Ghoul Trouble

Ghoul Trouble

-Written by John Passarella
-239 Pages
-October 2000

  Summary: A new so-called vampire arrives in town, so-called because he walks outside during the day and the sun's rays don't affect him. The vampire, called Solitaire, is here to challenge the Slayer to a match to death. He wants to reassure himself that he can actually beat a Slayer in physical combat. He's got an old history that Giles has trouble doing research into as most records of him have withered away over the past couple hundred years. At the same time a band called Vyxn arrives at the Bronze and plays for four nights straight. Vyxn is made up of four girls who appear to be not quite human, especially when they seem to be turning all the males at the Bronze into slobbering idiots and bending them to their will. Xander is especially taken by them and would do anything to help them out. Buffy and the gang need to figure out what Vyxn is in town for and why Solitaire can walk in the sun and what makes him so tough in the first place especially after Angel has a run in with him that leaves him battered and bruised.
   
  Rating: 3.5/5
   
  Review: Cool book. And believable (for the Buffy world that is) because there were two major events happening at the same time instead of just the one like what normally happens in novels. This made it more believable because not everything goes as planned in real life and sometimes you have to deal with two major problems at once. The characters were believable in this novel which is always nice to see. I would have liked to see more development with Solitaire's character though. I was kinda of hoping there was a reason for him tossing cards down wherever he'd been. Like certain cards meant something, like symbols? Oh well... that would have been nice, not necessary, but nice. Angel was a nice added touch in this novel, he doesn't get much action in the other novels (other than the Gatekeeper Trilogy). The fight scenes were well described which added to a complete atmosphere for the novel. I hate books that just skimp on the fighting details and then expect you to believe that some big battle occurred. Anyway, good novel in all.
   
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