No Dominion is another wild ride with reluctant hero Joe Pitt. It is darker than the first, with a lot of action, but no less brilliant and intense. Joe Pitt is a one-of-a-kind original. Huston's gritty style has me hooked, and Brick's narraton has me craving more. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I find myself addicted to the Joe Pitt stories, Huston's vibrant and gritty characters, and Brick's flawless vocal delivery. That said, I must admit that this is my least favorite book in the series. There is a lot of talk and political positioning by characters other than Joe Pitt. While I am sure Half the Blood of Brooklyn could stand alone, it rather feels like a bridge to get from one story arc to another. Like me, existing Joe Pitt fans will most likely enjoy this story. However, if I could recommend only one book in this series, it would not be this book, but rather Already Dead.
This is an excellent story! Joe Pitt is a streetwise New Yorker, a vampyre, and a guy trying to hold on to his identity and independence despite coersive power plays by Manhattan's competing vamyire factions. But don't be fooled. This is no formula vampire story. Author Charlie Huston artfully gives us a glimpse into the sout of Joe Pitt, NYC, and the human condition, served up in a gritty noire style. Pitt is a credible, well-crafted character, as are the people in his world, both living and dead. Narrator Scott Brick hits the New York dialects and social styles spot on, to the point where I found myself saying, "Hey, I know that guy!" - more than once, Forget blood, I am addicted to Pitt. Between Huston's brilliant writing, and Brick's amazing portrayals, Already Dead is an vivid listen and an incredible ride.
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