Monday, August 3, 2015

The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp

Ben Tripp writes and interesting book with lots of nuances.  I read The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp which was a YA novel.  I liked it but this book is a monster of a different genre.  This is a vampire book that provides a whole new look at vampires, their motivations, their forms and their personalities.   Succinctly Tripp redefines vampires.   Sax, the protagonist, faces both his fear and his greed in the journey of the books culmination.  

Sax is both likable and unlikable.   Recently I had another author who did not like the review I gave his book and suggested that if I found his character unlikable then by definition, I must be unlikable.  His logic is even less straight forward than his writing.  Regardless of that flawed logic, I find likability of a character helps to draw me into the story.   Actually sometimes the unlikable draws just as hard as the likable.   Sax has many despicable qualities but remains likable.   His greed motivates him and has provided him with both the meaning of his life and the motivation to end it. 

This is an adventure that pits a team of intrepid and quirky vampire hunters against a wily foe with vast resources.   The Catholic church is included with their own special ops agents.  

The story moves well and the characters exhibit some complexity.

I recommend it.

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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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