Code Black

Fiction - General
450 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2016
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Code Black by Joe Peters and Bill Fleming is an interesting blend of mystery and thriller set against the not-so-obvious reality of modern Boston. One of the MBTA transit stations has been hit by what appears to be a terrorist attack and everyone is speculating. It would be easy to accuse international terrorists, and that is normal, except that there is a twist in the story that is fed to the public. What if this attack is actually a staged scene, a disguise by someone or a group too close to home? Could someone be using the international terrorists to cover up a homicide? Only one man knows the truth and what he knows will surprise everyone, plus readers. Does he have what it takes to bring the truth to light?

Code Black by Joe Peters and Bill Fleming is a story that unveils the problems the MBTA faces every day. The characters are engaging in a unique kind of way and the authors have this uncanny ability to make readers feel as if they were walking side by side with the characters. The prose is highly descriptive and paints a very convincing reality of Boston with its ills and woes, the hostilities, the stabbings-in-the-back, the racial conflicts, and the problems that people have in their daily lives. The plot is filled with numerous instances of humor and suspense, well-structured to make readers keep turning the pages. The social and political commentary will come across as an eye-opener to readers who know little about Boston.

Michael Lancaster

Excellent pacing, fascinating characters and a well written mystery that coalesces as multiple the multiple narrative branches converge make for a satisfying read. Code Black never felt like a chore to get through and I'm looking forward to the next offering from Peters and Fleming

Mo Connelly

Code Black is a great summer read that has more twists and turns than a runaway train. I enjoyed how the author combined facts and fiction to tell a story of how politics and policing cause havoc in the city of Boston.


Great read about the mysterious underworld in the city of Boston. A great read fro rail fans and urban explorers.


I read this political thriller while traveling on the Acela to South Station in Boston and the author really knows the city of Boston and all its secrets.


A great read set in the bowels of Boston filled with bizarre characters with more twist and turns than a green line trolley.