The new vampire president and his genocidal right-hand man have been playing a dangerous game with the humans over the past six months. In the public eye, the two races appear to be at peace... but the situation below the surface is hot enough to boil. And while the untrusting humans mass their defenses, vampire armies have been building to match them -- with plans to exterminate the planet's current inhabitants, saving only a handful of blood slaves.
Reginald, Nikki, Maurice, and the others bunkered in at Maurice's estate, meanwhile, have found themselves in the middle of a no-win scenario. Is it better to fight with the fanged armies in the vampire revolution? Or should they turn traitors -- and risk extermination by their makers -- in order to protect the humans?
But just as the cold war outside is about to turn hot, Reginald's unmatched vampire brain reveals the existence of an artifact that could predict the outcome of the coming war -- and maybe even a way to stop it. The only problem is that nobody knows where the artifact is... and when full-fledged war then breaks out and mass slaughter begins on both sides, it seems that time may have run out.
Fat Vampire 5 is the biggest, bloodiest, most snack-filled installment in the Fat Vampire series so far, and sets the stage for the sixth book's epic series-ender -- a conclusion so big you'll want to unbuckle your belt and push back from the dinner table.
The gang are now holed up in the mansion belonging to Maurice, which he is turning into a fortress in the hope that it will save them from vampire haters. Karl's fortress in Luxembourg has been overrun and he is hiding in Paris, suggesting that Reginald tries to seek out the Vampire World Command at the South Pole for help. Reginald wants to find the Codex, which contains all information about vampires and may tell him what is going to happen and prevent the war. Perhaps the Vampire World Command can help him to find it.
Reginald is watching the building of a moat and machine gun nests at the mansion, and wonders if it will deter the Jehovah's Witnesses, which amused me. We used to get plagued by religious people at the door but it's been years since that happened thankfully. I hate being preached at on my own doorstep. Other than a few sniggers like this, I feel that the apocalypse saga of the later books has overshadowed the humour from the early books. I do miss the regular laughs a bit although I still enjoy the stories.
Reginald and Nikki decide to leave for Paris and then the South Pole when the vampire haters are starting to kill their allies, looking for answers about the Codex. However, they are unaware of the danger of the upcoming mission or what they will find when they get there.
For me the last two books in the series were not as good as the first four, although I still enjoy Reginald's adventures. What I did like about this book, however, were a couple of surprising plot twists and especially the unexpected ending. It's difficult to say what I was expecting and what I was surprised by without giving spoilers. I suspected Claude's plan but not how it all played out. That's all I can say really!
So another decent read and I'm wondering how it all ends now...!