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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2014
I loved this book and surely will read the other ones, Just to find out how the story of little Jeremy is going on, A 5 year old boy - making me think of my own boys - the cold war mysteries (I grew up with them) A fast pace story, just making you want to turn the pages (I have read it in 2 nights). Chemical experiments and the five year old boy, decades after the American government had been experiencing with chemicals .I grew up in Germany and, only 18 years old. I have been working on US Air Force bases in Germany - always torn between fear and trust. Glenn's book really awakens memories of fears never having been dealt with. Excellently written, words placed where and how they just had to be placed. Glenn proves that supernatural stories, fiction, can be highly plausible. Paranormal powers, DNA altered, a 5 year old and the chilling Howler, the Cold War questions never been answered about government experiments. Contemporary writing in a time where we like to be entertained but also comforted by explanations. I highly recommend this book to everybody who likes to be entertained, falling in love with the heart and mind of a 5 year old victim of political circumstances. I gave 5 stars to the writer because I think he has done a good job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2015
Jeremy is five years old and whilst out exploring, he comes across an abandoned building which is outside of his allowed playing area. Against his parents' warning, he talks his friend Sammy into accompanying him to explore further. Unfortunately, he falls into a hole full of toxins and Sammy manages to help him out but the damage has already been caused.

Jeremy develops "powers" which he is unable to control to the point where his mother and sister are afraid of him. He has a hard time at school, mainly from Todd, the school bully. Then there is the "Howler" who makes his life very difficult by inducing pain, fear for himself and his loved ones through blackmail.

I like the way, the author alternates between a young and mischievous five year old, and the teenage Jeremy. It is so well written that everything falls perfectly into place.

This story is action packed and full of twists and turns that to me there isn't a dull moment. It would appeal to readers of all ages who like fiction and adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is written from the perspective of Jeremy Davis from a child and then a teenager. It reads very much like a graphic novel and is quite riveting. We don't actually know much about the experiments or what has happened to Jeremy's DNA as he doesn't know. The fear his mother feels towards him is gut wrenching and I enjoyed reading about his relationship with his father. The book is action packed and moves at quite a pace. Things slow a little around the 60-70% mark of this ebook.

We aren't told much about the blood tithe until the last third of the book and the first book just begins to explain as it ends. I look forward to reading the second book to find out more and hope Jeremy catches a break in the sequel and we are filled in about the experiments and the people involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
This book really drew me in from the start.This author has a wonderful way with words, his writing style is very descriptive and keeps you captivated from beginning to end.
I loved the main character Jeremy and couldn't wait to see what would happen to him next.
Great stuff.
Can't wait to read more of Glenn's books.
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First off, I love this cover.

"Blood Tithe" is a serial. Too many questions are left unanswered at the end for it to be anything else. Obviously, I recommend that you begin with this novel. I believe "Blood Tithe" is Soucy's first novel and it bears signs of just that. But Soucy manages to overcome most of those problems by keeping his characters interesting and active.

"Once someone is altered, they can gather energy from every living thing. If they take that energy and wrap it around their heart, and then give it to another person, it creates a Blood Tithe. From then on, every time the original person collects more energy, the one he made the Blood Tithe automatically gets their fair share." Glenn J. Soucy

I have been trying to remember what five-year olds are like while reading "Blood Tithe". I can see a person his age falling for the temptation of the forbidden. You do not have to be five to fall for the forbidden. But five is how old Jeremy is when he goes against the commands of his parents and finds his life irrevocably changed. The point in his life when the sins of World War II genetic research comes back to haunt a community. I loved the tension Soucy managed to keep going full pace when Jeremy met Howler and his desperation during their subsequent meetings.

If Jeremy had been my son, would I have become afraid of him? Ideally, my answer should be a resounding no. As most of us end up learning, reality and ideals often do not blend. I really do not know which parent I would have become.

When we meet Jeremy at 13/14 life has become dire. He has done something he feels awful yet justified about in an eye for an eye sort of way.

In choosing to jump from Jeremy as little to Jeremy as teen-ager Glenn Soucy has undertaken a task that many authors shy from for good reason. Blending the two without getting details wrong or messing up on details is where we see that a stricter editor would have made "Blood Tithe" great.

