The Fifth House of the Heart

The Fifth House of the Heart

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"Filled with characters as menacing as they are memorable, this chilling twist on vampire fiction packs a punch in the bestselling tradition of 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King. Asmodeus "Sax" Saxon-Tang, a vainglorious and well-established antiques dealer, has made a fortune over many years by globetrotting for the finest lost objects in the world. Only Sax knows the true secret to his success: at certain points of his life, he's killed vampires for their priceless hoards of treasure. But now Sax's past actions are quite literally coming back to haunt him, and the lives of those he holds most dear are in mortal danger. To counter this unnatural threat, and with the blessing of the Holy Roman Church, a cowardly but cunning Sax must travel across Europe in pursuit of incalculable evil--and immeasurable wealth--with a ragtag team of mercenaries and vampire killers to hunt a terrifying, ageless monster...one who is hunting Sax in turn. From author Ben Tripp, whose first horror novel Rise Again "raises the stakes so high that the book becomes nearly impossible to put down" (Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother), The Fifth House of the Heart is a powerful story that will haunt you long after its final pages"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476782638
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 23 cm

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SCL_Tricia Aug 21, 2017

I loved a comment in another review that called this book "Dracula meets Ocean Eleven". Great writing, there were so many times I just wanted to grab someone and read aloud to them. The vampires and their mythology are refreshingly unique. Humor, horror and a heist what's not to love?

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isaachar
Mar 09, 2017

This book was difficult to put down, despite having a deliberately slow exposition and jumping through different time periods. The protagonist was interesting and funny enough to keep me reading, even though I find the vampire genre tiring. In the end, the new conceptualization of vampires and the sporadic amounts of humor and horror were unique enough to be satisfying. Though the antagonists are vampires, they aren't the main focus of the story. In fact, while they do make appearances, they mostly exist as hiding behind the scenes. The prime focus is Asmodeus Tang, a character with an endearing mix of self depreciating humor and unrepentant greed. I would definitely recommend this for thriller mystery fans.

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