By : Robert Pobi
As my disclaimer, I did receive an ARC of this book from the publisher for review. As with any book I receive for review from an author or publisher, if I don’t have anything good to say about it, I just don’t review it. If I buy the book, all bets are off.
As you will probably guess from the title, Bloodman is a book deeply settled into the crime/horror genre of books. Not exactly my usual reading fodder, but, as I told the publicist that sent me the book, I cut my adult reading teeth on very near the entire Stephen King library, so it’s not out of my realm of reading. Just not in the Sci/Fi and Fantasy realms that I’ve been reading more of lately.
The book takes us along with Jake Cole, Special FBI investigator, on a trip home. To a home he hasn’t been to in 33 years, to take care of a father who has somehow set himself on fire and jumped through a plate glass window. And, honestly, that’s about as normal as the book gets. Shortly after arriving at his fathers home, he Cole receives a call from a local sheriff who needs his help with a fresh homicide. I can’t tell you much more than that without getting spoilerish, but I can say that the story doesn’t leave you hanging. The pace is quick. All told, the entire book is over in the matter of a couple of days, but I found myself stopping several times when I realized just how much had happened in just a few short hours of story time.
There are a couple of bits that I found to be “off”. Things that I thought an investigator of Cole’s obvious talent wouldn’t overlook. Or at least, I didn’t think so. Later, most of those things turn out to be plot devices, though. Perhaps Pobi could have found a way to make them less obvious? On the other side of the coin, there are several plot devices that he make so obvious that you find yourself waiting to see what part it is that they play in the story.
I won’t comment much on the writing itself, since the book was an ARC and probably had a bit of editing done between the version I had and the version Amazon has. Pobi’s writing style is quick and concise. He manages to dump a fair bit of necessary information on the reader without meandering into the long winded expository passages that some authors seem to favor.
Finally, I have to make a small comment on the ending of the book. I’m going to attempt to be as spoiler free as I can, but just a warning.
If you’re like me, you’ll read the majority of this book and fall right into the plot twist that Pobi has set up for you. My advice? If you’re even half way interested in the book, do yourself the favor of reading it all the way to the end. Especially the last 10 pages! In my mind, it took the book from a ho-hum readable to a good readable. Looking back at it, I probably saw it coming a bit, but Pobi did a good job of directing the reader away from the same conclusion and then springs it at the very last.
Well done, and worth a read.