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No Dominion [ NO DOMINION ] By Huston, Charlie ( Author )Dec-26-2006 Paperback (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Dezember 2006

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  • Verlag: Del Rey Books (26. Dezember 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005D3DCRW
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"No dominion" ist der zweite Teil aus Charlie Hustons fünfteiliger Joe-Pitt-Romanreihe. Der Leser folgt dem erzählenden Vampir Joe Pitt weiter auf seinem Überlebensweg durch ein nächtliches New York City voller feindlicher Vampirclans, Drogen, Gewalt und Blut. Absolut lesenswerte Fortsetzung zu "Already dead", den man allerdings gelesen haben muss um der Handlung folgen zu können.
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Vampyre Noir -- subtle maneuvers 13. Mai 2007
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In No Dominion, Joe Pitt has settled down a bit since Already Dead. The jobs have been few and far between but he's been doing okay -- except his stash is down to 3 pints, his girlfriend's HIV is getting worse, and she's wants to know what Joe does for a living. But that's just background as Joe's face is getting pushed through safety glass by a vamp hyped up on drugs. This is no small thing since the vyrus doesn't let vampyres get more than a light and fleeting buzz from drugs. So what's the drug that can get a vamp high? Who's making it? And where the heck are all these new vamps coming from?

No Dominion is noir squared. Joe Pitt is a vampire Sam Spade. Joe's a cynic but he can't help trying to do the right thing even when it means it might cost him everything he is. Vampyres are all about politics and territory. To learn what the new drug is and who is making it, Joe must travel out of his territory, and to do that he has to have the help of Terry, who wants to control him, and Daniel, who believes Joe should take his place when he dies. Joe is a holdout not beholden to any clan but picking up jobs and living free by Terry's whim in Terry's territory.

Pitt might not be a mover and a shaker in vampyre politics but he knows when he's being used and, even knowing, he allows it to get the job done. But in the end it just might cost him more than he's willing to pay. Huston continues to develop the character and the story unfolds allowing us to see how it works -- there are no winners here. There are those who are used and those who don't realize they are being used and those who make a choice for a better chance for others.

While you could probably pick this book up without having read Already Dead; there's a lot of backstory given in the first chapters to help out with the set up. However, the first book is excellent, so give yourself a treat.

There's no happy ending, just a visit to a place that's got to be worse than wherever you are now and that's got to make this world and this reality look better just by comparison -- and a nifty mystery to boot.
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Joe Pitt is the classic pulp fiction tough guy. Part private investigator, part leg breaker, all renegade. Joe Pitt is also a "vampyre".

Welcome to Charlie Huston's contemporary New York, a city where by night the undead walk among us, holed up in darkened Manhattan apartments by day. But But Houston's Dracula is about as similar to Bram Stoker and Transylvanian and bats as blood is similar to Kool Aid. Huston's blood-lusting wraiths of Manhattan are victims of an AIDS-like "Vyrus", aligned in cults operating in uneven detente in a twisted JR Tolkien nightmare society. Pitt, while living in the Greenwich Village turf of the politically correct and activist "Society" clan, remains independent, a rogue agent allowed to exist on the fringes of vampire-dom thanks to his rep for ridding the neighborhood of undesirables.

So following last year's "Already Dead", the tight-lipped Pitt returns, short of cash and more than a few "pints" low. It seems there is a new vampyre high loose on the streets of New York, wrecking some havoc within the clans. Pitt, desperate for work and in need of a new stash of hemo for the fridge, takes a contract from the Society clan's boss to track down the source of the strange and dangerous new drug. This leads Pitt to "the Count", a spoiled rich kid from Columbia playing vampire, complete with a trio of usually stoned vamp brides. Pitt's search for the stuff takes him north to Harlem and "the Hood" clan, home of the feared DJ Grave Digga and his Ecco Rhin-clad homeboys. With this backdrop, Huston spins a vicious - if somewhat convoluted tale - of inter-clan politics, setups, treachery and, true to the author's own rep, nonstop action. While "No Dominion" is not a sequel per se, it would be best to read "Already Dead" first, filling in some of the holes that Huston chooses not to repeat (at the risk of slowing down this episode).

Like his offbeat subject matter and anti-hero, Charlie Huston's lean prose, uncluttered by ordinary convention like chapters and quotation marks, follows no rules and, at least in terms of style, has no equal. Hip, irreverent, brutal, sometimes even thought provoking, Huston is not for everyone. But "No Dominion" is further proof that Huston, while unorthodox, is in a class of his own, and a very short list of today's top crime writers.
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A definite vampire read! 17. Januar 2007
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I've read the Henry Thompson series by Charlie Huston as well as Already Dead. They're all really solid novels. What makes them stand out is the narrative tone that the author takes with his leads. You really get a feel for what is going on inside of their head which puts you into the action.

