Book Review: Holier Than Thou by Rick Gualtieri

July 17, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Horror, Vampires 0

Book Review: Holier Than Thou by Rick GualtieriHolier Than Thou by Rick Gualtieri
Series: The Tome of Bill #4
on April 19th 2013
Narrator: Christopher John Fetherolf
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Paranormal
Pages: 520
Source: Purchase
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There are reasons the undead fear the night... Bill Ryder - gamer, geek, and legendary vampire - has woman troubles. The girl he wants is deadly to him. The girl who wants him is deadly to everyone else. He's trapped in the most lethal love triangle he can imagine and it's only going to get worse.

On the eve of war, The Icon - ancient foe of the vampire race - has arisen. Panic is about to break out within the undead ranks and Bill is caught smack dab in the middle of it. Destiny has placed them on a cataclysmic collision course, but there's just one small catch: he's in love with her.

Now he finds himself in a race against supernatural assassins to save the person who's fated to destroy him. Talk about being damned if you do...

Unsure of his allies and outnumbered by enemies, Bill must dig deep within himself and find the faith to succeed - because if he fails, it'll be more than just his social life in tatters.


Holier Than Thou (the Tome of Bill, part 4) is 95k words of foul-mouthed undead insanity by Rick Gualtieri, author of Bill The Vampire and The Mourning Woods.

My Thoughts

A fter the way The Mourning Woods ended I knew something was going to seriously happen. As if Bill can take anymore!

Apparently being married to an under pubescent teen vampire and having issues with Sasquatch was not quite enough drama for Bill. Add to that Icons are rising. The reason icons are rising? Bill… of course!

And let us not forget his roommates. Bill never goes anywhere without them. Even though it seems they cause as much havoc as he does and they are not even vampires! Book four and it still surprises me how these guys think. It is not like Bill becoming a vampire would make him grow brains, or muscles, so he also could not help his roommates in the brain regions!

“You do realize that there are these things called condoms right? And you are supposed to put them on your dick not use them as rubber finger puppets.” Ed snorted and began to choke on his beer. I clapped him on the back until he got it under control. “Ow, watch it.” he protested.

“Sorry. Sometimes I forget my own strength.”

“Seriously Tom, you were using protection, right?” Ed asked.


“What the fuck do you mean well?”

“I thought… you know. Maybe she had some kind of magical birth control.”

There was a moment of silence where Ed and I absorbed this declaration of brilliance.

“My god you are a fucking idiot.”


“Wow Bill” Sally said behind me, “You just got ever so slightly sexier.”

It is hilarious to see Bill in trouble once again. He does seem to be growing a bit more. He’s taking control more and not putting up with the crap that is happening around him. I really think people (and vampires and all sorts of other monsters) would stop putting him into so many issues if he would grow up a little. Being a young kid they just do not see him as any sort of adversary. But, he is starting to come into his own. I mean he has really learned a lot from other vampires and he has a lot to lose in this one; not just his life.

I think I laughed more than I worried for Bill, which is synonymous with this entire series. I think I liked this better than the last book but some of the issues that Bill and his friends face get annoying. I really want Bill to grow more.

In short: Absolutely love this series. Recommended to everyone.

Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.9 / 5


The Author

About Rick Gualtieri

Rick Gualtieri lives alone in central New Jersey with only his wife, three kids, and countless pets to both keep him company and constantly plot against him. When he’s not busy monkey-clicking out words, he can typically be found jealously guarding his collection of vintage Transformers from all who would seek to defile them.

Defilers beware!

Rick is a horror and comedy writer. He is the author of:

Bill The Vampire
Scary Dead Things
The Mourning Woods
Holier Than Thou
Sunset Strip
Goddamned Freaky Monsters
The Tome of Bill Compendium (vol 1)
Bigfoot Hunters
The Poptart Manifesto

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