Monthly Archives: October 2013

Book Review – Sanguine Eyes

Sanguine Eyes:  Salt Lake After Dark – Exposed!

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: J.K. Walker
Format: Paperback, Kindle

Interning with the Salt Lake Police Department, Jasmine Bedeau sits in the police car with Detective Tabatha Granger when a call comes in regarding a nearby robbery.  They arrive at the scene finding the perpetrator they are sent to intercept is no ordinary criminal.  He moves with amazing speed, the sclera of his eyes are filled blood red, and after he fires multiple rounds, Jazz returns fire hitting him squarely in the chest with no effect.  A new drug is on the streets – Sanguine – it turns people into extraordinarily strong killers who feel no pain.  Its origins – supernatural.  Its implications – disastrous.  As Jazz uncovers the mystery of who is behind the drug and its distribution, an even greater threat to the supernatural community emerges, one that Jazz cannot stop.

Sanguine Eyes, by J.K. Walker, continues the Salt Lake After Dark series.  In this chapter of this ongoing saga, Walker masterfully draws the reader into Jazz’s world as it crumbles around her.  As the story progresses, Jazz loses one thing after another that is important to her – I would expound on this more but will refrain from doing so as to avoid mentioning any spoilers.  Suffice to say, Jazz world is shaken more so than it was when she first learned she was a were-leopard.  I also appreciate Walker’s ability to narrate a good fight scene.  With clarity and precision, Walker provides just enough detail with the appropriate pace to fully immerse the reader.

Readers of this series will enjoy this latest addition.  However, those who are new can read this installment and fully appreciate and enjoy the story without missing a beat.

Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.

Book Review: The Cure

The Cure: Sci-Fi Thriller

Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Douglas E Richards
Format: Hardcover, Kindle
After witnessing the brutality of a heartless psychopath on her family, Erin Palmer grows in her obsession to understand, identify and “cure” psychopathy.  As with any obsession, Erin’s actions become ethically questionable as she pushes the boundaries on experimentation with prison inmates.  Convinced she is getting closer to a Cure but at the same time jeopardizing lives, her breakthroughs come at yet another price – the attention of powerful forces who either want to help or hinder her progress.  Soon Erin learns the shocking truth – her reality is not what she believed it to be and the result of her work has implications far beyond what she would have ever imagined.  On the run to protect her work and her life, she is faced with the ultimate choice.

Douglas E Richards latest novel, The Cure, is a genre mashup. It begins solidly as a thriller and about a third of the way in introduces substantial sci/fi elements which carryon throughout the rest of the novel.  For those looking for just a thriller this might be a bit of a surprise, but for the reader who enjoys books of this nature, they will find it engaging and thought provoking.  For me, the subject of psychopathy, its prevalence, characteristics, and degrees to which it is exhibited as well as its implications was fascinating.  Questions of ethics in human experimentation – does the end justify the means, which in the abstract may seem a simple answer but when applied to loved ones, our family and friends, is quite different.  The discussion and references to “trolleyology” thought experiments were intriguing and I found myself Googling and taking the various tests associated with these philosophical questions.

To me a testament to how “good” a book is dependent on a few factors – if I can’t put it down, if I think about it long after the last page is read, if I do follow-up research on its themes after, and if I discuss it with others.  In the case of The Cure, all of these were true.  I look forward to Richards’ next book.