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on 3 June 2013
The book begins with Jeremy, present day, seemingly adult, shortly after he's killed people. He's not a bad person, he's torn up about it and his soul is in turmoil fearing the wrath of God but they were bad people so maybe they deserved it right?
As he's pondering this, high up in a construction site, a security guard spots him, thinks he's a jumper, and Jeremy decides to use his "abilities" to have a little fun and play a prank, he'd never hurt the guard but things go wrong, and barely escapes with his life. He seeks medical attention but because he's been shot he has to travel to a more distant ER and almost dies. Rewind to an adventurous, boisterous 5 year old Jeremy who's a fun kid, adored by his parents and tolerated by his slightly older sister.
He's obviously mischievous and maybe a little accident prone "under my mom's orders, I was grounded from going into the tree house until I could figure out how not to fall out of it" (loved that!)
He's playing in the woods one day and his curiosity gets the better of him despite large warning signs when he comes across a fenced off area with concrete buildings patrolled with armed Air Force men. His Dad's in the Air Force so they live near the base but not on it, this isn't part of the base though it seems. When they find out his parents warn him to stay away from there but being a 5 year old boy he goes back with his best friend Sammy to show him what he found but he falls down a pit into some sort of liquid and this changes him forever. After weeks of unconventional treatment he's released from hospital and hopes to go back to normal life. But then he starts discovering abilities and being 5 thinks he's becoming a superhero which is way cool! It has its downside though as his mum becomes terrified of him which is utterly heartbreaking and Sammy becomes distant and they also end up having to move away due to a family bereavement.
The book jumps between present events and Jeremy's progression into his teenage years until eventually you reach the incident that's just happened at the start of the book and it continues from there, the changes are smoothly and well done I thought because when he's very young, he acts young and it's narrated like a young boy, as he gets older the narration matures nicely.
There's plenty of humour, teenage angst and heartache as Jeremy grows and discovers what abilities he has and how to use them but they come at a high cost which always hits Jeremy hard. I cried a few times during this book as well as laugh out loud. Jeremy does not have an easy life and one wonders what's in store for him next? You can tell I really enjoyed this, I adored Jeremy and will definitely be reading more about him.
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on 8 March 2014
Blood Tithe by Glen Soucy

In a fast paced opening sequence we meet Jeremy Davis high in the girders of an unfinished building and quickly realise that he has supernatural abilities, though clearly he is not immortal as he heads for hospital emergency unit after being shot!

Fans of Dean Koontz will love this author.
As a young child Jeremy fell through an old tunnel on a disused air-force base, into a chemical concoction that caused his skin to be rejected and his DNA to be altered. Against the odds he recovered but gradually became aware that he had abilities and powers that he needed to learn to control.

The setting is plausible, an air-force base closing, as the cold war draws to an end with an apparently unused, but guarded area with more than old chemicals locked away there!

The author successfully engages the reader's attention with subtle changes of pace, mysterious, pursuers who are involved in the original chemical experiments and government agencies apparently determined to keep the secrets of what went on at the base during WWII. The conspiracy theme keeps everyone guessing while providing plenty of drama. An atmosphere of menace and tension is aided by the threats and blackmail of 'the Howler'. He forces Jeremy to help him and remains a mystery and an enigma, having, it seems been entombed alive since the 1940s!

If you like science fiction/horror then this comes recommended for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2015
Blood Tithe by Glenn J Soucy is a highly original superhero novel that simply left me gob-smacked. The author amazingly created a new genre with a 5 year old boy no less. Incredible writing to keep the storyline believable adds to the all round enjoyment. Without revealing spoilers all I can suggest is download this book at all costs and absorb its brilliance. Very highly recommended.
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on 26 May 2013
Move over Wolverine and Spiderman, there's a new superhero on the block!

When 5 year-old Jeremy Davis falls into a tunnel in an abandoned experimental facility his life is changed forever. Recovering from the chemical damage to his body he discovers he has acquired superhuman abilities. But his new powers come with a price and soon he and his family find themselves pursued by dangerous adversaries ...

Glenn Soucy has created a new superhero very much in the Marvel Comics tradition - that of the tortured vigilante. One can easily see 'Blood Tithe' being adapted as a graphic novel, and it would probably translate well to the big screen.

Soucy writes for an audience who will enjoy an epic good vs evil struggle and fans of the X-Men franchise will find much here that is familiar. He plays a little naughty with the reader by leaving a lot unresolved at the end of the book to make sure his audience will come back for more. If this genre is your thing, then I would recommend you give the 'Blood Tithe' series a serious look.
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on 11 May 2014
I recently purged my kindle and found this eBook that I downloaded ages ago for free.

It is not what I would call a quick read, since I needed a break from it at times just to digest what had happened.

Basically, a young boy (5) accidentally falls into a pit and is exposed to something which makes him "special". The author switches between present and past with ease, giving you the full picture gradually. At times, I found this too slow and wanted to know more about the present, but since this is a series I can see that he is merely setting the scene for later books. The plot is clever, the characters are well developed, and everything is in place for the continuation. I have many questions and would love to see this on TV! Dash is probably the character that most intrigues me...

I would liken this book to the first few episodes of a TV SciFi series. I liked the premise, and thought Jeremy was a great main character.

Overall, a great start to a SciFi series...
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