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Michael De Los Muertos
Fire, Metal, Blood and Money (Book Review)
August 2000
Released: 2000, Buffalo Fetus Productions
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

This book was reviewed in last months Metal Rules!! but I just had to get in my 2 cents worth.



Fire, Metal, Blood and Money was written by a metal fan for metal fans. To me reading is a winter activity. When the nights are long and I can’t do my favorite outdoor activities I like to put some metal on the stereo and read a good book. Let me tell you, this is one GREAT book! I started to read it and I just couldn’t put it down. Even though the weather was beautiful outside I forgot all about it and got enthralled in the story. Michael De Los Muertos has created a great mystery that revolves around the Portland metal scene and the burning of a Church. The characters he creates are very easily identifiable to any metal fan and for me make the story that much more enjoyable as I can easily identify with them all. Not that this book wouldn’t appeal to anyone outside the metal culture as you really don’t have to be a metal freak to enjoy this novel. The story is written well enough that no knowledge of metal is need to make the book an enjoyable read. I’m not going to drag this out cause EvilG and Joe have already done reviews but all I have to say is. "Read this book!!!!!!!"
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Michael De Los Muertos
Fire, Metal, Blood and Money (Book Review)
July 2000
Released: 2000, Buffalo Fetus Productions
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

To be honest, when I read what this book was about I didn't know what to expect. I've never read a book in the genre of "metal fiction." This is in fact the only book that I've heard of that fits into the genre.



This book is a mystery that will keep you wondering who did it right up till the end. It's also the type of book that once you get into it you don't want to put it down until it's finished!! What sets this apart from all the other mysteries out there is that the storyline takes place against the backdrop of the metal scene. The characters in this book are well developed and are metalheads. These aren't your looser rap-metal fans, these are the real deal metalheads, the kind that I can relate to. I think one sign that an author has succeeded in telling a story is when you relate to and care about the characters - even though they are not "real" people. Without giving away any crucial plot secrets this is a story about a group of metalheads who undergo a crisis that begins with a church being burnt down. The obvious culprit seems to be a black metal fan but other shit starts happening...stuff that could possibly even happen under the right circumstances. You'll be doing a lot of "what if?" kind of thinking while reading this story. If you read the book then I'm sure you'll appreciate the comic relief provided by the tragic character of Jonas! His "holy sock" is disgustingly hilarious! I'll leave it up to you to discover what that is when you read the book!



Although this is author Michael De Los Muertos first published work, this is not an amateur written book! He obviously is a talented, knowledgeable metalhead who has his head and heart in the right place. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good page-turner, a mystery that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the closing.
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Michael De Los Muertos
Fire, Metal, Blood and Money (Book Review)
July 2000
Released: 2000, Buffalo Fetus Productions
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Joe

Finally... A novel about metalheads that was written by an actual metal fan! How many books (or movies for that matter) have been written in the past by someone who doesn't have a damn clue about Heavy Metal and its fans? Pardon my French, but... TOO FUCKING MANY!!!



Thankfully, the characters in Fire, Metal, Blood, and Money don't fall victim to typical Heavy Metal stereotypes. I think if they had been portrayed as "violent drug abusing Satan loving sex fiends" I would've puked all over the pages. Not only is the story is both well thought out and well written, but it managed to maintain my interest enough that I read it in only two days.



When I finished it, I first thought that some parts of the plot line were a little far-fetched. But I then quickly realized that all it would take is one sick mind and something similar to what happens in the story could easily happen in real life. A scary thought, indeed.



The only "error" I found in the book was the mislabeling of a particular car part. From page 175... "...the side of the passenger's seat, a good foot or two away from the drive shaft." I apologize for seeming overly picky, but the part in question is the steering column. The drive shaft runs from the transmission to the rear axle on the underside of a vehicle. (I work at a garage, otherwise I wouldn't have noticed...) Other than that minor detail, I was impressed by the overall accuracy of everything described in the book. I was also impressed that http://www.metal-rules.com even got a mention on page 153. It's nice to know that our work here doesn't go unnoticed. ;-)



All in all, a very enjoyable read. Congratulations to you, Mr. De Los Muertos for a job well done. I hope to read more Metal related books from you in the future.
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