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Peter Stone is a poor, black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car is. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift, as being a vampire isn't all that impressive in a world where they've come out to mortals.

Exiled from the rich and powerful undead in New Detroit, he is forced to go back when someone dumps a newly-transformed vampire in the bathroom of his gas station's store. This gets him fangs - deep in a plot of vampire hunters, supernatural revolutionaries, and a millennium-old French knight determined to wipe out the supernatural.

Sometimes, it just doesn't pay to get out of the coffin.

©2016 Charles Phipps (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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So funny, you'll die!!!

Excellent take on the vampire mythos. Great and enjoyable. The pop culture references alone are worth the listen but the author tells a great story in the meantime. Well crafted, funny, reverent and believable. This is what life would truly be like if Vampires and other supernatural beings were real. The Narrator did an excellent job with the voices and the pace. Great book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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THATS ONE BAD VAMPIRE!!!!!

Wow!! This book was hilarious. I have not quite read a vampire story like this one. This is Urban Fantasy meets Robyn Peterman(The fashionably dead series). I look forward to more in this series.. The narrator was fantastic!!!! He really brought these characters to life. Great job!! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Eight awesome hours oh hilarity start to finish.

Its been a while since a book has been able to keep me chuckling through almost the entire book. C. T. Phipps manages to hit just the right glib tone in this book that had me constantly either shaking my head or outright laughing my butt off. The story in and of itself is some weird sort of love child between the Blade series and True blood. The main character is a vampire, shocker I know, but try not to get your hopes up for something too classy as when the book opens he works in a quick stop. As it carries on more characters are added in and while a few are in only a couple scenes I cant really point to any that feel two dimensional. Scattered throughout are a smattering of action scenes which also work well in their own right. The only nitpick I had that bothered me a touch is that there is a moment in the book where a flashback gives some insight to a character, in said flashback a minor character is named, but then afterwards that same character is referred to twice more as someone who the main character never even found out the name to. It was weird but hardly more than a momentary distraction in the scope of the overall book.

All in all I enjoyed the hell out of this book, possibly a bit too much as I ended up bingeing through the entire thing in one go. Then again if that isn't a high recommendation in and of itself I'm not sure how else to hype this book.

I received this book for free in return for an honest review of its contents.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-12-17

Hilarious and a Blast of a Book

Being a Vampire must suck... if you get my pun.  Though this book would have you believe that vampires do not suck as much as they slurp since the heart helps push the blood out of the body.  But, being a poor black vampire must be even worse.  Enter the life of Peter Stone who has been exiled from New Detroit (a vampire mecca).  He works a terrible job making terrible money.  That is all until one night he finds a girl in the bathroom of the convenience store he works at in the middle of a transition into a vampire.  Instead of leaving her alone like he should have, he helps her out, throwing him into the crazy underworld of New Detroit. 

I'll state up front that I would never actively seek out a vampire book. They are either too glitzy and glamorous or too bloody and vile.  Straight Outta Fangton got me because it was billed as "comedic vampire story" and I knew I had to take a shot on it.  Boy, am I glad I did. 

Straight Outta Fangton was a really funny story.  Phipps knows how to write a good story and add lots of comedy in it.  The comedic parts did not take away from the story at all but actually added to it.  I found myself laughing throughout but still riveted by the story. 

Stone was such a great character and such a change of pace for me.  Funny, a little nerdy, and seemingly annoyed all the time - he was one of those rare "real" feeling characters.  Especially for a vampire book. I love reading about someone that I can relate to or feel like I know.  Stone was one of those characters. 

Overall, Straight Outta Fangton was a really enjoyable book on a lot of fronts.  Fantasy/Vampire lovers will love the story and the backstory of Stone (and the others around him).  Comedy fans will be laughing throughout at all of the references throughout.  And fiction lovers will love the story that Phipps has created and the world around it.  I felt like I was there and that I actually knew Stone and his friends.  Straight Outta Fangton will be a book that won't disappoint.

Also, Cary Hite does a great job narrating this.  Giving Stone a voice really brought this book to life.  His narration definitely added to an already great story. 

I was provided a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed it please consider giving it a thumbs up! If you'd like to see more like it you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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awesome !!

so, I went into this book expecting comedic vampires. you know, the typical fluffy b.s. propagated by "the man"... instead, I've come away with a pop culture gem! With phraseology like "Bye, Alicia," I'd have to be on my very best behavior not to laugh at all of the comedic gold in these pages! The voice actor is a perfect blend of Will Smith and James Earl Jones, combining flighty comedy and the deep, resonant tones of hardcore scyfy. A beautiful blend of current events and popular comedy!

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Filled with witty references and comments

Peter Stone is a vampire.  A poor African American vampire who is shunned from New Detroit and has to work night shift in a convenience store to make ends meet.  Stone discovers a freshly turned vampire in the women’s restroom and from there, his troubles are just beginning.  There is a movement to destroy the old ones and a new vampire to step in and take over.  Peter is smack dab in the middle.

