The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez, #1)
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The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez #1)

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,110 ratings  ·  276 reviews
This debut novel succeeds largely because Acevedo gleefully acknowledges that it takes a lot to make a vampire story interesting anymore. PI Felix Gomez, an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq, uses his supernatural powers to solve mysteries that befuddle mere mortals. When a friend in the Department of Energy asks him to look into an outbreak of nymphoma...more
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Lori Whitwam
I bought this on impulse (I should not be allowed in book stores). It sounded quirky and funny. Imagine, if you dare, an outbreak of nymphomania among female emploees of Rocky Flats, a nuclear weapons research facility near Denver. Felix was an Iraq war veteran, and was turned into a vampire while serving. Now he's a PI, and an old college friend at Rocky Flats asks him to come uncover the cause of this nymphomania.

By the time Felix arrives (and hooks up with the local vampire community), the ou...more
Carolyn F.
With this great title I was expecting to love the book which I didn't. Felix Gomez is an ex-military man who was made a vampire and now is back in the States doing PI work. Vampires can get diseases from humans so they're very careful with human blood and drink a lot of animal blood. Felix doesn't drink human blood because of what happened in the war. He's also worried about germs and is always talking about calming himself down after being scared he was exposed to something. He talks about sex...more
Paul Eckert
I was intrigued with the premise of this book: a soldier gets turned into a vampire and then comes back as a private detective who is now investigating a case of nymphomania.

This premise is interesting, but I feel the book fails to deliver a whole package. Acevedo's descriptions are weak, and at no point did I feel myself drawn into the story, like I was feeling what it was like to be a vampire detective. The narrator was very nonchalant about his powers and there was little, if any, description...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Rounding up from 3.5

The Nymphos of Rocky Flats is the first book in Acevedo’s Felix Gomez series, which centres around the ex-soldier who gets turned into a vampire while on active duty in Iraq. Felix and his company, accidentally kill a group of innocent civilians and the ultimate punishment for Felix was being turned. Because of the guilt he still feels, he refuses to drink human blood instead surving on animal blood. Which begins to take a toll on his powers. Now a Private Investigator Felix’...more
Angela
Despite having a title like The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, there's surprisingly little actual sex in this book. Which isn't terribly surprising. I went in expecting humor, and that's pretty much what you get with the first of Mario Acevedo's Felix Gomex novels. Sure, it's sex-related humor, but it's fairly clean all the same. And the schtick wasn't entirely unfamiliar, anyway--not when my partner owns a copy of Bimbos of the Death Sun. ;)

So, yeah. Felix Gomex is a vampire, and I give Acevedo points...more
Marfita
I'm not sure what I expected from this ... why I expected the solution to this to be any less silly than the premise. It was a light, frothy read, if "light, frothy reads" can have so much blood in them. I realize that the lead character is a vampire detective b-b-b-but this could have been more ... serious. The beginning lead me to believe that vampire thing was going to be merely incidental (or maybeeeeee more a metaphor). Acevedo, I think, is capable of more weighty efforts. He seems quite ca...more
Johanna Panko
Is it just me or did anyone think the title was ridiculous? I expect any book that has nympho in the title to have lots of sex. I mean come on, isn't that what nympho means.... I love vampire books but this one was so far out of normal for me that it bordered on boring the whole time. Felix comes home from the war as a vampire, and becomes a detective. It seems decidedly so human instead of vampire strong though. He has to wear sun block, wtf.... And special contacts. Plus he drinks animal blood...more
bookczuk
It was the opening lines that drew me in to reading this: "I don't like what Operation Iraqi Freedom has done to me. I went to the war a soldier; I came back a vampire." That the book didn't live up to my expectations is not the author's fault. I expected a bit more humor a la Carl Haaisen or something. What I got was a decent enough mystery, with a bit of the paranormal thrown in. It is unique if in only that this is probably the only vampire mystery to have been reviewed and declassified by th...more
Amanda
Jun 10, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fans/mystery lovers
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
I need to add a shelf called "dudelit" to counteract the whole "chicklit" thing...because let's face it...there really are some books that will be more enjoyed by the male species than the female species.

Even though "Nymphos" was what I consider to be "dudelit" I still really liked it.

