Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff

A Comedic Urban Fantasy (The Many Travails of John Smith Book 2)

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
285 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2021
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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

John Smith’s job as a mediator seems quite normal, yet his clientele is far from ordinary. With supernatural beings like vampires, werewolves, pixies, and goblins as his regular clients, life is never boring. His days become more interesting when a demigod leaves his ward, an unusual child, in John’s care. That is until Davis Hawthorne, the leader of the San Diego werewolf pack, appoints him to mediate a divorce between her niece and a werewolf from another faction. Suddenly, John finds himself in the middle of a warzone, with angry werewolves threatening his life. Will his camaraderie with the vampire queen provide him with a safe refuge? If so, is he willing to pay for their protection by losing his freedom? To know more, you have to read Blood is Thicker than Lots of Stuff by Chris Tullbane.

In this paranormal comedy, Tullbane concocts a thoroughly engaging and amusing tale involving creatures from our imaginations. Yet, in his book, these creatures are not imaginary at all. Although hidden from normal humans, they have a well-established and complicated social system, complete with stringent rules and rituals. Each character makes the story more entertaining with their quirks and whims. Although the storyline takes its time to pick up speed, the top-notch action scenes and suspenseful plot twists are worthy of the wait. Smith’s dramatic narration and use of humor in almost every scenario act as the cherry on top. If you are in the mood for a light-hearted read, definitely go for Blood is Thicker than Lots of Stuff. When you finish it, wait for the bonus material for another adventure in this fantastical world.

Susan Sewell

When a supernatural mediator gets caught up in a divorce dispute, a war between the vampires and werewolves becomes imminent in the spectacular urban fantasy novel, Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff: A Comedic Urban Fantasy (The Many Travails of John Smith: Book 2) by Chris Tullbane. John Smith is a private investigator with the innate ability to withstand vampires and other supernatural species' hypnotizing mind-magic. This ability makes him the perfect mediator between supernaturals and humans. While arbitrating a werewolf divorce with a territorial conflict, a group of renegade werewolves target John and attempt to ambush him, jeopardizing the delicate peace between the werewolves and the vampires. Who would want to sabotage the mediations? Why is someone is willing to anger a powerful vampire House to stop the negotiations?

Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff by Chris Tullbane is an entertaining supernatural novel. Brilliantly written, the story has an engaging plot, exciting action-filled scenes, and a witty protagonist with a droll sense of humor. Filled with suspense and intrigue, I was captivated by the first scene. The characters are a fascinating combination of supernatural beings who live in our modern world. I loved the interplay between John and his faux-nemeses, Lady Winter and Juliette, her Second; their relationships are fascinating as well as amusing. With a captivating story world, a riveting plot, and a dramatic story arc, it is a sensational novel that will delight everyone who loves action-packed fantasies with a noir twist.

Vincent Dublado

The last time you read about John Smith, he was dealing with a bloodsucking aristocrat. In this second installment, Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff: A Comedic Urban Fantasy, author Chris Tullbane brings back Smith, and this time, the private investigator is mediating in a messy divorce between Carolyn Hawthorne and Jason Diaz. Sounds easy enough? Well, not if they are werewolves whose union is intended to bind two warring packs together, and the pack territory in San Diego was given to the couple as a wedding present. While their marriage is on the brink of dissolution, land ownership is attracting the attention of all lycanthropes concerned, as the unhappily married pair are not cool with the idea of splitting the land right down the middle. Smith’s mediation duty becomes even more complicated when Carolyn discovers that he is responsible for the death of her father. Will Smith be able to pull this one off, or is there someone orchestrating the mediation as a setup for revenge?

Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff attempts to uphold its tone of humor in its scary background. Smith is consistent in blurting out sarcasm, being truly used to dealing with paranormal entities, and the inherent dangers involved are merely a part of the job. The novel identifies itself firmly as an urban fantasy, and the plot seems more digestible as werewolves and vampires walk among us the way aliens do in MIB. Here we have werewolves battling for turf and the background story for the territorial feud is typically similar to the stories of crime families and ruling dynasties in history. Smith, as an unsuccessful private investigator, seems to fare better as a mediator for humanlike creatures that do not completely fall into the homo sapiens spectrum. Chris Tullbane’s Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff keeps you entertained as you join John Smith in his latest supernatural exploits.