That being said, I wouldn't bother reading this novel without having read Already Dead. It's a vampire novel but a toned down, gritty New York almost crime noir novel. And its good. I'd say that this novel had a few rough spots but overall, you're not going to be able to put it down. It's the continuing saga of Joe Pitt. It's got a fairly well fleshed out Vampire world in New York which is fun. I'd imagine that the author is going to continue to flesh it out in future novels which I will definitely have to read.
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The most bloody-entertaining novel I've read in a while 12. Dezember 2009
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The Joe Pitt series, for those unfamiliar, is a modern reworking of the vampire novel. Huston's "vampyres" are victims of a "vyrus", an infection that gives them an irresistible craving for blood, while at the same time cleansing the blood of all impurities, preventing them from aging, healing non-fatal injuries and illnesses, and giving them a heightened sense of smell and greater strength. Unlike traditional supernatural vampires, Huston's vampyres are fang-free, can eat garlic (if so inclined), see themselves in mirrors, and surround themselves with as many holy crosses as they like. But they must consume human blood to survive and are extremely sensitive to light (in an `accelerated skin cancer' kind of way).

Joe Pitt is a rouge vampyre who refuses to join one of the competing clans that control the vampyre world in Manhattan. He is a free agent of sorts who is hired from time to time by the clans to solve problems. In No Dominion, Joe is strapped for cash, low on blood, and looking for work, when he is given a covert assignment by the leader of his former Clan "The Society". The assignment involves finding the source of a dangerous new drug that is becoming popular with some of the vampyres.

This is the second novel in the series. The first novel, Already Dead was great, but No Dominion is even better. Where Already Dead did a great job of reimagining both the vampire legend and the hard-boiled detective novel, No Dominion adds an additional level, infusing elements of the spy novel.

Like a spy novel, not everything in No Dominion is as it seems. The power brokers of the big Clans have hidden motives. Joe's strings are being pulled and every move that is made is followed by a countermove.

This novel isn't for everyone. Huston sets his novels in the seamy underbelly of New York. There is sex, violence, drug-abuse, and worse on these city streets. The violence in the novel is gruesome and ruthless (not in an overblown sadistic serial killer kind of way though - more of the bone crunching violence of a street-fight). At one point in the novel Pitt interrupts a woman who is holding him captive mid-sentence by biting her eye out. There is also a scene that involves dog fighting that some people will find disturbing.

Huston's lean prose is edgy, darlkly funny, irreverent, and uncompromisingly brutal. The world the author creates is complete and brilliantly imagined. Joe is the perfect anti-hero. I especially like that Huston hasn't `soften up his edges' in an effort to make Joe more likeable. If Joe has to kill a few innocent people, sometimes that's necessary. He makes no apologies for doing what needs to be done.

The bottom line: I haven't flat-out enjoyed a novel this much since...well....since I read Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. No Dominion is an absolute blast to read - provided you like fiction that is smart, lean, darkly funny, and brutally violent.
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Vampires and bad blood--what more could you ask? 1. März 2007
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Charlie Huston's novel, No Dominion, gives fans of crime fiction something new and exciting to sink their teeth into. To get a sense of Huston's persistent main character, Joe Pitt, imagine Mike Hammer after being infected by Count Dracula. But unlike Hammer, Pitt is thrown into a fetid environment of rival vampire gangs that dominate different nether regions of New York City. The vampires live in concert with the normal Wall Street folk, feeding indirectly on bags of blood as opposed to committing mass murder and attracting too much attention.

The mystery is laid out in a straightforward fashion. Vampires are going crazy and dying from bad blood. Pitt risks his neck by venturing into warring gangland territories to find the source. Nobody seems to want Pitt in their territory as he's alienated all the bosses.

The book is written in the first person. So the reader sees the dark world through the eyes of Pitt. Readers can feel the internal struggle Pitt has with his non-vampire girlfriend. You experience the need to feed and the exclusivity of the gang mentality. The gang characters are intriguing and in some cases highly entertaining, especially the uptown African American bloodsuckers, which reminded me of larger-than-life rap stars.

The book has a couple of soft spots. The dialog is segregated with a preceding double-dash as opposed to quotes, and sometimes the dialog is confused with description when characters are speaking multiple sentences. Also the tension between the gangs, based on dichotomous political motives, seemed somewhat artificial. But these are minor issues.

Overall No Dominion is a solid book from start to finish.

Armchair Interviews says: Fans of Charlie Huston will drink up this book.
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