I've waited a couple days to write this review because this book puzzled me, and I wondered if it was the author's fault or mine. It's silly to assign blame when one doesn't like a book; I suppose this one just wasn't for me, and I wish every book was.
On the surface, and based on the sample, this book seemed very much "me." The protagonist runs a small, one-person, mail-order game company. His most popular game, Trace Italian, a text-based RPG, brought to mind both my own (brief) history as a D&D player, as well as the epic adventure of Ready Player One. The game here functions as a refuge for its creator--I was fascinated by the fact that no one has ever made it to the Trace Italian, or fortress that would provide safety in a post-apocalyptic Midwestern U.S., nor is anyone likely to--borne of months spent in the hospital after a mysterious "accident." The game also embodies what I understand to be the book's major theme: how the decisions we make may have no real explanation or cannot be anticipated, including their consequences. For example, Sean, the protagonist, cannot anticipate how two young players will treat the game as too real, leading to one spoke of the plot, or how another player will make a choice I imagine Sean envies.
The book is structured so that its major plot points are only slowly revealed as you go; for example, about a quarter of the way through, the reader learns what exactly happened with the two young players that ended up embroiling Sean in a lawsuit. It isn't until the final pages of the book that one learns what happened the night of Sean's "accident," though why is much more complicated. In this way the structure is closer to that of a mystery...except it's not a mystery novel. It made me feel manipulated; while all storytelling is manipulation, in a way, this sort of teasing of what you're even reading about frustrates me. I tried to imagine the book structured differently and admit it would be a completely different novel. I don't have an answer as to what I want and can only conclude, again, that this is not a book for me.
As I read, I anticipated the ending accurately but hoped it might somehow still satisfy by then; it didn't. A book can be about roads we do and don't take, how our choices don't always have rational (or even irrational) reasons, but it still has to work as a story rather than shrug its shoulders. It strikes me that I might have loved this book as a short story, where less of a build-up would lead to less frustration.
Ella Medler’s Hunter Series has some of the most awesome, vibrant, eyecatching covers that relate to the story and I love them. I could never walk by without picking them up, just by the cover alone.
I had read Blood Is Heavier, Book I, and I was dying to continue Nick’s story. Blood Is Power picks up where Blood Is Heavier left off. I knew this would be another hit thriller and I was not disappointed. Fast paced, exciting and suspenseful.
Nick was tired of all the killing, but Campbell or Dallas had kidnapped Cameron and Maxi to make him do their bidding, so now they would have to pay. They had no idea what a big mistake they had made. If he was good enough to hire, they should have thought of the repercussions. He found the yacht easily.
Tequila is Nick’s best bud. They had been in Special Forces together and had a special bond. She understood him and would do anything for him. She is strong, stubborn and resourceful. He had Max and Cam. She was alone, but she takes care of his family as if it’s her own. She is obsessive, impetuous and pushes things too far. It gets her in trouble. I was freaking out for Tequila. I love her and am scared for her.
Police Officer Newton, along with Marsh is doing a lot off the grid. Newton has a disregard for rules. They are walking a mighty fine line, venturing on their own to save…..They will risk their careers to do the right thing.
What was Dollar dela Rue’s game? He enjoyed being turned on by others pain. Is he in to human trafficking? Aweful, just awful Ella. How do you come up with such evilness. LOL I love it.
“So much blood? I hope its worth it.”
“Blood is power. Its money and influence and authority. It’s me.”
Hard to not give away too much. Police corruption. Rich powerful men ruling the world. A few out for the few. They can bring you down on a whim. Is that happening now? I do believe in conspiracies. Just look at current events.
I love thrillers and this is a great one. From the UK to Cypress to the Maldines. Greed, corruption, pornography, sex slaves, murder, and the deepest, darkest depravities of the sexually perverted.
Death of a 1000 – ling chi.
The writing was so real, I was at turns afraid, disgusted and super pissed.
I can’t think of where she will go next but am glad to hear that Tequila’s story will be told.
Bonus material and an interview with Ella Medler is at the end of the book.
The interview is very entertaining. When she tells how she remains sane, I loved it. Cracking up. I loved reading how she chooses characters names, and does her research on locations, the military culture, maps, organ transplant, slave trade, trafficking…
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Blood Is Power from Ella Medler.
Started on 15 April already. So I am a few days late.
See details here.
Rolled dice 1st on 17 April and got 8 . Landed at Question 8 on the board.
So a mystery novel. Started with Jo Nesbo "The Devil's Stars"
Collected $20 at Start.
See how it goes.
Update: 24 April. Finished reading The Devil's Star. 522 pages. Collected $5.
New Total = $25
2nd roll dice of 7.
Get me to Main Street 14. Read a book that involves oversea travel or has a suitcase on the cover.
Hector and the Search for Happiness 192 pages.
30 April 2017. Read the book. Collected $2.
New Total = $27.
3rd roll of dice. A 10.
Landed me at Water Works. "Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event."
Rain is water. Picked "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo. 740 pages.
Finished the book on 4 May. Collected $5.
4th Roll the dice on 4 May.: 8
Landed in Paradise 30 Suspense book over 555 pages.
Picked NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. Supernatural suspense story 692 pages.
New total: $32
Read the book on 9 May. Collected $5.
New total: $37
5th roll on 10 May: 6
Get me to Tomorrow land 36
Read a book with space in the cover.
Picked How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages.
Read this book. Collected $1. Roll again.
New Total: $38.
6th roll 12: Landed Main street 10. Collect $20 at Start.
Select Die Trying by Lee Child happened in small town USA. 557 pages.
New Total: $58
15 May. Finished Die Trying. Collect $5.
7th roll: 6
Land at Cars Land 16
Picked Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly, story happened in LA California. 400 pages.
Started with $20
1st roll 17 April -8
Landed at ?8
Read "The Devil's Stars" by Jo Nesbo 522 pages.
Finished on 24 April and collected $5.
New total $25
2nd roll 24 April - 7
Landed on Main street 14.
Read "Hector and the Search for Happiness" 192 pages.
Finished 30 April. Collected $2.
New total $27
3rd roll 30 April - 10
Landed at Water Work.
Read "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo 740 pages.
Finshed on 4 May. Collected $5.
New total $32
4th roll 4 May -8
Landed at Paradise 30.
Read "NOS4R2" by Jo Hill 692 pages.
Finished 9 May. Collected $5.
New Total $37
5th roll 10 May -6
Landed at Tomorrow Land 36.
Read "How to Catch a Star" by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages.
Read it and collected "$1".
New total $38
6th roll 11 May - 12
Landed Main street 10.
Collect $20 at Start.
Read "Die Trying" by Lee Child 557 pages.
Read on 14 May. Collected $5.
New total $63
7th roll 15 May -6
Landed at Cars Land 16.
Read "Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly 400 pages.