Jacob The Jew VS. The Chinese Blood

Book One (Volume 1)

Fiction - Supernatural
478 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2020
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Jacob The Jew VS. The Chinese Blood is the first book in a series by J. W. Durrah and it is a compelling entry for a detective series with strong occult underpinnings. NYPD Detective Jacob Jennings expects to be sent to Vietnam when he signs up with the US Army’s Military Intelligence unit, but instead, he finds himself working undercover alongside the Chinese police and pursuing a powerful, yet elusive drug, the cherry berry. News has it that this drug is produced in Hong Kong; however, no one has seen it, but its addictive character is unprecedented and the effects it has on some of the users are horrific. Jacob manages to get close to the creator of the drug, a high-ranking researcher, Dr. Wo Ling Cheung. But it seems Dr. Wo-Ling Cheung is just the tip of the iceberg as he has links with a powerful sorcerer, Yongli Baofung, whom Jacob suspects to be the mysterious power behind the drug. Time is ticking as plans are made by the sinister creator to launch the drug on the streets of New York. Can Jacob stop this plan before it’s too late?

Jacob The Jew VS. The Chinese Blood is not only well-plotted, but it is also cunningly plotted and expertly written with wonderful twists. The reader never knows for sure what to expect and the unpredictability in plot development creates the interest that most readers will have in this story. The characters are multidimensional and the idea of weaving occultism into the plot is unique, contributing to the tension that moves the plot forward and the element that will entice fans of horror. The drama is strong, the story emotionally charged, and the action never lacking. J. W. Durrah’s writing is of high quality, fluid, and compelling.

K.C. Finn

Jacob The Jew VS The Chinese Blood is a work of fiction in the supernatural, thriller and action/adventure sub-genres and was penned by author J. W. Durrah. Written for adults due to some graphic content including sexual scenes and explicit language, this novel follows the exploits of Detective Jacob Jennings as he ventures out into the wider world as part of a Military Intelligence unit. When Jacob is assigned to explore the bizarre and terrifying effects of a hot new drug on the streets of Hong Kong, there’s talk of a sorcerer in the mix, but nobody wants to believe it could be real. What follows is a fascinating and high octane ride as Jacob puts his own supernatural know-how to the test.

I really enjoyed this paranormal and magical twist on the crime thriller genre, which still manages to keep all of its gritty realism and aggressive action side despite the inclusion of sorcerers and magical intrigue. Moreover, these supernatural elements add to the true terror of some of the novel’s most tense moments, giving that fear of the unknown and bringing us closer to protagonist Jacob as we trust in his knowledge of the occult to get us through. The atmosphere of the novel is triumphant, with author J. W. Durrah combining slick, realistic dialogue with fascinating character presentation and some really evocative, cinematic scenes. Overall, I would highly recommend Jacob The Jew VS The Chinese Blood to readers who want something new and fresh in the thriller genre.