I’m very excited to feature in this Book Tour with Storytellers on Tour! Bloodlines by Perter Hartog has been one of the best books I’ve read this year.
When former hotshot homicide detective Tom “”Doc”” Holliday is recruited to join Special Crimes, he trades in his boring desk job for a second chance to do what he does best, hunt down killers. And his first case doesn’t disappoint: a murdered woman with a bogus past, her body drained of blood, and two eyewitnesses wasted on the designer drug goldjoy claiming a vampire did it.
For Holliday is no stranger to the unusual. He wields the Insight, a fickle clairvoyance that allows him to see the dark and terrible things that hide upon his world. After all, when you live in Empire City, where magic and technology co-exist, and humanity endures behind walls of stone and spell-forged steel, anything is possible.
Saddled with a team whose past is as checkered as his own, Holliday embarks upon an investigation that pits them against bio-engineered vampires, interdimensional parasites and the magical masterminds behind it all.
From nightclubs and skyscrapers, to underground drug labs and coffee shops, Holliday’s search for the truth will uncover a shadowy conspiracy that spans the ages, and forces him to confront a destiny he never wanted.
And here is my review!
Author: Peter Hartog
Release: November 2018
Genre: Technothriller, Sci-Fi, Crime Fiction
Starting with plot, Hartog has done EVERYTHING a good thriller writer would do to make their story riveting. I was constantly surprised with what this story and left grabbing at what it would be about. The mix between supernatural, crime fiction, action/adventure, and sci-fi was SO well done, I was sucked into this story immediately. The hook was well done. As far as the story more directly, I can say almost nothing about it. lol. It’s so twisty and turny with so many perfect additions to the storyline that if I mention anything, I’ll be spoiling it. It’s definitely a well thought out, well balanced and easy to read plot!
The character development in this book is 200% done. The cast feels very small because Hartog knows exactly how to make a side character come and disappear like magic! Even though we met a few characters who would have recurring appearances, they were not taking up so much of our mental space that we couldn’t tell who was important. Holliday, Deacon Kole, Basim and Layla. That’s it. They were important, they were COMPLETELY developed and they carried us through the story like perfect couriers. They centered us, balanced us and avenge us. My favorite character was Deacon Kole. The gruff ones are always my favorite. Despite an edge to him that was very close to being… concerning, I grew to love his deep passion and dedication to his beliefs as well as his take no prisoners attitude.
Oh and did I mention Vampires? Or are they? What creatures are creating the madness in this story? Prepare to learn and be riveted by the outcome.
I LOVED the world that Hartog built. I loved the future tech and although I’d seen or heard some of the devices or concepts mentioned in other Sci-Fi books, Hartog never stopped putting his spin on the items, concepts and abilities that his characters used. I was especially impressed with the abilities and skills Layla had. They were simple, indeed, but the touches of differences really made it feel unique and fresh. Hartog’s descriptions of each location were spot on, giving me enough of each to know where I was but not feel bogged down by every single mention of every single spec of every single room.
The themes of deception, new beginnings and trust are very deep in this story. This ragtag crew have to decide if they trust one another and there are quite a few reasons they should be hesitant. additionally, our protagonist has to decide if he wants to give up the comfort (for lack of a better term) that he had before in order to move forward with his new assignment. Lastly, all around us there is deception. Long chains of corruption, drugs and king pens are major sources of secrets but even our cast and crew have some tricks up their sleeves.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I’ve already loaned my paperback copy of the book to another friend who is an avid reader. I also have the eBook. ;) Easy to read, fun, fast-paced. This book is the caliber of a traditionally published gem, mixed with the freedom offered to authors through self-publishing. He was free to play but put a lot of skills on display in this book! Hartog is a new favorite of mine and I cannot wait for the next in series!
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A native son of Massachusetts, Peter has been living in the Deep South for over 25 years. By day, he’s an insurance professional, saving the world one policy at a time. But at night, well, no one really wants to see him fighting crime in his Spider-Man onesie. Instead, Peter develops new worlds of adventure, influenced by his love of science fiction, mysteries, music and fantasy. Whether it’s running role-playing games for his long-time friends, watching his beloved New England sporting teams, or just chilling with a movie, his wife, two boys, one puppy and three cats, Peter’s imagination is always on the move. It’s the reason why his stories are an eclectic blend of intrigue, excitement, humor and magic, all drawn from four decade’s worth of television, film, novels, and comic books. You can learn more about Peter and his writing projects at peterhartog.com, or send him a tweet @althazyr.