Filled with witty references and comments from Blade, Blacula, Vampire in Brooklyn and other pop culture film references, CT Phipps tells the story of Peter Stone.  Light and comedic, it flows well and captures the listener’s attention.  It is not an edge of your seat type of story but it has its moments where the action was non-stop.  I enjoyed the scene where Peter enters a sesame seed bun specialty store to investigate a lead but is compelled to count sesame seeds … hilarious!

The narrator, Cary Hite, added an almost Samuel L. Jackson voice to the main character which made it even more captivating!  Hite was the pièce de résistance that made the book even more entertaining.  The manner in which he voiced the prose was perfect!  Together both Phipps and Hite made the book come to life for me.

If you enjoy pop culture references, vampires, and comedy – this is the book for you!  It was fun, pure and simple.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Its pretty good

A good paranormal book, vampires and werewolves and all that. Its sold as a comedy and ya it has an air of humor about it, but its not 'have to stop the book for 5 minutes because your too busy laughing to pay attention' kind of funny. Still a good book though, 10/10, would buy sequel.

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Fun, fast, and funny

What you see is what you get with this book, an easy going, hilarious, vampire adventure. The story is straightforward and unfolds an interesting take on the Urban Fantasy world--there's more here than just jokes and geek references--via likeable, believable characters. The humor is equal parts wry cultural contrast and geek reference points. May not be the book for you if you're tired of sci-fi movie references, but if you enjoy a story that reminds you of people you know, you won't put it down.

The narrator does first rate character delivery, possibly the perfect voice for the lead. His pacing is a little off at the start with some odd pauses between sentences, but that fades as he finds his stride with the book. All in all, a very enjoyable performance.

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Great humorous take on a vampire book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a funny, sarcastic and violent vampire story. There were lots of snark and pop culture references throughout. I enjoyed that it didn't take itself too seriously. It probably isn't going to win any awards, but if you're looking for a dark comedy in an urban fantasy (vampires) setting, you should check this one out.

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Great Potential Squandered

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

This is a new take on the vampire-as-romantic-superhero books. This take, though, is through the lens of a recently-turned black vampire, Peter Stone, stuck working a lousy job in New Detroit, a city owned and run by the old vampires. It's not such a great un-life. Racism and classism are still here, but now with a ladle of supernatural racism and classism stirred in. People, even undead ones, are still people.

To summarize the plot, Peter, his smart-mouthed friend/servant David, and a vampire hunter newly turned into a vampire herself, Melissa, discover a menace to vampire existence and join with others to fight it.

Twined in are killer ex-girlfriends, arch-enemies, demented psychics, and assorted supernatural barflies. To complicate matters, Peter's super vampire powers only occasionally work when he needs them and his mind-reading ability lets other people read him. Every time the name of the Lord is spoken by his name-in-vain-prone cohorts, it hurts him. And there's that embarrassing compulsion to count sesame seeds that comes to the fore in a dangerous burger joint.

New Detroit is Detroit as taken over and revamped (so to speak) by the ruling class of vampires while vampires are achieving civil rights in the USA. Other supernatural creatures are coming out of the shadows, too. Of course, organizations exist to violently oppose vampires and vampire rights.

So, there are a lot of really promising, really good ideas. And, yet, somehow it all doesn't gel. The characters, their interactions, the venue with its glitter and danger, the super-villains with their pure, despicable evil -- none of it shone. The book was gauzy to me, muddled, not crisp and vivid. And I'll say the "Comedic" part of the subtitle threw me. I expected coyote-and-roadrunner slapstick when the protagonists could take such abuse; I expected funny cultural mistakes from a character who's 8000 years old or one rich enough to bail out a bankrupt country. Instead, I got sci-fi movie quotes and actor references coming so thick that one of the villains begged for death to put a stop to it.

The narrator didn't help matters. His measured delivery didn't work for the jabbing dialog. His pacing and emphasis seemed off. And his seeming insistence on a noticeable pause with every comma paired with his need to chuckle when the text said chuckle was distracting. The material needed a perky reading, and it didn't get one.

I think the ideas and characters had great potential. But I think that potential wasn't achieved. The world, the plot, and the characters and the comedy didn't hold together well. And the book didn't survive its rebirth as an audiobook with grace.

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  • kanundra
  • 10-23-17

Hilarious!

I loved this, Wraith Knight was good, but this is so much better.

It's not your typical vampire story. there's calamity galore. The jokes had me laughing my head off while driving and I must have looked hilarious as there were a couple that had me in tears. So many references that just made this story one of my all time favs!

Charles really knows how to do funny! And Cary was the perfect voice for the characters, especially the MC Peter Stone. Great fn all around and I want more of this one too! well just more of this to be honest.

Thank you for sharing this one.

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  • B. Hammond
  • 12-03-17

Bad narrator

not sure if the story was good or not,the narrator killed the book for me...one of the worse performances I've had the misfortune to listen to :(