by Kurt Kamm
on Tour April 1 - May 31, 2017
Synopsis:Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.
This novel is quite unlike anything I have read before. The plot includes a part of society I would rather pretend did not exist. The villain is a sort of would be vampire. Blood excites him and tasting it energizes him.
The strength of this book is that it is very informative. We are taken through the process of identifying an unknown murder victim. We learn about blood types and ones that are very rare. We are taken on a tour of a morgue, including a description of the embalming process. I was fascinated by the reason a woman was nearly covered in tattoos. Her father had molested her for years and every where he had touched her she covered the skin with ink.
There was some information I found unwelcome. We follow the villain into a bondage club. The descriptions of activities as he passed by were disgusting. I would rather not be reminded that such places even exist.
I must include a warning to potential readers. There is a great deal of gore and what I would call trigger situations included in this book. It is certainly not for the weak of stomach. It is a well written novel and Kamm is good at combining information, character thoughts and action into an exciting but very dark novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Suspense, Vampire
Published by: MCM Publishing
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 233
ISBN: 0979855136 (ISBN13: 9780979855139)
Series: Code Blood is a Stand Alone Novel
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Code Blood Literary Awards:
- Writer’s Type - First Chapter Competition. January 2011- First Place
- 2012 International Book Awards - Fiction: Cross Genre Category – First Place
- National Indie Excellence Book Awards – Faction (fiction based on fact) - Winner of the 2012 Award
- The 2012 USA Best Book Awards - Fiction: Horror - Winner
- LuckyCinda Publishing Contest 2013 First Place – Thriller
- Reader's Favorite 2013– Finalist – Horror Fiction
- Knoxville Writer’s Guild - 2011 Novella or Novel Excerpt – 2nd Place
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