Thursday, March 6, 2014
I just finished BLOODBORNE by Gregg Luke. My hands are still shaking.
This book had me reading late into the night under the covers. Luke has all the greatest marks of a fantastic thriller. He doesn't bash you in the face with buckets of gore, bad language, and sex, which are hallmarks of too many of today's "thrillers."
What he does is subtly suggest something and lets your imagination run rampant. Which it does. All the ingredients are just outside our doors in real life, making the believability on this one high. Love the twists, the strong, intelligent heroine, the flawed but strong hero, and a villain I personally wanted to peg down and paint with honey. Mind control, secret societies, virology, and spy tactics all come into play in a delicious mix of terror, spotless research, and great writing. Luke knows his stuff. I can't think why this isn't a movie yet. It would sit nicely on a shelf with DA VINCI CODE.
The premise is spot on, chillingly so. Developing super viruses for use as continent-wide phage? Of course there are people out there who are intent on doing the same thing. As I read, I hoped that the villain's own vector would take him down, or one he contacted from the lake. That would be poetic justice. You'll have to read this book to see if I was right. You can get it here.
I lie in wait for that tiny shadow flitting and diving around my head, heralded by the telltale buzz.