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.
What a ride! I’m so glad I didn’t pass Code Blood up!
What I liked: Code Blood was great, I didn’t know what to expect next. That’s unusual for me and when I look back nothing was surprising – it worked right into the story – it just wasn’t what I thought would happen.
While this is noted as a Vampiric Thriller, for me it was really just a mystery. There were no paranormal or “freaky” instances… just oddly weird people that one might run across at any time… unfortunately. 😉 The scariest part was how realistic everything was. I’m SO glad I don’t get to work in the emergency field and meet people like this!
What I didn’t like: Honestly, I detested Markus… until I didn’t. That’s the mark of a great writer for me – he was able to create a completely unredeemable character and then make me feel sorry for him. I couldn’t believe it! Not many authors have that skill!!
The other thing I didn’t like was the crude and foul language. It was limited to Markus though so I can honestly say that it was a personality flaw and not a writing limitation. Not to say that I liked that aspect, it was just explained.
|Source:||I asked Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours if I could have a copy f Code Blood and review it if I liked.|
|Publisher & Date:||MCM Publishing, October 2012|
|ISBN:||0979855136 (ISBN13: 9780979855139)|
|Steam:||Adult | The references are R rated, at least.|
|Setting:||Los Angeles, California|
Code Blood’s Literary Awards:
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- 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
Kurt has used his contacts with several California fire departments, as well as with the ATF and DEA to write fact-based (“faction”) novels.
In his chilling and suspenseful multi-award winning novel, Code Blood, Kurt takes the reader into the connected lives of a fire paramedic, a Chinese research student with the rarest blood type in the world, and the blood-obsessed killer who stalks her.
Colt Lewis, a young Los Angeles County fire paramedic responds to a fatal accident. The victim dies in his arms. Her foot has been severed but is nowhere to be found. Who is the woman, and what happened to her foot? During a weeklong search, Colt risks his career to find the victim’s identity and her missing foot. His search leads him to a dark and disturbing side of Los Angeles…an underworld of body part dealers and underground Goth clubs. He uncovers a tangled maze of drugs, needles, and rituals.
Emergency medicine, high-tech medical research, and the unsettling world of blood fetishism and body parts make for an edgy L.A. Noir thriller.
Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years.
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