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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Blood & Rust: On Devil’s Throne by P. D. Platt opens with Deacon Greenleaf confined in a rusty metal box as claustrophobic as a coffin, in pain from injuries, but with no memory of why he is hurt or how he got there. The only clue that he’s intended to live is a breathing tube. The price of freedom? A specimen of his blood. Six hours earlier, he’d decided to skip the end of a boring work conference and go home, but he was tempted into taking a motorbike ride on a “bucket list” scenic route first. He runs out of fuel and a passer-by helps him out – doesn’t he? Deacon aborts his trip when a violent storm makes the roads dangerous. He could have ridden around a truck blocking the road. Why didn’t he? Why is the vehicle deserted?
Hunters require prey, but this group have upped the stakes from deer or bears to humans, and Deacon is their latest quarry, snared but allowed to run. P. D. Platt left me exhausted and breathless, so vivid are his descriptions of the Virginian foothills in the fall and the constant, shocking action. No sooner has Deacon evaded one ambush than he is faced with another. Through it all runs his love for his wife and young son and that gives him the determination to survive, but this is no romance. It’s a superb thriller that gives Deacon the option to kill or be killed. Blood & Rust: On Devil’s Throne is captivating; it will live on in my memory forever.