  Thus the low star rating.  Judging by the conclusion of the book, there is likely another sequel in the works.  I hope the author gets back on track or I may have to break-up with this series.

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text 2019-09-08 02:33
Reading progress update: I've listened 432 out of 549 minutes.
Deadly Assessments: Fred, the Vampire Accountant - Drew Hayes,Kirby Heyborne

Sadly not loving this one as much.  There's some "vampire lessons" which hasn't been as interesting as I'd hoped.  More importantly, there have been attacks on animals which are really really bothering me and making me dislike this story.

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review 2019-08-31 01:10
Review: The Fangs of Freelance: Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 4
The Fangs of Freelance (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #4) - Kirby Heyborne,Drew Hayes

It's more of the same for Fred and friends, but not in a bad way.  The stories are always different and interesting.

 

Fred has become the leader of his own parahuman clan, he's expanding his accounting business, and he's been tested and certified as a freelance accountant for the Agency.  While there are many more ridiculous adventures, Fred grows as a vampire and as the leader of his own clan.  He makes decisions based on what is best for his clan members--his friends, rather than based on what he wants for them.  

 

Fred forced Albert, his loveable zombie assistant, to  see that he was destined for bigger and better things than being the assistant to an accountant, and pushed him to realize his destiny, whatever that may be.  Lillian, who left her clan to join Fred, was well on her way to becoming an accountant under Fred's mentoring, something she would have never been able to do within her former clan.  He helped, Amy, a powerful prodigy mage and alchemist, to get out from under the contracts the higher mages had tricked her into.  

 

And somewhere in between all that, he was used as bait by someone within the agency.  In the midst of it, Fred realized that the stoic, gruff agent Arch was more of a friend than he had realized, almost died at the hand of his absentee Sire (again), and had his honor defended (sort of) by the King of the West, Elder Dragon, Gideon.  The agency was been thoroughly rebuked by Gideon regarding Fred's safety (without making it look like he actually favored Fred, but rather it would have been a major inconvenience to have had his host's, Richard, accountant murdered because of their carelessness.)

 

Most importantly, Fred finally realized how much of his (un)life he'd been hiding from  in fear, and his near (re)death experience had shown him that he was stronger, braver and had more to live for than he'd ever realized.

 

I am loving the progression and growth of all of the characters.  They are all different beings than they were in the first book.  I am very much enjoying their development and am interested in seeing where the next set of shenanigans takes us dear readers.

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review 2019-08-29 06:20
Review: Bloody Acquisitions Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3
Bloody Acquisitions: Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3 - Tantor Audio,Drew Hayes,Kirby Heyborne

How in the world does a boring vampire accountant get pulled into so many dangerous shenanigans?!

 

The silver immunity is still a mystery, but he has an elder dragon in his debt.  There are rumors abound regarding a vampire who has befriended the head of the therions (were-creatures) in their town, earned the respect of an elder dragon, is dating and agent, has a zombie apprentice that is the wielder of a weapon of destiny, and is friends with a powerful mage and alchemist.  It all sounds pretty bad ass, but in truth Fred bumbled or lucked his way into these relationships.

 

But truth be told, his little group of friends are the only ones who know the truth.  This leads to a clan of vampires moving into the territory with the hopes of either absorbing Fred into their clan, or destroying him and taking over.  Boy they have no idea what they've gotten themselves into!

 

Many more shenanigans later, an attack by a rogue vampire hunter, and a trip to a fully parahuman town (which is impossible to get to unless you have clearance, has been wiped from all maps and is a blind spot in GPS), Fred is in a world of trouble...again. A powerful vampire clan has moved into town ins search of the incredible vampire they've heard rumors of, and they have no idea its's Fred.  Of course they're interested in Fred because they believe his accounting business is a front for stealing the blood of parahumans.  Rituals and protocols bind Fred into accepted the gift of a new apprentice, who is totally a spy sent to learn the inner workings of Fred operation before seducing him. 

 

Lucky for Fred he has an enchanting, living house to help him with a safe meeting space, a place to his new assistant to live, and that way Charlotte, the house, can keep tabs on her.  When it becomes apparent that she's figured him out--thanks to shenanigans--Fred is stuck over what to do about the threat of the clan.  A conversation with Gideon, the dragon--which was a very bid deal for Fred--where he gets advice, information, and an offer for the dragon to "take care" f his problem, Fred does some major thinking.  Eventually outwits and out maneuvers the clan.  With unsolicited help from his friends/family, Fred FINALLY starts his own clan in order to protect himself from all other clans.  He files all the pertinent paperwork with the powers that be, and becomes a contractor for the "Agency" as an added layer of protection.  And all this is done before besting the lead representative of the other clan in a contest of wills which ended with Fred winning the spy the choice to remain with her clan, join his, or go freelance for a while.  Of course she chose to join Fred.

 

Now Fred's motley crew is truly his family.  But he's also made an enemy of the other clan...which I hope will be covered in the next installment...which I must go purchase immediately so that I can learn what happens next!!

 

This review is a mess, but it's late and I'm tired, but I wanted to get it down before sleeping and forgetting any key points as my short term memory is terrible.

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text 2019-08-29 04:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 240 out of 540 minutes.
Bloody Acquisitions: Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3 - Tantor Audio,Drew Hayes,Kirby Heyborne

I actually don't know how deep I am into this one, but I just need to vent about one thing.

 

WHY DOESN'T THE DUMB ASS JUST START HIS OWN CLAN?!  OMG smart people can be so stupid!

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