Code Blood

Fiction - Thriller - General
236 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2013
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Teresa M. Shafer for Readers' Favorite

This is a book that takes three coming of age stories and twists them into something very different. It follows a week in the lives of three completely different people. The first is a rookie paramedic. He is a Midwestern ranch boy who moves to the big city with dreams of saving the world, or at least a few people in it. His first couple of failures, through no fault of his own, shake his life right down to the core. In an attempt to justify himself he embarks upon a mission to find the severed foot of his first failure. The second person in this triangle is a disturbed albino who, partially due to his lack of pigmentation and partially because of the criticism of his peers, becomes and embraces the vampire subculture of the Goth subculture. He develops a taste for blood, and a fetish for once living remains. His fetish leads him to human body parts, and the fickle hand of fate leads him to an accident sight where a poor young woman first loses her foot, and then her life. The albino puts the severed foot in his freezer. The third side is a young Tibetan woman, who is studying for her Doctorate at a Southern California University. She is talented and smart and extremely self conscious and perhaps just a little off her rocker. At birth, or actually before, she became the recipient of a rare blood type, Bombay blood. At a young age she lost her identical twin sister to an accident and has talked to the memory, or the ghost of the sister, ever since. The albino finds out about the blood and he wants it.

The manner in which events, and that poor severed foot, manage to cross each other is remarkable. The poor paramedic is like a lost puppy in the middle of a dog fight, the Tibetan girl is a fish out of water and the albino is looking for his mother's comfort in a world that doesn't care. All of them are searching for validation. But, as the story shows, validation sometimes has a price. The book is really well-written. It combined three very diverse stories seamlessly and left me with a tear in my eye. "Code Blood" is brilliant and exciting, and has a few twists that you will never see coming.