Felix Gomez comes back from the Iraqi war a changed man...meaning he's now a vampire who takes on a new occupation as a private investigator. When his friend offers him $50,000 to take on a really strange case, h...more
Patrick Gibson
It has been a long time since I snaggled my tooth into a bloody vampire yarn. It’s time. Since I just acquired the Blu-ray of “Trueblood” and am about to engulf my visceral side in yet more vampire lore, I might as well match it with some reading material.

He’s Hispanic. An Iraq War veteran. A detective working around Denver. And a vampire.

As titillating as the title may be, it is really only the title that is the least but evocative. Vampires aside, this is a solid action/murder mystery. I read...more
Shelly Wainwright
Ok,If you like an action packed,ready,set,go book then this is the one. It was full of action and mystery with a bit of romance. I have to say I did not think I was going to enjoy it but I decided to give it a go since I don't like to read and put down. This book was about Felix Gomez a vampire P.I. who ends up helping a friend find out how an outbreak of nymphomania on three women working at the Department of Energy in Denver,CO came about. But Felix ends up being the prey instead of the predat...more
Bandit
I'm not a fan of series, I don't care for "paranormal" genre, detective fiction and I'm not crazy about vampires, but this book, the whole series actually, was recommended to me, so I thought I'd check it out. As I expected a quick decent read, if I were into the things mentioned in the first sentence of this review, I'd probably love it. I will say that the writing was solid, the pace was good and the characters compelling and interesting enough to warranty me checking out the rest of the serie...more
Jo
For anybody who's looking for high literature, avoid this book! I wasn't expecting great things because of the title so I was able to enjoy this book for what it is. A vampire detective investigating an outbreak of nymphomania in Colorado. It's trashy and fun and makes for a quick easy read.
Stan Pedzick
Over the years I have received several copies of this book because I use to work at the Flats.

Good to see a former worker do good and pursue his writing dream.

The book is a light weight read, amusing but not profound, the book equivalent of a Sunday afternoon matinee.
Jason Huffman-black
This is the first in a series of vampire PI stories. Given the name, I thought it was going to be more over-the-top, but it was actually a very well considered plot. There were imaginative characters and plenty of action. An enjoyable read.
Lori
First in a series. Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier – he came back as a vampire. Now, Felix makes a living as a private detective with some advantages over his still-living counterparts. An old friend asks him to investigate a bizarre outbreak of nymphomania at a secret government facility in Rocky Flats, CO. Unfortunately, Felix’s powers seem to be waning – and the addition of shadowy government agents and some very determined vampire hunters make it seem that his “life” may soon come to an e...more
Lesley Anne
In general, I really enjoyed this book. There is far less "sexy times" than the title suggests, which is fine. It left more time for blood and story. The story was engaging right up until the end. Someone else's comment also mentioned this turnabout, and though I did not hate it, it did seem "out there" (pun intended).

My only real complaint (and one that I seem to have regularly for male writers) is the way they write women. I realize that Wendy is not a human, but she is written to have the ex...more
Morgan Chalfant
Acevedo's writing is pulpy and entertaining. I found the first half of the book much better than the second half with the novel struggling a bit in its climax. Felix, the protagonist of the novel, is funny and engaging at times, but a bit weak compared to similar characters (James Stark from Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" series and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake to name two).

The book is fun and not overly dense, which adds to its charm, but it isn't without its flaws. I grew tiresome of th...more
Jennifer
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats was an unexpected book. I was expecting sexy, frivolous, vampiric fun given the title and cover of the book, but the story itself was something closer to a hardboiled detective novel with a conspiracy mystery and paranormal elements peppered throughout.

Felix Gomez is hired by the government to find the cause of a recent and rampant outbreak of nymphomania. It's not as sexy as it sounds. The women effected can be downright scary. At the same time, vampire hunters are w...more
Brenda
Felix Gomez is a former soldier, a vampire and he is guilt ridden. He's also a man with convictions, and a hot private detective. Felix is called on by an old friend to figure out why several women who work for the U.S. Department of Energy suddenly came down with a case of nymphomania that cost them their families, their lives and possibly their jobs. Hey, too much sex is not always a good thing people. Felix, despite my first impression from the cover, is not a greaser, and does not take advan...more
Mindy
This very strange and quite imaginative tale was hard to rate. Acevedo's ideas are fairly unique among modern vampire lore I've read, which at first made the story really fun. I kept coming back to it, reading it well past the time I should have gone to bed, etc.; I found it compelling, but in the end I couldn't rate it above a 2.

