Author: Caleb James
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Alan M. Clark
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/28/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
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 was nonstop tension with doom lurking around every corner. While there is a thread of romance, and love plays a special role, it takes a back seat to the horrors performed by Dr. Stangl. While the one instance of sex is off page and vague, the gruesome practices of the Doctor are depicted in remembered detail. This book is a blend of paranormal, science fiction, and, horror.
The characters were well-defined and had all roles to play, none were superfluous. I really got a feel for New Orleans and Massachusetts and I thought the lore behind Miles’ gift was very interesting.
My only complaint was the constant head hopping. While we needed all points of view depicted, there was little to separate the change. Sometimes it was confusing as to whose head we were in.
Caleb James was a new author for me and I’ll definitely check out more of his works!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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