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When Fred formed his own parahuman clan out of necessity, he understood that it was going to come with new responsibilities. Much as he hoped those tasks would center around extra paperwork and perhaps the occasional mandatory class, enough time around the supernatural has taught him to be ready for anything. Or so he thought.

As a freelance accountant for the Agency, Fred soon finds himself being tossed into new, unexpected, and perilous situations. From inventorying ghostly castles, to exploring unsettling amusement parks, to negotiating with dangerous mages, it seems there is no end to the uses for an accountant of Fred's specialty. But dangerous as the new jobs are, the greatest threat may come from the past. An old enemy is making waves once more, an enemy who would go to great lengths to destroy Fred and everyone he loves. And this time, they've brought backup.

©2017 Drew Hayes (P)2017 Tantor

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Amazingly Mundane and Exciting At The Same Time

This is the 4th book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series and let me say that Fred is just as exciting as he was in the first book. Well, let me clarify. Fred is an accountant who is also a vampire. How exciting can the world of an accountant be? Let me tell you, Fred is unique in his boringness in the afterlife. He is calm, personable, and loyal to his friends in every story. He is a good human being and an abnormal vampire, which makes his story worth listening to.
This is a set of stories in the life of Fred that build one upon the next with the ever-growing cast of paranormal characters we have learned to love over the previous 3 books. This time, we get a closer look at the worlds of Neil and Albert, a great Richard and Gideon story, a look into the world of mages with Amy, and finally get to spend some time with Arch. It is great to spend some time with each of these side characters as it builds on the world of Fred.
Having just finished the book, the one person we really didn't get to spend any time with this book is Crystal. Crystal is an amazing character but getting involved with the other characters made me not miss her too much. It isn't until the end that I remembered that I hadn't seen much of one of the best girlfriends ever.
If I had to sell Drew Hayes to you on only one characteristic of all his work it would be his character development, which once again is front and center in this incredible work. Kirby is back for this fourth rendition and nails it once again as the narrator. If you enjoyed, or even suffered through, the Bill the Vampire series, you will love the more mature telling of a similar story that is much more fun and complex than that story. Friendship between the characters is strong and I couldn't help growing in my friendship with this ragtag group of paranormal Americans. It will be a long year until I get to catch up with my friends once again.

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Another excellent Fred

Loved this book but - I’m getting a bit tired of how short they are for the money.

Narrator was excellent but sometimes slipped between characters by accident.

The story was good but I felt started a bit too quickly from the last, as if it was two books cut up to make money, which I don’t like.

Still want more but...

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  • Matthew
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 03-14-18

Series of short stories makes this great.

For me, what makes this book and this series is that it is really just a set of semi-related short stories. For the setup of a boring accountant vampire, you can't really have a plot stick around for too long without it just becoming a generic action book. And this, dear readers is not what this series is supposed to be.

So yeah, you get a little bit of action and shenanigans, then it moves on to the next story without overstaying its welcome or turning Fred into Vampire Rambo. That my friends is what makes this book.

So if you liked the previous books and are in the mood for a light book, I'd recommend this one to you.

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Drew Hayes is a writing machine

Seems like every time I turn around, he’s got another great book out. This one is no exception, and might just be my favourite Fred ever. Recommend.

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Just as funny as the first three!

I devoured this book as soon as it came out. Kirby Heyborne's voice is perfect for the bureaucratically-minded vampire accountant.
The saga of the undead accountant continues with Fred's entry into The Agency's accounting practices and is a joy through and through.


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Hayes and Heyborne Hit again with Fred!

Overall, very fun. A bit choppy plot-wise but definitely worthwhile character development. Fred usually slow to change shows significant movement through various entertaining episodes as thoughtful realizations about his new roles come home to him. Satisfying for someone who loves Fred. And his portrayal by Heyborne continues spot-on.

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Awesome!

Yep, Fred is just the best... worst hero possible, always falls into the most incredible situations, always ends up on top... Great book!

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Another solid entry into the series.

While not as dramatic or action-packed as some of the earlier entries, this volume serves to further develop the delightful cast of characters in Fred’s world. Thoroughly enjoyable, this novel would be best enjoyed by those who have read the previous novels.
In my opinion, this book makes me look forward to more adventures with this unusual and oddball cast even more than before now that I have come to know them better. Keep ‘em coming, Drew!

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  • CFE
  • CT USA
  • 04-19-18

Highly recommended

This is the fourth book detailing the exploits of Fred, a vampire (who is an accountant). He has friends a in the “para-human” community including therians ( animal shapeshifters), a mage, a necromancer, a zombie, the spirit of a sentient house and a supernatural girlfriend - and that’s just for starters. I hope I’ve whetted your appetite because these books really are worth trying. I’ve listened and read (and then relistened and reread) every one of the series and this volume is up to the promise of the earlier ones. It is a little quirky as you can probably guess from the juxtaposition of vampires and accountants but the protagonist is a nice guy and the author carries the premise well. You don’t have to read ( or listen to) them in order - but I recommend that you do. Enjoy!

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Please don't say the end!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fangs of Freelance to be better than the print version?

I preferred the audiobook over the printed book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fangs of Freelance?

Fred proposal to Crystal.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Crystal

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Fred proposal to Crystal.

Any additional comments?

These stories would make a wonderful limited Netflix series.

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  • Marc
  • 12-22-17

leaves you wanting more

great addition the series, it leaves you wanting more. looking forward to the next adventures of fred.

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  • mat brown
  • 02-25-18

More please

Utterly gutted to have caught up with the adventures of Fred

Come on Drew get the lead out!!

😂