Title: Dark Blood (Dark Blood Saga #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Caleb James (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: June 28, 2016 – 294 pgs
Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay. Though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.
But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls’ noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.
Dark Blood is an exciting, intriguing and magical story.
This book is immediately engaging. The plot is interesting and exciting as it twists and turns. The pacing is perfect, and it’s really hard to put down. This is an urban fantasy story, with elements of romance and suspense-thriller. The genres cross-over really well, making it difficult to guess what will happen next. Miles is a wonderful character – snarky, intelligent, and compassionate. The main characters all have great history and depth.
I really love this book. Even though this is the first part of a series, it also stands alone quite well. I’m looking forward to exploring more of these characters and this world.
Since this book is not sexually explicit, I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for an erotic romance. But I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong genre story with some romance.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. It is very interesting and different and.. fun. There were many things I didn’t see coming, but a few I did, however it all described so well by the author, I couldn’t put it down.
While there is a bit of a romance going on, I don’t think I would classify this as a romantic story per se. It is more of a paranormal mystery with a relationship that’s pretty much already formed on the side. I wouldn’t have minded getting a bit more from these two characters before things went south though. I think it would help a bit with connection for some readers, but I personally liked Miles and what he was going through more than the romantic side of things.
I have to admit that I didn’t particularly care for the cover of the book, but the synopsis is what made me pick it up and I’m so glad that I did. I will also note that there was one word that just stood out to me in the whole book and I didn’t care for it…. eyegrounds.. I have no idea if this was a typo or what, but it totally threw me off.. enough so that I remember it even after I’ve finished the book. Also, wouldn’t have minded a little more information about what the heck ipecac is/was and why it was used when it was in the story.
However, all in all, I really did enjoy the story and it’s uniqueness to the characters and the plot.
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Caleb James is an author, member of the Yale volunteer faculty, practicing psychiatrist, and clinical trainer. He writes both fiction and nonfiction and has published books in multiple genres and under different names. Writing as Charles Atkins, he has been a Lambda Literary finalist. He lives in Connecticut with his partner and four cats.
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