Author: Michael Kudo
Publisher: Wilde City
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
“I don’t like to be called an Assassin, I prefer the term problem solver.”
My name’s Alex. I’m an average guy. I kill people for a living. But don’t judge me.
I don’t take jobs on just anybody though. I only kill the really annoying people, like cheaters or abusers. So if you think about it, I’m actually doing God’s work—okay, maybe that’s stretching things a bit.
Other than the whole committing murder and trying to get away with it thing, my life is simple.
Well… except for the fact I’m in love with a fellow assassin who happens to be my mentor. I also have to make sure I’m careful when I’m on the job because if I ever fail a hit, I’ll be considered a “liability” and be executed promptly. Oh, and there’s a small chance someone in the organization is trying to have me killed. But I’ll figure that out, eventually. Did I mention I’m gay?
Okay, maybe my life isn’t so simple.
Red Rose is the debut novel from Michael Kudo. hmm.. that is a boring way to start a review for such a unique story. Let’s see if I can do better…
Red Rose is a unique and interesting look at the life of an assassin. I am not usually a huge fan of the “bad guy as a hero” dynamic, but when said bad guy is as snarky, broken, and downright endearing as Alex, I can make an exception. If you have read the blurb, you have a good feel for the tone of the story. Alex has a unique narrative voice that is fun to read and keeps you turning the page.
I don’t want to go into to much depth about the plot or the characters, because I don’t want you going into this book with expectations. I want you to pick it up and take from it what you will. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Red Rose isn’t perfect. But lines like
At least I had enough self-control to not smack any of the cigarettes out her hand. I’d thought about it. After all, it really was a disgusting habit. But, who was I to judge, I killed people for a living. I’m pretty sure some people would judge me, too.
Begrudgingly I rose to a sitting position and rubbed the lingering sleep-sand from my eyes. Not actual sand, mind you. It’s just a metaphor. I feel the need to clarify for any uncultured swine who wouldn’t get the whole sandman reference.
Make the entire read worth it.
Red Rose has a little love, a little angst, some action, some intrigue, and a lot of snark. It is the start of a series I know I will be adding to my favorites list. I look forward to seeing what else the author has in store for us and, more importantly, for Alex. I leave you with another of my favorite lines:
I walked out of Hastings’ office with the extreme desire of stabbing somebody in the eye. Not with a knife, but with a French fry—heavy on the salt.
Oh and Mr. Kudo? I need White Rose right the hell now!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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