TITLE: Code Blood
Author: Kurt Kamm
Publisher: MCM Publishing, a division of Monkey C. Media
Genre/Market: suspense, paranormal, thriller
Publication Date: 2012
5 Out of 5 points
Headline for Book Review: What will tomorrow bring to the average firefighter is just a mystery to be uncovered.
I loved the Television series True Blood being a vampire thriller and this book is a page turner that kept me guessing. Just when I thought I figured out a detail a twist takes place to keep my eyes moving across the pages.
Colt is the main character who is a Los Angeles County Fire paramedic and stationed in Malibu. This is his only dream. Colt arrives at the scene of an accident and finds a deputy kneeling next to a girl wearing a blue T shirt, lying on her back. The net thing Colt sees is that the girl’s leg is gone. Colt has a job to do and he does just that by comforting his victim. The deputy says that the accident happened 15 minutes ago, at 1420. The dispatch was a Code 3 but they should have called it Code Blood by the way the blood oozed out of the girl.
Colt goes into a wild and mysteries search which 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 thriller.
I would recommend anyone who loves thriller, suspense, or even fiction to read this tantalizing book.
© 2011 by Jackie Paulson
by Kurt Kamm
About the Author
Malibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his access to Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City firefighters and his experience in several devastating local wildfires to write his novels. He has also attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and training sessions in arson investigation and hazardous materials response. One of the Malibu fires, the 60 mile-per-hour Santa Ana wind-driven Canyon Fire, burned to his front door and destroyed the homes of several neighbors. Mr. Kamm said the lessons he learned from L.A. County Fire Department while writing his books helped him save his home.
Kurt lives with his wife and three dogs. He was previously a financial executive and semi- professional bicycle racer. He was Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation and is an avid supporter of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
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A young Los Angeles County Fire paramedic responds to a fatal accident. A woman’s foot has been severed. Who is she, and what happened to her foot?
During a week long search, while he risks his career to find the victim’s identity and her missing foot, Colt Lewis visits the dark side of Los Angeles, an underworld of Goth fetishists and body parts dealers. He encounters a woman with a full upper body tattoo, a mysterious Chinese woman involved in stem-cell research, and a killer.
When he finally finds the foot and buries it in the San Gabriel Mountains, the paramedic brings closure to the woman’s death and resolves the absence of his mother who deserted him a decade earlier.
There is a flame that burns inside of us. It is what keeps us going, from house to house or wreck to wreck. We know that once we put that gear on, we are stronger than superman. The flame that burns inside each of us rouses us to save others. We put our lives at risk for others, it is what we do. Not everyone has that flame. We face the devil every day and somehow we win the battle. We love it, if we didn’t, why would we do it? WE LIVE TO FIGHT AND FIGHT TO LIVE.
A turn paging enthralling story – the characters and places portrayed by the author give the reader a perfect picture and you can imagine yourself in the background observing and following the main characters.
A rookie fire paramedic on a shout is horrified to find a victims severed foot has disappeared, but who has taken it and who would want it? This is a mystery he cannot let go of and will pursue all avenues to solve. The thief is an albino goth who has a strange fetish and obsessions, he gets drawn into the Russian underworld to feed his fetish habits, which he then has to find ways of making money to pay them or lose his life. Working in a research lab, the goth finds a way he could pay the Russians back after discovering a Chinese student has a very rare blood type, which his fellow goths, who have a taste for human blood, would buy.
Will the paramedic solve his mystery before the goth gets his blood? Will the goth survive or die?
This story had me hooked from page one and I found it really hard to put down. The author has kept the storyline simple which means the reader can get to grips with what makes each character tick and their reasons for pursuing their own individual goals. I would strongly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy a really good thriller.
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