Enjoyable mystery about a stage magician who helps the local police solve the murder of a local projectionist who's also dealing rare objects under thEnjoyable mystery about a stage magician who helps the local police solve the murder of a local projectionist who's also dealing rare objects under the table. The pop culture elements and magic trick info was a fun element in this book, but I wish Eli's voice was more distinctive.
This is a meaty little short story. It definitely has an insta-love vibe, I think most out of all the Carpathian novels. But the story has a lot to ofThis is a meaty little short story. It definitely has an insta-love vibe, I think most out of all the Carpathian novels. But the story has a lot to offer despite that. Falcon is one of the original Carpathian warriors sent out by the previous Prince Vladimir, which means he's at least a thousand years old. It's amazing that he's held onto his honor and Carpathian sense of ethics and not turned vampire. I like to think that the fact that Sara was out there in the future was one of the reasons he didn't give in, but he's very, very close to turning when he senses his Lifemate. Sara has been stalked by a vampire who killed her whole family for fifteen years. She's stayed one step ahead of him, traveling the globe and helping orphaned children. She meets Falcon and he realizes that she's his lifemate. She realizes that he's the male she's been in love with since she found his journal on one of her archaeologist parent's digs. The romance part is the easy part. The difficult part is keeping Sara safe from the vampire.
This book is full of action and some horror elements with the despicable vampire and his zombie-like human servants. While I like the romance aspects, I find the whole Carpathian culture thing very interesting. It was great to touch base with with Mikhail and Raven and Jacques and Shea. Jacques is a lot more stable than he once was. He's definitely benefited from having a lifemate in Shea. I read this after reading Dark Descent, out of the Dark Nights book. Feehan is developing the whole storyline about the Carpathians trying to find a reason for their infertility and infant mortality, and slowly but surely recruiting assets in their cause. Gary shows up briefly, and it's making me excited to read Dark Promises.
I have no issues with this book. It was a solid read....more
I picked this up because I have enjoyed other volumes by Brubaker. He definitely has the noir, crime story vibe down. This bVelvet is the Real Deal!!!
I picked this up because I have enjoyed other volumes by Brubaker. He definitely has the noir, crime story vibe down. This book is about a woman who everyone has been overlooked because she's the Moneypenny (as in Miss Moneypenny from the James Bond series). Nice to flirt with, make travel arrangements, and take notes in the meetings for her Director. She holds the keys to the kingdom in that way that Executive Assistants often do, but not who you would consider a field agent. Well, they learn quite to their surprise that still waters run deep. This woman is a serious bad*ss! When one of the field agents get killed and the frame starts to fit Velvet Templeton, she goes off the reservation and puts herself back into active service. It turns out she's one of the most lethal agents her agency ever ran.
I'm a huge spy fan. I especially love action-oriented spy stories. While I will occasionally sit down and watch a movie like "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (admittedly for Benedict Cumberbatch), I prefer spy stories with lots and lots of action. This one doesn't disappoint. And I love that the beginning is a bit of a misdirection. You think this is about the boys, but nope. This woman gives the boys a run for their number. Keep reading and you realize exactly why this is called "Velvet."
I loved this book. It's violent and has some sexual content, but nothing I couldn't handle. I'm giving Velvet a high-five. She's definitely a Grade A Kickbutt Artist, and she knows her spycraft just as well as James Bond. If things had went differently, perhaps Sydney Bristow might have ended up like Velvet. I'm reading Volume 2 right now and it's probably even better!
I was going to give this three stars, but I thought about it and realized I only liked maybe one or two of the issues. I will admit I am a pretty bigI was going to give this three stars, but I thought about it and realized I only liked maybe one or two of the issues. I will admit I am a pretty big fan of occult detective stories, and the idea of Constantine does appeal. What I didn't like were very few of the stories in this volume are what I would call occult detective in theme. Some toe the line. Most are about the wreckage of human evil on society. That's not my thing. I like my monsters non-human (or once human). We have stories that go from a serial killer who preys on families to an underground scientific facility that broadcasts sonic waves that cause people to tap into the darkest aspects of their subconscious. The prose story at the end was more along what I expected, although it very dark in theme and content. Of course, the story in the aftermath of Constantine's battle with the Family Man on his family was definitely an bonafide occult detective story, but not in the old school/classic horror kind of way. Very much in the vein of 90s era Constantine though.
What I did like was that even though no one would call Constantine an upstanding man, he showed that he does believe in right and wrong, when confronted with the Family Man. He had to make a tough decision that I believe that any human who is not a bonafide sociopath would struggle with. He comes out of it shaken deeply. I think that while Constantine is very much antiheroic, he has a kernel of goodness deep inside. It does come out in most of these stories, well mostly.
So far, I'm not really that enthused with the original run of Constantine. Your mileage may vary. I'll not give up, but this is not a graphic novel series I will read back to back.