Author: Jonas Saul
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A new police procedural series with a bit of a sci-fi twist.
Jeffrey Harris takes families as he needs them, which is every so often. He has been coined as the Blood Eagle killer because of the shape that he leaves the father in when he is finished. He has never been caught because he is very, very careful. It’s always the same: take the mother, take the father, and then take the children. He is very good at what he does, which is why they’ve never caught him in the years he’s been doing this.
Detective Jake Wood has been working with his partner Kirk Aiken for quite some time and have developed a friendly relationship. Jake is shaken when the Blood Eagle killer murders an entire family in his jurisdiction. While on site, he comes in contact with horses and suddenly discovers that he has an allergy after he goes into shock. While in the hospital, he comes in contact with an old friend who needs him to come down to Brazil. He initially declines, but then heads down there after he finds out that it may be life or death. While there, he gets into some serious consequences that leave him in the hospital for at least 18 months. Upon release, Jake finds that his fiancée has moved on and so has his partner. Jake also learns that he suddenly has some new reptilian powers after a dose of snake venom. When he finds himself under tough circumstances now, Jake can use his powers to help protect himself and others.
This book started out as a typical serial killer novel with a little suspense here and there mixed with a lot of personal troubles for the protagonist of the story, Jake Wood. From there, it begin to mix with some sci-fi and sort of turned into a vigilante/police procedural mash up. It was definitely entertaining throughout, but had some weak dialogue at points. There were also times that the serial killer didn’t follow his profile, which makes for an interesting fiction concept, but not so much in real life. There was some strong language throughout much of the book as well as some sex scenes that make the book more suitable for mature audiences. I suggest readers give the book a chance before they make final decision.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.