The main reason I couldn't rate it higher was because of the lack of character development. For example, because I knew so little about Wendy, I kept expecting her to...more
BookMarc
There's a lot in this novel to talk about but let me start with the cover of this particular edition of 'Nymphos of Rocky Flats'. There are only three women in the novel who contract nymphomania yet there are five women on the cover. I suppose one could argue that the other two women represent other female characters in the book but I would find that out of context. Even though I do like the cover it appears the artist never read the novel and no-one pointed out the discrepancy. And, as an after...more
Angela
So, I got to meet Mr. Acevedo, and I had him sign this book. Then I decided I should get it read. And it is quite entertaining. It is not a change the world book, but an entertaining detective novel? yes it was.

And I appreciate that some of the scenes take place in the snow! YEAH!! I am so tired of all the CSI shows and the police shows not having any snow. We all know it happens (Law and Order takes place in New York, yet how often have you seen snow on the show?? ask a New Yorker how often the...more
April Loebick
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo is one of those books that pull you in the very moment you read the back cover. Vampires, Nymphos, and UFOs--sounds like a fun romp, of course I want to read it! And it didn't disappoint on the fun romp side of things. The pace is go-go-go, and doesn't stop until the epilogue. And at the end you're left wondering if anything actually happened that mattered.

Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier and came back a vampire. He carries a bunch of guilt after acc...more
Alkalinemeow
Ok, so I really really hate to write this review giving the book the 3 star rating I believe it earned. I bought this book and before I even read it wanted to give it 5 stars. Why you ask? Because it is so freaking original. I mean, come on, aliens, nymphos, and daywalking vampires? Sounds like a sweet read, right? *Sigh* regrettably it wasn't as sweet of a read as I had hoped. The ideas and premise of this book were excellent. They were well thought out (I assume), original, and interesting. Th...more
Cara Lee
"The Nymphos of Rocky Flats" is about a Mexican-American Iraq war veteran whose guilt about killing an innocent person leads to him becoming a vampire. Felix Gomez goes on to become a detective who uses his vampire skills to solve a mystery at Rocky Flats near Denver. Rocky Flats was once a war contractor that made plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads, and women involved in cleanup at the old site have suddenly been afflicted with nymphomania. Rocky Flats is real, the nymphomania outbreak is...more
Vince Darcangelo
http://archive.boulderweekly.com/0504...

This review originally appeared in the BOULDER WEEKLY

Of vamps and vampires

by Vince Darcangelo

Nothing comes easy for private detective Felix Gomez when investigating strange goings-on at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. His old college roommate, who hired him for the gig, is acting quite suspicious, as are the women he questions regarding a recent outbreak of nymphomania among plant employees. (The infected women disrupt Gomez' interrogations...more
Sam
Disclaimer: Any bad puns you find in this review are entirely intentional. :-) .... We now return you to our regularly scheduled program....

This book contains a few of my favorite things (ques up Sound of Music track): Action, Conspiracy Theory and Vampires (oh my). The style is light "tongue and cheek" and flows well on one level. On a deeper level, as sci-fi/fantasy, it does a good job of tying together Aliens, Conspiracy Theories and Vampires (Who knew they were related?). ...more Disclaimer...more
Amanda
This is a story about a private investigator who "happens to be a vampire" and while mildly entertaining, it is easily forgettable. The outrageous title is not necessarily indicative of the content: there are no gratuitous sex scenes, sex in general, or steamy content. The title is actually a clever marketing idea to lure unsuspecting buyers, which may help or hurt sales depending on reader preferences. Readers preferring a steamy sex content should be warned that the book is more PG-13 than X-r...more
Jo
This is a book that could have been amazing. The premise is exciting, the world-building is interesting, and the story is novel and different. (Seriously -- vampires, military conspiracies and aliens all in the same book? Killer.) Felxi Gomez as a character is interesting, and the setting is well-developed. But sadly, the novel fell short of amazing in two distinct ways.

Firstly, there is the book's portrayal of women.

Yes, the book is called "The Nymphos of Rocky Flats" and that should give a cl...more
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Born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but visited family in Chihuahua. Joined the US Army and flew attack helicopters.

Was artist-in-residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California and served as a combat artist in Operation Desert Storm. Also teaches/taught art to prisoners at Avenal State Prison.
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