Back in May I reviewed the first book of the In The Blood series by Lee Isserow, The Blood Lives. Well the author contacted me and asked if I would like to review the second and third books which he sent me as ebooks. I was really happy to carry on with the series as the first book was great, gory and terrifying and action packed all at the same time
If you haven’t read book one yet then stop here, this post will contain spoilers and I would hate to ruin the series for you. So stop reading this and go read the book ***grinz***
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The Blood Lies
The story continues with Ben at the mercy of the blood driven, the very people he has been hunting with the blood squad in an attempt to stop them infecting others with the monsters that flow through their veins.
The only hope he has is to gain their confidence, their trust, until he can contact the blood squad and arrange a rescue.
But there’s something about the blood-driven that doesn’t sit right with him, and the more he gets to know them, the more he trouble he has believing everything the leaders of the blood squad has told him. Instead of evil personified he was told they were, he finds a group of infected people that are just trying to survive…but has he discovered the truth to late?
like the first book, this one is terrifying, gory and full of intrigue. If anything I enjoyed this one even more than the first one. The pace was constant and the storyline believable, in a fantastic sort of way. The character growth is in keeping with the storyline allowing for the characters to change in a realistic way. There is a good story arc and a brilliant cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more which is exactly the way you want a series to go.
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The following will contain spoilers for book 3 The Blood Flows. Stop now if you have yet to read it.
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Ben is on the run with the remaining members of the blood driven group. Having escaped the blood squad they are now running for their lives. The only way to beat the blood squad and their nefarious leader is for Ben to learn to trust the monster that is his blood and work with it to overcome their enemy. He needs to learn to control the blood and the only one left to teach him how to do that is a 5 year old boy, the only one knowing to have been born infected and is one of the two remaining members of the blood driven.
There is only one person that can explain how they became infected in the first place, and that is the person that developed the virus that has caused the blood to become sentient, Ben’s estranged father.
Now not only do they have to keep running to avoid being recaptured by the blood squad but they also needed to track down Ben’s father and find a way to rid themselves of the monster that controls them all.
I have to say I am loving this series, it is not predictable or stale in the way a lot of series become by book three,The pace has stayed constant throughout all three books, never a let up, the action runs at top gear and is terrifyingly detailed. The imagery is so clear that, at times, I wished it wasn’t. I don’t scare easily when it comes to fiction (books or movies) but these books managed to scare me silly, in the best possible way.
The idea of living blood still sends a shiver down my back, it also makes me wonder what sort of mind would comes up with an idea like sentient blood. It takes a great imagination to write a series like this. a great imagination and more than a touch of the macabre. Of course it also takes someone who appreciates such talents to enjoy a series such as this one and lucky for me I am such a person lol.
It takes a very clever mind to come up with something so disturbing and write about it in such a way as to make it seem completely possible. It will be a long time before I can rid myself of the images of blood goblins which the author described in such detail that the picture of them invades your mind. Gory dripping monsters that will haunt your dreams. There were times when I just wanted to throw the books down in fear of the next sentence, luckily I wouldn’t do that to my beloved kindle, there are scenes I just didn’t want to picture incase they infected my mind and I wouldn’t be able to sleep for weeks. Even the best of Stephen Kings books didn’t make me that scared, not even It and I am terrified of clowns.
With that said this has got to be one of the best series I have read this year. If you have a love for supernatural horror then go and get these books. At the moment they are on sale at Amazon at the moment for less than $1 usd. Money well spent. The Blood Lives may make you want run to the nearest medical center and get your blood tested, just in case, but it will also give you hours of fantastic reading pleasure.
A big thank you to Lee Isserow for sending me these books and scaring me senseless in the best possible way.
Lee Isserow is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, with over fifteen years spent trawling the back streets and dark alleys of the ‘entertainment’ industry.
He’s pretty sure he has some traits of autism, because he’s been constantly working and obscenely prolific for the entire duration, writing over a hundred screenplays, many of which he’s adapting into forthcoming books, because nobody is willing to turn them into movies. Yet.
He lives in Liverpool, England because he accidentally bought a house there. He’s not quite sure how that happened – but assumes part of that is because he used to drink a lot. (taken for Amazon)
Happy reading one and all