Thursday, January 24, 2008

No Dominion

In the second Joe Pitt novel, Joe hasn’t had a decent job in months, the result of the fallout in Already Dead. Then he witnesses first hand the effect of a new drug circulating among the new vampyres, a drug so powerful it can cause a vampyre to freak out. Joe doesn’t like such open questions, or running low on money and blood, so he takes a job with the local clan to follow the drug to the source. The trail takes him on the subway clear across Coalition territory to the Hood where he finds the answers he seeks as well as a lot more. Power is being flexed, strings are being pulled, and Joe Pitt must finally choose a side or face the rising sun.
One thing I failed to adequately mention in my review of Already Dead was that Huston has done a superb job building his background and his world of a vampyre New York City. He’s put a lot of thought into the politics and realities of the vampyres. The clans and factions have been very well thought out. I’ve found that thinking of such detail ahead of time is always a sign of a good author.
Huston also has a knack for convoluted plots. The plot of the first book was good, albeit nothing earth shattering. In No Dominion, the plot didn’t seem near as convoluted until all the behind-the-scenes machinations were revealed and explained. It was simply staggering. It’s very near the level of the political intrigues of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is by far some of the best I’ve ever seen.
Another good Joe Pitt novel and definitely recommended. Hopefully, I can get on my hands on the third book soon.
Rating: 8/10.


RedEyedGhost said...

I'm going to comment on this entry since it's closer to the top of your blog:

Quote=Ben:"I just finished No Dominion last night and I would have to agree. :-)

Sorry, somehow I didn't notice you had been pimping longer than that. But hey, at least I finally did notice."

No worries! :)

I'm not sure, but his "Henry Thompson" trilogy may be even better... More of the story has certainly "stuck" with me. Possibly because it's a real-world setting (and I didn't even miss the vampires!).

Benjamin said...

I saw that Huston had some other non-vampyre books and now I'll have to check them out. Thanks!